Honda has unveiled the striking 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite at this week’s New York Auto Show, which it has to be said is the only car at the event that quite literally sucks…but in a good way. Along with a host of new driver safety aids and entertainment features, the new Odyssey Touring Elite also boasts the unique HondaVAC feature – an incorporated in-car vacuum.
And given the fact that the car is aimed at families with suitably messy kids and pets, it could very well turn out that the HondaVAC system is no less than a stroke of genius.
The built-in vacuum cleaner comes as a standard addition to the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite and just like any standard home vacuum includes a series of different attachments and nozzles to ensure no corner is left un-sucked. All of the vacuum’s accessories are hidden neatly away behind the bulkhead on the driver’s side, while the retractable hose has been made long enough to succesfull probe every deep and dark corner of the car.
It’s also reasonably impressive in terms of power consumption and can be used pretty much non-stop while the car is running, or for around 8-minutes when the engine is turned off.
Probably enough to sell the thing on its own, but the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite has also been significantly tweaked inside and out to create a notably more refined and elegant look. There’s a new hood, redesigned fenders and super chrome trim in all the right places to kick things up a notch. There’s also plenty to smile about on the inside, including HondaLink connectivity, HD Radio, Smart Entry and a ton of driver safety aids that have future awards written all over them.
“The Odyssey is already the leader in its segment, and for 2014, Honda has made the modern family hauler even better,” according to Honda executive Michael Accavitti.
“Honda is once again showcasing its reputation for innovation with HondaVAC, and its ability to provide true value to our customers.”