When shopping around for the perfect family vehicle, potential buyers are often looking for reliability, space, and safety. Publications like Parents magazine and Edmunds.com understand the concerns of these buyers, and that’s why they release an annual list of the “10 Best Family Cars.” On the “10 Best Family Cars 2018 List” announced in June and published in the July issue of Parents magazine, both the all-new 2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey were recognized.*
To determine this year’s list of awardees, the staffs at Parents magazine and Edmunds.com carefully evaluated 300 vehicles. They considered family-friendly features, like safety ratings and car seat installation, and general features, like overall driving comfort, fuel efficiency, and affordability. Both the 2018 Accord and Odyssey excelled in these tests. The midsize Accord offers exceptional driving dynamics and handling, tons of standard safety features thanks to the advanced Honda Sensing® suite, and a spacious interior that allows everyone to sit comfortably. The Accord is also sleek and sophisticated, ensuring that your family will arrive in style.
The Odyssey has been a family favorite for decades and was entirely redesigned for the 2018 model year. With the redesign, Honda further elevated the Odyssey’s performance and interior technologies and designed the cabin to be spacious and comfortably quiet. The new Odyssey also offers CabinWatch™, which is the industry’s first in-vehicle rear-seat camera and allows you to keep an eye on the kids without having to turn around, and available Honda Sensing® to give you additional peace of mind while transporting your family.
Test-drive the notable 2018 Honda Accord and Odyssey at Floyd Traylor Honda.
* Edmunds.com, June 2018
*Parents, July 2018
Year after year, Honda produces high-quality vehicles that impress auto experts and satisfy consumers, and 2018 is no different. This February, the 2018 Honda Accord, Civic, and Odyssey were chosen to receive MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards. At Floyd Traylor Honda, we’re thrilled to provide these top-of-the-line Honda vehicles to our customers, guaranteeing their satisfaction for years to come.For the Drivers’ Choice Awards, the auto experts at MotorWeek perform a thorough review of all vehicles within a segment, picking a range of models that perform well. From this already narrowed pack of vehicles, they choose the overall best car of the segment for the given year. They carefully consider factors such as price, practicality, performance, and fuel efficiency, which are the factors that tend to matter the most to potential car buyers. After these reviews, three 2018 Hondas stood out from their competitors: the 2018 Honda Civic was deemed the Best Small Car, the 2018 Honda Accord was named the Best Family Sedan, and the 2018 Honda Odyssey was judged to be the Best Minivan.
With two impressive high-performance variants, the Civic received the Best Small Car award for a third consecutive year. The Accord’s Best Family Sedan award was secured by its luxurious approach to the mid-size sedan segment. Meanwhile, the Odyssey’s Best Minivan award recognized both its longstanding appeal to families and its feature-packed, all-new approach for 2018.
Minivans have become somewhat of a niche segment after their heyday in the 90s, but that doesn’t mean Honda is going to skimp on the quality of the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey has been one of the most popular and respected in the minivan class, bringing a modern edge and athleticism to the segment, as well as the latest in technology. The revamped Honda Odyssey performed so well in modern crash tests with increasingly tough restrictions that it earned the coveted title of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The IIHS rates vehicles in five different crash categories, as well as rating optional automatic braking system technologies and the quality of their headlamps. The Honda Odyssey earned the highest rating of “Good” in every crash test, and its Collision Mitigation Braking System earned a Superior rating. The headlight test earned an Acceptable rating, and child restraints in the minivan also earned top ratings. All of these together granted the Honda Odyssey the honor of being a Top Safety Pick+ for 2018.
Honda has been continually committed to bringing advanced safety systems to their lineup for a more family-friendly and protective driving experience and the revamped Honda Odyssey is representative of that commitment. Come see the new Honda Odyssey at Floyd Traylor Honda today.
Finding the right minivan to meet the needs of the modern family can be fairly difficult, especially since the segment has shrunk so much over the past few decades. Fortunately, the 2017 Honda Odyssey is still going strong and continues to raise the bar for the segment as a whole. We here at Floyd Traylor Honda know of a few family-friendly features that make the Honda Odyssey a great choice.
The 2017 Honda Odyssey features a spacious interior with seating for up to eight passengers. Once seated, passengers will enjoy up to 172.6 cubic feet of space. Comfortable third-row seats make the Honda Odyssey the perfect vehicle for any family road trip.
Nothing says entertainment like three rows of comfortable seating and a wide window to look out of on the road. Some families want more, especially those with children who grow bored of the scenery rather quickly. Fortunately, Honda is prepared for that.
An available Rear Seat Entertainment System with wireless headset capability makes every trip a quiet and enjoyable one. The system includes a DVD player with rear audio display controls so parents can stay in control at all times.
The nine-inch screen features an ultrawide resolution and an HDMI input that’s used for modern video game systems and several other entertainment devices.
Cleaning up after a family vacation can be a hassle. Kids somehow manage to get crumbs, dirt, and other debris throughout the vehicle. Getting a vacuum into the Odyssey is easy, but maneuvering properly could be difficult. That’s why Honda thought ahead. The HondaVAC® is a built-in vacuum cleaner that makes cleaning a stress-free chore.
The new 2018 Honda Odyssey “Keep the Peace” campaign is dedicated to showing the benefits of the Odyssey’s innovative, family-oriented features and its smart design.
The “Keep the Peace” ad starts as a battle between two giant monsters and the two soldiers trying to stop them from destroying the city. As the soldier sends a shock through the Earth that breaks it apart and separates the monsters, the scene changes to a mom using the Odyssey’s Magic Slide feature to separate her kids and stop them from fighting over a toy.
The series of ads will focus on a variety of family activities and how the unique features of the Odyssey make them more fun and easy to use for the whole family. Premiering during the NHL and NBA finals and showing in the advertisements for family movies like Despicable Me 3 and Cars 3, the ads will also focus on the Odyssey’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi, CabinWatch™ and CabinTalk™, the advanced rear seat entertainment system, and much more. There will also be an ad in Spanish that demonstrates these features.
For more information on the 2018 Honda Odyssey, give us a call today at Floyd Traylor Honda!
Honda has dedicated itself to innovative technology, design, and performance over the years, and the latest result of that commitment to cutting-edge engineering is a new 10-speed transmission. The brand revealed production of the all-new gearbox is going into effect starting now and will be fitted into the drivetrain of the upcoming 2018 Honda Odyssey. The 2018 Honda Odyssey will arrive at dealerships like ours, Floyd Traylor Honda, sometime this spring.
The 10-speed transmission will be the first-ever of its kind in front-wheel drive vehicles. The plan is to begin production of the gearbox for the Odyssey, and then gradually expand availability across other nameplates in Honda’s model lineup, as well as vehicles offered from Acura. Investing in production of the new 10-speed will cost Honda $150 million total, including the cost of a new assembly line, new equipment, and boosting production capacity.
The new 10-speed transmission from Honda is one of the first of its kind. However, Ford and General Motors have already developed a 10-speed gearbox of their own together, which is offered as an option on the new F-150 Raptor and Camaro for the 2017 model years; the 10-speed gearbox is set to make an appearance on the 2018 Mustang later this year.
Will a 10-speed transmission become a new staple in the industry? Time will tell.