Honda’s family hauler is treated to an overhaul.
Despite the trend of families significantly abandoning minivans in favor of three-row crossover SUVs, the minivan market is still substantial. So, at Honda, the Odyssey continues to be important, and it has actually been completely redesigned for 2018. For families sticking it out with minivans, the 2018 Odyssey guarantees more convenience, more adaptability, and– most of all– more innovation.
From the outdoors, the most recent Odyssey does not make much of a break from its predecessor. The existing generation’s stepped beltline reappears, although it’s now more embellished with a downswept crease. Another hockey-stick-shaped character line appears on the lower body sides– a styling flourish that’s fast becoming a cliché. There likewise are brand-new LED head- and taillights, and the grille now more carefully looks like that of the Pilot and other current Hondas.
Under the skin, the 2018 Odyssey rides on a new architecture shared with the Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup. A 3.5-liter V-6 stays the only engine offering, although output boosts from 248 to 280 horsepower. The previous six-speed automatic has actually been rejected in favor of a nine-speed unit (as seen in the Pilot), while upper trim levels get a new, Honda-designed 10-speed automatic that makes its launching here. The additional ratios, combined with a declared weight decrease of almost 100 pounds, ought to push fuel economy in a positive direction, although EPA rankings are not yet offered.
Previous variations of the Odyssey had a removable center section for the second-row seats, which enabled seating for three or separated chairs for two. The new Odyssey takes that versatility numerous actions beyond. First, the middle area can be placed farther forward, to put a kid strapped into that area within much easier snot-wiping reach for Mother and father. With the center section removed, the outboard seats can be snugged up together, both moving toward the center. That permits much easier access to the 3rd row, especially with child seats in location, which prevent the seats from having the ability to fold and move out of the method. For even much better third-row access, either of the outboard seats can move over into the middle position, and the side-to-side positioning occurs in increments. Honda’s trademark term for this multi-position second row is Magic Slide seats, and they’re basic on all designs.
The new Odyssey likewise debuts a number of innovations for keeping tabs on and communicating with passengers in the rear two rows. The most appealing is CabinWatch, in which an infrared electronic camera– enabling the system to work both in darkness or daylight– situated in the overhead rear-seat-entertainment system can offer the driver and front-seat guest with a view of the goings-on in back. The image from the electronic camera is predicted on the control panel’s main display screen, and pinch-and-zoom capability enables one to no in on a specific rear-seat rider.
Interacting with headphones-wearing rear-seat travelers can be difficult, a scenario the brand-new CabinTalk system is designed to ease. With CabinTalk, the motorist can speak into the microphone and be heard by means of the rear speakers or headphones plugged into the rear-seat home entertainment system. That system, with a 10.2-inch screen, now can stream PBS Kids, iHeartRadio, and Spotify apps through a new 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. A function called Social Playlist enables up to eight passengers to submit their music from their mobile phones to the audio system– although, in some households, being required to listen to somebody else’s music would be tantamount to kid abuse. An app called Just how much Farther? permits passengers to see the time until a destination is reached, however it probably will not entirely remove that bothersome concern. Another app, CabinControl, lets users send a destination to the in-car navigation system along with control the rear-seat environment control and the rear home entertainment system.
In advance, the instrument cluster now houses a 7.0-inch color TFT screen, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen audio system (not offered on the base LX) sees the really welcome return of a volume knob, as on the latest CR-V. The Odyssey likewise is the first recipient of a substantial upgrade to Honda’s infotainment software application, which is quicker to respond– we’ve found its existing touchscreen system slow– and has extra features such as enabling users to drag and drop to customize which apps occupy the faster ways menu. Heated rear seats, a heated guiding wheel, aerated front seats, and cordless device charging are recently available. And of course the integrated HondaVac as soon as again is on hand to assist clean up messes.
The 2018 redesign also offers Honda a possibility to catch the Odyssey up with the current safety features, an area where the outgoing model had actually fallen behind. The Honda Sensing suite of active safety features is freshly basic on all models except the base LX. Included are adaptive cruise control with automated emergency situation braking, lane-keeping assist, and road-departure mitigation. Rear cross-traffic alert is another brand-new addition. Forward-collision warning, lane-departure caution, and blind-spot monitoring were previously available and reappear on the new model.
Additional details of Honda’s most current Odyssey, which we do not anticipate to cost much more than today’s $30,750 entry price, will be revealed closer to the brand-new model’s on-sale date this spring.