Refreshed 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan features several safety upgrades

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The Honda Odyssey minivan has been thoroughly refreshed for 2014 with core safety upgrades, a sharpened exterior styling and a revised interior with a host of new features and technologies designed to make the minivan even better. The 2014 Honda Odyssey will also mark the debut of HondaVAC, the first-ever in-vehicle vacuum system. The 2014 Odyssey goes on sale in Canada in the summer of 2013 with a starting price of $29,990.

“We believe the Odyssey is the benchmark in its segment and the changes incorporated for 2014 further distinguish Odyssey as the must-have vehicle for modern family transportation,” said Dave Gardner vice-president of sales and marketing at Honda Canada.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey brings an array of improvements to the minivan, including structural upgrades expected to help it achieve top marks in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) stringent new small-overlap frontal crash test, which is part of IIHS’s new Top Safety Pick+ protocol. The refreshed Odyssey Touring will also come equipped with advanced Honda driver assistive and visibility technologies such as an Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

The 2014 Odyssey features 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, and LED taillight bars add to the 2014 Odyssey’s premium look.

Inside the 2014 Odyssey, new finishes brighten the cabin and an all-new centre stack offers new features. Additional standard technology on the Odyssey Touring brings new levels of ease and connectivity to owners, including keyless Smart Entry with Push Button Start, 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 favourite 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.

Standard on the 2014 Odyssey Touring the all-new HondaVAC was developed in conjunction with Shop-Vac, and is composed of a powerful vacuum, replaceable filter and canister bag, with nozzle accessories neatly integrated into a dedicated space on the driver’s side bulkhead of the rear cargo area. HondaVAC makes quick clean-ups a snap no matter the location, offering powerful cleaning suction and an integrated hose and cleaning attachments that reach into every corner of the Odyssey’s cabin. The HondaVAC 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 when the vehicle is turned off for additional family duties.

For more information, visit www.honda.ca.

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