2014 Honda Odyssey Vs 2014 Acura MDX

Minivan buyers today demand a vehicle that fully accommodates their needs and the needs of their family and guests in a vehicle. That’s why automakers have made it a point to offer all the amenities you could ask for inside a minivan.

The gold standard of minivans for quite some time has been the Honda Odyssey, one of the world’s most innovative and effective vehicles for transporting the masses comfortably and safely. The 2014 Honda Odyssey is no different, just better, including the new “HondaVac” that allows for easy and innovative cleanup inside your vehicle.

On the other end of the spectrum is a competitor that has similar values, but in a completely different packaging: the 2014 Acura MDX. The MDX has a following for those who also need to transport many people, but in a more crossover-like style than that of a minivan.

You may think that the two have little in common, and would have different highlights that make them special, but what you’ll find upon closer review is that minivans can be even more stylish and pleasing than a crossover.

Read our review below, comparing the new 2014 Honda Odyssey and the 2014 Acura MDX. Our team at Kelly Honda in Lynn, MA welcomes you to use this for comparison when deciding on your next vehicle purchase.

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If You Like Room, Honda’s Odyssey Trumps The MDX

The 2014 Acura MDX versus the 2014 Honda Odyssey is really a case of goliath versus a bigger goliath. Those who value space inside the cabin of their vehicle will love all that the Odyssey offers. Honda’s newest Odyssey offers a taller, wider, longer vehicle than Acura’s new MDX, optimizing every inch and cubic foot for Odyssey occupants.

The Acura boasts very respectable interior space when compared to other mid-size crossovers. Compared to the Odyssey, however, the difference is big. See the chart below to compare. You’ll find even the Odyssey’s fuel tank is bigger than the MDX’s.

Exterior Dimensions & Capacities

2014 Acura MDX 2014 Honda Odyssey LX
Length 194.3 inches 202.9 inches
Width 77.2 inches 79.2 inches
Height 67.6 inches 68.4 inches
Fuel Capacity 19.5 gallons 21 gallons

Value’s Where It’s At

What type of return on your investment can you expect from the 2014 Honda Odyssey and 2014 Acura MDX? That is what most buyers care about, knowing what their vehicle will provide them for their hard-earned dollars. Sites like Kelley Blue Book (KBB) are a great indicator of this, with a breakdown of why they feel the vehicle will retain value over the long haul and what issues, if any, you might need to expect.

KBB approves of the 2014 Honda Odyssey in a big way, giving it a 9.1/10 overall rating. They love its comfort, design, safety, and driving dynamics.

The Acura is also well-liked by KBB, scoring an 8.6/10 overall rating, but not delivering as much as the Odyssey in the areas of design and comfort features.

It is also worth noting consumers enjoy the Odyssey a tad bit more than the Acura, earning an 8.4/10 consumer rating compared to the MDX’s 8.3/10 score.

Both Top Models, But In Which Class?

Both models are standouts amongst their competitors, but are we really comparing apples and oranges when we put the minivan Odyssey up against the crossover MDX?

Yes, and no.

While they are in different vehicle classes, we think shoppers of these two models are looking for the same characteristics out of their vehicle, which makes the MDX and Odyssey comparable in certain ways. And technically, yes, Honda puts them both out (Acura is Honda’s luxury carmaker in case you didn’t know that). But that doesn’t mean the two aren’t vying for the same type of new car buyers, which make them head-to-head duelers.

The Acura is rated by U.S. News and World Reports as the #2 vehicle in its luxury midsize SUV class. Impressive, but not to be outdone, the Odyssey takes it a notch higher, scoring #1 minivan in U.S. News and World Reports ratings.

And in case you’d like to know individual scores, the Honda Odyssey beats out the Acura MDX there too.

2014 Honda Odyssey U.S. News and World Reports Rating – 8.9/10

2014 Acura MDX U.S. News and World Reports Rating – 8.7/10


We Like Safety Just Like You Do

When it comes to the very important safety feature, neither vehicle lets down (which makes sense since they’re both “Hondas”). The 2014 Honda Odyssey is known for its multitude of safety features being raved about by The Car Connection’s Bengt Halvorson:

“The 2014 Odyssey is one of the safest vehicles on the road, just barely missing a perfect score.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it five stars overall, with a sole four-star rating for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Odyssey its Top Safety Pick+ award.

Both handling and outward visibility are at the front of its class, we think, and they’re both attributes that might help avoid an accident. The Odyssey includes the expected safety features, such as stability control, anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front side airbags, and full-length side curtains, but what makes it a standout is that it offers a a class-leading six child-seat tether locations and five LATCH locations (the official clips). What that means is that you can fit up to five child seats in some cases–or up to four seats of any kind.”

Comparatively, the Acura also is quite the safe ride according to Halvorson.

“The 2014 Acura MDX has an entirely new body structure, and based on all the information we see so far, it looks like Acura has made what was already a top safety pick even better.

The MDX has already earned top ‘good’ ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)-including the Top Safety Pick+ accolade-as well as top five-star scores from the federal government in frontal and side impact (and overall).”

Congrats to Honda and Acura for giving consumers what they need and deserve – safety. We’ll call this one a draw.


End Results, And One More Thing – Price

After digesting all these statistics and features that breakdown these two models, ultimately the choice is yours to make. But we can tell you confidently that picking the Odyssey is a great one, and as consumers have shown, one you wouldn’t regret.

Oh, we haven’t given you the biggest difference of all yet…price.

2014 Honda Odyssey 2014 Acura MDX
**Base MSRP $28,825* $42,565*
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge, and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Prices according to manufacturer’s websites
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