Rejoice, neat freaks itching to buy a minivan with a built-in vacuum! The 2014 Honda Odyssey with the industry-first HondaVac system goes on sale July 2. The updated minivan starts at $29,655, only slightly more than model-year 2013's $29,505 base price (all prices include an $830 destination fee).
The big powertrain news is the previously optional six-speed automatic is now standard across the lineup, replacing the five-speed unit. Fuel economy jumps from 18/27 mpg city/highway with the five-speed to 19/28 mpg with the six-speed; the bump puts it at the head of the minivan class.
Outside, the Odyssey gets a restyled hood, front bumper, grille and fenders; in back there's new LED-enhanced taillights. Inside, new fabric and trim along with revised center stack and gauge layouts highlight cabin changes. Newly standard features include Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a four-way power passenger seat, an expanded view driver's mirror, Pandora internet radio interface and text message reading functionality.
Newly optional are a suite of safety systems, including LaneWatch blind spot monitoring and forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems. Standard only on the top Touring Elite trim, the HondaVac system is housed in the back cargo area; Honda says the vacuum hose can reach all the way to the front seats and tackle wet and dry messes.
Five trim levels return for 2014: the base LX model, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite. A DVD rear entertainment system and navigation system with voice recognition are available on EX-L models and above.