It’s almost here! The new Honda Odyssey and all of its six trims (LX, EX, SE, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite) have been fully redesigned for 2018. But can it really outpace last generation’s minivan? With a handful of all-new features and tech, our South Florida Honda Dealers think so. Here’s what you’ll find when you undoubtedly make the switch to the 2018 Odyssey later this year.
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What’s New for 2018?
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available in the upcoming Odyssey—a first for the perennial best-selling Honda minivan—and allows for the pairing of smartphones to the van’s infotainment system and 8-inch display. Drivers and passengers will also have access to 4G LTE Wi-Fi, enabling them to stream music on even the longest of road trips.
Honda Sensing safety features will become standard additions to all Odyssey trims except the base model and will include Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic Emergency Brakes. CabinWatch is also new, and it allows drivers to monitor second-row and rear passengers with an infrared camera that is looped into the dashboard’s screen. The rear-entertainment system can be used as an intercom thanks to the innovative CabinTalk system.
The entertainment system gets an upgrade, too; it connects through the Odyssey’s Wi-Fi and can even be controlled by a smartphone. With the 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, this system can stream PBS Kids, iHeartRadio, and more. That’s right—no more G-rated Blu-ray discs needed after your family makes the transition to the 2018 Odyssey.
An optional 10-speed transmission is a new addition, as is the standard 9-speed automatic taken from the Pilot’s DNA; both transmissions will be paired with a beefier 3.5L V6 engine that should produce about 280 horsepower (according to Honda engineers). The 10-speed is the first of its kind, making the Odyssey a trendsetter.
The new Odyssey breaks free from its roots by upgrading its removable center second-row seat. Replacing it (in a way) will be Honda’s versatile Magic Slide seats, which allow for more versatility. The middle seat can be pushed up and toward the front—it’s just about the perfect position for car seats—and the side seats can squeeze together or completely separate when the center is removed.
2018 Odyssey Release Date
While no official date has been set, the 2017 Honda Odyssey should be ready to meet your family later this spring at any of our South Florida Honda Dealers locations. Visit Honda’s site to sign up for updates on the all-new Odyssey, or let one of our Honda dealerships around Stuart, Greenacres, and Miami keep you informed.
Find your nearest location online to contact a member of our sales team, and we’d be happy to get you inside the 2018 Odyssey when it touches down at our dealerships around Hollywood, FL. We also have many other new Honda models to tide you over until that fateful day when the ’18 Odyssey arrives, so be sure to ask us about our current inventory and Honda incentives or lease offers.
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