2018 Honda Odyssey Preview Jun 9, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)

For the 2018 model year, Honda is updating its Odyssey minivan to make it even more appealing to families, with modern features that make it smarter and provide some extra power. The 2018 Odyssey marks the fifth generation of this minivan, and while it looks very familiar, we are excited to see the changes under the hood and inside the cabin.

Updated Powertrain

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Just like in the previous generation, the 2018 Odyssey will use a 3.5-liter V6 powertrain, but its output has increased by 32 horsepower thanks in part to direct injection technology. This brings it up to 280 horsepower, a change you will definitely notice when passing, climbing hills, or accelerating. This is one minivan that won’t suffer from a lack of power when you’re fully loaded and has surprisingly firm handling and standard 18-inch tires. The standard 9-speed automatic transmission is also new with a new 10-speed one on the top two trims. Even with the increase in power, the 2018 Honda Odyssey maintains 19 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined thanks to the well-designed transmission, figures that are in line with its previous model year.

Redesigned Suspension

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When driving, you will also appreciate the redesigned rear suspension. Those who have gotten a chance behind the wheel of this upcoming vehicle appreciate its ability to soak up bumps. At the same time, it makes the rear end more sure-footed, quiets the ride, and adds some cargo space. Factor in the extra sound dampening within the chassis and available acoustic side glass, and you get an incredibly quiet cabin.

Loaded with Kid-Friendly Tech

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The area where the 2018 Honda Odyssey truly excels and shows off its updates is technology. The new rear-seat entertainment system stores on the roof and swings down when in use. It uses a 10.2-inch screen to show whatever is playing on the HDMI input or Blu-ray disc player, both of which are in the front row, or from the media-streaming apps that include PBS Kids. Those apps are easy to use with the 4G LTE data connection. One feature you’ll love is the “How much farther?” program, which lets your kids track the trip without bothering the driver.

With Fun For Adults

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Adults don’t get left out in terms of cabin technology, and they get a new Cabin Control app that lets the passengers have limited control of certain functions like streaming music on a community playlist, searching destinations, adjusting rear-zone climate control, and remotely controlling the rear entertainment. There are also more than enough charging ports to go around. We like the addition of the volume knob to the infotainment system. Those who have tested it out say that it is faster and most responsive than any other Honda infotainment system we’ve seen before. Parents will love the new features like Cabin Watch that lets you check on your rear passengers even in the dark and Cabin Talk, which projects your voice from a microphone to the rear seat headphones or speakers. While the technology and handling are more than enough for any adult driver, we’re still disappointed in the stagnant styling and sagging rear. Personally, we hope that Honda updates their styling to match the other qualities of this people mover. With that in mind, the 2018 Honda Odyssey offers exceptional handling and fun for a minivan with enough power and features for the whole family.

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