The Honda Sensing upgrade sees lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and collision mitigation braking (also known as autonomous emergency braking or AEB) added to the Odyssey VTi-L (below).
In the past Honda has come under fire for its slow adoption of safety assist technologies, particularly AEB, with other vehicles in its range, including the popular Civic and CR-V, only offering Honda Sensing in the most expensive variants while competitors have began installing similar systems across the range.
Honda Australia managing director Stephen Collins addressed concerns about the lack of added safety equipment for the entry-level Odyssey VTi.
“The addition of Honda Sensing on the new Odyssey VTi-L represents another step in our plan to introduce the full suite of intelligent driver-assist features and active safety technologies right across the Honda vehicle range over the next few years.” Collins said.
“So while it will take some time before the Honda Sensing system is standardised across all models and all grades, we are committed to supporting the safe and comfortable driving of our customers with Honda’s driver-assist technologies.”
Other changes to the Odyssey range include the adoption of revised styling for the VTi (above), which now uses the front bumper and grille previously reserved for the VTi-L, while the higher grade model switches to a revised face of its own featuring dark chrome highlights for the grille, reshaped foglights, plus new multi-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, and dark chrome door handles.
Inside the VTi-L’s second-row captain's chairs add larger headrests and additional storage pockets, the dash and doors feature a new decor-trim finish, and the exterior mirrors pick up an auto-fold function when the driver’s door is locked.
The VTi-L is now also compatible with a towbar with a 1000kg towing capacity, while unspecified changes have been made to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness for a smoother, quieter ride.
2018 Honda Odyssey pricing
VTi - $37,990 (up $380)
VTi-L - $47,590 (up $1100)
Manufacturer’s list price excluding on-road costs.
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