Minivans are not appealing. They’re useful. They’re functional. Frequently, they are purchased to serve a particular life stage, brutalized by parents and their kids during many years. There is, nevertheless, a stark appeal in such function and utility, a single-minded brilliance that shines vibrantly in spite of the layers of crumbs and dirt and fast-food wrappers that frequently embellish them.
And amongst minivans, the upgraded 2018 Honda Odyssey, revealed for the very first time at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, seems among the best of the type.
2018 Honda Odyssey Exterior
Take one 2017 Odyssey, hone the styling, tidy up the flanks, improve the style themes with heavy impact from the Honda Civic, and you’ve basically got the upgraded 2018 Odyssey.
As is clearly apparent, the brand-new Odyssey keeps its “lightning bolt” beltline, and now the moving door tracks are integrated along the bottoms of the rear windows for a neat shape. Kinked character lines include visual interest and circulation to the minivan’s flanks, and much better connect the Odyssey’s profile to front and rear design components.
2018 Honda Odyssey Interior
Honda states the brand-new 2018 Odyssey features enhanced interior products, including soft-touch dashboard surfaces. Black carpeting and black safety belt are better able to conceal the unavoidable discolorations that include minivan ownership, and even the tray covering the front center console storage bin eliminates its grooves, which tend to trap the detritus of life.
Honda also takes on a significant flaw of the Odyssey that dates back years: interior noise, especially on the highway. With this brand-new style, Honda claims the 2018 Odyssey to be the quietest vehicle in the minivan section thanks to triple door seals, acoustic front and side glass, included sound deadening material, and Active Sound Control.
Magic Slide second-row seats slide forward, backward, and, with the middle area removed, toward the center of the van. Depending upon the use case, this design helps to much better protect kids from side-impact collisions, places infants closer to parents, enhances legroom for adult travelers, or optimizes access to the third-row seat.
Honda did not discuss freight volumes, other than to assert that the new Odyssey has the most large cargo location behind its third-row seat of any minivan presently on the marketplace.
2018 Honda Odyssey Engine
Though minivans tend to focus on convenience and utility, there’s no reason that you cannot have a little bit of enjoyable as you drive. For 2018, the Odyssey’s 3.5-liter V6 engine sees a 32-horsepower gain over the previous generation’s 248. That brand-new overall of 280 puts the Odyssey in line with other rivals in the class.
The Odyssey’s increased engine ought to also benefit from your option of 2 readily available transmissions: a basic nine-speed automated already discovered in the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX or a brand-new 10-speed that’s optional in upper trim levels.
2018 Honda Odyssey Release Date and Price
The 2018 Honda Odyssey goes on sale this spring. More details of Honda’s newest Odyssey, which we do not expect to cost much more than today’s $30,750 entry cost, will be revealed better to the brand-new model’s on-sale date this spring.