2018 Honda Odyssey

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2018 Honda Odyssey Interior Review

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Interior: 9.0

Soft-touch, high-quality materials are featured throughout the redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey's cabin. Higher trims get a more stylish design with upscale finishes. The Odyssey is spacious and quiet, with comfortable seats, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a long list of available technology. Cargo space is among the best in the class.

  • "The interior materials are high quality, with good fit and finish and plenty of soft-touch surfaces where it counts. The line-topping Elite model is spiced up with some classy textured satin-metal-look dash trim and great-looking high-gloss piano-black inserts on the dash and door panels. All three interior color choices – Mocha, Beige, or Gray – come with black carpeting and seat belts, which Honda says are designed to conceal stains." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The interior of the new Odyssey is modern looking and nicely laid out. It's a good combination of functional and premium. Still, we think the Chrysler Pacifica is has a more luxurious feel inside even though the Honda offers more tech features." -- Autotrader
  • "Softer, higher quality materials are employed throughout the cabin, which is highlighted by a new one-piece instrument panel surrounded in a padded surface." -- Automobile Magazine

Seating

There is seating for up to eight in the 2018 Honda 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, power sliding doors, and Magic Slide second-row seats, which adjust laterally, backward, and forward in five different positions. This makes it easy to find a good position for kids and car seats, and to access the third row.

The Odyssey's seats are supportive and comfortable. There is plenty of leg- and headroom in all three rows, even for adults. Visibility is also good in all three rows.

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 is easy to use, so the IIHS gave it the highest rating of Good.

  • "The front seats are soft in all the right places and are extremely accommodating and comfortable, while the lower dashboard has been pushed forward to create more front-seat knee room. The second-row buckets are similarly comfy, one advantage of not having to be slim enough to fold into the floor like the Pacifica's do. The Odyssey's latest seating innovation is what Honda calls Magic Slide second-row seats, which is really an evolution of a function that began with the second-gen Odyssey in 1999, where the passenger-side second-row bucket had limited side-to-side adjustability. Now, both center-row bucket seats can slide 13 inches laterally with five latching locations, while retaining fore-aft adjustability. Shifting the seats over creates a larger pathway to the rear seat, without requiring scampering through the middle aisle."-- Car and Driver
  • "The seats are comfortable in all three rows, and even the third row should be spacious enough for most adults – at least if the second-row seats are not all the way back. The third row also has generously sized side windows with a relatively low beltline, which makes the area feel a little less closed-in. There are cushy flip-down armrests on the second-row seats and adjustable inboard armrests on the front seats." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Pop out the middle seat, and the outboard second-row seats can be manually slid toward the center of the car in several different positions. It makes a lot more room for accessing the third row, and it puts the kids closer to the center of the vehicle and within easier reach of the front row. The seats also tilt forward for more access to the third row. Most important, they can make all these movements with a car seat installed. Regardless of where the second row is set, there's plenty of legroom, shoulder room, hiproom, and toe room in the second and third rows, even for tall adults." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

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

Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, a hands-free power liftgate, a moonroof, a power liftgate, navigation, voice recognition, a rear-seat Blu-ray entertainment system, and real-time traffic. Other features include CabinControl (which lets you send destinations to the Odyssey's navigation system and control the rear-seat entertainment system and climate settings with your smartphone), CabinTalk (which lets the driver communicate with the second- and third-row passengers using a microphone), HondaVAC (an in-vehicle vacuum), CabinWatch (which uses a camera to provide a view of the second and third rows on the touch-screen display), HondaLink (which gives you remote access to your minivan), a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11-speaker sound system, park assist, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, and a wireless phone charger.

Also available is Honda Sensing – a suite of advanced driver assistance features that includes pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure warning, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The Odyssey's infotainment system is very responsive and easy to use. It responds to smartphonelike commands (like swiping) and lets you drag and drop icons to customize the home screen. There are intuitive menus that are easy to navigate, as well as physical buttons for volume and climate control.

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  • "This new Odyssey is the most tech-heavy family car we've seen so of course Wi-Fi is available – you can even control some in-car functions via smartphone. Up to seven passengers can add to a master playlist via smartphone and there's wireless charging for Android phones. In addition to Cabin Watch, there's Cabin Talk which allows you to interrupt the rear seat entertainment system – it pauses the movie and your voice comes through the wireless headphones." -- Autotrader
  • "Another important upgrade is the new Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system, which is standard on all but the base model. It represents a big step forward for Honda, whose infotainment systems have lagged a bit behind the competition in recent years. The Display Audio interface boasts an 8-inch high-resolution screen with large, clear graphics, smartphone-like pinch-and-swipe capability, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, and noticeably quicker response times than previous Honda systems we've tested. The system has been designed so that most functions are close to the 'surface' – i.e., no drilling down into multiple levels to get to the function you want. The layout of the app 'tiles' is also customizable, so frequently used functions can be placed closest to the driver." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The infotainment system itself is a big step forward for Honda. The software is all-new and Android-based, and it's been designed to resemble the home screen on your smartphone. All the major functions have been broken out into apps, each appearing as a tile you can drag around to customize the screen. There are also three favorite slots at the top of the screen that are always present, allowing you to create shortcuts to specific functions such as satellite radio or navigation. Not only does it allow you to pinch, swipe, and drag, but it also actually responds as quickly as a phone screen, something many manufacturers can't say. Honda even brought back an audio volume knob. Below the screen, hard buttons have been selected for functions Honda thinks you might want to use the minute you get in the car rather than waiting for the infotainment screen to load-climate control and seat heaters/coolers." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

There is 38.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats, 92 cubic feet behind the second row, and 158 cubic feet behind the first row. When compared to the 2017 Odyssey, the 2018 model has more room behind the third and first rows, but slightly less room behind the second row. The third row of seats easily folds flat to load large cargo. However, the second row needs to be removed completely to make full use of all storage space. There is plenty of in-cabin storage for smaller items. A power liftgate and a hands-free power liftgate are also available.

  • "Other subtle improvements help out with the van's versatility. The power liftgate not only opens quicker than before and has a slightly wider opening, it offers hands-free operation and a programmable height feature." -- Edmunds
  • "There's a ton of room in the Odyssey, too. Even the rear cargo space behind the third row is huge. Some people prefer a flat load space that is even with the bumper to easily plop in heavy items. The Odyssey, however, has a deep load floor. While it might make it a little more difficult to unload that 40-pound bag of cat litter, it provides more vertical room for storage, and has the added advantage of helping to keep your groceries from spilling out as soon as you open the liftgate. We were able to pile in a medium soft-sided cooler, a beach umbrella, two folding chairs, a stroller, a couple of large tote bags, a few loose beach towels, and some other random odds and ends behind the third row without it creeping up into our rear view. That deep well also accommodates the folding third row to fold flat if you need the extra space more than the extra seating." -- Autoblog
  • "Small-item storage spots abound. There are two tiers of storage trays in the front doors, a large purse shelf at the leading edge of the front console, and a deep – but not particularly long – covered storage bin in the center console. The front console has four cupholders – two at the front and two in the back – but they might not hold super-sized beverages." -- Consumer Guide
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