2018 Honda Odyssey: The King of Minivans
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Honda Odyssey has been selling since 1995 and now we have the 5th generation which has received evolutionary improvements. Odyssey has been the best selling mini van in USA for 7 years in a row which is not hard to understand once you get inside. It has been researched, designed and built in America. New Odyssey has very modern interiors and everything is push button. There is no actual transmission selector but just an elegant push button now. You find space everywhere. A lot of design and research have gone in this model and you can feel it. Many options have been added and it clearly stands apart in the class. Let’s have a closer look.
Honda Odyssey has the Latest version of 3.5L, V6 engine which features Direct Injection and cylinder de-activation to improve fuel efficiency and power. The engine generates 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm and a torque of upto 355 Nm @ 4,700 rpm. The engine is mated with a Ten Speed Automatic Transmission which is 1st for any front wheel drive vehicles. Odyssey Includes paddle shifters not to make it sporty but it allows the driver more control in sticky situations. Ride is remarkably smooth, steering precise and cabin wonderfully quiet. Overall, it is a premium experience. It is built on the same platform as Pilot and rides very well due to the long wheel base. Fuel efficiency is estimated to be 12 Kmpl.
Honda Odyssey is a looker which gets family theme wing grille. Honda logo is actually functional as it hides the radar sensor. Odyssey Touring grade comes with Full LED headlamps and LED fog lights. Front bottom has active grille shutters which open and close as need be to improve fuel efficiency. Model is equipped with atleast 18 inch allow wheels and 19 inch for Touring version. Nice flowing lightning bolt has been redesigned to include the track for the sliding door. This makes the design look more cohesive and flowing. Rear end gets the LED taillights which is very stylized and mimics Civic and Accord with C- shaped light pipe. Power tailgate has been very thoughtful. This is a vehicle which can accommodate 8 adult passengers and their luggage as well which may be difficult in any of the large SUVs.
Lot of thought has been put in cabin areas. One of the best thing about Odyssey is the easy ingress and egress regardless of which row you are getting in. Side grab handles on the middle row seat (magic seats) can move it to 5 different positions along with forward and backwards movements. It’s very easy to get to the third row. It’s much roomier versus the outgoing model and comfortably seats 3 adults. 3rd row includes individual vents, headphone controls, power outlet, window shades as well, plenty of cup holders. Extreme detailing includes grab rales to move out of the car comfortably. Now with Navigation set with destination, you can turn on the rear screen and it will graphically show how much farther in distance is remaining. It also has streaming capability of 4G LTE wifi coverage. You can connect upto 8 devices. My favorite feature is the new innovative feature “Cabin Watch” and “Cabin Talk”. Cabin watch uses infrared camera so you can watch at night as well, which projects the video of rear passengers on the 8” screen of dash to monitor the kids / child seat at the back, also you can pinch to zoom like a smart phone. Cabin Talk is to talk to rear passengers. Cabin is very-very quiet due to acoustic glass, triple door seals, sound deadening in various areas which quell the noise. 3rd row passengers can easily hear the 1st row passenger. Honda vacuum cleaner is not included as Honda in Middle East know their customers well who will not use this feature here.
The Touring Grade of the All New Honda Odyssey is equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to alert you to things you might miss while driving. It includes:
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) which reduces likelihood of a frontal impact.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) scans the road ahead to warn drivers of a potential collision.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) detects if the car is straying out of its current lane without the turn signal activated.
Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) uses the windscreen-mounted camera to detect whether the car is veering out of its lane.
Blind Spot Information System uses radar sensors to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) ™ helps to keep the car in the middle of the current lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set a desired speed and following distance from a vehicle detected ahead.
The new Odyssey maintains its longstanding in safety by achieving TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the insurance and a 5 star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
2018 Honda Odyssey is a stunning evolution and if you are looking for comfort, capability and connectivity then Odyssey is the best bet. Mini vans have never been so cooler!.