After unveiling the next generation Odyssey at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Honda has officially commenced production of the minivan. As planned, Honda is now assembling the 2018 Odyssey at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA).
Despite the increasing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, minivans have managed to post reasonable sales. One of these minivan models is the Honda Odyssey, which has been popular among customers for seven years. Its popularity is evidenced by the fact that around 130,000 Honda Odyssey minivans were sold in 2016. Now, the 2018 iteration of the Odyssey is offering new features and different technologies to further its appeal among minivan customers.
The start of production of the 2018 Honda Odyssey was celebrated by HMA’s over 1,500 associates. HMA – located in Lincoln, Alabama -- is the sole manufacturer of Honda Odyssey, and also of the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. HMA also assembles the Acura MDX luxury SUV.
2018 Odyssey marks the fourth generation of the minivan to be built in Alabama. It is also the second generation of minivan that was designed and developed in the United States.
2018 Honda Odyssey was designed and developed by Honda R&D in North America. The minivan and its 280-hp 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine -- will be manufactured at HMA using domestic and globally sourced parts. Its new 10-speed transmission, meanwhile, will be produced at Honda’s transmission facility in Tallapoosa, Georgia.
Jeff Tomko, president of HMA, remarked that the 2018 Honda Odyssey comes with a new level of features and functionality that should create value for customers.
Underpinning the new Odyssey in a new body and chassis design, thereby ensuring that minivan delivers superb ride comfort, handling prowess, a quiet cabin and precise steering. Its body employs advanced materials like ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium, thereby making it lighter and yet more rigid. In fact, the new 2018 Odyssey is lighter up to 96 lbs than its predecessor. Its torsional body rigidity has also improved 44 percent compared to the previous model.
New features and technologies in the 2018 Honda Odyssey include the new Magic Slide Seat second-row seating system as well as the CabinWatch and Cabin Talk functions. Passengers could now use their smartphones to control the rear entertainment system or the rear cabin heat and air conditioning through the CabinControl App. The new Honda Odyssey now comes with the Display Audio eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen powered by Honda-developed, Android-based operating system. This system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
All 2018 Odysseys in EX and above trims are provided with the Honda Sensing, a suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist and Road Departure Mitigation.