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Honda has no plans to give up on the minivan segment.
At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the Japanese automaker introduced the next-generation Honda Odyssey, tipping the scales 95 pounds lighter than its predecessor while coming in almost half-an-inch longer. It is about an inch narrower, but Honda also said it has 44 percent greater torsional rigidity. The new minivan rides on the same platform as the Pilot crossover.
On the outside, Honda kept things simple with the exterior styling getting a conservative makeover. Under the hood is a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine that now offers a class-leading 280 horsepower. Shoppers can opt for either a nine-speed automatic on lower-trim models, while more expensive versions utilize a 10-speed transmission.
Fuel economy figures for the 2018 Honda Odyssey haven’t been announced, but the company expects it to receive best-in-class marks, thanks to its new drivetrain, lighter body and aerodynamic-enhancing active grille shutters. Inside, there’s a lot be excited about, at least in terms of a minivan. Honda has incorporated what it calls Magic Slide seats in the second row, which tumble and fold for more versatility. They also move along on lateral tracks so when the middle section is removed entirely, the passenger-side seat can slide towards the center for easier access to the third row.
The fifth-generation Honda Odyssey goes on sale in spring.
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