We’ve come a long way since the first minivan, which truly was mini by today’s standards. Once a staple of the seemingly forlorn American road trip, Honda looks to re-up that nostalgic journey by turning family-friendly into family-fun with its all-American, all-new Odyssey.
What's New for 2018
The Honda Odyssey has been completely redesigned for the 2018 model year.
Choosing Your Honda Odyssey
Most people will immediately notice (and focus) on the aggressive-for-a-minivan styling of the new Odyssey, but, like many things, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Everything has been revamped for 2018. An all-new body and chassis produce a quieter, more comfortable cabin. Technologies abound not only with regards to safety but also connectivity. An updated V6 engine produces more power while new transmissions offer improved fuel economy.
All Odyssey minivans use a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This is 32 hp and 12 lb-ft of torque more than the 2017 V6 engine. A new nine- or ten-speed automatic transmission replaces the old six-speed auto, depending on trim level. Shift-by-wire electronic shifting and paddle shifters also are standard. The EPA estimates fuel economy to be 19 city mpg, 28 highway, and 22 combined for all trim levels, regardless of transmission.
Other innovations include what Honda calls its Magic Slide second-row seats, which can configure four different ways to allow for greater flexibility and accessibility for passengers and cargo alike. There also are CabinWatch (allows driver to monitor all rows, both day and night, via an 8-inch display), CabinTalk (allows driver to communicate to passengers using rear entertainment headphones or via rear speakers), and CabinControl (allows control of the rear entertainment system, climate, and navigation via a smartphone app), to make hauling the kiddies easier.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey is available in five trim levels:
Keeping passengers occupied has become a necessity, whether for a multi-state road trip or a traffic-filled drive to school. Another necessity, especially for families, is staying within budget. By checking all the boxes on accessories, the all-new Odyssey can cause a case of sticker shock – nearly $48,000 is a lot for any vehicle, let alone a family minivan.
The EX trim at less than $35,000 is a better option as it includes all the safety features, the Magic Slide second row, and smartphone integration for in-dash navigation. With the money saved, you can purchase a couple of tablets for rear passengers and pre-load entertainment for long drives.