When we heard that the 2014 Honda Odyssey would be getting the world's first in-car vacuum, we had to check this thing out for ourselves. Called HondaVAC, this tidy little sucker was co-developed with Shop-Vac, and it's actually pretty neat. It comes standard on Odyssey's top-trim Touring Elite model and can be fitted with a wide range of attachments all housed in the cargo area. Honda notes that the vacuum hose is long enough to reach surfaces in every part of the Odyssey's cabin, and that it will even run for a full eight minutes after the vehicle is turned off.

Good thing, then, that Honda chose to show off the new 2014 Odyssey here at the New York Auto Show, as Autoblog west coast editor Michael Harley clumsily managed to spill some snacks all over the cargo area (we tried to convince him to give himself a hickey, but he declined on grounds that his wife might not let him attend any more auto shows). Take a look at the video below to see just how well the new minivan cleans up.
2014 Honda Odyssey Vacuum Cleaner Demo


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      fuzzyfish6
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a great idea for a minivan, I'm surprised nobody else thought of this before. And who picked the picture for this post? Mike looks kinda like Mr. Bean with his eyebrows raised lol.
        Michael Harley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fuzzyfish6
        I promise it wasn't me. - Mike
        willied
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fuzzyfish6
        Ford thought of it in the Windstar concept (along with a microwave, washer/dryer, and more), but of course didn't implement it. So good for Honda on actually offering it. http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-ford/FMC-concepts-prototypes-showcars/windstar-solutions/default.htm
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a bad idea. I've always wondered why cars didn't come with onboard air compressors to fill the tires. Some cars going back as far as the 1930s had that feature. The last one I can think of is the mid '80s Pontiac 6000STEs
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Richard Hunter
      • 1 Year Ago
      OOOOOOOOOOO a vacuum...just goes to shows Honda Sucks!!! Another impostor minivan...
        Brian @.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard Hunter
        Really? If I'm not mistaken, the Odyssey was the ONLY 5 star rated minivan on the market. Looks like someone is butthurt cause their neighbors Honda outlasted their VW. It's okay. The pain will go away.
          miketim1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brian @.
          Still rather have the swagger wagon.
        Slideways
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Richard Hunter
        Minivan imposter? This used to be the benchmark of minivans...
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is a novel idea. Feed the kids before you leave. Snacking all day watching movies in the back is why we have obesity problems in this country but clever of Honda to cater to the lazy american and it\'s fast food habits.
        Brian @.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        "Hey kids, we're leaving Florida for Virginia. You know the rules, no eating in the car soooo....." "Hey kids, you just finished playing soccer in the rain. Your all muddy and you know the rules soooo..." "Hey honey, I have to take the dog to the vet, but he's super hairy and I know the rules say......" Well, Rob, good call buddy. Americans are fat for many reasons, just as there are many reasons to have a vacuum in a minivan. You'd agree now right?
        MJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob
        You clearly don't have young children. I absolutely agree that cars are not for mealtime and should not have TVs in them, but it's unrealistic to assume that kids are never going to snack in the car. If a few crackers or some cereal keep them happy and quiet, a parent is going to give it to them. Furthermore, a vacuum can be used to clean up more than just food...dirt from hiking boots comes to mind. You know, for those of us who don't sit around and watch movies.
      DK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously? It's a vacuum like any other vacuum but stuck in a van. It sucks up crap, they all do.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it that hard for people to buy a small hand vac and a bloody power inverter?!
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        No, for cheapass shoppers like you that can't afford to buy a car from this decade, yes, for you a walmart hand vac will do fine.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        Don't you ever have anything useful to post?
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @churchmotor
          I'm speaking out about the laziness that is becoming rampant in our society.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        BTW, broken record much. You already made that lameass comment several times already.
        macutty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        Installing an inverter and buying a hand vac wouldd cost a couple hundred bucks and would be a pain in the ass. For someone shopping for a minivan this is a very practical feature.
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        LOL Only cheap people would ever clean their cars without a built in Honda vacuum.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        If it were that easy to carry a vac, you would find one in every minivan.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would have done the hickey thing, my wife's cool.
      blasds78
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes sense why they teased the Odyssey with the Cheerios last week. Clever.
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember a Ford Windstar concept that had just a little bit more. Vacuum Microwave Washer/Dryer Refrigerated Consoles http://www.drivingenthusiast.net/sec-ford/FMC-concepts-prototypes-showcars/windstar-solutions/default.htm Guess you would you'd need all of this in your vehicle to get out of town when the zombie apocalypse happens. :-)
        Mercer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EJD1984
        In case of Zombie apocalypse, all you need are Ram boxes with two shotguns and a bed full of ammunition.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I always said the current generation Honda Odyssey sucked. Now it's reality.
      Vision33r
      • 1 Year Ago
      $40 vaccum is a new feature. Does it give haircuts too?
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vision33r
        Like the Suckut? Kudos for the Wayne's World reference
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