As one of the largest annual auto shows in the country, the Detroit NAIAS is always packed with award-winning vehicles and innovative concepts. And for 2017, Honda led the charge, winning an illustrious award and providing details on a slew of future Honda models and tech. Here are the biggest Honda highlights from the 2017 NAIAS.
All Aboard the 2018 Honda Odyssey
The big news out of the 2017 Detroit Auto Show wasn’t about a futuristic concept car or sexy luxury SUV—it was about Honda’s best-selling minivan, the Odyssey.
Venturing into its fifth generation, the 2018 Honda Odyssey broke ground at the NAIAS and slid right into the limelight. This minivan is sculpted to appeal to a broader crowd than generations past, with its low and wide stance, improved aerodynamics, and a refreshing front-to-rear design.
The Odyssey is built on a more rigid frame and new chassis that will give the minivan car-like characteristics, such as better handling and a supremely quiet cabin. Honda’s first-ever 10-speed transmission is also new to the Odyssey and can be married to a 3.5L i-VTECH V6 engine (rumor is this 10-speed will also be available in upcoming Honda models). Other changes and additions include new LED headlamps, a multi-angle rear camera, and an expansion of the Honda Sensing safety suite in basic Odyssey trims.
What’s most noteworthy with the 2018 Odyssey is its incredible array of family-focused features, particularly with respect to connectivity.
- Rear Entertainment System – A 10.2-inch screen is mounted on the ceiling and comes with media streaming capabilities care of PBS Kids, iHeart Radio, Spotify, and more.
- CabinWatch – This brand-new feature utilizes a rear-facing camera to enable drivers to keep a sharp eye on the middle-row and back passengers.
- CabinTalk – To improve front-to-back communication, CabinTalk allows drivers to use an in-cabin intercom to speak with passengers.
- CabinControl – This app gives users the ability to control the Odyssey’s Rear Entertainment System, adjust cabin-wide climate settings, and even send GPS locations to the in-vehicle navigation systems. CabinControl also comes with Honda’s Social Playlist, a fresh feature that gives passengers the power to choose the next song.
The new and uber-flexible Magic Slide™ seats will be your family’s best friend. Just slide, pull, and configure the second-row seat into one of four modes until everyone fits comfortably.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey should be available for lease or purchase this spring at our Honda dealerships near Gainesville.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Brings Home Gold
Forty years after announcing that the company would build vehicles in America, Honda has once again shown that they have the American consumer in mind. As the winner of the North American Truck of the Year Award, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is proud to be the new symbol of America’s heartland. View our current selection of 2017 Ridgeline pickups and test drive the country’s best truck at our Gainesville Honda dealerships.
Go Green with Honda
Honda also announced its future eco-friendly plans at the Detroit Auto Show, emphasizing that they expect two-thirds of their sales by 2030 to come from EVs. One of their first steps is an expansion of the Honda Clarity lineup, including the debut of the Clarity Electric and Plug-in.
Although no concrete specs were revealed, Honda also stated that an all-new hybrid model will be released next year, as will a series of light trucks that feature Honda’s two-motor hybrid engine.
Buy or Lease a Honda Odyssey for Less in Gainesville
The future looks bright for Honda, but if you simply can’t wait for the new Odyssey, take a look at the current and best-selling Honda Odyssey minivan instead. Featuring some class-exclusive gadgets like the HondaVAC, the 2016 and 2017 Honda Odysseys certainly have more than meets the eye. And we’ll prove it.
Ready to browse our selection of Odyssey vans and other new Honda cars for sale? Simply locate your nearest Central Florida Honda Dealers showroom to take a test drive. We have dealerships located all across the Gainesville area, including Ocala, Daytona Beach, and Orlando.
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