NEW FOR 2015:

– No changes.

Having just received a sizable update last year, Honda’s people-mover cruises into 2015 without any changes.

And that’s just fine given that the Odyssey is one of the finest specimens of minivan on the market. In addition to being spacious, practical, and offered with such crowd-pleasers as an ultra-wide rear-seat entertainment system and a cooler box, the Odyssey is one of the safest new vans money can buy, having aced the IIHS’ tough small overlap test.

All Odysseys come powered by Honda’s trusted 3.5-litre V6 engine with i-VTEC, and cylinder deactivation to save fuel. Active noise cancellation keeps the cabin quiet when the motor runs in three or four-cylinder modes. All Odysseys drive the front wheels and come with a six-speed automatic.

The Odyssey is available in six trim levels: LX, SE, EX, EX-L RES, EX-L Navi, and Touring.

The LX includes seating for seven, wide-mode adjustable 2nd row seats with arm rests and walk-in feature, one-motion third-row Magic Seats, automatic headlamps, overhead storage, floor mats, Bluetooth, reverse camera, trip computer, second-row power windows, keyless entry, USB audio input, Bluetooth, a 240-watt 7-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD player, steering wheel audio controls, 8-way power driver’s seat, four-way power front passenger seat, expanded-view driver’s side mirror, one-touch turn signal, and 17-inch steel wheels. This trim level of Odyssey has four LATCH seat points, 10 cupholders, and two 12-volt power outlets.

The SE adds 8-passenger seating capacity with multi-function second-row centre seat, a fifth LATCH seating point, five extra beverage holders, a removable front storage console with flip-up bag ring, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The EX adds a security system, body coloured door mirrors and door handles with chrome inserts, auto-on headlamps, three 12-volt power outlets, tri-zone digital climate control, compass, flip-down conversation mirror, exterior temperature gauge, Homelink, integrated second-row sunshades, LaneWatch blind-spot display, power sliding doors, proximity key with pushbutton start, second-row seatback pockets, second-row automatic climate control controls, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and HondaLink infotainment system with 270-watts and email capability.

The EX-RES adds a rear-seat entertainment system with dual wireless headphones.

The EX-L trim leather upholstery, body-colour front and rear parking sensors, power moonroof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cooler box, power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sirius satellite radio, rear-seat entertainment system, an acoustic windshield, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning.

The EX-L Navi adds navigation with 3D map display and FM traffic as well as a multi-angle rear-view camera.

The Touring trim could very well double as an Acura with the level of standard equipment on board. Standard is all of the above plus 18-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror base and housing, HID headlamps, fog lamps, memory-linked side-view mirrors, third-row centre arm rest, ambient footwell lighting, blind-spot information system, integrated third-row sun blinds, multi-information display, memory driver’s seat, a 650-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 infotainment system with 15 GB hard drive storage, surround sound, 16.2-inch DVD-based rear-entertainment system with wireless headphones, and an HDMI input jack.

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