The 2018 Honda Odyssey Shows That Minivans Are Alive and Well

Honda has finally realeased images of its next generation Odyssey, and it utilizes many of the styling cues found in the Ridgeline/Pilot

Honda has finally released images of its next generation Odyssey, which utilizes many of the same styling cues found in the Ridgeline/Pilot | Honda

Parental units, rejoice: There’s a new minivan option coming to sales floors this spring. While it may have a familiar nameplate, the sleeker, stronger, and smarter Honda Odyssey appears to be positioned to take home awards and sales figures alike. Redesigned by Honda R&D North America, the USDM-spec 2018 Odyssey was recently unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), and aims to retain its title as the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers.

Set for going on sale nationwide this spring, and on course for a seventh consecutive year of retail sales leadership, the next-generation minivan plays host to a plethora of useful new features. With a complete Honda Sensing safety suite and driver-assistive technologies coming standard on EX and above trims, a focus on practicality and safety remain a focal point for Honda.

Seating adjustability, safety, and practicality are just a few of the considerations designers and engineers had to keep in the forefront when creating the new Honda Odyssey

Seating adjustability, safety, and practicality are just a few of the considerations designers and engineers had to keep in the forefront when creating the new Honda Odyssey | Honda

Stylistically, the 2018 Odyssey adopts the Ridgeline and Pilot’s “flying wing” front grille and available LED headlights, and incorporates efficiency tweaks like an active shutter grille that closes at high speed to reduce drag. Both sides now have sliding doors that run on tracks that have been tucked within the lower portion of the rear quarter glass for a sleeker look, while the rear receives LED taillights, and an available foot activated power tailgate rests beneath the back bumper.

Inside the cabin, buyers will find features like soft-touch materials across the instrument panel, a driver meter with 7-inch, full-color graphics, and on EX models and up, an overhauled center stack housing an available 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen. Higher-end models also get stain-resistant leather in the first and second row, while the door trim, carpeting, and seat belts are designed to conceal the same. A groove-less lid atop the massive center console fights crumb collection and offers easy-clean ability.

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