It’s a surprise to many, but the most important aspects of any vehicle for the average consumer happen to no longer be related to the joy of driving. Instead, infotainment systems and smartphone connectivity have taken over as make-or-break considerations.
This is why there has been a rush by automakers to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into their lineup. They know that without these features supported, they stand to lose many buyers.
There are automakers that still don’t believe in the importance of having Apple and Google’s system in their vehicles, preferring instead to stick with their own proprietary setups. Names like Toyota and Mazda come to mind.
That could be the reason why Honda has ended up as the most popular auto brand this year, according to searches on Google and Edmunds. The new Honda CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline, Accord, and Civic all jumped aboard the Apple/Google train and have been better off for it.
Part of why Honda’s releases for 2017 have impressed so much is because its vehicles are staying on the forefront of this crucial tech development.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for the Honda Odyssey, which remains unlisted for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as we head into 2017. Support could eventually arrive, but as far as anyone knows the minivan is missing out on something big.
Not much is known about the 2017 Odyssey, except for the fact that it’s carrying forward its current 3.5L V6 engine. There have been rumors of the family hauler adopting an AWD option akin the Toyota Sienna, but we’ll have to wait and see as Honda remains tight-lipped on its future.