Here in New York, Honda is offering up a refreshed version of its well-liked Odyssey minivan, bringing with it a slew of updates including the segment's first in-car vacuum. It looks to be a neat little feature, one that families will no doubt get a lot of use out of. Kids are spill-machines, after all.

On the outside, the Odyssey gets a revised front end with dark headlamp surrounds, shiny cross-bars in the grille, and an aluminum hood and bumper. We think the blacked-out grille trim looks fine on this charcoal model, but question how smart it will look on models with lighter paint tones. Out back, there are new LED taillamps, and it looks like a new wheel design will be on offer, too.

Other changes for the 2014 Odyssey include some structural reinforcements for improved safety and some new available nannies like lane-departure warning and forward collision warning. Inside, buyers will find new finishes inside the cabin, a redesigned center stack and pushbutton start. Scroll down for the full details in an official video and in Honda's press release, and have a look at new images live from the show floor in the gallery above.


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2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite® Makes World Debut in New York with Host of Safety Upgrades and Innovations Including HondaVAC™, the First In-Car Vacuum

The segment's benchmark minivan cleans up with bevy of safety improvements, sleek new styling and intuitive, family-friendly technologies


The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite® is making its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), setting the new 'ultimate family vehicle' standard. Thoroughly refreshed for 2014, the Odyssey Touring Elite® provides core safety upgrades, sharpened exterior styling and a revised interior with a host of new features and technologies designed to make the segment's benchmark minivan even better.

Demonstrating trademark Honda innovation, the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite® will also mark the debut of HondaVAC™, the first-ever in-vehicle vacuum system. Available exclusively in the Odyssey Touring Elite® trim, the all-new HondaVAC™ system is part of a thorough refresh of the Honda Odyssey for the 2014 model year, adding to its already class-leading fuel economy ratings and unmatched safety ratings. The 2014 Odyssey will go on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this summer.

"The Odyssey is already the leader in its segment, and for 2014, Honda has made the modern family hauler even better," said Michael Accavitti, vice president of marketing operations at American Honda. "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 brings an array of improvements to Honda's minivan, including structural upgrades expected to help it achieve top marks in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) stringent new small-overlap frontal crash test, which is part of IIHS's new TOP SAFETY PICK+ protocol. The refreshed Odyssey Touring Elite® will also come equipped with advanced Honda driver assistive and visibility technologies such as an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

The 2014 Odyssey features sleeker, more sophisticated exterior styling with a new, more deeply sculpted aluminum hood, new aluminum front fenders, a new bolder twin-bar grille, and a revised lower front fascia with integrated chrome-trimmed fog lights. New two-tone mirror housings, darker-finish projector-beam headlight housings, LED taillight bars and new badging add to the 2014 Odyssey's premium look.

Inside the 2014 Odyssey, new finishes brighten the cabin and an all-new center stack showcases a host of new features. Additional standard technology on the Odyssey Touring Elite® brings new levels of ease and connectivity to owners, including keyless Smart Entry with Push Button Start, HD Radio®, an SMS text messaging function, and HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ Mobile interface. HondaLink™, which debuted on the 2013 Honda Accord, enables Odyssey owners to connect quickly and easily to a wealth of cloud-based content. The free HondaLink™ smartphone app uses the owner's favorite online content to create live, personalized radio stations, allowing drivers to put away their phones and hear updates and news feeds from Facebook and Twitter, as well as check out restaurant reviews or find the closest coffee shop.

Standard on the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite®, the all-new HondaVAC™ was developed in conjunction with industry-leader Shop-Vac®, and is composed of a powerful vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories neatly integrated into a dedicated space on the driver's side bulkhead of the rear cargo area. HondaVAC™ makes quick cleanups a snap no matter the location, offering powerful cleaning suction and an integrated hose and cleaning attachments that reach into every corner of the Odyssey's cabin. The HondaVAC™ system's powerful electric motor never needs an outlet or recharging, can operate continuously when the engine is running, and will continue to operate for up to eight minutes when the vehicle is turned off for additional family duties.

Already one of the most lauded vehicles in its segment, the current 2013 Odyssey has earned IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score crash safety ratings. The Honda Odyssey is an AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Award winner, an ALG Residual Value award winner, recipient of the Best Family Cars of 2012 designation from both Parents Magazine/Edmunds.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com, and a Best Cars for Families award winner from U.S. News and World Report. The Odyssey represents Honda's robust product development capabilities in North America with its design, engineering and assembly all taking place in the U.S., using domestically and globally sourced parts. Currently, 95 percent of all Hondas sold in the U.S., are built in North America.

Along with the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite® and Honda's complete lineup of fun-to-drive cars and trucks, the 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid and 2013 Fit EV also will be on display at the Honda booth during NYIAS press and public days. The 2014 Accord Plug-In and the fully-electric Honda Fit EV both recently became available in New York.


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      Henn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm very disappointed. I was hoping for the Dream direct injected engine and 6 speed transmission. Nice vacuum but unless it's available outside the very top of the line, it's a TOKEN gesture only. A bragging right that is only available to folks that buy only top of the line. I want to know what is available in the EX-L. The one that occupies my dealer lot and the one we're more likely to buy. Are we still going to get the old 3.5L engine and 5 speed transmission?
        IOMTT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Henn
        I would guess you have to go with a Touring model to get the 6 speed if they are not changing drive trains. I drove both an EX and a Touring before buying a Touring and both transmissions seemed fine to me. I actually like the 5 speed better as it seemed to shift better. Supposedly the 6 sp gets you 1 extra mpg on the highway.
        Joe Bo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Henn
        What? They aren't giving it the 6 speed and the new v6?
          wilkegm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Bo
          They have said nothing about powertrain- while the interior stuff might be a done deal, there might still be some things to prove out. Things like powertrain changes happen glacially slow at Honda (and Toyota)
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      It seems like a simple little idea, but the vacuum is brilliance. Have something like that always ready to use, and to train kids to use, will fire a salvo in the Cheerios war.
      Buckus Comments
      • 1 Year Ago
      The vacuum cleaner makes more sense for lower-trim levels. IMHO, people buying the top-line are probably going to have teenagers or at least kids out of the cheerios years. People buying the lower-trim models are probably going to have younger kids because the buyers will be younger and therefore, more likely to be earning less money.
        NicksGarage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Buckus Comments
        I don\'t know, a lot of people use their vans to go to the beach, the garden center, camping, etc. All places that can lead to stuff in the van that needs to be vacuumed. It\'s not just Cheerios.
      Joe Bo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why all the comments about how ugly it is? It's not a 2 door convertible - obviously. If you have 3 or more kids it's the best option imo. The goal is functionality. Minivans have substantially more room inside than huge suv's.
        Spies1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe Bo
        You do realize most of the people posting on Autoblog are 16 year old punks don't you. They have no clue how fantastic Minivans are. I just took a three day trip in a Suburban, man I was wishing it was a more comfortable Odyssey.
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spies1
          I have to say I love our '12 Odyssey. I actually did not feel weary after a non stop trek from MD to FL with the family. I am glad we opted for a demo Touring model instead of an EX though. It has proven useful around the house since I no longer have a pickup and in a pinch, I can rent a trailer to haul motorcycles or whatever shouldn't or won't go in the cargo area with the towing package. I used to make fun of minivans, but they are one of the most useful vehicles I can think of for family and home.
          Slideways
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spies1
          I remembered when my dad chose a Suburban rental over a Sienna during one of the Orlando trips our family had. Since then he preferred minivans mainly because it's much more efficient and does the damn job well.
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        The Viking
        • 1 Year Ago
        Vans are the best bang for the money hands down. They are the cheapest to insure too. I have had vans for the longest time and won't be without one and I have 15 cars including sports cars etc. If it was down to one it would be a van.
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Viking
          I can vouch for your comment regarding insurance. I was floored when I was quoted about $100 less per year for a 12 Odyssey than my 11 Civic coverages being equal.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Viking
          Secretly a minivan is probably the best and most comfortable vehicle I have ever owned. I and a lot of other men secretly love them.
        makasay
        • 1 Year Ago
        What do you mean astronomical price? The Odyssey is arguably the best minivan on the market and it's not anymore expensive than a comparable Sienna, in fact the Sienna costs more.
      JN
      • 1 Year Ago
      As I said last night ... still hideous. Yawn. Don't care what bells and whistles Honda installs, they should have spent time and money fixing the ugly parts.
        Ricky
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JN
        Yeah, they should have disregarded feature and content upgrades and instead devoted all R&D money toward tailoring the vehicle to your opinion.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does every Honda look like it`s been beat with an ugly stick? This thing makes an Aztec look like a classic.
        Imp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @richard
        Do you even know what an Aztec looks like? The only car that approaches the hideousness of the Aztec is the upcoming Jeep Cherokee.
      rjwatsonmotors
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the world's most important shows. And they use it to introduce the Dust Buster EX? That's the best they can do? Goes to show that Looser Cruisers really do suck.
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rjwatsonmotors
        that, and the cheap Home Depot light bulbs that Audi put in the new Golf... I mean A3.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      The in-car is further proof our species is doomed. Is it THAT hard to go out and buy a small hand vacuum and a ******* power inverter?
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Spies1
        • 1 Year Ago
        LOL, just go buy yourself a clapped out of Civic, strip the interior, put a fart can on it and STFU.
        Jared Montgomery
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yeah, because that's where Honda made all its money. Oh...wait. They made it with cars like the Accord, which is still a benchmark. I miss the S2K but I'm more proud that Honda continues to make the best midsize sedan out there.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      The vac is a cool idea, especially in a minivan. But as others have said, what is the cost to fix/replace it? Given the crap that falls on the floor in minivans it is only a matter of time before that vac gets clogged trying to suck up some GI Joe action figure.
      GreenN_Gold
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda: "Our 2014 Odyssey really sucks!"
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