For the past decade, minivans have not typically been the trendy choice for families. Having become overshadowed by more capable and versatile Sport Utility Vehicles, most minivans have lost the luster they once had.
With the advent of connected technology and enhanced powertrains for non-performance vehicles, however, minivans are making a comeback. Marking a new chapter in the life of its reliable minivan, Honda unveiled its redesigned form of the Odyssey at the North American International Auto Show in January.
More capable, connected and convenient, the 2018 Honda Odyssey promises to bring new excitement to family transportation.
A fresh face
While pricing for the 2018 Odyssey has not yet been announced, Honda has announced other important details about the minivan since its public unveiling.
The most obvious enhancement to the upcoming Odyssey is its revised appearance. Instead of its former, boxy shape, the 2018 Odyssey’s body lines are rounder and smoother—particularly the “lightning bolt beltline,” the wavy, horizontal creases that run along its sides that give it a dynamic appearance.
Underneath the skin, the Odyssey has a stronger skeleton, due to better materials and its Advanced Compatibility Engineering frame, which makes it safer in crashes.
A sharper mind
Speaking of protection, the 2018 Odyssey will feature an array of cutting-edge safety features, including the Honda Sensing safety suite. This includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Its Road Departure Warning provides lane departure alerts and lane departure assist when drivers drift from their path.
This year, the LaneWatch camera system has been enhanced with a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alerts.
Other enviable technologies offered include the popular HondaVac, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an 8-inch touchscreen display, onboard Wi-Fi and a 10.2-inch overhead display screen. Its new Cabin Command Center allows for easier communication and control throughout the vehicle while on the road.
A stronger heart
Most people don’t think of engine performance when it comes to minivans, but the 2018 Honda Odyssey knows that it takes muscle to keep people and cargo moving.
This American-made minivan will feature a new 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower. Paired to a nine-speed or ten-speed automatic transmission, the latest Odyssey won’t have trouble getting up and going. In addition, its new Active Shutter Grille helps improve fuel economy, putting its projected EPA fuel efficiency rating at the top of its class.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey will be on sale later this year. If you’re in the market for a new family vehicle, this might be the one for you. With its class-leading cargo space and seating for up to eight, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is sure to impress.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.