2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Cleans Up 2013 New York Auto Show

2013 New York Auto Show


  • 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Picture

    2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Picture

    2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite. | March 27, 2013

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2013 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite hopes to clean up at the 2013 New York Auto Show as the first minivan featuring a vacuum as standard equipment.
  • Stored in the driver's side bulkhead of the rear cargo area, the vacuum's electric motor never needs an outlet or recharging.
  • The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite also gets revisions to its styling and added safety features, including Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

NEW YORK — The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite hopes to clean up at the 2013 New York Auto Show as the first minivan featuring a vacuum as standard equipment.

Developed with Shop-Vac, the vacuum sports a replaceable filter and canister bag, along with cleaning attachments that reach into the corners of the Odyssey's cabin.

The vacuum is stored in the driver's side bulkhead of the rear cargo area. Its electric motor never needs an outlet or recharging. It operates continuously when the engine is running, and will continue to suck up debris for up to 8 minutes when the minivan is turned off.

"Honda has made the modern family hauler even better," said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations at American Honda, in a statement. "Honda is once again showcasing its reputation for innovation with HondaVAC, and its ability to provide true value to our customers."

The vacuum is one of several revisions to the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite. It also comes equipped with Honda's expanded view driver's mirror, along with forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

The exterior includes a deeply sculpted aluminum hood, new aluminum front fenders, a new bolder twin-bar grille and a revised lower front fascia with integrated chrome-trimmed foglights. Two-tone mirror housings, darker-finish projector-beam headlight housings, LED taillight bars and new badging add sportiness.

Pricing on the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite was not announced. It goes on sale this summer.

Edmunds says: Consumers looking for convenience and cleanliness have quite the package in the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite.

Comments

  • mcrrt mcrrt Posts:

    I smell a new marketing campaign: "The 2014 Honda Odyssey: It really sucks" :)

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    I can see this being useful for unexpected spills when you're not at home. Will that appeal to anybody? Certainly. Will it make-or-break the Odyssey? No.

  • carbuzz1 carbuzz1 Posts:

    We used to have the first bigger Odyssey, bought it in 1997. Bought another one in 2004. Loved both of them. Then came the model after that. Don't know what happened to the people designing the interiors at Honda - but after 2006 or 2007 everything ended up looking single color grey or brown. The two tone interiors were history and the variations in interior colors and materials went to pot. We looked at a 2009 blue with grey interior - but the interior looked like a grey slab of concrete. It felt like sitting inside a bunker. Too bad. Still hoping they will revert back to the higher quality interiors. We have driven Hondas since 1986. Still have a 2004 Honda Pilot - not sure what to buy next - because the current Pilot is again not cutting it. Bring back the original interior designers - please!!!

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