I always liked the Honda Odyssey.  Which is odd because normally, for me, the faster and more track-ready a car is, the higher it ranks for me.  But the Honda Odyssey has always been hilarious to someone like me.  I drove a 2008 Odyssey before, and I could see why people loved them so much.  It was charming and as practical as they come.  No it didn’t drive like a sports car, but God was it fun.  You feel so in control and like you’re doing a great service to your passengers by owning one.  You feel like someone people can count on in a Honda Odyssey.

But the 2018 Honda Odyssey is being shaped a bit differently.  Very differently.  Honda’s big van has somewhat of a reputation out there for being the go-to for soccer moms the world over, and that is apparent when driving.  There’s space EVERYWHERE.  With that in mind, let’s see the latest: The 2018 Honda Odyssey.

The Exterior:

2018 Honda Odyssey

It has been redesigned.  And right off the bat, you’ll notice a similar face…Did you get it yet?  Yup, it’s this guy:

2018 Honda Civic

While the 2018 Honda Odyssey isn’t a complete copy of the front end on the Civic, there are plenty of similarities.  The eyes are shaped similarly, as well as the grille and intakes.  That’s pretty much where the similarities end, though…at the front.

 

The side view is much more redone.  The swooping lines in the new 2018 Honda Odyssey’s rib cage are obviously there to spice up the side and make it look slightly more athletic.  Also, note the floating roof line.  I smell a trend developing.  Overall, I like the side view of this minivan.  A lot of keyboard warriors will hate the Odyssey solely because it is a minivan, but these people don’t really understand much.  This is a very youthful new Odyssey, and it has a very nice rib cage.

We can see a bit more of the civic here as well.  A couple lines and the “C” shaped tail lamps give that away.  But overall, it looks good on the new Odyssey.  I can’t say I enjoy when automakers take a design that worked on a small car and tack it on a van (looking at you, Chrysler), but I like the 2018 Honda Odyssey’s delivery.

2018 Pacifica
“Let’s tape a Chrysler 200 to a van! IT’S NOT LIKE ANYONE HAS TASTE OR ANYTHING!”

The Interior:

 

Here is the interior for the new 2018 Honda Odyssey.  Compared to the old interior, This new one is high-tech, and Honda again employed their gauge cluster from a fighter jet.  Obviously not to be outdone by everyone else, the center dashboard features a screen for infotainment popping out of the plastic.  While it does look like they just glued the scree and button assembly onto the dashboard, you won’t mind because this thing has cameras for the inside of the vehicle.  Yes, you read that right.

 

How cool is that?  Not only can you see what your children in the backseat are up to, you can see what your teenagers are doing on their phone!  Okay but seriously, this is very interesting, and I do really enjoy how useful the van is becoming.  On top of all this, you can control the air conditioning and other features like navigation from an app on your phone! I do really respect Honda for taking the minivan to new heights.  Again, while the class of minivan may sound boring, you need to look beneath the surface and you’ll see some cool stuff your ego blocked you from seeing.  You will be able to fit eight adults inside the 2018 Honda Odyssey.

The Performance:

Obviously, I’m not going to focus on 0-60 times, engine liters, horsepower out put and how much torque the Odyssey puts down.  I would be dumb as nails if I focused on the track times the 2018 Odyssey posts.  So here’s what I’ll focus on instead: The new Odyssey features a 10-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifts, and power is aided by a 3.5L V6 (which is the only engine option) that puts out 280 HP.  Plenty enough to pull the big van and eight passengers along easily.  While the EPA has not tested the Odyssey yet for fuel economy, the 2018 minivan loses around 100 pounds of curb weight, which should benefit those numbers.  On top of all that, the new Odyssey gets all the safety features that the old model missed out on.  Including adaptive cruise control, pedestrian sensors, forward collision mitigation, emergency braking and more.

The new Odyssey is really a few steps ahead of the old model, and that is exactly what the legendary minivan needed.

The Specs:

Vehicle Type:Minivan
Powertrain: 3.5L V6  
Gearbox:10-speed automatic
Power:280 HP (est.)
MPG:28 Highway, 20 City (est.)
Torque:270 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length:204 Inches (5.18 Meters) (est.)
Width:78.6 Inches (1.99 Meters) (est.)
Height:68 Inches (1.72 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed:140 MPH (225 KPH) (limited)
Seating:Up to 8 passengers
Wheelbase:118.1 Inches (2.09 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):8 sec. (est.)
Base Price:$29,800 (est.)

 

Sum It Up:

I’m happy to see how far the Honda Odyssey has come.  Expect a release date for this fantastic family van later this fall 2017, along with another Honda SUV model.  The 2018 Honda Odyssey is a very sharp minivan and I think we’re looking at the next vehicle to take the crown of the best selling minivan in America.  It does have stiff competition from other manufactures like Chrysler, Kia and Hyundai, but I think Honda is just too good at what they do.  Look at all the incredible interior features this new Honda Odyssey offers.

Innovation and redefinition are ultimately important in today’s world, and the new Honda Odyssey really switches up the game.  Read about what Honda has to say here.

 

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