The Dallas Morning News

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- GLENN ROSEN | ADVERTISIN­G WRITER

The Honda Odyssey miniva has always been about family, and the 2018 edition is no exception.

Available in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite trim levels – and with base prices that range from around $30,000 to $46,700 – the family van has moved up in the world, both in style and convenienc­e. Just a few years ago, the Odyssey looked like a minivan. Now it resembles a sophistica­ted wagon or sport utility vehicle, but with more room and functional­ity than you’ll find on most SUVs.

Among the functional highlights is the new Magic Slide second-row seats, which can easily be moved this way or that way to make it easier to get to the third row. A center seat can even be moved closer to the front row should Junior need a little extra attention.

Want to keep a closer eye on all the kids in the back rows? A new feature – CabinWatch – lets the front-row occupants view those in the back on an 8-inch screen, while the new CabinTalk lets the driver speak to the kids through an in-car public address system. You may be wondering why Mom and Dad can’t just talk to them normally. One word: earphones. Sometimes they just can’t hear you (or don’t want to hear you), but an in-car bullhorn of sorts will definitely do the trick.

There are plenty of other amenities – both standard and optional – that parents will admire. The spacious seating and quiet cabin are pluses, as is the 3.5-liter 280-horsepower engine and 9- or 10-speed automatic transmissi­ons that produces decent accelerati­on and fuel economy numbers of 19/28 mpg in city/highway driving.

Other treats include leather seats, power sliding doors, the ability to open the rear door with a wave of your foot under the bumper, three zones of climate controls and a whole lot more. It all proves that Honda Odyssey designers continue to keep families in mind.

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