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Honda cures cruddy minivans with a built-in vacuum

Now there's really no excuse for your family hauler looking like a garbage bin.

By Clifford Atiyeh Mar 27, 2013 1:05PM
It's official: The 2014 Honda Odyssey sucks.

On top-level Touring Elite models, a built-in vacuum can inhale crumbs from every corner of the cabin. But instead of a portable unit, Honda's vacuum operates more like the central vacuum units found in new homes.

That means the motor, filter, dust bin and the hose itself are part of the car, and the vacuum never needs to be plugged in or charged.

A small bin below the left rear window in the cargo area stows the hose, which is long enough to reach the front seats, and two attachments. The vacuum can run at any time, and even when the engine is shut off, the Odyssey has enough power to keep it running for eight minutes.

Could this spell the end of the smelly, filthy minivan? As this vacuum is standard only on the $40,000-plus trim, we think not.
Mar 27, 2013 4:29PM
They should make it as an option on every Odyssey, because those who can pay $40K for a MINIVAN will probably have them professionally cleaned anyway!
Mar 27, 2013 6:21PM

Good Idea. But the $1 to vacum my car at a carwash kind of trumps the $40K price tag.


Mar 27, 2013 6:07PM
That minivan will have extra pickup. This is one time when you want an accessory to suck. If someone forgets to empty the vacuum they would be a dirt bag. If they're  hosed they wouldn't care. As you can see I have an attachment to vacuum jokes.
its a great ideal , it should help owners keep their cars clean,
Mar 27, 2013 4:44PM
Another one of those times I am thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?!?"  This should be put in more vehicles! 
Mar 27, 2013 4:13PM
im sure it would have its uses maybe someones traveling and spills something, It could be cleaned up instantly on the side of the road. but it would be truly useful if it was a wet/dry vac then it may almost be worth the extra cost, otherwise what can you say its part of the American way, gadgets everywhere that you don't use regularly but have just because its "cool".
Mar 27, 2013 4:01PM
Not all American families with kids are lazy thank you.  What's lazy is paying that ridiculous amount of money to get a built in vacuum when you could pull your own out from your house or pull up to a car wash and use theirs.
Mar 27, 2013 5:14PM
great idea but im not gonna pay a extra 10 grand for it
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