The Vehicle: Here’s the thing about this car: after 2010, Odysseys all look the same. The car in question could be a 2014 but, even after thorough research, it’s too difficult to tell because all post 2010 models are fairly identical. This isn’t a keen observation of mine nor is it a read on family cars. This is a well documented critique of the Odyssey. These vans all look the same! Unfortunately, not much is happening on the insides of this super-utilitarian car which has been described as “the world’s most expensive vacuum cleaner.” Ouch. But that title does hold some truth as the most luxurious version of this car literally includes a vacuum at the trunk that uses “HondaVac” technology to clean up messes. Just what the play doctors ordered, I guess.
Environmental Impact: As if I have to tell you, the news is not good for this giant white robo-beast. Looking into the Honda 2014 North American Environmental Report, the brand doesn’t have much to offer in terms of this car being “that great”—but emissions were reduced for the car.
Per-unit CO2 emissions from automobiles were reduced due in part to increased sales of models that saw fuel-efficiency improvements as part of a complete redesign, such as the Fit Hybrid and Odyssey, and the Accord, which underwent redesign in the U.S. market.
This offers some hope, no? The Accord is real bad but the fact that they had to redesign and make a hybrid more efficient is distressing. Furthermore, the EPA threw the car the tiniest, most useless bone by claiming all the 2014 Odyssey’s automatic 6-speed transition was “a segment-leading 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.” That’s good?! That doesn’t sound good. That’s bad all around and, considering the 21 gallon tank, that’s awful and the EPA Calculator equivalent of burning 199 pounds of coal a tank.
How Happy Does This Honda Make Me? Yeah, fuck this car. Hondas are really terrible.