American Honda Odyssey first car to feature built-in vacuum cleaner

Honda has facelifted its larger-than-the-rest-of-the-world Odyssey and given the top of the range model a world first: a built-in vacuum cleaner.

The top-spec Touring Elite (pictured) is, unfortunately, the only model to feature the new HondaVAC vacuum cleaner, albeit as a standard fit piece of equipment. The vacuum cleaner hose extends out of its nook inside a side panel in the boot. Dust and grime are sucked into a replaceable bag; the filter is also replaceable.

Made by Shop-Vac, the Odyssey’s vacuum cleaner can work for up to 8 minutes on battery power or for an unlimited amount of time with the engine on.

The pre-facelift North America-only Honda Odyssey starts from around US$29,000 (A$27,650) before taxes and fees are applied. The top-of-the-range Odyssey Touring Elite will set you back a very cool US$44,000 (A$42,000), again before taxes and fees are applied. To put that in some context, an entry-level BMW 528i sedan goes for US$47,800 (A$45,500) before those darned taxes and fees.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]