The market for minivans is on the decrease, but Honda continues to attempt improving its minivan, the Odyssey. Unveiled at the recent Detroit auto show, this vehicle is potentially the best-selling van across the US, according to Honda. For a change, 2018 Honda Odyssey will come with a fresh new body with improved aerodynamics. The structural and styling updates are followed with the reworked powertrain while refreshed interior comes packed with the innovative technologies and convenience features.
2018 Honda Odyssey: Powertrain
Beneath the refreshed sheetmetal, the 2018 Honda Odyssey features upgraded body and chassis rigidity but it is also around 96 pounds lighter. Honda said that chassis rigidity is improved by 44 percent.
In terms of power, a 3.5 liters V6 engine will produce 280 HP and 250 lb-ft of torque. The new engine version has got direct injection and some other upgrades. The engine comes mated with the new 10-speed automatic transmission in higher trim levels. The standard gearbox is the ZF 9-speed.
The new Odyssey also promises better steering response thanks to the new electric steering system. Some upgrades have been done on model’s suspensions system as well. What is also important, Honda claims class-best EPA numbers but exact ratings will be here soon.
2018 Honda Odyssey: Redesign
The refreshed look of the 2018 Honda Odyssey combines the cues from the previous version with the elements from Honda’s new vehicles.
Up front, the new Odyssey combines some details from the Pilot SUV and Civic sedan. The grille includes large chrome insert that connects headlights which come with the DRLs. The hood is also new and Odyssey also features new profile lines. The rear side, on the other hand, includes new LED taillights and chrome bar insert.
Inside, the model benefits from many refinements. Better materials, soft-touch padding, many storage compartments, new technology and comfort features are why this model will provide strong competition to other minivans on the market.
This typical family car has the capability to remove and reposition its center and rear seats with easier access to the middle section from the driver’s position. Termed as Magic slide seats, these are one of a kind and are sure to make potential customers go crazy.
Technology wise, 2018 Odyssey can easily compete with similar vehicles in the class. With infotainment facilities both on the front and back seats, the Cabin talk feature allows communication between driver and passengers.
The 8-inch center screen has the high position on the dash and a 7-inch display is in front of the driver. As an option, the passengers can enjoy in 10.2-inch rear seat entertainment screens.
Honda also offers the Honda Sensing suite on all trims except in the base LX. It includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, etc.
2018 Honda Odyssey: Pricing and Release Date
With advanced features and an improved powertrain, 2018 Honda Odyssey gives a tremendous value for money. The base model is expected at $30,750 while the cost accrued to higher trims is not yet known. New Odyssey should arrive for a late 2017 release.