Kiera Shaw. Honda. October 19th , 2017.
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.
The Honda Odyssey Drive-by-Wire throttle system replaces a conventional throttle cable with smart electronics that "connect" the accelerator pedal to a throttle valve inside the throttle-body. The result is less under-hood clutter and lower weight, as well as quicker and more accurate throttle actuation. Plus, a tunable "gain" rate - the relationship between throttle pedal application and throttle opening - offers improved drivability and optimized engine response to suit specific driving conditions. Honda Drive-by-Wire throttle system establishes the current driving conditions by monitoring throttle pedal position, throttle valve position, engine speed (rpm) and road speed. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity that gives the Odyssey throttle pedal a predictable and responsive feel that meets driver expectations.
Located under the front floor of the new Honda Odyssey is a variation of the "3-Bone" structure used in the Pilot that improves impact load management, directing energy around the passenger cabin in the event of a frontal collision. The structure creates three different load pathways, or "backbones," that channel collision energy. One channels collision forces from the front of the vehicle directly underneath the passenger cabin; the other two channel collision forces under the vehicle left and right side frames. The result is an improved capability to safely channel energy during a frontal crash.
The Odyssey new engine - from the Honda EarthDreams® Technology powertrain series - is rated at 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. peak torque. Peak engine output is up 32 horsepower and 12 pound-feet of torque from the previous model, with increased torque over the engine entire operating (rpm) range. The new, more efficient engine and transmissions, along with as much as a 75-pound reduction in vehicle weight (EX-L trim) and improved aerodynamics, among other reductions to running resistance, result in enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. With its 60-degree V-angle, the Odyssey V6 engine is inherently smooth and has compact overall dimensions that allow efficient packaging within the vehicle. The engine has a high-pressure die-cast lightweight aluminum alloy block with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Made with a centrifugal spin-casting process, the thin-wall liners are high in strength and low in porosity. The block incorporates a deep-skirt design with four bolts per bearing cap for rigid crankshaft support and minimized noise and vibration. The engine also uses a high-tensile strength steel crankshaft is for minimum weight.
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