The Secret of the Minivan

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Here’s one of those mom secrets nobody tells you before your kids are born: After child one, you will be stricken with moments of deep longing for a minivan.

Don’t believe us? Let us tell you a little bit about the new 2014 Honda Odyssey, the best example we know of how the minivan can simplify your life.

It’s true. The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Trim is the world’s first minivan with a built in vacuum—and it’s awesome. The suction is powerful and picks up just about everything.  But there is so much more to know about the new Honda Odyssey. We love that it’s fuel efficient, it’s functional and it’s safe.

It has an i-VTEC® engine with Variable Cylinder Management® (VCM®), which is a fancy way of explaining why it’s the most fuel-efficient ride1 you’ll find in a V6 minivan.

We said it’s functional, here’s why. The wide-mode adjustable second row2 allows you to move the outer seats to the side, giving your adult passengers more space. It also accommodates up to three child seats across the same middle row—because all kids have play dates and most moms have a car pool.

They also thought of HondaLink3, which allows drivers to stay in touch with the outside world without having to touch your phone. Find internet music services, podcasts, audio books, restaurant recommendations, social networks and more—it’s like the personal assistant we always wanted.

You’ll appreciate Honda’s focus on comfort and convenience when you drive the Odyssey because it feels like driving a car. But there’s more to it than just easy handling—the advanced driver-assisting technology helps you keep your attention on the road. The LaneWatch™ blind spot display is a camera mounted on the passenger-side mirror that provides an enhanced view of your passenger’s side blind spot, increasing your viewing angle by up to 80 degrees4. The Lane Departure Warning system monitors your vehicle’s lane position, employing audible and visual alerts to signal if you’re inadvertently drifting out of your lane without indicating5.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the first and only minivan to earn the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So your mind can be at ease when you are carting around your precious cargo.

We never said we were good at keeping secrets.

1Based on current ratings as of October 21, 2013.

2Wide-mode on SE trim and above.

3HondaLink on EX trims and above. Only compatible with certain devices. Standard data rates may apply. Launch smartphone applications only when the vehicle is safely parked.

4Lanewatch on EX, EX Res, EX-L Res, and EX-L Navi trims. Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.

5Lane Departure Warning system on EX-L RES/EX-L Navi trims and above. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.

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