A Battle of Two Odysseys: 2017 vs. 2018

February 23rd, 2017 by

Designed with the flexibility a growing family requires, the Honda Odyssey delivers what you need. It boasts enough space to take up to eight people to dinner and a movie or most of a little-league sports team to the game on Saturday.

What drivers love about the 2017 Odyssey
Passengers and drivers can relax while on the road knowing they are riding in safety. Seven different kinds of airbags, lower anchors and tethers for up to five child seats, and the braking system help give the Odyssey its five-star safety rating1.

The 2017 model delights drivers and makes the neighbors envious. With almost 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat, picking up plants for the flower beds is easier than a Sunday drive.

There’s a touch of magic in the Odyssey too. When you need more space to haul Christmas gifts to your family and friends, you can make the backseat disappear with one motion. The One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd Row Magic Seat ® disappears and reappears – no wand or incantation needed.

If you’re worried about the mess in the backseat after taking a long road trip, you might be excited to learn that some models carry a built-in vacuum cleaner system. No longer will you be trying to clean and insert quarters at the car wash at the same time.

The multi-function second-row center seat can help you haul more people or can be moved for easier access to the back seat. The two outside seats in the second row also slide wider to allow everyone to stretch out and get more comfortable.

But wait, what happens when the already awesome Honda Odyssey gets a redesign? More safety, more space, and more fun.

On January 15, Honda unveiled the redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

While Honda kept the features and designs that helped the Odyssey become a driver favorite, dozens of features have been expanded or upgraded.



Inside the cabin
The magic has been expanded to the middle row with the Magic Slide Seats®. Now you can simply lift a lever and slide the outside seats into one of five positions. In addition, the seats still move forward and backward, making it easier than ever to fasten a children’s car seat and then slide the seats into position for the ride.

Comfort in the rear seats is essential. Long rides when the air is too hot or cold are not only uncomfortable for the passenger, but they also become distracting to the driver. The new model comes with rear vents, which are no longer in the ceiling but at chest level for better circulation.

What’s new in technology
Honda’s research and development engineers went wild with technology when they redesigned the Odyssey. You can see a new feature with each turn of your head.

A brand-new Android-based operating system has been installed in each of the 2018 Odysseys. Designed by Honda for Honda drivers, the screen can be customized to fit the driver’s preferences.

One feature parents love is CabinWatch, which includes cameras mounted above the second and third-row seats. The driver can now see what is happening behind them by glancing at the screen in front of them.

To go along with the camera system, Honda also designed CabinTalk, which allows the folks in the front row to easily communicate with the passengers in both the second and third rows. When the microphone is engaged, the voice of the driver is amplified through speakers in the other rows.

If CabinTalk is activated while passengers are using the rear entertainment system with headphones, the movie will pause and the driver’s voice can be heard in the headphones. The system works with both the Bluetooth headphones, which come with the Odyssey, as well as wired headphones that can be plugged in.

Remember the built-in vacuum cleaner? In the 2018 Odyssey, this feature has been expanded into lower trim packages. In addition, you can get your Honda even cleaner than before with new and improved crevice tools. Your passengers will begin to believe you spend your free time cleaning the car each week.

Keeping the entertainment flowing
Higher-end trims of the 2018 Honda Odyssey have a built-in 4G LTE wireless hotspot. The car requires its own data plan, but then the fun can really begin.

CabinControl is a new feature that uses Wi-Fi to connect to an app on your phone or tablet, which will be available for download on both Apple and Android products. When a device is active in CabinControl there are five functions:

Front audio system controls
Remote controls of the rear climate control system
Tap into the navigation system to find the length of the trip, the route, and stops along the way
The social playlist feature allows music housed on connected devices to be added to a group playlist
Up to eight devices can be connected to CabinControl at the same time. You can customize the controls by allowing devices access to certain functions while blocking permissions to others. This allows family jams to happen anytime but backseat drivers can’t add stops to the route without driver permission.

The 2018 rear entertainment system has streaming capabilities when the wireless hotspot is in use. Access to PBS Kids—as well as a few other streaming services—will beam directly into the backseats while you drive. Passengers can keep themselves entertained on every trip, whether it’s to the grocery store or to grandma’s house.

Still keeping you safe

With all the 2018 technology upgrades you might wonder if safety was sacrificed. Not to worry, though, the 2018 Honda Odyssey keeps up the high safety rating and packs in additional safety precautions. With standard safety options in place, you will be surrounded by airbags and can be assured the braking system is among the safest of its kind.

In addition, the Honda Sensing™ driver assist package will come with almost all trim packages. The Forward Collision Warning sensors are hidden behind the Honda logo on the front fascia and will send an alarm, making you aware you are in danger of a collision. Now when you’re changing the radio station and the car in front of you stops suddenly, you’ll have an extra warning to help you avoid having to exchange insurance information.

Every Honda Odyssey comes standard with a rearview camera. Some higher end trim packages include three angles–normal, top-down, and wide. You won’t have to worry about not knowing if the neighborhood kids left their bikes in the street behind your driveway – you’ll be able to see it.

You also won’t have to worry about drifting out of your lane as you start to get sleepy. The Lane Departure Warning system is now available for both the driver and passenger side. The rumble strips along the highway will be missing your tires, but your passengers won’t be missing them.

Choose your Odyssey

The 2018 Odyssey showcases both of Honda’s global goals – to create products that help people in their daily lives and design products that provide the joy of freedom and mobility. With an Odyssey, you can enjoy the fruits of Honda’s labor while hauling enough fruit for Saturday’s soccer tournament.

So what do you think? Which Odyssey is for you? Keep an eye out for the 2018 models, which will be released to the public this spring. Interested in a test drive? Check out what Hendrick Honda of Woodbridge has to offer.

1 The Honda lineup is full of safety-conscious choices, with the 2017 Accord, Civic, Fit, HR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline and Odyssey all earning top ratings with 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).