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Old 01-10-2017, 11:49 AM   #1
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All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey Offers Quieter Cabin, 10-Speed Transmission

Families on the go will be excited to learn about the 2018 Honda Odyssey, which was just revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit today.

As anticipated, this brand-new minivan is loaded with clever features and amenities. But despite the additional technology, this three-row hauler is still up to 95 pounds lighter than its predecessor, with 44 percent greater torsional rigidity.

Dimensionally, the new fifth-generation Odyssey is about an inch (30 millimeters) narrower than the outgoing model but it’s also almost half an inch (roughly 10 millimeters) longer. It shares the same underlying architecture as the Pilot crossover.

Exterior styling is more conservative than expected, with clean, flat surfaces and a familiar Honda grille. Inside, things are a little more interesting. There’s a host of soft materials and premium leather in higher-trim models.

As in years past, a 3.5-liter gasoline V6 motivates the new Odyssey but output has swelled to an impressive – and class-competitive – 280 horses. It can be matched to one of two different automatic transmissions. A nine-speed will serve in lower-trim models, but upper-crust variants will feature a brand-new, Honda-developed 10-ratio unit.
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:32 PM   #2
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I'm curious if Honda finally restored the interior headroom? When they chopped the inside down by so much, we pretty much lost any interest in it. I know the local dealership can't even use them for parts delivery because the interior is too small to haul many parts. When their old van had to be replaced, they eventually had to purchase a Nissan van from a competing dealership down the road.

It'd be nice to see how the capacity of the new model compares to what they used to build. Not very pleased that they're still using the "broke/bent in the middle" styling, but if they'd finally start paying attention to the physical problems instead of adding vacuum cleaners, it might be a vehicle worth looking at in the future.
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