New Features & Technologies Introduced on the 2018 Honda Odyssey Minivan

This article summarizes the new features and technologies seen on the redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey, which debuted at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

2018 Honda Odyssey

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Honda Odyssey CabinWatch

Display Audio System - A new 8-inch high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen interface is available on EX trims and above.

CabinWatch - The infotainment screen displays a camera feed of the rear passengers on the center stack with nightvision and pinch-to-zoom, offering a better view than a conversation mirror alone, especially for rear-facing infants.

CabinTalk - A microphone relays the driver's voice to other occupants over the speakers or into rear entertainment headphones.

CabinControl - The CabinControl app offers smartphone control of key vehicle systems, audio and rear entertainment features.

Social Play List - Social Playlist operates like a virtual jukebox, allowing up to eight family members to upload their music choices to the audio system via their smartphones.

Honda Odyssey Rear Entertainment

Rear Entertainment - The rear entertainment system (which Honda dubs their 'Connected Rear Entertainment System') is now a single 10.2 inch overhead screen that allows devices to be plugged in or offers streaming video through an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, or by connecting to public Wi-Fi or a user’s cellphone data, and also includes a 'How Much Farther?' app that tracks trip progress on the screen.

Honda Odyssey Instrument Cluster

Instrument Cluster - The Odyssey gains a new 7-inch full color TFT instrument cluster display.


Honda Odyssey Magic Slide Seats

Magic Slide Seats - Honda has added a new seating function called their 'Magic Slide' 2nd row seat - when the middle seat is removed, the two remaining captains chairs can be moved side-to-side using a lever mounted on each seat into a variety of positions for better space utilization.


10-Spd Automatic Transmission

Transmission - The six speed transmission has been retired in favor of either 9- or 10-speed automatics.

Future Hybrid - Honda also announced plans for a dedicated hybrid vehicle to be built at one of their US factories and launch next year - it will also use the two motor hybrid system from the current Accord Hybrid.  This hybrid powertrain would migrate into their 'light-truck lineup', meaning the Ridgeline, Pilot, or Odyssey will also see hybridization in the future.

Other features of note:

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, heated side mirrors and steering wheel, auto high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot information (on all models with Honda Sensing), front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold, three-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, multi-zone audio, Sirius 2.0, Pandora compatibility, HD Radio, and the HondaVac in- vehicle vacuum that debuted on the last generation.

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