2018 Honda Odyssey

Usually for me, I love cars that are obnoxiously fast and powerful.  So for me to say I have always liked the Honda Odyssey, the big van must be doing something good.  I remember driving the 2008 Honda Odyssey and all I could do is giggle the whole time.  Mainly because I’m so used to driving lower, less practical vehicles.

But it became apparent why people love the Honda Odyssey so much after driving it.  The Honda Odyssey is as practical as they come, and has a bit of charm to it.  You feel completely in control, and feel like you’re doing a great service to the comfortable passengers inside the Odyssey.

No, the Odyssey didn’t drive like a sports car, but it was so much fun for me.  Owning one probably makes you feel like someone that people can count on.

So Honda has redesigned the 2018 Honda Odyssey, and it is shaped very differently from the previous generation.

Over the years, the Honda Odyssey has been the weapon of choice for soccer moms.  Redesigning a rather iconic vehicle always brings its challenges, so let’s see what the 2018 Honda Odyssey is all about.

The Specs-2018 Honda Odyssey: 

Vehicle Type: Minivan
Power Plant:  3.5L V6
Gearbox: 10-speed automatic
Power: 280 HP (est.)
MPG: 28 Highway, 20 City (est.)
Torque: 270 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 204 Inches (5.18 Meters) (est.)
Width: 78.6 Inches (1.99 Meters) (est.)
Height: 68 Inches (1.72 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 140 MPH (225 KPH) (limited)
Seating: Up to 8 passengers
Wheelbase: 118.1 Inches (2.09 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 8 sec. (est.)
Base Price: $29,800 (est.)


The Exterior-2018 Honda Odyssey:

From the front, you should be able to pick out a rather familiar face on the 2018 Honda Odyssey.  Do you see it yet?  It’s a Honda Civic!

2018 honda Civic

The 2018 Honda Odyssey isn’t a complete copy of the Civic.  Actually, the Odyssey seems to take the best parts of the Civic that work on a mini van, and it makes the van look much less…van-y.

The Honda Odyssey shares similar looking eyes, intakes, and a grille that the Civic has, but that’s the extent of the evidence up front.

2018 Honda Odyssey

From the side, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is a very appealing van; Which is hard to say.  The rib cage features swooping lines that help to spice up the long landscape.  It looks fantastic.

On top of Honda’s creative use of curves in the body work, Honda also fitted a floating roof line, which almost seems like a trend developing in the auto industry.

I know there are a lot of people out there that hate mini vans just for being mini vans (these people are usually young) but the 2018 Honda Odyssey makes a strong case for itself.

2018 Honda Odyssey

This is the most youthful looking Honda Odyssey, and I like it a lot.

There is another bit from the Civic in the rear end of the mini van as well.  The tail lights feature the “C” shaped lights we see on the Civic.  But, the design is reworked to look stylish on the larger Odyssey.

There are a few automotive manufactures that take different bits from other models and tack them onto another model, but Honda’s execution is fantastic on the 2018 Honda Odyssey.  Very anti-mini van; Which is what they were going for.

The Interior-2018 Honda Odyssey:

2018 Honda Odyssey

The interior of the 2018 Honda Odyssey is far beyond what we saw in the previous interior by a large margin.  The only real issue I have is with the somewhat tacky fighter-jet-like instrument cluster in the dash.

Not to be outdone by nearly every other automaker, Honda employed a screen in the center dash that looks a bit tacked on, but it works well enough with the rest of the design.  Unlike the one in the Audi Q7.

While it doesn’t look wholly upscale, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is the first minivan to feature in-cabin cameras.  These cameras help the passenger and driver see what their child is up to in the back.

This just adds to how smart and useful cars are becoming.  Honda may not make particularly exciting cars, but they do know how to make a fantastic minivan into a smart vehicle.

On top of that, Honda offers an app for the 2018 Honda Odyssey that allows you to control the air conditioning and other features on your smartphone.  Honda deserves respect for taking the minivan to all new heights.

Younger buyers will need to stretch past their ego’s to see how great the 2018 Honda Odyssey is.  You can expect to fit up to eight passengers inside this practical mini van.

The Performance-2018 Honda Odyssey:

Obviously, I’m not going to focus on how fast a Honda Odyssey is.  Horsepower, torque or 0-60 times are not exactly high on the priorities for people who buy minivans.

So, here’s some things that matter: a 3.5 L V6 engine will power the 2018 Honda Odyssey, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.  This is the only engine and transmission option available for the Odyssey.

This 3.5 L V6 out puts a decent 280 HP which is plenty for hauling the kids around.  While EPA hasn’t gotten around to testing the 2018 Honda Odyssey’s fuel economy, the mini van lost 100 pounds from the previous generation.

New safety features come on the 2018 Honda Odyssey, including adaptive cruise control, pedestrian sensors, forward collision mitigation, emergency breaking and more.  Truly impressive stuff.

Sum It Up:

I’m really happy to see how far the Honda Odyssey has come since the model I drove, which was a 2008.  The release date for the 2018 Honda Odyssey should be known in the Fall of 2017.

With all the new features and styling, the 2018 Honda Odyssey should be very well equipped to go up against its rather stiff competition.  Here’s more from Honda.


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