The ideal road trip rolls out in the Odyssey


2018 Honda Odyssey Touring
• Minivan, FWD
• 3.5L VTEC V6 engine with variable cylinder management
• 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift
•  Idle stop feature
• Honda VAC (seriously, it’s a built-in vacuum cleaner!)
• Honda Sensing Package: Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation
• Blu-Ray/DVD rear entertainment with wireless headsets (and rear-seat camera and intercom)
• 22 mpg (19/28 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $44.5k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details

The much-awaited 2018 Honda Odyssey is a perfect car for this Father’s Day weekend. Not only because of the family-friendly features, but because, when I showed it to my father, he was tickled because he was the first to ride in it before his father-in-law (he took photos while I did the Test Drive to brag by text message).
There’s a lot of fathers in that paragraph. The message that you, dear reader, should be getting is that people are excited about this vehicle, and they have plenty of reason to feel that way.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey is a complete redesign year and they’ve created a vehicle to behold. The Odyssey carries Honda’s reputation for reliability and holding their market value, but Honda also manages to add surprising style.  It doesn’t have quite the flairs and edges that some of the other models in their lineup possess, but it does have textures and bevels that make it much more than just a box when you look at it.
Inside (because that’s where you spend most of your time with a car, the Odyssey is warm, comfortable and supremely functional.  Most vehicles with such a large and functional storage console skimp on the glove box by comparison, and there’s a few hidden slide-outs and pockets that really use the space.
That’s handy because this is a car that invites long trips.  On the road it feels buttery smooth, with the weighty float of a luxury vehicle combined with people and cargo room that’s hard to beat.
The technology makes the trip incredibly pleasant as well.  My father’s favorite is the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).  The ACC lets you set a rough distance ahead of you that you keep free, then lets you go the speed you set until a vehicle is in front of you going slower than that.  The Odyssey then slows to match speed, keeping you at your rough distance. For instance, as I drove to Palisade, I set the ACC at 75, then, a vehicle in front of us was going 55. The Odyssey slowed to 55 until I switched lanes, where it immediately accelerated to 75.
The CMBS senses a possible oncoming collision and activates the braking system. My Dad likes it because he’s a be-prepared kind of guy, and “sometimes, no matter how hard you try to pay attention, things happen, and having that extra help might make the difference.”
I’m going to have to learn to bring Blu-Ray disks with me when I go on these drives, because in-car theater systems are making a comeback.  The Odyssey’s has a neat twist: an intercom system that lets the front passengers interrupt the movie and talk to movie watchers through their headphones.
The feature I would have appreciated growing up would be the overhead seat camera.  An app button on the touchscreen switches to an overhead view so that parents can settle the argument of whether or not someone is touching someone else.
It’s an overhead fisheye camera, so, much like I did when I used to polish my Dad’s bald spot growing up, it brings attention to the top of the head. He used to tell me it was tempting fate because it could happen to me, but, (and not wanting to still tempt fate), so far, so good in the hair category, often being complemented on the thickness of my follicle density.
Still, I’m not including the photo as an early Father’s Day present by omission.  Come check out the technology and cool features available on the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey, available on the newly revamped section of First Street at Fuoco Honda.  If my Dad is any indication there might be a line!

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