Honda Odyssey

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2018 Honda Odyssey Overview

The 2018 Honda Odyssey ranks 1 out of 6 Minivans.

The Honda Odyssey's latest makeover makes it the minivan to beat. Fully redesigned for 2018, it combines improved acceleration, a long list of family-friendly technology, a cavernous interior, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. 

SEATING


7-8

MPG


19

  CITY


28

  HWY

DRIVETRAIN


FWD

HP


280
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Pros & Cons

  • Long list of family-friendly technology
  • Good handling
  • Strong acceleration
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Second-row seats must be removed for maximum cargo capacity 

Notable for 2018

  • Completely redesigned

Honda Odyssey Rankings and Research

The 2018 Honda Odyssey ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. Currently the Honda Odyssey has a score of 9.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 14 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Scorecard

Overall: 9.4
Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 9.0
Safety: N/A
Reliability: N/A

Rankings

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2018 Honda Odyssey Review

By Alexa Lardieri July 28, 2017

The Honda Odyssey's latest makeover makes it the minivan to beat. Fully redesigned for 2018, it combines improved acceleration, a long list of family-friendly technology, a cavernous interior, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. 

Is the Honda Odyssey a Good Minivan?

The Honda Odyssey is a great minivan. Despite its large size, it has strong acceleration and handling. It also has a long list of features that kids will enjoy and parents will appreciate, including a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system and CabinTalk. Additionally, the Odyssey's cabin offers immense cargo space and passenger-carrying versatility.

Should I Buy the Honda Odyssey?

The 2018 Odyssey has enough room for a family to cart around sports equipment, band instruments, or luggage for a vacation. This minivan offers plenty of passenger-carrying flexibility – especially with Honda's unique Magic Slide seats, which adjust laterally, backward, and forward in five different positions. The Odyssey has plenty of technology, but it isn't just for entertainment; CabinWatch helps moms and dads keep an eye on the little ones by providing a view of the second and third rows on the touch screen. The Odyssey also offers a long list of advanced safety features and an engine strong enough to quickly move this heavy van around.

We Did the Research for You: 10 Reviews Analyzed

To help you decide if the fully redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey is the right minivan for you, we collected and analyzed 10 published, professional reviews and combined that analysis with information like performance specs, available safety features, gas mileage estimates, and much more. Our comprehensive 2018 Honda Odyssey review answers all your questions to make your car buying decision as easy as possible.

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How Much Does the Honda Odyssey Cost?

The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey starts at $29,990. This is just $140 more than the 2017 model, yet the 2018 model comes with a lot of cool new features. These include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Magic Slide second-row seats, and CabinWatch, which uses a camera to provide a view of the second and third rows on the touch-screen display. Additional pricing information isn't yet available for 2018 models, but the top-of-the-line Elite model started at $45,325 for the 2017 model year.

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Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna has long trailed the Honda Odyssey in our rankings. With the Odyssey's redesign, that trend continues. It has a longer list of features than the Sienna, including CabinWatch, Wi-Fi, an 11-speaker sound system, and lane departure warning. The Odyssey also has more overall cargo space than the Sienna, maxing out at 158 cubic feet compared to the Sienna's 150. Passengers enjoy more legroom in the Odyssey as well. The Sienna has a nice drive, but it's not as nice as the Odyssey's smooth ride over pavement imperfections, nor is it as confident around turns. The Sienna starts at $29,750, which is slightly less expensive than the Odyssey. Still, the Odyssey is the vehicle to buy.

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica has similar performance to the Odyssey, with strong acceleration and responsive handling. It also gets similar fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The Odyssey beats the Pacifica in cargo size; the Pacifica has a maximum space of 140.5 cubic feet, while the Odyssey has 158 cubic feet. However, the Pacifica's second-row seats can be stowed under the floor, while the Odyssey's second row has to be removed to maximize storage capacity. The Pacifica's seats aren't as comfortable or as adjustable as the Odyssey's. Both minivans offer competitive technology, but the Odyssey offers more, including CabinTalk, CabinWatch, and wireless phone charging. The Pacifica has a lower starting price of $28,995, but the redesigned Odyssey is worth the extra cash.  

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Odyssey Interior

How Many People Does the Odyssey Seat?

There is seating for up to eight in the redesigned 2018 Odyssey. Spill-resistant cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. Available features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, and power sliding doors.

New for 2018 are Honda's Magic Slide second-row seats, which adjust laterally, backward, and forward in five different positions. Parents will be grateful for this adjustability when sending fighting siblings to opposite sides of the van or bringing a child’s seat within arm's reach. The system also makes third-row access easier.

There is plenty of head- and legroom for adults in all three rows of the Odyssey. The seats are well-padded, making them comfortable and supportive. Wide door openings make for easy entry and exit, and large windows provide good visibility in all three rows.

Odyssey and Car Seats

There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row and outboard third-row seats, as well as an upper tether on the third-row middle seat. The 2018 Odyssey's LATCH system has not yet been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its ease of use.

Odyssey Interior Quality

There are soft-touch surfaces and high-quality materials throughout the Odyssey's cabin. Upper trims get a stylish design with glossy finishes. You'll be thankful for the standard spill-resistant cloth upholstery and black carpeting and seatbelts, as they’ll help hide any stains your little ones leave behind.

Odyssey Cargo Space

There is 38.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the Odyssey's third row of seats, 92 cubic feet behind the second row, and 158 cubic feet behind the first row. There is more overall cargo volume than in the 2017 model or in rivals like the Chrysler Pacifica (140.5 cubic feet maximum). The 2018 Odyssey’s cargo hold also beats the Toyota Sienna's maximum space of 150 cubic feet. The Odyssey's third row of seats can be easily folded flat to accommodate larger cargo items, but its second-row seats need to be completely removed to take advantage of all 158 cubic feet of space. There are plenty of storage spaces within the cabin for smaller cargo items as well. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are available.

Odyssey Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2018 Odyssey comes standard with remote entry, push-button start, a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, and two USB ports.

There is a long list of available features, including an 8-inch touch screen, CabinControl (which lets you control the rear-seat entertainment and climate and send destinations to the Odyssey's navigation system with your smartphone), a moonroof, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11-speaker sound system, a wireless phone charger, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. (For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.)

Honda had parents in mind when redesigning the Odyssey. You can keep an eye on your kids with CabinWatch – a camera system that provides views of the second and third rows on the touch-screen display. With CabinTalk, you won't have to yell "don't make me turn this car around" again; instead, you can communicate with second- and third-row passengers from the driver’s seat using a microphone. The Odyssey’s infotainment system is easy to use and has well-organized menus. The touch screen is responsive and uses smartphonelike gestures, such as swiping. Physical knobs control climate and volume functions.

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Odyssey Performance

Odyssey Engine: More Horses Under the Hood

The 2018 Honda Odyssey comes with a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. A 10-speed automatic transmission is available. The 2018 model gets 32 more horsepower than the outgoing model, which really helps move this heavy machine along. Despite its hefty size, the Odyssey has no problem jetting around town or accelerating up to highway and passing speeds. Both transmissions have very smooth shifting.

Odyssey Gas Mileage: Good for the Class

There were no EPA fuel economy estimates available for the 2018 Odyssey at the time of this writing, but Honda estimates it will get 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. This is good among its minivan competitors. The Chrysler Pacifica gets similar fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.

Odyssey Ride and Handling: Smooth Sailor

Front-wheel drive is standard in the 2018 Honda Odyssey; it helps deliver a very smooth ride and sharp, responsive steering. There is minimal body lean through corners, and the Odyssey sails over bumps and dips in the road with little disturbance.

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Odyssey Reliability

Is the Honda Odyssey Reliable?

J.D. Power and Associates has not yet rated the 2018 Honda Odyssey for reliability. The Toyota Sienna, a class rival, earns an average score of three out of five, and the Chrysler Pacifica earns a rating of 2.5. 

Honda Odyssey Warranty

Honda covers the 2018 Odyssey with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty. The Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna receive warranties of the same length.

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Odyssey Safety

Odyssey Crash Test Results

The 2018 Honda Odyssey has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The rival Chrysler Pacifica receives the IIHS' top score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Odyssey Safety Features

A multiangle rearview camera and brake assist are standard safety features in the 2018 Odyssey. There are many safety features available, including Honda Sensing. This suite of advanced driver assistance features includes pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Additional safety features include blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and park assist.

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Which Honda Odyssey Model Is Right for Me?

The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey comes in six trims: LX, EX, EX-L, EX- L NR, Touring, and Elite. All models come with a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard in all but the Touring and Elite models, which come with a 10-speed automatic transmission. All models seat eight except the seven-seat base LX.

The EX is the trim to get. It comes with the best mix of tech, safety, comfort, and convenience features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, heated front seats, and Magic Slide second-row seats. See below for more information on each trim. (Note some 2018 prices are not yet available.)

Honda Odyssey LX

The base Odyssey LX starts at $29,990. It comes standard with spill-resistant fabric upholstery, a multiangle rearview camera, remote entry, push-button start, a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, two USB ports, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Honda Odyssey EX

The EX model adds proximity entry, pre-collision braking, road departure warning, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, power sliding doors, Magic Slide second-row seats, heated front seats, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, and CabinControl, which lets you control the rear-seat entertainment and climate and send destinations to the Odyssey's navigation system via an app on your smartphone.

Honda Odyssey EX-L

The EX-L adds a moonroof, a power liftgate, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seats.

Honda Odyssey EX-L NR

The EX-L NR adds navigation, voice recognition, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, real-time traffic, and CabinTalk, which lets the driver communicate with the second- and third-row passengers using a microphone.

Honda Odyssey Touring

The Touring trim adds park assist, a hands-free power liftgate, HondaVAC (an in-vehicle vacuum), CabinWatch (which provides a view of the second and third rows on the touch screen), HondaLink (which gives you remote access to your minivan), and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Honda Odyssey Elite

The top-of-the-line Elite model comes standard with lower trim features. It adds ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 11-speaker sound system, and a wireless phone charger.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Honda Odyssey ups the ante for minivans. Its redesign brings new technology, a stronger engine, improved handling, and family-friendly features that will satisfy both parents and kids. It has more cargo space and passenger-carrying versatility with Honda's unique Magic Slide seats. If you need to find a negative, it’s that the second-row seats must be fully removed to take advantage of the Odyssey's maximum cargo space.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Overall, the 2018 Odyssey strikes us as the best pick for shoppers with young children or big families. The sliding second-row seats are truly useful, and the rear-seat camera system will give new parents some welcome peace of mind. And if you like to drive, the Odyssey's improved handling could very well make it the van to get as well." -- Edmunds
  • "It all adds up to a remarkably refined minivan that trumps most class competitors and stands toe-to-toe with the excellent Chrysler Pacifica. In terms of acceleration, handling, ride quality, passenger/cargo room, interior materials, and pricing, the Odyssey and Pacifica are incredibly close. To us, the choice boils down to which features you prefer. For some buyers, the cargo-hauling convenience of the Pacifica's fold-into-the-floor Stow 'n Go second-row seats tops the Odyssey's Magic Slide seats, while others might put a premium on the Magic Slide system's unmatched passenger-carrying versatility. Either way, the new Odyssey is at the head of the minivan class. Considering the escalating 'features race' that all of these family haulers seem to be engaged in, we're wondering if the next big minivan innovation will be literally throwing in the kitchen sink." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Regardless of trim, the Odyssey hangs on to its 'best minivan' claim, at least for parents looking to transport sub-16-year-olds. The Chrysler Pacifica's Stow & Go second row seats give it the advantage on pure utility, and both the Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna offer reclining second-row seats, giving them a luxury edge for adults. But the Odyssey's second-row seat technology and configuration options make it the king of kid-friendly travel." -- Forbes
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