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Default 2014 Honda Odyssey revamp only costs an extra $150*

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2014 Honda Odyssey Arrives at Dealers July 2 Delivering More Value to
Customers with Refreshed Styling, Enhanced Safety and Additional
Standard Features

Already the benchmark minivan, the 2014 Honda Odyssey offers
best-in-class fuel efficiency and new innovative features like

The 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan arrives at Honda dealerships nationwide
on July 2, refreshed with a host of powertrain, styling, interior,
feature and safety upgrades, all designed to meet the needs of today's
family. Key changes to the 2014 Odyssey minivan include the addition
of a standard 6-speed automatic transmission on all trims resulting in
class-leading fuel-economy ratings, enhanced safety equipment, cleaner
front and rear exterior styling, plus revised instrumentation and
electronic controls.

For the first time all 2014 Odyssey models will include standard
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® connectivity, a 4-way power passenger seat,
Expanded View Driver's Mirror, Pandora® interface and an SMS text
messaging function. New available features include the Honda exclusive
LaneWatch™ blind spot display, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and
Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additionally, Odyssey Touring Elite
models will now come standard with the much-anticipated HondaVAC™, the
world's first in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, which allows customers the
ability to quickly and easily clean-up dirt and debris from every
corner of the minivan.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey will have a starting MSRP of $28,825. This
represents only a $150 increase in base price for a thoroughly revised
Odyssey equipped with additional standard features for increased

With the addition of a standard 6-speed automatic transmission paired
to the 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable
Cylinder Management (VCM), the Odyssey further solidifies its place as
the fuel economy leader in the minivan segment with all 2014 models
offering EPA fuel economy ratings of 19/28 mpg1 city/highway
(model-year 2013 EPA ratings were 18/27 mpg on all models except
Touring and Touring Elite).

Further enhancing occupant safety, the 2014 Odyssey receives the
next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body
structure. The reinforced frontal structure improves frontal crash
energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique
collision modes. With the revised structure, the 2014 Odyssey is
anticipated to earn the highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a GOOD rating
in the stringent new IIHS small overlap frontal collision test. The
Odyssey is expected to be the first minivan to earn a TSP+ from IIHS.

For 2014, the Odyssey continues with its successful model grade
strategy: five different available trim levels include the
well-equipped base LX model, EX, the leather-trimmed EX-L, the
feature-packed Touring, and the line-topping Odyssey Touring Elite. A
DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) and Honda Satellite-Linked
Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition3 are available on EX-L
models and above.

New exterior colors for 2014 are Modern Steel Metallic and Obsidian
Blue Pearl. Interior colors include Beige, Gray and Truffle for the
new high-quality fabric that features a refined and dynamic new weave
pattern on LX and EX models, while the EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite
feature leather upholstery. A full range of genuine Honda accessories
is also available.

New Features by Trim Level:

Odyssey LX:

6-speed automatic transmission
4-way power front passenger seat
Expanded View Driver's Mirror
One-touch turn signals
Next-generation Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
Bluetooth® streaming audio
Pandora® interface
Short Message Service (SMS) text function
Odyssey EX adds:

LaneWatch™ blind spot display
Push button start with keyless access system
HondaLink™ featuring Aha™ compatibility
Wiper-linked headlights
Odyssey EX-L and EX-L RES add:

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Odyssey EX-L Navi and Touring add:

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
Odyssey Touring Elite adds:

HondaVAC™ integrated vacuum system
HD Radio™
Neural 5.1 Surround™ audio
Advancing the Odyssey
In redesigning the Odyssey for 2014, Honda's goal was to reinforce and
expand upon the vehicle's already great features, including the
exceptional value for money that already defines the Odyssey for its
target buyers: Gen X and Gen Y families. Odyssey aims to surprise and
delight by adding upgrades and amenities, making it once again the top
pick among individual buyers.

The 2014 Odyssey features a 3.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine producing
248 hp at 5,700 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. Honda's
i-VTEC® enhances power delivery while Variable Cylinder Management™
(VCM®) helps maximize fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

With the 2014 model, Honda has targeted best-in-class fuel economy
ratings for all trim levels. As a result, the transmission has been
upgraded to a 6-speed automatic across the model range, replacing the
5-speed automatic previously found on the LX, EX and EX-L. EPA fuel
economy ratings are now 19/28 mpg1 city/highway for all trim levels,
up 1 mpg in both city and highway for the LX, EX and EX-L trims. The
California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions certification4 remains
an impressive ULEV-2.

Refined and youthful, sporty and advanced, the Odyssey's refreshed
styling adds new premium elements for 2014. Highlights include new
black-trimmed headlights, new available fog lights, a new muscular
hood, and black-surround grille for an upscale appearance. New
body-color matched side mirrors and additional bright chrome trim add
to the premium appearance. New rear styling and LED taillights with
clear lenses and eye-catching perimeter "light pipes" add to
the polished look.

Weight savings come from the use of aluminum for the hood, front
fenders and front suspension lower control arms. The LX model features
17-inch steel wheels with premium covers, while EX and EX-L models
utilize 17-inch premium aluminum alloy wheels. Touring and Touring
Elite models feature 18-inch premium sport aluminum alloy wheels.

The 2014 Odyssey EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite models have a
wiper-linked headlight system that automatically turns on the
headlights when the front wipers are activated. In addition, new
standard one-touch turn signals improve convenience for the driver
when making routine lane changes. With this system, one flick of the
turn-signal lever provides three blinks of the turn signals - ideal
for changing lanes. Pressing the lever past the "click
point" provides continuous blinking.

A new keyless entry system with push button start on EX, EX-L, Touring
and Touring Elite allows the driver to approach the vehicle, open the
door and start the engine - all without touching a key. The system
only requires the driver have possession of the key fob. The system
also simplifies opening the sliding side doors and tailgate - locking
all doors when leaving the vehicle requires only touching the lock
button on any door handle.

Redesigned instrumentation, new trim and fabric, and upgraded
electronic features and functionality make the 2014 Odyssey interior
ideal for families. Design changes include upgraded meter illumination
and interior lighting, chrome-trimmed instrument dials and door
handles, a new available 7-inch touch-screen, and a repositioned DVD
player for the available Rear Entertainment System. Updated styling
and a change from blue to white halo lighting make the instrumentation
easier to read. Similar changes make the climate control easier to

All 2014 Odyssey models and trim levels get an Expanded View Driver's
Mirror. The driver's side mirror provides a 19-percent increase in
visible area, offering an enhanced view of objects that might
otherwise be hidden in the vehicle's blind spot. Included on Odyssey
EX, EX-L and Touring models, the Honda LaneWatch™ blind spot display
provides an expanded rear view of the passenger side roadway. The
system uses a camera mounted on the bottom of the passenger door
mirror, which when activated by the right turn signal or the
signal-stalk LaneWatch™ button, displays a live, 80-degree view of the
passenger-side roadway, compared to 18- to 22-degrees typical of a
standard door mirror.

A rearview camera is standard on all Odyssey models. Odyssey LX, EX
and EX-L models feature a single-angle "Normal View"
display, while EX-L Navi, Touring and Touring Elite models have a
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with wide, normal and top-down views - all
with improved optical quality. All rearview camera systems feature

The Odyssey Touring Elite features the first minivan in-vehicle vacuum
cleaner system, HondaVac™ which is designed to help families keep the
minivan interior neat and clean. Engineered for dry use, the HondaVAC™
operates on the vehicle's 12-volt electrical system, and its
performance easily surpasses that of a handheld rechargeable vacuums.

Integrated in the rear cargo area of the vehicle, the HondaVAC™
includes an extendable hose that can reach every corner of the
vehicle. Two separate head attachments expand versatility, while a
removable debris canister and replaceable filter bag makes maintaining
the vacuum easy. To protect the vehicle battery's state of charge, the
HondaVAC™ runs up to eight minutes with the ignition turned to the
Accessory setting - or continuously if the engine is running.

Odyssey EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite models have new intuitive
touch panel controls that reduce button clutter on the center stack.
An upper 8-inch display and a lower 7-inch display provide a simpler
overall interface improving usability.

When paired to a compatible cellular phone, Aha™ and Pandora®
interfaces are available on EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite
models. XM® Radio is included in EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite
models, a HDD audio system comes on the EX-L Navi, Touring and Touring
Elite models, and a rear DVD player is standard in EX-L RES, Touring
and Touring Elite models. The Touring Elite also features HD Radio and
new Neural 5.1 Surround™ audio.

Audio system output is 240 watts for Odyssey LX, 270 watts for EX,
EX-L and EX-L RES, and 246 watts for EX-L Navi and Touring. The
premium audio system in the Odyssey Touring Elite has 650 watts. All
audio systems have seven speakers except for the Touring Elite, which
features 12 speakers.

Simplified pairing and enhanced functionality with smart phones
improve the Odyssey's telematics for 2014. HandFreeLink® is included
on all models, and Bluetooth® audio streaming, SMS and email functions
are available with compatible smartphones. Additional features include
a phonebook, call history, speed dial and contact picture. Odyssey EX,
EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite include HondaLink™ featuring Aha™
which offers content from hundreds of channels through a tethered
compatible smartphone.

The Rear Entertainment System (RES) on the EX-L RES, Touring and
Touring Elite models features upgraded control layout and screen
quality. This system features improved placement of the DVD player and
more intuitive operation for the rear audio controls. Screen
resolution is VGA on EX-L RES and Touring models, and the Touring
Elite's upgraded ultra-widescreen offers four times higher

With the application of the next-generation Advanced Compatibility
Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, significant structural changes to
the unit-body were made, including more extensive use of high-strength
steel in the A-, B- and C-pillars, roof rails, floor rails, front body
area, and front subframe. As a result, the front door opening is now
stronger, with less chance of deformation in a frontal collision.

The previous Odyssey achieved a top Good rating in IIHS Front Crash,
Side Crash, Rear Crash and Roof Crush tests. For 2014, the Odyssey is
targeted to add a GOOD rating in the IIHS's rigorous new Small Overlap
Barrier Test and be among the first minivans to receive the highest

Newly available on the Odyssey, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) help the driver indentify potential
collision situations. Using the Odyssey's front camera module, FCW
warns of a possible collision with a vehicle detected in front, while
LDW notifies the driver of departures from detected lanes5. The two
systems are packaged together on Odyssey EX-L, Touring and Touring
Elite models, and provide visual and audible warnings.

North American Development and Manufacturing
The Odyssey represents Honda's robust product development capabilities
in North America with its design, engineering and assembly all taking
place in the U.S., using domestically and globally sourced parts.
Designed in Los Angeles and engineered at Honda R&D America's in
Ohio, the Odyssey is manufactured6 by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama,
Inc. Currently, 95 percent of all Hondas sold in the U.S., are built
in North America.

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