Honda Odyssey minivan introduced at NAIAS in Detroit

2018 Honda Odyssey

There's bevvy of new features.

The new display audio that is introduced in the minivan has a Honda developed operating system. Combined with the Odyssey's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure and advanced airbags, including new driver and front passenger knee airbags.

Kids riding in the back benefit from a fully connected rear-seat entertainment system displayed on a ceiling-mounted, 10.2-inch screen.

The Japanese brand's minivan gets a whole new look, a new powertrain as well as a slew of new entertainment and convenience technologies for the 2018 model year.

Then there's the apps. As part of CabinControl, a "social playlist" operates like a virtual jukebox, allowing up to eight family members to upload their music choices to the audio system with their smartphones.

As far as hardware, Honda is dialing up Disney levels of magic inside. Middle row seats do not fold flat into the floor like the Pacifica. The auto is equipped with a proprietary Magic Slide second-row seat, Cabin Watch and Cabin Talk technologies. No pixie dust needed. The Odyssey's third row can be tumbled away, however.

We'll get to those family-friendly features later on, but let's start with what's under the bonnet. The new Odyssey provides an extra set of eyes and ears through Honda's new CabinWatch and CabinTalk systems.

2018 Honda Odyssey
2018 Honda Odyssey

Beyond that, the new Odyssey pushes the vehicle's design even farther from the boxy minivan vibe of old, with a more suave and flowing exterior. It retains its trademark lightning bolt (tell the kids it's like Harry Potter's scar).

In an announcement that was streamed live from the show, Honda President Takahiro Hachigo observed that 2017 is the 40th anniversary of Honda's announcement of its first American plant.

A sense of innovation can be experienced with the new Odyssey minivan which brings in fresh and new ideas. The transmissions are big the story under the skin. The minivan is impressive with its 10-speed automatic transmission, adjustable roof, and movable seats.

Power for the 2018 Honda Odyssey is provided by a 3.5L V6 developing 280 horsepower. Honda says you should be able to hear that music better, too, thanks to triple door seals, optional acoustic glass in the front and sides, and more sound-deadening material around the vehicle, in addition to its standard-fit Active Sound Control system.

The short story here: No other minivan offering, including Toyota Sienna, and the well-received Chrysler Pacifica, comes close to the innovative, tech-driven, feature rich environment presented through Honda Odyssey - not one!

If you are a Chrysler sales representative, it is time to put in some extra effort in your work as there is no better opportunity to sell off the Pacifica than now. The new van is sized similarly to the old one but wears new styling inside and out, features an interior that's just as versatile as the outgoing model, and has plenty of new electronics created to keep families entertained - and kids suitably pacified.

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