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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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