The increase in SUV popularity has shifted today’s demand for mid-sized sedans. Minivans are also affected, but it looks like Honda Odyssey sure isn’t. While sales aren’t increasing, they aren’t declining either. In a span of last six years (2011-2016) Honda sold 733.355 Odyssey’s. That’s average of 122.225 per year. The last model in the fourth generation was 2017 model year. And now Japanese manufacturer introduced the fifth generation of this minivan. New 2018 Honda Odyssey comes with a complete redesign and more technology.
2018 Honda Odyssey – New Platform
The design isn’t much different. It’s fresher but it’s still Odyssey. The grille carries the biggest change and now looks more similar to Pilot and Ridgeline. There are also new LED headlights and rear lights. More important is the new structure. New Odyssey rides on new chassis and has new body structure made from high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium. BMW 7-Series was the first to use magnesium alloy in their body. The result is the more rigid vehicle by 44% while curb weight is reduced by 96 pounds. When they added reengineered rear suspension and steering with a better response, the 2018 Honda Odyssey will certainly ride better.
2018 Honda Odyssey – Interior Specs
The interior is what minivan is all about. And Honda outmatched itself. Firstly, the cabin is now quieter thanks to triple door seals and standard noise cancellation system. There are also acoustic front and side glass and increased sound deadening.
With a seating of eight, Odyssey is generally in use for large families. For easier entering, Honda further improved versatility. They called it Magic Slide second-row seat which brings four different seating configurations. Also, parents now have another trick up their sleeve. And that’s CabinWatch and CabinTalk. With these systems, the driver and front seat passenger have a clear view of rear seat occupants. The image is displayed on 7-inch color TFT touchscreen mounted on the center console via an infrared camera that works in both daylight and night conditions. It also has pinch-to-zoom feature. With CabinTalk speaker can speak in the microphone and be heard by all occupants, nevertheless it’s through the speakers or the ones who wear headphones plugged into a rear seat entertainment system. So, instead of yelling across the cabin, parents now can just say: “I saw what you did there, and don’t do it anymore.”
2018 Honda Odyssey – Features
This system consists of a 10.2-inch screen that can stream videos through 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. There is also an interesting app called “How Much Farther?” that tells the users how much until arrival at destination. Although handy, it will certainly not eliminate the question “Are we there yet?” In addition, CabinControl lets the user send a destination to car’s navigation system, as well as adjust rear seat climate control and entertainment system. There is also additional 8-inch audio touch-screen system which is not available in base LX trim. The infotainment system is also updated to be more responsive. Other features include heated rear seats and steering wheel and ventilated front seats. Wireless device charging is now available and famous built-in HondaVac is back to help clean up the mess after long journeys.
2018 Honda Odyssey – Same V6
As for the powertrain, the 3.5-liter V6 remains. But it’s been revised to boost output for 32 horsepower to reach a total of 280 horsepower. A six-speed automatic is not available anymore. They ditched it in favor of nine-speed automatic which comes as standard, while there is also 10-speed automatic available. While other minivan manufacturer either already have AWD or they are considering it, 2018 Honda Odyssey will have only FWD layout available. The reason is by the words of John Mendel, executive vice president of Honda quite simple: “We looked at it, and one of the things we know is in order to put in all-wheel drive, we’re going to have to raise the vehicle and we’re going to compromise the interior, we really don’t want to do that.”
2018 Honda Odyssey – Safety
The safety of new Odyssey will also be on the higher level. The current generation received Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The reason why they missed the “+” is that it didn’t provide much front crash prevention features, resulting in “basic” rating. That’s about to change since 2018 Honda Odyssey comes with Honda Sensing suite standard on all trims except base LX. And it consists of forward-collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with a lane-departure warning and a lane-keeping assist and there’s also new rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.
2018 Honda Odyssey – Price
The 2018 Honda Odyssey will be available this spring. Even with all the modifications, we don’t expect much higher price than current’s $30.750. Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, and Kia Sedona are main competitors.