2017 NAIAS: 2018 Honda Odyssey is the techy family hauler image

The all-new Honda Odyssey is one of America’s dearest minivans thanks to the brand’s particular charm – which also gets a raft of new technologies to make family trips even better.

The overall design is not a major departure from the current Odyssey, but comes with novelties such as a different grille in line with what appeared on the Civic and Pilot, LED headlights and taillights, and a floating rear pillar. The “lightning bolt” beltline is also present for a streamlined appearance. The cabin gets covered with soft-touch materials on the dashboard and door panels, while there’s also an 8-inch high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen interface (available starting with the EX trim) or a stain-resistant leather on the first and second row of seats. The new “Magic Slide” seats have four different configurations for easy access to the third-row of seats, among others.

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The infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – and the Display Audio system can also get updates thanks to the 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, or USB. CabinWatch and CabinTalk let the driver communicate or watch the second and third rows using cameras and speakers, while features such as the 10.2-inch rear entertainment system or the new “How Much Farther?” help with long road trips. The 2018 Odyssey is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 with Variable Cylinder Management that now has 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts) – an increase of 32 (23 kilowatts) hp – and has been mated to a ZF 9- or 10-speed automatic.