Honda Odyssey: The minivan with its own vacuum


Acavitti said the minivan segment should keep growing because of its utility, and he expects Honda's share of the market rise with the revamped Odyssey.

"There is no more flexible vehicle,'' he said.

Here are more details about 2014 Odyssey:

OUTSIDE: Honda sharpened the Odyssey's looks with a more sculpted hood, two-tone mirror housings and other details. It also improved the structure so that the van can get top marks in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new frontal crash test, which hits a fixed barrier at an angle. The Odyssey also has some new optional safety equipment, including forward collision and lane departure warning systems.

INSIDE: There are new materials and a new control center in the dashboard. Optional new features include keyless entry and pushbutton start and HondaLink, which connects to the driver's smartphone and plays music or reads updates from Twitter and Facebook.

UNDER THE HOOD: The 2014 Odyssey will offer the same engine as the current model: a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 248 horsepower and gets 22 miles per gallon (9.35 kilometers per liter) in combined city and highway driving. It has a six-speed automatic transmission.

PRICE: Not released. The 2013 Odyssey starts at $28,675.

CHEERS: A Honda Odyssey with a vacuum cleaner? What's not to love?

JEERS: Strategic Vision, a consulting group, says 3 percent of US buyers are considering minivans these days, down from 6 percent a decade ago. There are many other family-friendly, fun-to-drive vehicles, like the Mazda CX-5 or Honda's own CR-V, that get better fuel economy.

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