Looking to fend off the new Chrysler Pacifica and hold onto the minivan sales crown, Honda used the 2017 Detroit Auto Show to unveil the all-new, 2018 Odyssey, promising best-in-class performance and refinement.
Don’t be fooled by the exterior design of the new Odyssey, which isn’t a dramatic departure from the previous model — the popular minivan features a number of key design and technical improvements that make it a superior family vehicle than before.
Like the latest Civic, CR-V and Pilot, Honda’s popular minivan benefits from a new infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display. The unit supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and can be updated over-the-air or via USB.
Other tech and convenience features worth pointing out include a new versatile Magic Slide second-row seat that can be adjusted for optimal comfort, accessibility and storage, new CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, a new Rear Entertainment System with streaming video, and a Social Play list that lets every passenger upload their own music choices using their smartphones.
CabinWatch uses cameras to feed what’s going on in the rear seats to the front passengers, while CabinTalk lets you shout at your kids to keep it down via the Odyssey’s rear speakers.
Power is provided by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management that produces 280 horsepower, 32 ponies more than before. The engine can be paired with either a 9-speed automatic or new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2018 Odyssey can be equipped with Honda Sensing, a safety suite that includes a comprehensive list of advanced technology such as emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and lane keeping assist.
The all-mew, 2018 Honda Odyssey goes on sale in Spring 2017. It will be interesting to see how the Chrysler Pacifica and all other minivans stack up against it.