The latest installment of America’s most popular minivan is now making its way down the assembly line. This week, Honda started mass producing the redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey. And try to understand. It’s a magic van.
The all-new fifth-generation 2018 Odyssey is being built at Honda’s plant in Alabama. It should start arriving at dealerships this summer.
“This is a celebration for our entire Honda team of associates who have been committed to bringing an all-new, high-tech, family-friendly Odyssey to our customers,” says Jeff Tomko, president of HMA.
The new model is lower, wider, and sleeker. Notably, more dynamic sidelines really highlight the signature uneven beltline and long body. The top 3.5-liter V6 engine gets 280-horsepower. That adds up to 32-horsepower more than last year’s model. It comes with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission.
As for what makes it a magic van, the Odyssey features new Magic Slide Seats. The second row slides for easy third-row access and rear storage. The seats still slide when holding baby carriers.
New cabin safety tech called CabinWatch and CabinTalk allows you to reign supreme over passengers. CabinWatch is a system that features an infrared camera so mom can keep an eye on the kiddos in the back. CabinTalk is a wireless mic connection to the entertainment speakers so mom can make herself heard over all the noise. (As in, attention all passengers. your captain is speaking.)
We’re still waiting on pricing. But it should start in the low $30,000 range, in line with competition and the outgoing model.
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