Recall Alert: 2006-2012 Kia Sedona, 2007-2008 Hyundai Entourage

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 79,867 model-year 2006-12 Kia Sedona minivans (manufactured from June 15, 2005, through Aug. 14, 2012) and 15,500 2007-08 Hyundai Entourage minivans (manufactured from Feb. 16, 2006, through June 30, 2008).  

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may break due to corrosion from prolonged exposure to road salt. This could cause a loss of vehicle control. The vehicles were originally sold in or currently registered in Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia or the District of Columbia.

The Fix: Hyundai and Kia dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Kia and Hyundai will notify owners starting in December. Owners may call Kia at 800-333-4542 or Hyundai at 800-633-5151. For more information, you can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

Strap in the Kids! Honda Unleashes 1,000-HP Odyssey at SEMA: Photo Gallery

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What happens when you put the innovative minds of a car customizer known for performance-tuning Porsches in charge of souping up a vehicle best known for ferrying children to and from varied after-school sporting events? You get the 1,029-horsepower soccer-mom minivan from H-E-double-hockey-sticks — otherwise known as the Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey Project — guaranteed to have all the kiddies in the suburbs squealing, "Mommy, no!"

Southern California-based Bisimoto Engineering created their "Power Van" based on the 2014 Honda Odyssey, reimagining the standard minivan's respectable 3.5-liter V-6 as a twin-turbo powerhouse with more than triple the horsepower and mating it to a six-speed manual transmission. That's in addition to a customized cabin and a low-riding, aggressive exterior restyle just to drive home the absurdity of it all. No word on whether the HondaVac is optional.

The Bisimoto Odyssey was unveiled this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | November 8, 2013 | Comments (9)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey

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Vehicles Affected: 344,187 model-year 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured between Aug. 8, 2006, and Sept. 8, 2008.

The Problem: Due to a combination of system components and software, the Vehicle Safety Assist system may apply the brakes unexpectedly without illuminating the brake lights. A sudden hard brake with no indication to following drivers increases the risk of a crash.

By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Does the Honda Odyssey Come with Roof Rails?

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By Rick Popely | October 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Honda Odyssey Cars.com Review

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Yeah, that's right: The top trim level of the 2014 Honda Odyssey has a built-in vacuum cleaner. While offering much more than this handy, if gimmicky, feature, it's that attention to family needs that defines this mother of all minivans. Cars.com reviewer David Thomas says seating, comfort and cargo are all as generous as one would expect — and often better — but the Odyssey also boasts plentiful power, precise handling and thoughtful "gadgets, cubbies and gizmos" for transporting one's brood with maximum practicality and minimum fuss. Read Thomas' review below.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 18, 2013 | Comments (10)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (92)

Recall Alert: 2004-2005, 2007-2009 Toyota Sienna

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans from the 2004-05 and 2007-09 model years. 

The Problem: Damage to the shift-lock solenoid could cause the shift lever to fail, allowing it to be moved out of the Park position without the driver pressing the brake pedal. If this happens, the van could roll away.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace affected shift-lock solenoids for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will notify owners via registered mail. Owners can call the automaker at 800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 27, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Toyota Sienna: Family Checklist

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With three young daughters in bulky child-safety seats, I've happily resigned to spending a few more years behind the wheel of a minivan. However, there's no reason that it has to be boring. The 2013 Toyota Sienna SE is an eight-passenger minivan that stands out from the rest of the Sienna lineup with unique front and rear bumpers, clear-lens taillights, a mesh grille and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The sporty Sienna SE turns my head every time I see it around my neighborhood, and with a starting price of $27,445, including a destination charge, it's within reach for my family.

However, the Toyota Sienna, which was redesigned for the 2011 model year and hasn't changed much since then, didn't fare well in Cars.com's Ultimate Minivan Shootout from 2011. I drive a 2007 Sienna when I'm not test-driving cars, so I was interested to see if I'd have a different opinion of the 2013 Sienna than the Cars.com judges.

By BreAnn Ahara | September 25, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Honda Odyssey Video

In high-school-hierarchy terms, being the undisputed king of minivans might be the cool equivalent of being president of the math club, Latin club and physics club. But according to Cars.com reviewer David Thomas, if you're a practical parent too busy to be overly image conscious, the Honda Odyssey is the minivan vanguard. The zippy, maneuverable 2014 Odyssey updates exterior styling, adds family-friendly tech features and improves fuel economy. But you've just got to get hip to that handy HondaVac available on the highest trim level — it might be extravagant, but it sure doesn't suck. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey; 2003 Acura MDX

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 318,000 model-year 2003-2004 Honda Odyssey minivans and approximately 56,000 model-year 2003 Acura MDX crossovers. 

The Problem: The supplemental restraint system (airbag system) could malfunction due to electrical interference. "Honda has received a small but increasing number of complaints in recent months of inadvertent airbag deployment in these vehicles," the automaker said in a statement. There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue, however.

The Fix: Dealers will install an electrical noise filter adjacent to the SRS control unit for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting in late October. Owners can visit www.recalls.honda.com and www.recalls.acura.com or call 800-999-1009 (Honda) or 800-382-2238 (Acura) for more information. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 19, 2013 | Comments (3)

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