The new 2018 Honda Odyssey returns as a fifth generation model and is expected to continue being the minivan segment’s perennial leader. Thanks to features such as family-friendly technology, confidence inspiring performance, and unprecedented comfort, the new 2018 Odyssey has been created to be the ultimate choice for families.
The Odyssey has been in the market since 1995 and the latest model represents the latest design from Honda. Since its debut into the minivan market, the Odyssey has witnessed quite a number of evolutionary improvements, but what has managed to remain at the core of its functionality is its family utility function. To clearly explain this, the Honda Odyssey offers a voluptuous seating in its three rows of seating, spacious cargo space, and sliding rear doors.
For 2018, some of the enhancements that buyers should expect include better performance, upgraded technologies, and additional standard features. Furthermore, it gets a thorough array of aerodynamic elements. These elements Honda says, should help the Odyssey reduce wind noise and boost aerodynamic efficiency. Some of these elements include active grille shutter grille system, extensive under covers, a rear spoiler, shark fin-type antenna, under body strakes, hidden windshield wipers, and wind-sculptured side mirrors.
The active shutter grille system has been built to reduce aerodynamic drag, which is expected to help improve fuel efficiency especially at cruising speeds. This system has been included on all trim models and tracks air conditioning, transmission oil temperature, and intake air temperature – all of which vary depending on towing activity, throttle and gear positions, vehicle speed, and weather and road conditions.
In terms of body construction, the new 2018 Honda Odyssey is based on Honda’s global light truck platform. It gets reduced mass for the unit-body and improved stiffness resulting from the use of high-strength steel that comprises of 58% of the body structure. In addition, the new model also gets multiple grades of high-strength steel that help it reduce weight, lower noise, optimize safety performance, and achieve excellent overall vehicle dynamics.
2018 Honda Odyssey Colors
The new model is now available in a whopping eight colors – Obsidian Blue Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Smoky Topaz Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic. These are categorized as either pearl or metallic. They offer impressive contrasts that complement the new body’s body design, while at the same time exhibiting a sophisticated and modern appearance.
Interior colors include Mocha, Gray and Beige. These colors help the 2018 Honda Odyssey achieve a sophisticated and coordinated look.
Has The 2018 Honda Odyssey Exterior Changed?
Exterior dimensions remain the same as of the previous model whose wheelbase was 118.1 inches. These size is particularly responsible for the Odyssey’s superior ride comfort, easy ingress and egress, and spacious seating. The length sees a marginal growth that now reaches 203.2 inches, while the width gets a 1.1 inch reduction. This reduction in width is expected to benefit aerodynamic efficiency.
As already told, the new 2018 Honda Odyssey gets plentiful of weight reducing materials. Furthermore, the composite materials also help in further noise reduction and enhanced rigidity. For example, composite stiffeners have been infused inside the C-pillars and together with the structural form are expected to contribute to body rigidity.
For 2018, the Honda Odyssey now gets LED headlights. These will now join the LED taillights, LED side mirror turn signals, and LED daytime running lights to help improve visibility at night and during extreme weather conditions. Also, depending on the trim level chosen, there are also LED Daytime Running Lights, and Projector Beam headlights.
Other exterior features that should be expected include power sliding doors, spindle-less power tailgate system, smart entry, rain-sensing windshield wipers, sound-deadening acoustic glass, and an aluminum front bumper beam.
2018 Honda Odyssey Interior Changes
Honda leaves nothing to chance when it comes to the interior design and appointments of the new model. The Honda Odyssey is highly regarded and well-known for its comfort, functionality, versatility, and efficiency. The latest from Honda – the 2018 Honda Odyssey continues to honor that legacy through extending the paradigm of technology, style, usability, and comfort.
As would be anyone’s guess, the 2018 Honda Odyssey comfortably accommodates eight passengers in its three rows of seats. Passengers have various options to reconfigure the interior in just about any style possible thanks to the Odyssey’s versatile seating flexibility. Up to five seating arrangements can be had with the newly available Magic Slide feature.
The new model has also been packaged with new technologies. Some of these features include an intuitive Display Audio system, Rear Entertainment System, standard HondaVac system, CabinControl, CabinWatch, and CabinTalk features. These features all combine to give the 2018 Honda Odyssey more connected and capable at meeting the entertainment needs of its passengers.
Moreover, the interior is splashed with substantial styling touches and comes in acres of fine-quality materials. People and cargo are well-accommodated in its three rows of seating.
The interior of the 2018 Honda Odyssey interior has been engineered to offer the best possible utility and versatility. The multi-function center console comes with four cup-holders and a smartphone tray. The Odyssey Elite trim model keeps compatible devices charged through a wireless charger pad.
An 8-inch display audio touchscreen display comes standard on the 2018 Honda Odyssey EX, EX-L, EX-L NR, Elite and Touring model. This system allows the user to use it just like you’d operate a tablet or smartphone by swiping, tapping, and pinching.
2018 Honda Odyssey Trims
The new model comes in a whopping six trim models – basic LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navy and RES, and the top-of-the-range Touring and Elite trims. As you’d expect from Honda, there’re not stand-alone options or packages. And as such, getting the perfect vehicle for yourself boils down to picking a trim that comes close to matching your individual budget and desired features.
The basic Honda Odyssey LX model’s list of features include automatic climate control, a rearview camera, eighteen-inch alloy wheels, a five-inch central display screen, a 60/40-split folding third row seat, a seven-speed speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, an USB charging port, and power front seats.
The Odyssey EX model gets you even more features such as remote engine start, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, power-sliding rear doors, three-zone automatic climate control, power-sliding rear doors, driver-seat power lumbar adjustment, and second-row window sunshades. Additional tech for the Odyssey EX include eight-inch touchscreen interface, satellite and HD radio, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. And that’s not all, extra driver safety is also included by Honda and this includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring.
Up next is the Honda Odyssey EX-L model that gets you driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery, a sunroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a noise-reducing windshield, and two-charging USB ports.
The Honda Odyssey EX-L with Navigation and RES (Rear Entertainment System) adds a rear-seat entertainment system, a 10.2” overhead display, a navigation system, and HDMI input.
Climbing up the trim ladder brings you to the Odyssey Touring model. With it comes features such as an automatic engine stop-start system, LED headlights, rear-parking sensors, Honda-Link services, Wi-Fi hotspot, an integrated vacuum cleaner, front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free lift-gate, and a rear cabin camera monitoring system.
Finally, at the top of the trim ladder is the Honda Odyssey Elite model. The Elite comes equipped with nineteen-inch wheels, a wireless phone charger, an eleven-speaker premium audio system, ventilated front seats, noise reducing glass, and power-folding mirrors.
Performance Specs For The New 2018 Honda Odyssey
Under the hood, the new 2018 Honda Odyssey comes with a powerful 3.5L V6 engine that produces power ranging from 248 to 280 horsepower. The Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L and the Odyssey EX-L with Navy and RES come equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmissions system while the Odyssey Touring and Elite come with a ten-speed automatic transmission system.
Although results are yet to be released by the government agencies – IIHS and the NHTSA, the Honda Odyssey 2018 is expected to attain a TOP SAFETY PICK from the IIHS and five out of five stars from the NHTSA for overall vehicle safety.
Safety features include collision mitigation braking system, lane keeping assist system, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and road departure mitigation.
2018 Honda Odyssey Price & Release Date
As is always the case, expect pricing figures to be released closer to its release date. The current Odyssey MSRP starts at $30K and tops out at $45K. Speaking of release date, Honda announced that the new model should be expected sometime next spring (2017).
Other vehicles you could consider include the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan and the 2017 Kia Sedona Minivan. The Pacifica Minivan Costs $34,995 while the Sedona minivan costs $33,600.