2015 Honda Odyssey
Driving a minivan carries a certain stigma for some people. To these oddly-complex individuals, minivan ownership signifies a life full of dirty diapers, and Costco trips. But like most phobias, avoiding a minivan based on an irrational fear, is well, irrational.
The 2015 Honda Odyssey is in fact, a very useful vehicle. Not in a "tote bag full of toys & teenagers" sort of way (which it can of course pull off). But more along the lines of being a vehicle that can go from being a Home Depot hack, to a client shuttle without skipping a beat. The overall package is so well executed, it can pull off nearly anything that you ask of it. And it's not too bad to drive either.
Thanks to a healthy 250 ft-lb of torque, the VTEC 3.5L V6 provides snappy acceleration, and a pleasant V6 growl when you prod the go-pedal. Rated at 248-hp, this smooth 6-pot can shut down 2-3 of its cylinders to save fuel as you're bounding down the highway. This results in EPA figures of 18 city / 27 hwy / 21 combined, when equipped with the 5-speed automatic. The 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring gets a new 6-speed automatic, and a better gas rate of 19 city / 28 hwy / 22 combined.
In terms of practicality, the 2015 Honda Odyssey offers a plethora of seating arrangements with its special Magic Seat. This marvel of foam and levers can be easily adjusted to accommodate kids, adults, or cargo. Honda is all about convenience, and their minivan doesn't disappoint.
The second row can seat 3 across quite comfortably. But you can slide the outer sections toward the doors for 4-inches of extra width. This also allows you to secure a full-size car seat in each of the 3 sections, using the 3 LATCH child seat positions. And another daycare-approved feature is the ability to slide the middle section almost to the front row (so you can find that missing "passie" without pulling over).
The 3rd row is large enough to comfortably seat adults, or brooding teenagers for extended trips. If you want more cargo room, simply yank on a seat back strap, and the seat-half flops backward into a well, swelling the 38 cu-ft cargo hold to 93 cu-ft (that's bigger than most Manhattan apartments). And of course, you can get the ambiguous power sliding doors/tailgate (2015 Honda Odyssey EX-L).
If you want more of a luxury touring machine, the 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite ditches the 3-across kiddie seats for leather bound captains chairs, a ridiculously wide rear DVD screen, a bunch of nicely executed luxury trim, and that 6-speed automatic (for better highway mileage). This model's expensive, but totally worth it.
In the world of minivans, the 2015 Honda Odyssey is the king. It does everything well, and it even manages to look nice. Which is quite a feat, for something that's shaped like a deep freezer.