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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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