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2014 Honda Odyssey: Fantastic family vehicle

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The 2014 Honda Odyssey has been updated a bit, with new styling in the front and back, a new center console and improved technology.
But, since it’s a minivan, it also now offers a feature that will surely win over parents: a vacuum in the rear cargo section to help with quick cleanups.
The Odyssey is still powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 248 horsepower. It features a cylinder deactivation system to help save fuel. There is a five speed automatic transmission on the LX, EX and EX-L trim models and a six-speed automatic on the Touring and Touring Elite models.
Fuel economy is rated at 19 mpg city, 28 highway.
On the outside, Honda created a new hood, front bumper, fenders and grille. The back of the van gets new LED-enhanced taillights.
Held over from past versions are the power liftgate and mooroof, power sliding doors and xenon headlights.
On the inside, the new HondaVac system is available on the Touring Elite trim level, which is the most expensive. Honda says it offers the same suction power as a garage vacuum and a hose that reaches anywhere in the van.
Nifty idea.
There are also second row seats that can move forward close enough to the front seats that a parent can attend to a small child.
The third row can collapse into the floor for added cargo capacity.
And if your crew is particularly thirsty, the Odyssey offers a ridiculous 15 cup holders.
That’s almost two per passenger, as the Odyssey has seating for eight.
The Odyssey starts at around $29,000 and ranges to about $45,000.
For a well thought out, reliable family vehicle, it’s tough to beat the Honda Odyssey.

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