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2018 Honda Odyssey: What You Need to Know

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The Honda Odyssey is fully redesigned for 2018 and sits among the best in the minivan class. Honda's family hauler boasts a spacious interior, user-friendly technology, and impressive overall performance. 

Is the Honda Odyssey a Good Minivan?

The new generation of the Odyssey is a home run. Agile handling and a strong V6 engine make the Odyssey a blast to drive, which you probably don’t expect from a minivan. Passengers have ample room to stretch out and get comfortable, and you can haul a lot of cargo. There's a long list of available features – including a rear-entertainment system and an in-cabin camera system – that both kids and adults will appreciate. The Odyssey's outstanding amenities and high-class cabin help make it a great value. That combination of quality and value led to us declare it our 2018 Best Minivan for the Money. Most minivans are good family vehicles, but the Odyssey's long list of features, cavernous cabin, and wealth of positive reviews make it one of the best. That's why we gave it our 2018 Best Minivan for Families award.

Should I Buy the Honda Odyssey?

Anyone shopping for a minivan should consider the Odyssey. Though it has a higher price tag than most rivals, it's worth it. The 2018 Odyssey has enough space for all your stuff, whether you're going on vacation or shuttling soccer equipment to the big game. Honda's unique Magic Slide seats allow for even more flexibility in carrying passengers and cargo. Excellent crash test scores and a variety of advanced safety features make the Odyssey a great choice for a family vehicle. Confident performance won't leave the driver bored, either.

Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Odyssey?

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is completely redesigned. The new model has a more powerful engine than the outgoing Odyssey (by 32 horsepower), yet it earns similar fuel economy estimates. Inside, both generations have three rows of spacious seats, but the redesigned Odyssey has more seating features, including stain-resistant upholstery. The 2018 model also has a bit more cargo space and gets new available tech features, including connectivity options, a hands-free power liftgate, and driver assistance features like pre-collision braking and adaptive cruise control.

It is possible for you to save money by shopping for a used Odyssey, but you won't get the benefits of the vehicle's redesign. If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Odyssey review to help you decide if you can live without the 2018 model's upgrades.

We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 30 Honda Odyssey reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2018 Odyssey is the right new car for you.

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How Much Does the Honda Odyssey Cost?

The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey starts at $29,990. That's just $140 more than the 2017 model, yet the 2018 model comes with many cool new standard and optional 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. The top-of-the-line Elite model starts at $46,770.

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.

Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna is a solid, midpack minivan, but the Honda Odyssey is much better. The Odyssey has more standard and available features than the Sienna, including a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11-speaker sound system, and lane departure warning. If you're looking for space, you'll find more of it in the Odyssey. Passengers enjoy more legroom, and there's about 8 more cubic feet of maximum cargo space than in the Sienna. The Odyssey wins when it comes to performance – its comfortable ride and poised handling trump the Sienna's mundane driving dynamics. However, the Sienna is the only minivan available with all-wheel drive. Both vehicles have above-average price tags for the class, but the Odyssey is the vehicle to buy.

Which Is Better: Honda Odyssey or Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica is the minivan that most closely challenges the Odyssey in performance, with agile handling and swift acceleration. Both vehicles also have similar fuel economy estimates. While the Odyssey beats the Pacifica in overall cargo volume by about 18 cubic feet, the Pacifica is more versatile. The Pacifica’s second-row seats collapse into the floor. In the Odyssey, you have to completely remove the second row to maximize storage capacity. That's about the only downside to the Odyssey's seats, as they're more comfortable and adjustable than the Pacifica's. The Chrysler starts at about $3,000 less than the Honda. Still, the Pacifica doesn't offer as many family-friendly features as the Odyssey does.

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 Magic Slide seats make for easy access to the anchors and tethers in the second and third rows. The Odyssey’s LATCH system received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating of Good 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.

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

The 2018 Odyssey gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. The Chrysler Pacifica gets the same estimates.

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.

Odyssey Reliability

Is the Honda Odyssey Reliable?

The 2018 Odyssey receives an above-average predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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.

Odyssey Safety

Odyssey Crash Test Results

The 2018 Honda Odyssey received an overall five-out-of-five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The vehicle received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in all five crash test categories and was named a Top Safety Pick.

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.

Which Honda Odyssey Model Is Right for Me?

The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey comes in six trims levels: 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 ($33,960) 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 ($37,460) 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 ($39,460) adds navigation, voice recognition, a rear 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 ($44,610) 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 ($46,770) 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 by ZIP code on our Honda deals page.

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 there is a negative, it’s that you must fully remove the second-row seats 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.

Read the full 2018 Honda Odyssey review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.


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