2018 Honda Odyssey First Impression | Edmunds

2018 Honda Odyssey First Impression

Honda made a big impression at the Detroit Auto Show with the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan that will hit showrooms this spring. On the outside, it is instantly recognizable as an Odyssey, but with sharper creases and deeply sculpted body panels. More significantly, it's in its feature content that this new model distinguishes itself from its predecessors.

There's a wealth of available technology, including streaming video through a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, public Wi-Fi or your own cellular device. A large 8-inch touchscreen controls the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems and also features over-the-air system updates. A new CabinWatch camera system allows the driver to view passengers (and even has night vision), and the new CabinTalk technology allows the driver to communicate with second- and third-row passengers through the speakers and rear entertainment headphones.

With the "How Much Farther?" app, those passengers can visually track progress to the destination, which means you'll be less likely to hear, "Are we there yet?" Rear passengers are further empowered with a downloadable app that allows them to control climate control functions, relay navigation information, and upload music to the main cabin.

Honda's focus on real-world usability continues with new Magic Slide seats that slide from side to side with one hand, allowing unprecedented flexibility and ease. Owners can reconfigure the seating layout for cargo and occupants. Among the configurations, it's possible to secure an infant in a child seat in the doorway then slide the seat closer to the center position to allow other passengers access to other seats. Stain-resistant and -concealing interior materials and the return of the HondaVac built-in vacuum should further entice potential buyers, too.

On the safety front, the Honda Sensing suite will include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and road departure mitigation. Combined with a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and Honda's advanced body structure, we expect the Odyssey to earn top safety scores.

Moving all of this down the road will be a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower that is run through either a nine- or 10-speed automatic transmission. More information on performance and fuel economy will be available as we close in on the release date.

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