Libby Wade. Honda. October 19th , 2017.
Wraparound chrome trim adds a luxurious touch on all trims, as do chrome door handles on EX and above trims, and body-color lower side sills on the Touring and Elite trims. Re-engineering the sliding side door mechanisms removes the previous models visible rails along the rear body sides, giving the new Odyssey a cleaner appearance, while the larger 18-inch and available 19-inch wheels and tires further bolster the 2018 Odyssey athletic stance.
New on the 2018 Honda Odyssey are center door rails hidden under the rear side glass that replace the visible rails located on the body sides behind the rear doors on the second- through 4th-generation Odyssey. The result is a clean, seamless appearance for the rear body side and no visible side door rails or components. A safety latch prevents the left-hand sliding door from opening when the fuel lid is open. Like the front doors and tailgate, the side doors feature full 360-degree seals to reduce wind and road noise, water and debris from entering the vehicle.
Odyssey EX and above trims include power sliding side doors that can be activated by a switch (to operate left, right or both doors) on the instrument panel, by a switch from the second-row seating area, by pulling on either the interior or exterior door handle, or by buttons (left or right) on the remote key fob. The system features improved operating logic. In the previous Odyssey generation, if the driver and a passenger outside the vehicle were to each activate a power side door at approximately the same time, the door could start to open with the first person action, and then stop as soon as the second person took action. To eliminate this on the 2018 Odyssey, new door logic enables the door to operate as intended if two identical activations (such as the driver and a passenger both wishing to open a door) are entered within a half second of each other. For instance, if a parent pulls up to the curb at school and presses the power side door open button at approximately the same time as does a child waiting curbside, the door will open as desired. If longer than a half second passes between activations, door operation will stop, and a warning beep will sound.
Like other Honda V6 powerplants, the Honda Odyssey engine 4-valve cylinder heads are a single-overhead-camshaft design, with the cams driven by the crankshaft via an automatically tensioned timing belt. Made of low-pressure die-cast, low-porosity aluminum, each cylinder head incorporates a "tumble port" design that improves combustion efficiency by creating a more homogeneous fuel-air mixture. An integrated exhaust manifold cast into each cylinder head reduces parts count, saves weight, improves flow and optimizes the location of the close-coupled catalyst on each cylinder bank for quick "light off."
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