All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey: What You Need to Know

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First Look at the 2018 Honda Odyssey

Technically speaking, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is an all-new vehicle. It just doesn’t look that way. It has that same familiar shape and that same distinctive “lightning bolt” design. There have been some aesthetic changes, but the new Honda Odyssey is clearly recognizable, and from 20 feet away at 20 mph, some might not notice any difference between it and a 2016 model.

The 2016 Odyssey was our winner for Best Minivan for the Money and Best Minivan for Families. For 2018, Honda doesn’t depart from the 2016 model’s refined ride, high interior build quality, and versatile cabin features. The most common criticism of that model concerned its second-row seating. The seats are heavy, making them difficult to move when you want more cargo room.

So, Honda got to work on the seats and created a system with a removable middle section and outbound seats that slide sideways. It’s a unique configuration, and ultimately critics and consumers will be its judge.

The new Odyssey also boasts numerous new technologies, giving passengers more control than ever of the infotainment system, climate controls, and navigation, while giving the driver greater ability to observe and communicate with occupants in the back.

With manufacturers recently releasing re-designed and all-new minivans, this small, resilient segment is about to get more competitive.