If you’re like me and have kids and dogs, then a day out can leave the car looking as if the interior was marched through by a battalion of crisp-munching soldiers. To help deal with this everyday reality and eliminate the need to hunt down a hand vac, Honda has installed a built-in vacuum system into its 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite. Unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, it's the latest iteration of Honda’s eight-passenger van.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite is front-wheel drive with a 3.5-liter V6 putting out 248 bhp (185 kW). For greater fuel efficiency, it uses Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) that switches between using three, four and six cylinders for greater fuel efficiency.
The current model has a series of structural and safety upgrades such as driver assistive technologies, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and an Expanded View Driver's Mirror. There’s also keyless entry and an infotainment system that links to and is controlled by Honda’s Aha smartphone app.
So far, the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite looks like just another people carrier, but what sets it apart is that it has its own built-in vacuum system. Developed in conjunction with Shop-Vac, the HondaVAC runs off the van’s electrical system and consists of a powerful vacuum motor and a replaceable filter and canister bag. These are all tucked into the side bulkhead of the cargo compartment along with an integrated hose and nozzle attachments. According to Honda, the HondaVAC can run continuously when the engine is running and up to eight minutes on battery power.
The 2014 Odyssey will go on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this summer (Northern Hemisphere).
The New York International Auto Show runs to April 7.