Minivans are not attractive. They’re useful. They’re functional. Usually, they are purchased to serve a specific life stage, brutalized by parents and their children over the course of several years. There is, however, a plain appeal in such purpose and utility, a single-minded radiance that shines brilliantly despite 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 first time at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, seems among the very best of the breed.
2018 Honda Odyssey Exterior
Take one 2017 Odyssey, hone the styling, tidy up the flanks, update the design styles with heavy impact from the Honda Civic, and you’ve generally got the redesigned 2018 Odyssey.
As is plainly evident, the new Odyssey retains its “lightning bolt” beltline, and now the moving door tracks are incorporated along the bottoms of the rear windows for a neat silhouette. Kinked character lines add 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 says the new 2018 Odyssey features improved interior materials, including soft-touch dashboard surfaces. Black carpeting and black seat belts are better able to conceal the inescapable stains that come with minivan ownership, as well as the tray covering the front center console storage bin eliminates its grooves, which tend to trap the sediment of life.
Honda likewise takes on a significant defect of the Odyssey that goes back decades: interior sound, specifically on the highway. With this new style, Honda declares the 2018 Odyssey to be the quietest vehicle in the minivan sector thanks to triple door seals, acoustic front and side glass, added sound deadening product, and Active Sound Control.
Magic Slide second-row seats slide forward, backwards, and, with the middle section eliminated, towards the center of the van. Relying on the usage case, this style assists to better protect children from side-impact crashes, places infants closer to moms and dads, enhances legroom for adult guests, or takes full advantage of access to the third-row seat.
Honda did not go over cargo volumes, besides to assert that the new Odyssey has the most spacious cargo area behind its third-row seat of any minivan presently on the market.
2018 Honda Odyssey Engine
Though minivans tend to concentrate on comfort and energy, there’s no reason that you can’t have a bit of fun 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 new overall of 280 puts the Odyssey in line with other competitors in the class.
The Odyssey’s enhanced engine needs to also benefit from your option of 2 available transmissions: a basic nine-speed automatic already found 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. Additional details of Honda’s newest Odyssey, which we do not expect to cost far more than today’s $30,750 entry cost, will be exposed closer to the new model’s on-sale date this spring.