NEW FOR 2014:

– Mid-cycle update
– Six-speed automatic standard on all models
– New technology and equipment enhancements
– HondaVAC in-vehicle vacuum available on Touring trim level

It’s always big news in the world of minivans when a key player gets refreshed. It’s the Odyssey’s turn for 2014.

Besides sporting mildly revised styling plus more standard equipment, the big news for 2014 is that the Odyssey sucks. Literally. Thanks to some clever engineering, the Odyssey can now be had with an on-board vacuum cleaner to pick up life’s little spills and messes. The HondaVAC is available on the Touring trim level.

The Odyssey is also now available with Honda’s latest infotainment system including HondaLink, and active safety technologies such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and Honda’s clever LaneWatch blind-spot assistant. These additions helped earn it an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.

All Odysseys come powered by Honda’s trusted 3.5-litre V6 engine with i-VTEC and cylinder deactivation to save fuel. Previously, only the top-line Odyssey received a six-speed automatic. Now it’s standard equipment across the board.

The Odyssey is available in six trim levels, two of which are new for 2014: LX, SE, EX, EX-L RES, EX-L Navi, and Touring.

The LX trim includes seating for seven, wide-mode adjustable 2nd row seats with arm rests and walk-in feature, one-motion third-row Magic Seats, automatic headlamps, overhead storage, floor mats, Bluetooth, reverse camera, trip computer, second-row power windows, keyless entry, USB audio input, a 240-watt seven-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD player, steering wheel audio controls, eight-way power driver’s seat and 17-inch steel wheels. This trim level of Odyssey has four LATCH seat points, 10 cupholders, and two 12-volt power outlets. New for 2014 is a four-way power front passenger seat, an expanded-view driver’s side mirror, one-touch turn signals, Bluetooth streaming audio, and SMS text message compatibility.

The SE trim adds eight-passenger seating capacity with multi-function second-row centre seat, a fifth LATCH seating point, five additional beverage holders, a removable front storage console with flip-up bag ring, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

EX trim adds a security system, body coloured door mirrors and door handles with chrome inserts, auto-on headlamps, three 12-volt power outlets, tri-zone digital climate control, compass, flip-down conversation mirror, exterior temperature gauge, Homelink garage door opener, integrated second-row sunshades, LaneWatch blind-spot display, power sliding doors, proximity key with pushbutton start, second-row seatback pockets, second-row automatic climate control controls, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, HondaLink infotainment system with 270-watts and email capability.

The EX-RES trim adds a rear-seat entertainment system with dual wireless headphones.

The EX-L RES adds leather upholstery, body-colour front and rear parking sensors, power moonroof, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cooler box, power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Sirius satellite radio, rear-seat entertainment system, an acoustic windshield, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning.

The EX-L Navi adds navigation with 3D map display and FM traffic as well as a multi-angle rear-view camera.

Standard on the Touring is all of the above plus 18-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror base and housing, HID headlamps, fog lamps, memory-linked side-view mirrors, third-row centre arm rest, ambient footwell lighting, blind-spot information system, integrated third-row sun blinds, multi-information display, memory driver’s seat, a 650-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 infotainment system with 15 GB hard drive storage, surround sound, 16.2-inch DVD-based rear-entertainment system with wireless headphones, and an HDMI input jack.

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