Before seven passenger crossovers decided to take over the world, minivans were the way to go. Until this day, most large families continuously fight the battle of picking between a crossover or a minivan for their family of seven or more members. Interestingly enough, the line between a crossover and a minivan has become extremely blurred. Most minivans these days share the same architecture, ground clearance, engines, and more with their crossover siblings. Take the Honda Odyssey for example. The minivan shares its platform, engine, and even some its interior elements with the seven passenger Honda Pilot crossover.
So what makes the buyers go one way or the other? Well, it could be the sliding doors for a large and clear entry. It could also be the removable and easily configurable seats or the vacuum cleaner that comes in the trunk of the Honda Odyssey. No matter how you slice it, there is a sense of practicality and convenience that comes with a minivan that a crossover can’t match and there is no better minivan that makes that case than the 2018 Honda Odyssey.
Minivans are usually plagued by the thought of having a boring or ugly design. The fifth-generation 2018 Honda Odyssey, however, manages to bring a little bit of a modern and sporty design to the segment.
The new 2018 Odyssey features Honda’s new trapezoid grille with two chrome bars, restyled headlamps, and new wing-shaped LED daytime running headlamps. All those elements give the new Odyssey a lot of character on the front-end. You’ll also notice a lot of lines and creases on the hood and the side of the Odyssey that give it a more sculpted and stylish look. The rear end of the 2018 Honda Odyssey was also updated with restyled headlamps and additional character lines that divide the tailgate and the upper part of the minivan. Overall, the design manages to keep the Odyssey look that we’ve come to know and love over the different generations but manages to add a little bit more sleekness and style to an otherwise bland segment.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey sits on a wheelbase that measures 118.1 inches – the same as the Honda Pilot. However, the overall length comes in at 202.9 inches while the width comes in at 79.2 inches. The new fifth-generation Odyssey stands at 68.4 inches high.
Overall, the 2018 Honda Odyssey does a great job of setting itself apart in the minivan segment.
There isn’t a single thing that we didn’t like on the interior of the 2018 Honda Odyssey. It is an extremely quiet and comfortable interior that is very flexible and is packed with tons of innovative technology.
First and foremost, let’s talk about packaging and versatility. The interior of the 2018 Honda Odyssey can actually pack eight passengers in the minivan and also allows you to reconfigure the seating thanks to its new Magic Slide second-row seats that can be adjusted to five different positions. Basically, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is ready to tackle any type of situation or configuration.
Tech-wise, our 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite test model came packed with all the bells and whistles including a wide range of in-vehicle connectivity features that allow you to connect with the passengers in the second and third row. CabinWatch, for example, allows the driver to monitor the second and third-row passengers in both day and night. CabinTalk, on the other hand, allows the driver to talk to the second and third-row passengers through the optional rear entertainment system headphones or second and third-row speakers. Rear passengers can also connect with other passengers in the car using CabinControl, which allows them to use their smartphone to control the entertainment, HVAC controls, or send destinations to the navigation system.
Honda is also taking tech to the next level by being the first minivan to offer unlimited 4G LTE in-vehicle WiFi data in a partnership with AT&T. With that in mind, there is really nothing that the 2018 Honda Odyssey can’t do. Our Honda Odyssey Elite model even had the HondaVac vacuum to clean up some quick messes around the cabin.
Other standard and optional features include Bluetooth, rearview camera, multiple USB outlets, heated and ventilated seats, navigation, three-zone climate control, wireless device charging, a rear entertainment system, and a range of safety features that we’ll get into later.
Overall, the interior of the 2018 Honda Odyssey is an amazing place to be. It is extremely comfortable and very innovative with technology options that we don’t even see in luxury vehicles.
Every 2018 Honda Odyssey model is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces a total of 280 horsepower with a maximum torque of 262 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that helps the Odyssey achieve an EPA-rated fuel economy of 19/28 mpg* (city/highway).
Not that car shoppers in the segment really care about performance figures, but the 2018 Honda Odyssey will allow you to run from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds.
Overall ride quality has been significantly improved over the outgoing model making this one of the most comfortable family movers on the market.
Other than the standard list of safety features, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assist technologies (available on all models starting with the Odyssey EX). The Honda Sensing suite adds a range of extra safety features including adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation system, road departure mitigation, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey is here to prove that it is the only model in the segment that sets the benchmark. While others have done their best to innovate with new features to attract family car shoppers, the new Honda Odyssey has gone above and beyond to prove it remains the king of the segment. Prices for the 2018 Honda Odyssey LX start at $29,990** while the Odyssey Elite starts at $46,670**. If you’re in the market for a family vehicle and a minivan is something you would consider, we definitely recommend visiting your local AutoNation dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.