Last post on Dec 05, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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#5 of 12 2014 changes
Mar 30, 2013 (7:22 am)
I am visiting the NY Auto Show this coming week to see it first hand and ask the reps some detailed questions.
They've done some minor re-styling and have added a gimmicky feature that's getting all the attention -- a built-in shopvac in the back of the car that is powered by the car and with a hose that can reach the entire interior. But the feature I really want to see is they have updated the center panel controls to have a second touch screen -- in addition to the nav screen -- to control most of the audio and climate functions and they have incorporated Hondalink, which they first released in the Accord refresh last fall. It syncs with your phone's Internet connection and provides Internet-based radio stations, weather, traffic, restaurant and gas lookup, etc.. It can also read your texts, Facebook and Twitter feeds. And it syncs with an app on your phone that you can use to program your favorite radio stations, get service reminders, review your trip maps, etc. It can also continue to play your radio stations after you leave the car on your phone. It all sounds great on paper and I like new tech. But I want to see how well it actually works in practice since most of the other car touch screens I have used all are terrible and distracting, particularly all the iterations of the Ford/Mercury system -- you're better off without the touch screen if they are as bad as that. They have also added a blind spot camera that shows a video of the blind spot on the right side of the car in the nav screen.
I'm not clear yet whether all this will only be available on the Elite edition and for how much of a premium. Their press release attributed all their changes to the Elite model but I doubt they would only give their top model 100% of their changes year-over-year.
#6 of 12 Re: 2014 changes [citivas]
Apr 01, 2013 (9:27 am)
Just got back from the NY Auto Show.
Pretty much a bust and annoying that you have to pay for it. They have the 204 on a turnstile, robed off, so you can't see it up close nor see the interior at all, nor play with the features like the vacuum or Hondalink. Further, the people manning their booth don't know very much -- less than anyone reading this site -- and even if they did they have been ordered not to say anything that isn't in the press release. Obviously that means no pricing or release date and no hint as to which changes would be on any model other than the Elite. But they couldn't even tell you details about the features on the elite, such as the functionality of the nav system or Hondalink and whether it will be identical to the existing iteration in the Accord or in any way different.
I did play with Hondalink in the accord, and the Acura equivalent in another vehicle. It's nice, but probably not a show stopper in terms of waiting for the new vehicle. It seems to use a updated version of the nav system that's in the 2013 Odyssey. The maps now have a Garmin-like 3D angle to them rather than a being straight down from above look -- the angle is more subtle than with Garmin though . It's clearly the same system, just revised. Also, you can use the Hondalink Touch Screen to type in your street address or places rather than the scroll wheel -- you have the choice of the wheel, the touch screen or voice.
They couldn't confirm that the nav system still won't lock out features while driving, a rumor I heard they were adopting. But the Acura rep was much more knowledgable and she assured me the 2014 models are not doing that with Acura so perhaps that means they still won't with Honda.
That's about it. I also checked out all the other new SUV's at the show -- there were no other new mini vans premiering. The Toyota Highlander is all new -- but won't launch publicly until next January. It now has 8 seats instead of 7.
#7 of 12 Re: 2014 changes [citivas]
Jun 01, 2013 (9:09 pm)
Anyone have any updates on the 2014 model?
Do the new features mentioned come on all models or just the top of the line? (Specifically the keyless ignition and the new dashboard controls)?
Any ideas as to release date?
If I can currently get the exl for 30k before tax what can I expect to pay for the 2014 exl?
#8 of 12 2013 elite vs 2014 elite
Jul 02, 2013 (8:32 pm)
want to purchase a elite model. just wondering how much difference 2014 model from 2013, beside vacuum (I do not care about that)? It may be couple thousands $ less to buy a 2013 model since it is on sale.
#9 of 12 Re: 2013 elite vs 2014 elite [jeffcar1]
Jul 03, 2013 (5:21 am)
Since the 2014 will be a refresh, it will be selling for MSRP for a few months, then will slowly creep down in price. Read up on all of the new features (you can download the brochure from Honda's website). If you don't need any of the new things, you will save at least $6,000 buying the 2013 as there will be no incentives on the 2014 model until sometime in the year 2014.
#10 of 12 2014 Odyssey Radio Code
Aug 30, 2013 (4:56 am)
In past when I purchased Hondas they used to give me a Radio code (4 digit number).
For my 2014 EX, they did not provide me. The dealer claims that Honda stopped Radio code starting 2014. Is this true?
Thank you for your time.
#11 of 12 Re: 2014 Odyssey Radio Code [nycconnect]
Aug 30, 2013 (5:40 am)
Is this for an XM Radio? If it is you will need the code for your subscription after the 90 day trail period ends.
You can tune the radio to CH0000 and the number will show. The procedure is in the owners manual.
#12 of 12 Odyssey and kiddos?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 05, 2013 (1:27 pm)
If you are a parent of young children (at least one under 12 years old) who owns a 2013-14 Honda Odyssey, a reporter would like for you to fill out a survey, due by December 13, 2013, for use in a print publication. Please email PRedmunds.com no later than Wednesday, December 11, for a copy of the survey.