Notes: The 2014 and 2015 Honda Odyssey shows an early trend of transmission problems with clunking/jerking when shifting gears.

Most of these Odyssey transmissions are still under warranty, but so far Toyota generally hasn't been able to diagnose or fix the clunking problem — that's the reason for our low rating. Some owners have reported it was a stuck solenoid, & in a few cases Honda has replaced the entire transmission.

As more of these Odysseys start exceeding the 60,000-mile powertrain warranty limit, buyer beware.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
4,350 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
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2014 Honda Odyssey Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 102013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


This is not a complaint but a possible solution to driver safety and a seat comfort problem.

We all know the reason for the head restraint, prevent or minimize whiplash in an accident. The person that set the design specs must have a "Dowager's Hump." For those of us that sit up straight with our heads back, it is a painful design. Many late model cars have this design feature. So yes, it it not just a Honda problem.

I first noticed the discomfort while sitting in a 2014 Odyssey (Oct 2013) in the dealer's show room and since I had a fix for it (not my first rodeo) I bought the car anyway. Best decision of the 21st century, my '96 Windstar was getting tired and with 230,000 smiles (not a misspell) it is now just a town car.

There are two ways to correct the situation.

1. Remove the head restraint from the van. Not the best idea for reasons of driver safety, and I think it would violate a federal law or at lest give the NHTSA cause to frown. Let us not offend the relatives.

Or 2. Your can raise the head restraint. Eureka.

It may be possible to raise the head restraint high enough to allow the driver to sit up straight and still give the protection that prevents the dreaded whiplash. I have now driven over 13,000 comfortable smiles on trips that cover 300-500 smiles a day. No back ache, nor neck pain and my head is upright, and free to look about while being just a fraction of an inch from the restraint. If the need should arise, heaven forbid, the head restraint is right there to do it's job.

For those of us that have heeded our Mother's advice to sit up straight with our heads back, the design is a devils curse. So, lift the restraint and your head, and maybe you'll enjoy a pain free view of this great country's scenery. It's worked for me.

Why smiles for miles? If I could not relax and enjoy driving the vehicle, I would not keep it for long.

- Joseph M S., Chula Vista, CA, US

problem #5

Sep 152014

Odyssey LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60 miles

The head restraints in my new 2014 Odyssey push your head forward and do not allow proper head mobility and causes a lot of neck and back pain. This pain starts after 30 to 45 minutes of driving. MUST HAVE NEW FRONT SEAT HEADRESTS and hope that the back pain goes away. I miss my 2004 Odyssey... should not have sold it for a new one.

- Phyllis P., Weddington, NC, US

problem #4

Aug 012014

Odyssey EXL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 650 miles

The head restraints push your head forward and do not allow proper head mobility and causes a lot of neck and back pain.this issue is revealed after 30 to 45 minutes of driving, not on a typical test drive. The dealer is not allowed to make any changes to improve the comfort. Most auto trim shops will not modify it due to the possibility of lawsuits. We have less than 2000 miles on this vehicle and are looking at losing money on it and trading it in for another brand. We recently retired and thought we should trade our 2006 Odyssey in for this so we did not have any mechanical problems on the road as we start traveling to see America. We cannot travel in this vehicle unless we want to see it 30 minutes at a time.

- Thomas H., Kouts, IN, US

problem #3

May 142014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


I have the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring and the drivers seat is really hurting my coccyx bone. I have been trying to figure out why this bone hurts so much that I have trouble getting out of the car. Once I start walking the pain goes away. I had a 2004 Honda Odyssey for 10 years and did not have this problem. I am going to buy a cushion, but this is a terrible problem.

- jvnj, Morristown, NJ, US

problem #2

Jun 022014

Odyssey Touring

  • CVT transmission
  • 100 miles

My back and butt are killing me every time I exit this high trim leather seated 2014 Odyssey. I feel for the price I paid the seats should at least be comfortable like my other Honda which is not new. A cushion maybe, but need recommendation for one.

- John W., Hackensack, NJ, US

problem #1

Nov 272013

Odyssey Touring V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

This is the most uncomfortable drivers seat I have ever had. In 3 weeks, I went to chiro and orthopedic numerous time. I bought 6 different pairs of running shoes --- all in an attempt to figure out why my hips and knees were killing me!!! Then, I didn't drive for 2 days, pain went away, had to bring my son to swim practice 3 miles from home and BINGO --- all the leg pain returned --- very, very frustrated. Called the dealer who was of no help except to tell me that I could trade it in, but probably loose $10,000.

I am 46 female, 145 pounds and 5' 6" -- pretty average size American woman!!!! The Honda seat engineer should go take classes anywhere in Detroit - Ford has very comfortable seats!!!!!

Plan B was to get a Ford seat and replace it, but it can't be done because of side airbags & liability.


The most comfortable seat should be the drivers!

I have purchased no less that 12 different type and sizes of cushions, which offer a bit of relief, but I don't want to be concentrating on getting comfortable while driving -- I twitch and move and squirm the whole time ---

If you are reading this, you have similar issues -- if you find relief, please let me know!!!!

- Jacqueline W., Libertyville, IL, US

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