Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey

2018 Honda Odyssey

Pros: Well-balanced driving dynamics; versatile Magic Slide seating system; quiet cabin; comprehensive list of available high-tech and family-friendly features

Cons: Lack of stand-alone options means that many desirable features are available only on the most expensive trim levels; some testers dislike push-button gear selector

CG Says: The Honda Odyssey is redesigned for 2018, gaining several new convenience and technology features on an all-new platform that’s roughly the same size as the previous-generation Odyssey. “Magic Slide” second-row seats are the new Odyssey’s key innovation—they slide laterally as well as fore and aft, which enables several convenient seating configurations and greatly eases access to the third-row seats. Other newly available features include CabinWatch, a ceiling-mounted wide-angle infrared camera to monitor rear-seat passengers (even in the dark); CabinTalk, an in-car P.A. system that enables the driver to talk to rear-seat passengers through the available entertainment system’s headphones or rear speakers; and CabinControl, a smartphone app that allows rear-seat passengers to control rear climate and entertainment-system functions. The sole engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 280 horsepower—32 more than the previous-generation model. Two automatic transmissions are offered—a new 10-speed for the line-topping Touring and Elite models, and a nine-speed for LX, EX, and EX-L models. Among the available features are forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, blind-spot alert, keyless access and starting, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, LED headlights, a built-in vacuum, heated/ventilated front seats, and hands-free power liftgate. The all-new Odyssey delivers a refined, quiet cabin; a capable, responsive powertrain; and surprisingly crisp handling for a large front-wheel-drive vehicle. However, its clever Magic Slide seats and other technology innovations are what make it a real standout. If the passenger-hauling convenience of the Odyssey’s Magic Slide seats is more important to you than the cargo versatility of the Chrysler Pacifica’s handy Stow n’ Go seats, then Honda’s latest minivan should be at the top of your shopping list.

The Facts
Class Minivan
Body Style(s) minivan
Passenger Count 7-8
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LX: $30,930
EX: $34,800
EX-L: $38,200
EX-L w/Nav/RES: $40,300
Touring: $45,450
Elite: $47,610

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
10-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Honda Odyssey
2018 Honda Odyssey
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
Side Crash - 5
Rollover - 4

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