Honda has announced that the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey has entered full production at its plant in Alabama. The new Odyssey will start arriving in showrooms later this spring.
“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,” said Jeff Tomko, president of HMA. “I congratulate all of our associates for their commitment to quality for this new vehicle, which ushers in a new level of features and functionality with the goal of creating new value for our customers.
The new 2018 Odyssey was unveiled earlier this year. On the outside it’s styling is more evolutionary than the revamped Chrysler Pacifica. Under the hood, the 2018 Odyssey is available with a new 280-horsepower V6 engine, which has 32 more horsepower than the last Odyssey. The V6 is paired with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Since it’s a minivan, buyers care more about what cool features it has on the inside. While the Odyssey still doesn’t offer the easy stow away seats that the Pacifica offers, it does get a new Magic Slide Seat second-row seating system that is easily reconfigurable and provides easier access to third-row seating. The CabinWatch and Cabin Talk system uses an infrared camera to let the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers both day and night via the 8-inch Display Audio screen. CabinTalk also enables the driver to talk to second – and third-row passengers though the second-and third-row speakers and wireless rear entertainment system headphones.
The CabinControl App gives passengers the ability to use their smart phone to control the rear entertainment system, rear cabin heat and air conditioning, and send destinations to the navigation system. Of course the infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and the Rear Entertainment System can stream videos on the ceiling-mounted, 10.2-inch screen via 4G LTE Wi-Fi, public Wi-Fi or the user’s cellphone data plan.