Honda execs proudly unveiled the newest version of its top-selling Odyssey minivan to an enthusiastic crowd at the recent North American International Auto Show.
Jam-packed with an array of new innovative features and wearing a sleekly stunning exterior, the reimagined 2018 Odyssey demonstrated why it continues to be America’s best-selling minivan. Top Honda brass extolled the virtues of the new Odyssey, stating that it “…raises the stake for family-friendly packaging, performance, and technology…”
The automaker chose to make evolutionary, rather than radical, changes to the Odyssey’s already stunning sheetmetal. After all, the current Odyssey is a beautiful car to begin with; only now even more so. Up front, Honda’s signature “flying wing” grille is enhanced by a sportier lower fascia and new LED headlights. Honda also improved aerodynamic efficiency by effectively hiding the tracks of the side doors to give the Odyssey’s flanks a smoother look.
New Technology For The Modern Family.
But it’s on the inside that the new 8-passenger Odyssey really shines, introducing several new high-tech innovations that caught most everyone at the show by surprise. The new Honda CabinWatch and CabinTalk are a boon to parents. CabinWatch displays an image of the rear seats on the upgraded 8-inch color Display Audio Touchscreen. CabinTalk allows front passengers to communicate with rear passengers via the rear audio speakers, as well as through the available entertainment system’s headphones.
More Connected Than Ever.
And Honda’s clever CabinControl app with SocialPlay allows those in the rear seats to modify the temper
ature, upload tunes to the audio system, and even send an address to the car’s navigation system right from their smartphones. Plus, new 4G LTE Wi-Fi lets everyone play games, hook up to the Internet, and seamlessly access their connected world. Another smart feature displays a colorful route to your destination on the available overhead rear entertainment system’s ceiling-mounted screen, so kids won’t have to ask you “are we there yet?”
New Sliding Seat Debuts.
When Honda introduced its groundbreaking “HondaVac™” system in the Odyssey a couple of years ago, it caused a sensation. Honda does it again with the ingenious new Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats which slide from side to side and front to back, creating easy access to the 3rd-row seats. It’s also perfect for giving those little passengers some space of their own when they get a bit rambunctious.
Fuel-Efficient 10-Speed Transmission Unveiled.
Honda also upped its game in the performance department with a powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-liter iVTEC™ V6 engine coupled to an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission that’s designed for enhanced fuel economy and a smoother ride. Additionally, the automaker gave the Odyssey sportier and more responsive handling thanks to increased torsional rigidity, a new rear suspension, and new dual-pinion electric power steering.
A Full Range Of Safety Features.
Honda also announced that all 2018 Odyssey EX and above trim levels, which should comprise more than 95% of all Odyssey sales, will now get the automaker’s cutting-edge Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced active driver safety technologies. All Odysseys will be equipped with both a blind-spot warning system as well as a standard surround-view rear camera.
Built in America for American families, the brilliant new 5th-generation 2018 Honda Odyssey fulfills Honda’s pledge to “make everyone in the family happy.”
Watch the official Odyssey Detroit Auto Show reveal:
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