With the focus on catering to families, Honda has put a lot of work into making the cabin quieter, more flexible and packing in tech.

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Honda claims its efforts give the new Odyssey the quietest interior in the segment.

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The new Odyssey features a new Display Audio system, which is also capable of running both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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To keep the kids in back busy, the rear entertainment system can now stream video through an optional 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection.

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The Odyssey is also more connected with a new CabinControl smartphone app, which lets passengers control rear entertainment, climate, upload music to the van's audio system and pre-load destinations into navigation.

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Helping with parental oversight is an optional CabinWatch feature, which is a camera system that works both in day and night to monitor what potential troublemakers in back are doing on the front center screen.

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If things get out of hand, parents can use a CabinTalk system to give kids a stern talking to through the rear speakers and entertainment headphones.

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Providing power is a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower, which is 32 more ponies than the outgoing model.

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Depending on trim, the engine works with either a nine- or 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Interior updates don't end with the tech, though. A new Magic Slide second-row seat system brings four different seating configurations to meet all people moving, cargo hauling and accessibility needs.

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Handling should also improve with the chassis and body structure using more high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium to help drop curb weight while improving structural rigidity by 44 percent.

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Upgrades to the steering system and rear suspension also help sharpen reflexes.

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The 2018 Honda Odyssey goes on sale this spring.

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Base pricing isn't available yet, but it shouldn't be far off from the current van, which starts at $29,850.

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The new Magic Slide seats enable the second-row seats to be configured in four different ways depending on people-moving, cargo-hauling and third-row accessibility needs.

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With families in mind, Honda has focused on the interior by making it quieter, offering numerous entertainment features and a new Magic Slide second-row seat system.

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A new Display Audio system features an 8-inch touchscreen that's capable of running both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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A new CabinControl app lets passengers use their phones to control the rear entertainment system, rear climate controls and send destinations to the Odyssey's navigation system.

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The Odyssey's CabinWatch system uses a camera that works both in the day and night to monitor the rear seats on the Display Audio system's 8-inch screen up front.

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Thanks to triple door seals, more sound deadening, a standard noise cancellation system and available acoustic front and side glass, the 2018 Odyssey's interior is the quietest in the minivan class.

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The new Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with cylinder deactivation. Power increases by 32 horsepower for a total of 280.

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Two transmission options will be available on the 2018 Odyssey including a nine-speed and 10-speed automatic.

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Compared to the outgoing van, the new Odyssey's chassis and body uses more high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium to cut weight by up to 96 pounds depending on trim level.

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Improved handling: Body torsional rigidity is up by 44 percent, and there's a new electric power steering system as well as redesigned rear suspension.

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