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.