The vehicle promises its users of comfort and style. Coming fresh from last year with almost no changes having made on it previously, the new Honda Odyssey for 2018 comes featuring some subtle changes on different areas. This best-selling minivan comes with in an 8-passneger seating capacity spread in three rows. There a lot of nifty technology items provided by the Japanese manufacturer especially at top trims. Some of the features include an 8-inch color touchscreen audio interface, active noise cancellation, smartphone app integration, a built-in vacuum designed to take care of the messes kids inevitably leave in their wake, and a standard rearview camera. Another reason why you be heading to your nearest showroom to buy this minivan is the fact that the vehicle comes with top scores in both insurance and government crash tests, combine them with advanced safety feature like lane-departure warning and optional forward collision alert and you are set to go.
Most noticeable attribute would perhaps be the smooth driving experience that the vehicle promises. Although we could spend a whole day praising the 2018 Honda Odyssey, it is always imperative to explore other options. The Toyota Siena boasts of an agile engine and tons of added technology and safety features. Another option would be the Nissan Quest, which is popular for its handsome and high quality interior. Other options include Ford Transit Connect and Dodge Grand Caravan.
Exterior Photos & Interior Changes – 2018 Honda Odyssey
The upcoming new Odyssey, according to some sources, will be offered in five trim levels just like last year. LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Touring Elite will be the available variants.
The base LX model will come equipped with variable intermittent wipers, 17-inch steel wheels, rear privacy glass, keyless entry, a rear spoiler, manual two-zone air-conditioning, an eight-way power driver seat, cloth upholstery, a four-way power front passenger seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split-folding third-row seat, full power accessories, an 8-inch multi-information display, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, text-to-speech functionality, a rearview camera, and a seven-speaker audio system with Pandora compatibility, a CD player, an auxiliary audio input jack and a iPod /USB interface.
Moving up to the eight-passenger EX model gets you heated mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, power-sliding side doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a power lumbar adjustment for the driver, a removable front center console, a multi-adjustable second-row seat, a conversation mirror and retractable second-row sunshades. The EX also features an additional 7-inch touchscreen with HondaLink smartphone app integration and Honda’s “LaneWatch” blind-spot camera system (built into the passenger-side mirror).
EX-L versions adds forward-collision, a power liftgate, and lane-departure warning systems, heated front seats, leather seating (front and outboard second row), a chilled storage box, satellite radio and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Options include a choice of a rear-seat entertainment system or a voice-operated navigation system with a rearview camera. These two systems can’t be ordered together on the EX-L.
Move up to the Touring model and you gain foglights, 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a 115-volt household-style power outlet, driver memory settings, a fold-down armrest for third-row passengers and retractable third-row sunshades. Additionally, both the rear-seat entertainment and navigation systems are standard. The Touring Elite model adds a regular blind-spot warning system, xenon headlights, an integrated vacuum cleaner, a premium 12-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio, and an upgraded rear-seat entertainment system.
Engine Specs – 2018 Honda Odyssey
The new vehicle will be motivated by a 3.5L V6 capable of yielding 248 hp and 250 pounds of torque. The power will be sent to the FWD through the 6-speed auto transmission system, although there are plans of an AWD system. EPA estimates the minivan fuel economy to be better than last year’s 19/28/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Some speculations also allege to a possibility of a hybrid powertrain, although the details haven’t been confirmed or denied. During our own performance testing, the 2015 Honda Odyssey sprinted from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, we expect this figure to improve once we get hold of the 2018 Odyssey. When properly equipped, the vehicle is able to tow up to 3,500lbs. Some of the safety features to expect from the vehicle include antilock disc brakes, front seat side-impact airbags, stability and traction control, front-seat active head restraints and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Honda Odyssey
The new 2018 Honda Odyssey vehicle will most likely come with a price tag below $30,000, while top models should cost in upwards of $45,000. According to some reports, we should expect the vehicle somewhere towards this fall or the 1st Q of next year for the U.S.A market. More info on edmunds.