Much of the minivan segment’s volume has been sucked up by the industry’s ever-increasing appetite for crossovers, but a few major players are hanging in there, eager to serve as beasts of burden for America’s families. Chief among those players is Honda, which is showing its revamped 2014 Odyssey at this week’s New York Auto Show with a potential game-changing feature – an in-car vacuum.
Co-developed with Shop-Vac, the HondaVAC system will come standard on the range-topping Touring Elite model. The system includes a replaceable filter and canister bag, along with a range of attachments located in the cargo hold. Honda says this first-ever feature includes a hose that is long enough to clean the entire interior. Better still, the vacuum will run for up to eight minutes after the vehicle is turned off, so you can get every last Cheerio out of the seat cushions, and it never needs plugging in or recharging, as it runs off of the vehicle’s electrical system.
In other news, the 2014 Odyssey gets a new aluminum hood and fenders to pair with its revamped grille and lower fascia. Headlamps get a more sinister look thanks to darker surrounds, and there are new LED taillamps out back, as well as revamped side mirrors on the doors. Underneath the skin, Honda says the 2014 Odyssey has received structural changes to help it ace the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s new small-overlap frontal crash test, and it’s also added active safety features like lane departure warning and forward collision warning to the optional features list.
Honda has chosen to make no mention of any drivetrain innovations, so we assume it will continue to be motivated by a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 powering the front wheels.
Inside, existing Odyssey owners will note a revamped center stack and new trim finishes, along with available new features including pushbutton start, HondaLink cloud-based infotainment options with smartphone integration, HD radio and so on.
Us? We just want to go spill some things and try out that vacuum. In the meantime, sit tight, kids – we’ll have live photos of the new Odyssey from its New York debut before you can finish sucking down that sippy cup.
2014 Honda Odyssey set to clean up in NY with world’s first in-car vacuum originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.