2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Wins Good Housekeeping Prize


  • 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Picture

    2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Picture

    Good Housekeeping has singled out the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite with its built-in vacuum system for a prestigious award. | February 19, 2014

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite minivan, which features a built-in vacuum system, won a 2014 VIP or "Very Innovative Products" award from Good Housekeeping.
  • The Honda Odyssey was the only automotive product to receive a VIP award this year.
  • The publication praised the HondaVAC for its breakthrough solution to solving an everyday problem.

TORRANCE, California — The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite minivan, which features a built-in vacuum system, won a 2014 VIP or "Very Innovative Products" award from Good Housekeeping.

The Honda Odyssey was the only automotive product to receive a VIP award this year. The publication praised the HondaVAC for its breakthrough solution to solving an everyday problem.

"The much-beloved minivan's Touring Elite series now comes with a specially designed Shop-Vac to suck up rogue Cheerios, pet hair, and dirt, even when the car isn't running," Good Housekeeping said in a statement. "An easy-to-use 12-foot hose reaches every corner, then stows neatly in the trunk. Our staff members could let their kids snack in transit for the very first time, stress-free."

The system includes a vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories integrated into a dedicated space on the driver's side bulkhead of the rear cargo area. The system's electric motor never needs an outlet or recharging and can operate continuously when the engine is running. It will continue to operate for up to eight minutes when the vehicle is turned off.

The Odyssey joins other 2014 winners, including Old El Paso Stand ‘n Stuff Soft Flour Tortillas and the T-fal Optigrill. Ziploc Bags won the Good Housekeeping 2014 VIP Hall of Fame prize, which is selected by readers.

The HondaVAC is standard on the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite, which starts at $45,280, including an $830 destination charge. The base 2014 Honda Odyssey starts at $29,655, including shipping. The 2014 Odyssey is on sale now.

The Honda Odyssey competes with the Chrysler Town & Country, Kia Sedona, Nissan Quest and Toyota Sienna.

Edmunds says: There's no doubt that the top-of-the-line Honda Odyssey Touring Elite is the minivan for clean freaks.

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