Honda’s 5th generation of the Odyssey has been released earlier this year and it is a completely revised car. It is now based on a new platform, it features an improved powertrain and it has a lot more features than its predecessor. To top it all off, the new 2018 Honda Odyssey is just as expensive as it was before meaning it also offers better value for money than before. The most interesting part about the new car is the fact that its wheelbase remained unchanged despite the platform change. The Odyssey still sports little over 118 inches which are the same as the 2nd generation of the car. This basically means Honda has been refining the same platform for more than a decade but that’s not really a bad thing. The new Odyssey is the perfect example of that.
Excellent family minivan
Sliding seats are great
A lot of safety equipment
No hybrid ….
The base model does not have the “Magic Slide” seats
Review of 2018 Honda Odyssey
The new minivan drives better than ever before and it is quite a bit more efficient too.
The new running gear comes with better shocks and brakes. These allow it to offer a really good ride quality while also not being bad in terms of driving characteristics.
It comes as standard with 8 seats and all but the base model can have the “Magic Slide” seats
Another big change is the set of safety features which are available, as standard or as extras on the 2018 Honda Odyssey.
Things like an active lane monitoring system, which can keep the minivan in its own lane and even brake if the car in front stops suddenly, a rear cross-traffic alter, pedestrian monitoring and even an active cruise control system can all be had across the range.
The most important aspect about a minivan has to be its cabin. Luckily the Odyssey is no slouch when it comes to passenger comfort.
Let’s look 2018 Honda Odyssey “Van Jam”
In fact, it is likely one of the best ones in its class. It comes as standard with 8 seats and all but the base model can have the “Magic Slide” seats.
This system allows the middle seats to be really configurable. For starters, it replaces the usual bench with a set of 3 individual seats.
The two outer seats can slide front to back and side to side
The two outer seats can slide front to back and side to side. On top of that, the middle seat can be completely removed in order to make a 7 seat minivan with more than enough rear room.
These seats are the same as those of the front passengers, so they are heated and it seems a ventilation system might become available in the future.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey also brings new technologies like a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, a really good infotainment system which boasts both Apple’s and Google’s mirroring software as well as a part-digital instrument cluster.
The front seats also benefit from an increased amount of room and where the armrest would be the car boasts a lot of storage space thanks to the seat-integrated armrests.
The minivan changed a lot during its production run. In fact, the new model looks on par with Honda’s best-looking cars on the market.
Even though its proportions are roughly the same as before, it looks a lot more stylish than it ever did. The newly stepped window-line, the “floating” D-pillar, the standard roof spoiler or even the really good looking front end give the Odyssey a really upmarket feel.
In fact, considering how it looks we wouldn’t be surprised if in the future Honda decided to release a sportier version of the car.
2018 Honda Odyssey Engine
Like before, there is just one engine offered on the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The car still gets a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 engine.
|Quick Specs||Odyssey LX|
|0-60 mph||6.5 sec.|
|Gas Mileage||28 mpg Hwy
19 mpg City
|Fuel System||Gasoline Direct Injection|
This is a new direct injected unit which can now provide up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque which is a rather impressive gain over its predecessor.
With it, the Odyssey will hit 60 MPH in just 6.5 seconds and the best part is that it will return up to 28 MPG on the highway which is one of the best numbers in its class.
Part of this performance gain is the gearbox of the car. The base model gets a 9-speed automatic provided by ZF.
This is a smooth and responsive gearbox but slightly on the heavy side. The higher end models of the Odyssey on the other hand get Honda’s brand new 10 speed automatic.
This is faster, smoother and even lighter than the one before it, so it should be the upgrade to have for all those looking to get the car.
2018 Odyssey has excellent price-quality ratio, depending of the trim level, the price is slowly growing.
For example, for the Odyssey LX you have to pay around $29,000, for the Odyssey EX $33,800, EX-L $37,300, and for the excellent Touring $44,500
|Let's compare ...|
|Honda Odyssey||$30,000 - $45,000|
|Chrysler Pacifica||$30,000 - $46,000|
|Kia Sedona||$27,000 - $42,000|
|Dodge Grand Caravan||$27,000 - $35,000|
|Nissan Quest||$27,000 - $44,000|
|Toyota Sienna||$30,000 - $48,000|
According to many reviews, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is the best minivan ever. But the competition is pretty good and has a lot to offer, and not far behind the new Odyssey.
We will mention some rivals and their prices in relation to Odyssey.
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