Honda’s Odyssey is a well-loved and well-respected model among those who covet family-hauling, grocery-toting minivans. As good as the current Odyssey is, it’s a little outdated. Especially when you look at the competition. The new Chrysler Pacifica is truly innovative and extremely interesting. We expected Honda to go for broke and try to show up that ride. While the new Honda Odyssey is certainly a move in the right direction, we were expecting something a little more dramatic on the outside. Still, we’re sure it’ll be lovely to drive, and from what we can tell, there isn’t another vehicle out there that packs as much family friendly tech.
The exterior of the 2018 Odyssey looks similar to the 2017 model. Pull it up next to the current vehicle and you’ll be able to tell which one is newer, but it might take a second. The new model utilizes many similar styling elements. From the outside, it doesn’t appear all that different despite the fact that it rides on a different platform than the 2017 model and is a completely new design. While this may sound disheartening, it’s the inside that counts on a minivan, and Honda definitely focused its attention in the right places.
Here are some of the highlights of the new Odyssey:
- In an effort to improve communication throughout the cabin, the company created what it’s calling the Connected Cabin Concept. This means lots of noise-cancelling technology and materials to make communication between passengers easier, especially front row to
- CabinWatch takes the Connected Cabin Concept further by allowing the front row to keep an eye on the rear via a camera feed (it even works in the dark) that is displayed on the eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen on the dash.
- CabinTalk also contributes to the Connected Cabin Concept by allowing the driver to broadcast their voice over the vehicle’s speakers and headphones. This would come in handy for when the kiddos are plugged into their phone or other mobile devices.
- The Odyssey also comes equipped with a rear seat entertainment system with a 10.2-inch screen that’s mounted to the ceiling. The vehicle’s Wi-Fi system allows you to stream all kinds of content.
- There’s also tons of apps. These apps do everything from show second and third-row passengers how much further they have to go on a road trip to a playlist app that lets eight people create a personalized list of songs that are then uploaded to the audio system.
- Honda now has Magic Slide second-row seats that make it easier to access the third row of seats.
- The only engine offered is a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It produces 280 hp, which is up 32 horses from the 2017 model. Fuel economy numbers have not yet been released, but Honda expects them to be higher than the current Odyssey’s numbers.
- Pricing has not yet been released, but the minivan should go on sale spring of 2017.