2014 Honda Odyssey
By Mitch McCullough
On Sale: Summer 2013
Expected Pricing: $30,000 to $45,000
The Honda Odyssey will be thoroughly refreshed for the 2014 model year with revised exterior styling, an updated interior, structural upgrades for improved crashworthiness, and the latest safety technology. Revealed at the March 2013 New York International Auto Show, the 2014 Odyssey goes on sale this summer.
Most interesting, the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite features a first-ever in-vehicle vacuum system, just the thing to suck up those spilled Cheerios. HondaVAC makes quick cleanups a snap no matter the location, offering powerful cleaning suction with all the attachments to reach every corner of the Odyssey's cabin. HondaVAC, developed with industry-leader Shop-Vac, features a powerful vacuum with a replaceable filter and canister bag, all neatly integrated into a bulkhead in the cargo area. The system's powerful electric motor never needs an outlet or recharging, can operate continuously when the engine is running, and will continue to operate for up to eight minutes after the vehicle is turned off. When you're done vacuuming, simply shove it back into its cubby, close the lid, and it's hidden. It's a clever idea from a company with a history of creative solutions.
All 2014 Odyssey models get sleeker, more sophisticated exterior styling with a new, more deeply sculpted aluminum hood, new aluminum front fenders, a new bolder twin-bar grille, and a revised lower front fascia with integrated chrome-trimmed fog lights. New two-tone mirror housings, darker-finish projector-beam headlight housings, LED taillight bars and new badging add to the 2014 Odyssey's premium look.
Inside the 2014 Odyssey, new finishes brighten the cabin and an all-new center stack showcases a host of new features. Among them: keyless Smart Entry with Push Button Start, HD Radio, an SMS text messaging function, and HondaLink featuring Aha Mobile interface. HondaLink, which debuted on the 2013 Honda Accord, enables Odyssey owners to connect quickly and easily to a wealth of cloud-based content. The free HondaLink smartphone app uses the owner's favorite online content to create live, personalized radio stations, allowing drivers to put away their phones and hear updates and news feeds from Facebook and Twitter, as well as check out restaurant reviews or find the closest coffee shop.
All 2014 Odyssey models benefit from an upgraded structure designed to improve crashworthiness. The 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite will also come equipped with advanced Honda driver assistive and visibility technologies such as an Expanded View Driver's Mirror, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.
We're guessing most 2014 Odyssey models will range from $32,000 to $45,000, though there may be a sub-$30,000 base model. But that's only a guess. We don't know. The 2013 Odyssey LX starts at $28,675, but the popular EX trim levels range from $31,825 to $37,225 MSRP. The 2013 Odyssey EX-L Touring Elite retails for $44,025.