2018 Honda Odyssey Is First Minivan to Offer 4G LTE Connectivity | Edmunds

2018 Honda Odyssey Is First Minivan to Offer 4G LTE Connectivity

Honda says its 2018 Honda Odyssey will be the first minivan to offer 4G LTE connectivity, which will include the option of low-cost unlimited data plans from AT&T.

With the high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi, available on 2018 Odyssey Touring and Elite trim levels, passengers will be able to stream music, videos and other content to the new 10.2-inch, ceiling-mounted rear entertainment system, which also features DVD, CD and Blu-ray disc capability. The AT&T plans come with a free three-month trial, followed by prepaid and postpaid unlimited-data subscriptions that start at $20 per month.

2018 Honda Odyssey

"As any parent can tell you, keeping everyone connected is a big part of modern family happiness," said Jeff Conrad, Honda's senior vice president for the Automobile Division, in a statement. "With our new CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies, reconfigurable Magic Slide seats and 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the new Odyssey is all about keeping everyone connected and comfortable."

CabinWatch uses a rear-facing camera with night vision to allow monitoring of activity in the rear seat rows. And CabinTalk lets those in front communicate with passengers in the back, even if they're wearing headphones.

In-vehicle connectivity is, indeed, becoming a popular option for many buyers, especially those with children. As previously reported by Edmunds, Chevrolet noted that its subscriptions to 4G LTE data plan sales jumped almost 275 percent from March 2016 to the same month this year. As a result, Chevy recently began offering unlimited data plans to owners of any of its vehicles equipped with GM's OnStar. Those plans are also available through AT&T with prices starting at $20 per month.

Although booming SUV sales have attracted the most media attention over the last few years, the struggle for minivan market share has not been completely overshadowed. Sales of the family haulers remain strong, and when the new Chrysler Pacifica was introduced for the 2017 model year, it constituted a fresh shot over the bow of such competitors as the Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona and the Odyssey.

For 2018, Honda completely redesigned the Odyssey to ensure that it continues to hold its place among the most popular examples of the breed. This fifth-generation Odyssey features such upgrades as improved performance, enhanced sliding of the second-row seats, and the new cabin-monitoring camera and communication systems. It also maintains its reputation for providing more interior room than just about anything short of a full-size van.

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