The fully redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey soon joins the minivan market despite the trend of families progressively deserting minivans in favor of 3-row crossover SUVs. The restructured Odyssey promises a lot of great niceties for families sticking it out with vans. It pledges more versatility, more convenience, and more technology.
Although Honda’s new Odyssey design isn’t quite revolutionary, a lot of significant developments were made to its cabin quietness, ride, power, and fuel economy. This minivan presents a host of new elements that are sure to pamper users and keep them connected throughout the journey. It certainly guarantees a premium feel for a van.
2018 Honda Odyssey – Comes with Comfortable Seats
From the outside, the 2018 Honda Odyssey isn’t any different from its precursor. The current car’s stepped beltline still shows up, but it’s now elaborated with a down-swept crease. Also, a hockey-stick-shaped character line is evident on the lower body panels. This stylish embellishment is rapidly becoming a cliché.
The inbound Odyssey also brings new LED headlights and taillights. Its grille now closely echoes what we’ve seen in the Pilot and other recently unleashed Honda models. Inside, you will find that Odyssey’s front seats are large and inviting. However, the bottom cushion appears to lose steadfastness over long voyages.
You can shift the comfortable outboard seats inward by detaching the second-row center seat. This will open a wider path of access to the spacious third-row seats, while also allowing children to get closer to their parents.
Tech and Safety Features
Almost all trims come with an updated infotainment unit comprising colorful graphics, app connectivity, and easy customization among many other features. The minivan also introduces a plethora of creative options, including a video baby monitor and onboard vacuum. Rear-seat-entertainment packs an in-cabin PA system for more convenience.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey will offer a suite of active safety technologies. The standard safety equipment will include adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking. When it comes to the less user-friendly side of things, Odyssey’s gear selector buttons are obstinate to use. This becomes evident while trying to switch between Drive and Reverse when parking.
2018 Honda Odyssey – Powertrain and Gearbox
Beneath the skin, the inbound 2018 Honda Odyssey rides on a whole new architecture that underpins the Honda Pilot and the Ridgeline. It retains a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but the output surges 248 horsepower. Honda has also jettisoned the 6-speed automatic transmission in favor of a 9-speed unit, with top-tier trims getting a Honda-designed 10-speed automatic.
2018 Honda Odyssey – Trim Prices and Launch Date
Honda Odyssey’s luxury-laden upper trims—Touring and Elite—are priced at $45,450 and $47,610 respectively. The two top-tier trims tick multiple option boxes provided by Honda. The mid-range EXL variant, on the other hand, starts at $38,300 and comes loaded with plenty of standard hi-tech features.
The 2018 Honda Odyssey EXL model will likely convey Honda Sensing active safety suit. It packs a host of useful elements such as lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and automated emergency braking. Furthermore, it presents an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Further details of the latest Honda Odyssey will become available as the minivan nears its on-sale date in this year’s spring. Nevertheless, the basic Odyssey model is unlikely to get passed today’s $30,750 entry price. Stay tuned for more feeds.