Honda Odyssey Packs Onboard Vacuum

Honda unveils updated Odyssey with the world’s first built-in vacuum cleaner at the New York Auto Show.

The 2014Honda Odyssey has made its debut at the New York Auto Show, offering some mildupdates and - parents with small children rejoice - the first-ever in-car vacuum system. Dubbed theHondaVAC, the built-in vacuum cleaner will come exclusively on the TouringElite trim. It boasts its own electric motor so doesn't require an outlet for recharging, and can work continuously with thecar running or up to eight minutes with the engine shut down.

Developed with Shop-Vac, the HondaVAC boasts powerful suction, a replaceable filter and canister bag, and nozzle accessories that will help keep the minivan crumb-free at all times. Minor styling updates include a new aluminum hood and front fenders, a new twin-bar grille, a revised lower front fascia with integrated fog lights, new two-tone mirror housings, LED taillight bars and new badging. Inside, an all-new center stack is joined by some new tech such as keyless Smart Entry and HondaLink, which debuted on the 2013 Accord. No word on powerplant upgrades, so we assume the 3.5-liter V6 will continue to churn out 248 hp.

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