What's the ideal thing for a soccer mom or dad to have in their van? Some might say tray tables, some might say baby wipes, but what is actually the most important thing is a vacuum. Kids are always spilling their crumbs and just generally making a mess. The HondaVAC is just one of many new features on the 2014 Honda Odyssey that make it the ideal minivan for a parent.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey will start at $28,825, $150 more than the last model, but it the $150 is worth it for the myriad of technological and safety features that now come standard in the Odyssey. Every Odyssey will feature Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity, SMS texting function, and a Pandora Interface.
Some of the optional safety features include LaneWatch, which is a blind spot monitor, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. The HondaVAC, which may be the most appreciated feature in the new 2014 Odyssey, comes standard in the Odyssey Touring Elite model. It has a hose that can reach every spot in the van, so no corner can get neglected. Another safety option is the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, which solidifies the front of the car and redistributes energy optimally during a collision to minimize damage. With these safety features, the 2014 Odyssey will likely receive the Top Safety Pick from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). This would be the first time a minivan received the Top Safety Pick.
Not only is the Odyssey expected to be one of the safest minivans, it also is expected to have the best fuel economy in its segment. Powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, the Odyssey can achieve 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The transmission upgrade helps with the fuel economy as well; with a 6-speed automatic as the standard transmission instead of a 5-speed automatic, the 2014 model beats its previous fuel economy by 1 mpg. It not only outdoes its prior model, it outdoes every other minivan.
With a revised body, the Odyssey looks stronger and more durable. Its black-surround grille combined with its muscular hood deliver a sporty and youthful feel. The Odyssey has also shed some weight since last year. The use of aluminum in the hood, the front suspension lower control arms, and the front fenders all helped save weight. It's a completely revised car that will arrive in July, rejuvenated and recharged.
The 2014 Odyssey has 5 different trims, including the base LX model, EX, EX-L(L is for Leather), Touring, and the Touring Elite. Each is already well equipped, but when you go up the list the models have more and more features. There are two new exterior colors for the Odyssey: Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian Blue Pearl. The interior can be colored in Beige, Gray, or Truffle.
The 2014 Honda Odyssey will go on sale July 2nd with an MSRP of $28,825.