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2018 Honda Odyssey Review

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is one of the top picks in our minivan rankings. It's not only capable and composed on the highway, but it also treats passengers in every row to comfortable, spacious seats and a smooth ride. Plus, it's convenient tech options can make your day just a little bit easier.

Pros & Cons

  • Abundance of family-friendly tech and safety features
  • Optional infotainment system is responsive and well-equipped
  • Smooth, stable handling
  • Powertrain is strong and responsive
  • Second-row seats must be removed for maximum cargo capacity
  • More expensive to buy and own than rivals 

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Honda Odyssey's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Minivans category. It was the winner of our 2018 Best Minivan for the Money award and the winner of our 2018 Best Minivan for Families award. Currently the Honda Odyssey has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Honda Odyssey Overview

Is the 2018 Honda Odyssey a Good Used Minivan?

Yes, the Odyssey is a spectacular minivan. It offers family-friendly seating for up to eight people, along with an abundance of tech and safety options.

There are many reasons the 2018 Odyssey should be on your test-drive list:

  • Seats are cushy and supportive
  • Adult-friendly space in all three rows
  • Excellent safety score
  • Lots of optional tech and safety features
  • Smooth, composed handling

It also has a few drawbacks worth paying attention to:

  • Costs more to buy than other minivans
  • Higher projected maintenance costs than other minivans
  • No fold-flat capability for the second-row seats
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Honda Odyssey review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 27 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Honda Odyssey?

Based on listings for the 2018 Honda Odyssey on our site, the average list price is $34,000, which is one of the highest in the class. Prices range from $26,700 to $40,800 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Honda Odyssey Cost to Own?

The 2018 Odyssey’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $27,000, or $5,400 per year. That’s the highest estimate in our rankings of 2018 used minivans, owing mostly to it above-average maintenance costs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Odyssey?

Following a full redesign for 2018, the Odyssey received no major changes for 2019. Purchasing a used 2018 Odyssey likely costs less, and you can get a vehicle that's nearly identical to a new Odyssey. The MSRP of a 2019 Odyssey starts at around $30,200, while prices of used 2018 Odysseys start at $26,700 in our used car listings.

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Because the Odyssey is redesigned for 2018, there are quite a number of differences between it and older models. For example, the 2018 model has more cargo space, new options such as a hands-free power liftgate, new advanced safety upgrades like a pre-collision braking system, and a more powerful engine. An older Odyssey could save you money, but you'll be missing out on notable changes from the 2018 redesign.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Honda Odyssey?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Odyssey a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is slightly above average.

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2018 Honda Odyssey Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2018 Honda Odyssey:

  • Power sliding doors may open while moving
  • Insufficient coating on rear brake caliper pistons
  • Third-row center seat belt may not latch
  • Loose battery terminals may damage transmission control unit

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Honda Odyssey Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Honda Odyssey comes in six trims: LX, EX, EX-L, EX- L NR, Touring, and Elite. All trims come with seating for eight, with the exception of the seven-seat base LX.

For the best value, we recommend the Odyssey EX. For its price, the EX offers an alluring mix of tech, safety, comfort, and convenience features. Standout amenities include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, heated front seats, and Magic Slide second-row seats.

  • Honda Odyssey LX: Standard features in the Odyssey include 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, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Note that this trim only seats seven people
  • Honda Odyssey EX: The EX model adds proximity keyless 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: A moonroof, a power liftgate, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seats are among the EX-L trim's upgrades.
  • Honda Odyssey EX- L NR: Extra amenities added to the EX-L NR include a navigation system, voice recognition, a rear entertainment system, real-time traffic, and CabinTalk.
  • Honda Odyssey Touring: The Touring trim gets park assist, a hands-free power liftgate, HondaVac, CabinWatch, HondaLink, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
  • Honda Odyssey Elite: Notable additions to the top-of-the-line Elite model include ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an 11-speaker sound system, and a wireless device charger.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2015 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2019 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Odyssey?

The Odyssey was named a 2018 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, passing every crash test with flying colors. The IIHS noted that properly equipped models earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. The Odyssey also received ratings that range from Acceptable to Poor for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Odyssey an overall rating of five out of five stars.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • multiangle rearview camera
  • emergency brake assist

Available advanced safety features:

  • pre-collision braking
  • forward collision warning
  • lane keep assist
  • road departure mitigation
  • lane departure warning
  • adaptive cruise control
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • park assist

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2018 Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Odyssey or 2018 Toyota Sienna?

The Honda Odyssey and 2018 Toyota Sienna are long-time rivals, each offering something different. Practicality rules for the Sienna: It has better predicted reliability rating and costs less to buy and own than an Odyssey. It's also the only minivan that is available with all-wheel drive. Though the Sienna comes with an impressive number of safety features, the Odyssey outdoes it in crash tests. The Honda also has a superior ride quality and roomier seats. We recommend picking the minivan that checks off the most boxes for you.

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Odyssey or 2018 Chrysler Pacifica?

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica has a few tricks up its sleeve, including clever Stow n' Go second-row seats that fold flat in the floor so you can quickly open up a massive cargo area. Among its lengthy list of tech options is a set of headrest-mounted entertainment screens with built-in games, keeping your second-row tykes occupied for hours. The Odyssey still wins out when it comes to overall seating comfort and space, however. Choosing between these two top-ranking minivans mostly comes down to personal preference.  

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2018 Odyssey Performance

How Does the 2018 Honda Odyssey Drive?

The Odyssey's engine and transmission are polished and responsive. You'll have no trouble getting up to speed, even when you have a fully loaded van. Its ride is comfortable, absorbing rough patches in the road, and the Odyssey maintains its composure on curvy roads.

  • Base engine: 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard nine-speed automatic, available 10-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Honda Odyssey Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Odyssey has a typical fuel economy rating for a minivan.

  • 19/28 mpg city/highway
2018 Honda Odyssey Towing Capacity

The Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Odyssey Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Odyssey Seat?

The 2018 Odyssey seats up to eight people in three rows. It has more legroom than a 2018 Toyota Sienna, and it has wider, cushier rear seats than the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica. With seats this spacious and easy to access, you'll have no problem accommodating passengers of all shapes and sizes. In addition to sliding forward and back, the Magic Slide second-row seats can shift toward the center of the minivan. Its multiple adjustments let you open up a larger passageway to the third row, or move the baby's car seat closer to the front seat.

Standard seating features:

  • spill-resistant cloth upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat  

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory settings
  • leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel
  • power sliding rear doors
  • Magic Slide second-row seats (adjust laterally, backward, and forward in five different positions)
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Honda Odyssey?

The 2018 Odyssey has four complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors: two in the second row and two in the third row. The third-row middle seat has a tether anchor only. With the exception of two tether anchors that are difficult to find, all of the Odyssey's LATCH connectors are clearly marked. Because they also take little effort to use, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system its highest rating of Good+.

2018 Honda Odyssey Features

The entry-level Odyssey trim comes with a basic sound system that offers Bluetooth connectivity. All other trims beyond the Odyssey LX come with a feature-rich infotainment system. This is definitely the preferred system – the interface is fast, the menus are easy to navigate, and you can even customize shortcuts to quickly access your favorite features. It comes with advanced smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) as well as HD Radio, satellite radio, and an eight-inch touch screen.

There's no shortage of other tech options that frazzled parents will adore. CabinTalk operates like a public address system, so there's no more trying to raise your voice over the fray. CabinWatch is a second-row seat monitor so you can keep a watchful eye on your tykes without craning your neck. And the HondaVac built-in vacuum cleans up all those Cheerios in a snap.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, voice recognition, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, real-time traffic, CabinWatch (which uses a camera to provide a view of the second and third rows on the touch-screen display), a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11-speaker sound system, and a wireless device charger
  • Additional standard features: remote entry and push-button start
  • Other available features: a power liftgate, a hands-free power liftgate, a moonroof, CabinControl, CabinTalk, and HondaVac

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2018 Honda Odyssey Dimensions

Honda Odyssey Cargo Space

The Odyssey has 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and 86.6 to 89.2 cubic feet with the third-row seats down, depending on the trim level. These seats fold easily into the floor to create a flat cargo floor. If you want to make use of the Odyssey's full 140.7 to 144.9 cubic feet of cargo space, you have to remove the second-row seats, which can be a back-breaking, awkward task. Cargo options include a power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Honda Odyssey Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 11 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,354 to 4,593 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Honda Odyssey Built?

Honda built the Odyssey in Alabama.


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