Honda rolled out its Odyssey minivan at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. As expected, Honda’s popular people hauler carries over largely unchanged into the new model year. The main exception is the top-of-the-line Honda Odyssey Touring Elite.
Honda has teamed up with vacuum maker Shop-Vac to develop HondaVAC, an in-vehicle vacuuming system exclusive to the Odyssey Touring Elite. Owners can use the integrated system to whisk away messes like food scraps, pet hair, sand and other debris. Though HondaVAC is located in the rear of the minivan behind the third row, the vacuum hose is long enough to reach the front seats and their surrounding areas. Afterward, the swept-up trash can be tossed out, thanks to the vacuum’s portable container. HondaVAC comes with a replaceable filter, canister bag, and various hose attachments that make cleaning up easy and safe. States Michael Accavitti, VP of marketing operations, “Honda is once again showcasing its reputation for innovation with HondaVAC, and its ability to provide true value to our customers.”
The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite goes on sale in the second quarter of this year at dealers like
CT Honda Dealers. Besides HondaVAC, the minivan comes with a slew of features including keyless entry, a high-definition radio, and the HondaLink interactive infotainment system. Safety systems exclusive to Touring Elite include Honda’s new “expanded view” driver-side rearview mirror, and advance collision and lane departure warning technologies. The automaker states it expects all 2014 Odyssey models, regardless of trim level, to pass the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new small overlap frontal crash test and secure the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ certification.
For 2014, the Honda Odyssey continues to be powered by a lone 3.5-liter V-6 coupled to either a five-speed automatic transmission (LX, EX, and EX-L trims) or six-speed automatic for Touring and Touring Elite models. According to Honda Dealers Canon City, the only changes for the new model are a revamped front grill and fender design, and LED taillights.
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Written by Joel Arellano.