2018 Honda Odyssey Expert Review

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.7 Comfort 4.8 Styling 4.6 Value 4.7

Editor's Overview

Enjoyably easy to drive, nicely appointed inside, and boasting a long list of clever new features and tech, the all-new, 5th-generation 2018 Honda Odyssey isn’t just the best minivan on the road, it’s the best family car ever.

You'll Like The 2018 Honda Odyssey If...

Do you tend to seek out the best car in a segment, or are you typically drawn to what’s new? Do you lean toward the most practical or the tech-savviest? Whatever your nature, you’re going to like the 2018 Honda Odyssey.

You May Not Like The 2018 Honda Odyssey If...

If you want an all-wheel-drive minivan, you’ll have to go with the Toyota Sienna. If you want a hybrid minivan, you’ll have to choose the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (a plug-in hybrid, no less). Otherwise you’ll want to do plenty of research before deciding the new Odyssey isn’t the right minivan for you.

What's New

The Honda Odyssey has been completely redesigned for 2018.To get a better idea of what it's like to live with the Odyssey day-to-day, check out our 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite Ownership Review.

Interior Features

The 2018 Honda Odyssey’s cavernous cabin isn’t just packed with practicality-enhancing features and technologies, it boasts a degree of fit and finish that transcends the typical soccer shuttle. All the requisite cup holders and cubbies are in place, but so are high-quality materials and smart, pleasing design. Featuring a digital gauge cluster and a big 8-inch touch screen that’s standard on all but the entry-level LX trim, the Odyssey’s digitally enhanced forward panel makes Honda’s minivan look and feel more like what we were hoping to be driving in 2018.

Exterior Features

The 5th-generation Odyssey has a lighter look than the outgoing model, and we suspect it will prove a bit less polarizing without the previous model’s distinctive “lightning-bolt” design element. The top-line Odyssey Elite boasts 19-inch alloy wheels, power-folding exterior mirrors, LED headlights and more, while even the base LX model gets 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-reflector halogen headlights and rear privacy glass.

Driving Impressions

Good steering and pedal feel aren’t must-haves for many minivan shoppers, but responsive manners improve the day-to-day driving experience of any vehicle. And they help make the 2018 Honda Odyssey the best-driving minivan we’ve ever driven. The all-new Odyssey is smooth off the line and glides through gears. On city streets and in parking lots it changes direction with the ease and willingness of a smaller vehicle, and stops in the same manner. On the highway it is quiet, comfortable and confidently controlled. Granted, we’ve only driven the top-line Odyssey Elite with its all-new 10-speed transmission, but versions with the 9-speed (the same transmission found in the Honda Pilot SUV, among others) shouldn’t give up too much in the way of smart, silky power management.

Pricing Notes

The base 2018 Honda Odyssey has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $30,930 including destination, and climbs to $47,610 for all the bells and whistles of the Odyssey Elite. As the new version of a historically popular model, we don’t expect Honda to offer significant discounts for quite a while. But thanks to historically strong resale values and class-leading features and qualities, even at full sticker price the new Odyssey would be a terrific value. As always, be sure to check the Odyssey’s Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price before signing on any dotted lines.

Bonus Conent: Take a look at how the Honda Odyssey compares to its competitors

Honda Odyssey vs Honda Pilot

Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna

Notable Equipment

The 2018 Honda Odyssey lineup starts at $30,930 (including destination) with the 7-passenger Odyssey LX. But Honda says the LX will account for less than five percent of sales, and we’d steer you toward the $34,800 Odyssey EX that includes many more safety and convenience features. In addition to the Bluetooth and USB phone connectivity, push-button start and rearview camera found on the LX, the EX features room for eight, Magic Slide 2nd-row seats, 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assist and safety technologies, power sliding doors, remote-sensing keyless entry and heated front seats.

Notable Options

Stepping up to Odyssey EX-L (for Leather) will reward you with a power tailgate, moonroof and leather seats, while the EX-L with Navigation and Rear Entertainment adds, er, navigation and rear entertainment, plus the neat new CabinTalk interior PA system. The Odyssey Touring nets you the brilliant new 10-speed automatic transmission, hands-free tailgate, built-in 4G LTE wireless capability, clever new CabinWatch interior camera, the always popular -- and useful -- HondaVac built-in vacuum cleaner and more. For $47,610, the 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite adds a 550-watt, 11-speaker audio system, wireless phone charging and ventilated front seats, among other upgrades.

Favorite Features

MAGIC SLIDE SEATS

The Odyssey’s new Magic Slide seating system features outboard 2nd-row seats that move up and back and side to side. Two friends can sit shoulder to shoulder without either having to sit on the middle hump, seats can slide to either side, or mom can bring baby within easier reach.

HONDAVAC

Minivans and vacuum cleaners are both about as far from sexy as it gets, but put them together and you have one of the coolest car features on the planet. With the Odyssey’s built-in vacuum you can clean up spilled Goldfish crackers or accumulated debris whenever and wherever the need arises.

Under the Hood

Every 2018 Honda Odyssey is powered by the same 280-horsepower V6 engine, and most manage that power with the help of a new-to-Odyssey 9-speed automatic transmission. Touring and Elite trims, however, offer a smart and smooth new 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition to improved drivability, the 10-speed auto bumps towing capacity from 3,000 pounds in the 9-speed models to 3,500 pounds in the Touring and Elite trims.

3.5-liter V6

280 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

262 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm

EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy: 19/28/22 mpg

Editors' Notes

Even in its seventh model year the outgoing Honda Odyssey remained a top pick in the segment. And now that it’s been completely redesigned, Honda’s minivan is once again the very best minivan money can buy. It’s enjoyably easy to drive, nicely appointed inside, and boasts a long list of clever new features and tech that take family transportation to a new level. The best minivan on the road? Let’s call it the best family car ever.

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What I love about my 2018 Odyssey Honda It is great for road traveling.

2018 Honda Odyssey

I like the spacious cabin. It is bigger than previous models. The 2018 model comes fully equipped even with Wi-Fi capabilities which my kids love. I do too because I can do work sometimes in my car. I also enjoy the navigation system. Oh! And the cabin talk is awesome. I can now talk without having to scream to all passengers in the vehicle while driving or when we need to pick up orders from the drive thru. I can now easily ask everyone in the car what they like with no screaming all the way to the back. The body of the vehicle is longer than previous models which takes a bit more space in my driveway but it is ok. I like it. This model has sensors everywhere to prevent crashes. If it gets too close to a vehicle in the front in flashes you to break. Also, the vehicle breaks automatically to prevent accidents. The performance is good but it could use more power. Even though this model is the first one of the Odyssey collection that came out with 10 speeds which is great on the high ways, it still lacks some power while driving in the city. Finally, one thing I am not too happy about is that it consumes a lot of gasoline. It is my only regret about buying this vehicle. Other than that I am very happy with it and my children too!!

- Munoz A

Best car we have ever purchased!

2018 Honda Odyssey EX-L

I love the sensing features the most on my vehicle. It has a rear view camera and I can change the type of view it gives. I has blind spot detection as well, which is another great feature. It can also keep itself in its lane and the steering wheel will begin to vibrate as you are veering out of your lane. We like the automatic doors which allow our young children the ability to open and close the doors on their own. The seat belt buckles are also easily accessible allowing my younger children the ability to buckle themselves in. My vehicle has a middle row seat insert that can provide an extra seat or remove it if it is not needed. I also love the Apple CarPlay. I do not have to fight with the Bluetooth to connect my phone. I just use my cable, plug in my phone and it's ready to play my music, podcast, receive phone calls and even messages. All hands free so I can keep my hands at the wheel and eyes on the road. It also has a very spacious trunk. We keep the extra seat insert in the trunk and we can still have plenty of space for a trunk load of groceries and it's not falling out of the car! It has been my favorite car. We plan on having it for many years to come.

- Crystal T

All you need in a car if you are a family with kids. Even if you do not have kids.

2018 Honda Odyssey

The Honda odyssey looks really nice considering it is a minivan the way it is design. The third row seating is very roomy and have plenty of legroom and you are able to adjust the seat as well. Love the feature of being able to slide the middle row and make different configuration to your need when the middle seat is remove. This makes it ideal when you have kids especially little ones. I wish the did and open to stow away the middle seat just like the Pacifica so that you do not have to take the seat out in the event you need extra storage and do not need the middle row. For the x ex-l with rear entertainment system. Wish they would put the “TV” on both the left and right hand side instead of just 1 in the middle. Makes it kind of awkward to watch when you are seating on the left / right hand side. Especially if you are sitting in the middle row since it is close to the “TV”. The line assist and drive assist is a nice feature that Honda have added especially if you commute or when you do long drive for vacation etc.

- Erika K

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