2018 Honda Odyssey

Affordable three-row SUVs and crossovers are responsible for
the demise of the minivans. However, many enthusiasts still
love them. Although minivans are not as sexy as crossovers and
SUVs, they are practical and functional. One of the best
minivans out there is the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Despite the
onslaught by crossovers and SUVs, the Odyssey is still holding
strong and has been revised for the 2018 model year. Read along
for more:

2018 Honda Odyssey Exterior

The 2018 Honda Odyssey will be more aggressive than the
outgoing model. At the front, the model features a modified
grille with a wider presence. Sleeker LED headlights flank it.
Honda has replaced the functional air dam with one that is
adopted from the Accord. Two corner inserts with a bright
chrome accent flank the air dam. It also features small
circular fog lights. The front also features a new hood that
looks muscular than the one on the outgoing model.

On the sides, the wheel arches feature a defined accent line
and are integrated with a rectangular indicator. Door handles
are dressed in chrome. The model’s lightning bolt waistline has
been revised and now looks more organic. The roof looks more
slanted on the new model and the rear overhang swoops up
slightly.

The rear of the Odyssey has also been upgraded. To start with,
the automaker has hooked up the model with an hourglass look in
place of the full-width taillights look on the outgoing models.
Side wings dressed in gloss black flank the rear overhang. The
taillights have adopted a “C” shape while a chrome Honda emblem
is placed right in the middle of the taillights. Its reflectors
have been moved to the corners and feature an attractive
accenting bodyline at the bottom.

2018 Honda Odyssey Interior

Honda claims the Odyssey will have the quietest cabin in the
segment.  This is courtesy of triple door seals, a noise
cancellation system, acoustic windshield and side glass and
sound deadening materials. With a quiet cabin, passengers will
enjoy the vehicle’s audio system, which by the way is
controlled via a new 8.0-inch touch-screen that comes with a
traditional knob. The system also features Android Auto and
Apple CarPlay.

The minivan also features a rear entertainment system for the
kids. The kids will be able to stream videos via a 4G LTE Wi-Fi
connection offered as an option. To manage what the kiddies at
the rear indulge in, there is a CabinControl app that uses a
phone to control the rear entertainment system as well as
adjust rear climate, upload music to the sound system and feed
destinations to the navigation system.

There is also a CabinWatch system that features a camera to
project what goes on at the rear rows on the vehicle’s Display
Audio system screen at the front. A CabinTalk system enables
parents to pass on stern warnings via rear speakers and
headphones.

Technologies are not the only upgrades; the minivan also gets a
Magic Slide 2nd row seat that offers 4 seating
configurations which makes it easy to move in and out as well
as eases cargo-hauling. Front seats are heated and ventilated;
the steering wheel and side mirrors are also heated.

For safety, the model comes with Honda’s Sensing safety suite
that features a host of driver assist technologies such as lane
keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure
warning, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking
sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Engine Specs and performance

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5 L, V-6 power-plant
that is direct-injected and features variable cylinder
deactivation. Mind you, this is the only engine offered for the
MPV. The engine produces 280 horses, an improvement of 32
horses compared to the outgoing model. On lower trims, the
engine will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission
system; a 10-speed automatic system will be used on higher
trims. This transmission is controlled via buttons and switches
that are mounted on the dash. These transmissions combine with
active grille shutters to give the new Odyssey the best fuel
economy ratings in this segment.

In addition, Honda has hooked up the model with a Snow driving
mode that enhances traction control system. The model also
features an Agile Handling Assist Technology, larger brakes,
more responsive steering as well as revised suspension tuning
which improves the model’s handling.

Price and release date

According to credible reports, the model will arrive in
dealerships this spring. Honda is yet to release its price but
I expect the price to change only slightly compared to the
current model. The current model has a starting price of
$29,850.

Competition

The 2018 Honda Odyssey will take on the Toyota
Sienna, Chrysler
Pacifica and Kia Sedona
among other models.