2018 Honda Odyssey – What’s New?
2018 Honda Odyssey – What’s New?
A robust redesign from the front fascia to the LED taillights ushers in the next generation 2018 Honda Odyssey. More than just exterior enhancements, this new Odyssey is the true embodiment of “Family Connectivity”. The people talked, Honda listened, and created a minivan that’s even more connected, comfortable, and technologically advanced then its predecessor. While all of the official specs haven’t been released yet, here is a rundown of some of the most innovative, exciting (and downright fun) new features the new 2018 Honda Odyssey has to offer.
The exterior features a more modern and refined look than its predecessor, with an elegant front fascia cognate to the newly redesigned 2017 Honda CR-V. A sleek wing-like grille accented by effulgent, jewel-like LED headlights embellish the front while the Odyssey’s iconic belt line flows beautifully down the sides, hiding the door tracks enhancing the elegance of its profile.
“Family Connectivity” at its finest; New CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies let the driver have eyes in the back of their head, without ever taking them off the road.
CabinWatch: Fighting siblings may not like this, but mom and dad (or aunt Cindy) can keep an unblinking eye on everything going on in the back of the van thanks to this technology. A rear-facing camera monitors the back and transmits all goings on to the available 8-inch, high resolution Honda Display Audio Screen on the dashboard. (Bonus, this feature works 24/7, engaging a night-vision camera when it gets dark outside).
CabinTalk: Specially placed speakers and a microphone allow the driver to clearly hear and speak to passengers in the 2nd and 3rd rows. And don’t worry about your kids or passengers pretending they can’t hear you if they have the rear-entertainment headphones on, CabinTalk will still be audible.
Getting in and out of the 3rd row of any SUV or minivan is usually a nightmare, especially for those of us on the taller side. But the 2018 Odyssey’s new “Magic Slide” seats allow easy passage to the 3rd row with just an easy slide motion.
“Magic Slide” Seats: The middle seats slide on a rail to allow one-push easy access to the 3rd row (ideal if the middle row has a child seat(s) installed). The middle seats have been designed to also allow the traditional forward flip motion for access to the back seats as well. The middle seats can also slide toward (or away) from each other as needed.
Road trips with kids will be decidedly less awful (and maybe even fun) thanks to the 2018 Odyssey’s new entertainment and trip progress monitoring capabilities.
Rear Entertainment System – A 10.2 inch rear screen with video streaming and 4G LTE connectivity help keep the children entertained during long road trips.
CabinControl – This smartphone app allows the driver to control the rear entertainment system, as well as the rear heating, cooling and driver navigation. It works in tandem with the new “How Much Farther” app, which shows you how your journey is progressing. (This indeed may help minify the dreaded “are we there yet?” deluge of questioning.)
Even with all of the new in-cabin communication enhancements, the new 2018 Honda Odyssey has been engineered to significantly reduce “road noise” from outside the vehicle to achieve class-leading cabin quietness.
New innovations aside, the most important feature to Honda is safety. The Honda Sensing™ Suite of driver-assistive technologies will be standard on all 2018 Honda Odyssey EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite trim levels. This 360 degrees of protection combine Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to keep an unblinking eye on the road.
If you are afraid of sluggish performance, don’t be. The new 2018 Honda Odyssey has respectable get up and go thanks to a 3.5-liter direct injected iVTEC V6 280 horsepower engine (up 32 hp from the previous model year’s hp of 248), and is available in a 9 or 10 speed automatic transmission. While the official release date has not been announced, we anticipate the new 2018 Odyssey to be reaching dealerships this spring. For more information on the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey, or to reserve your very own, give us a call or contact us at Keenan Honda!