2018 Honda Odyssey have a refresher. Despite the trend of families increasingly forsaking minivans in favor of three-row crossover SUVs, the minivan market is still sizable. 2018 Honda Odyssey looks to be exceptionally well thought out and it’s brimming with cool tech. It’s clear that the carmaker is intent on competing for tops of the minivan segment. The 2018 Honda Odyssey will compete with the Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona, and buyers will soon have the opportunity to decide whether the model’s fresh sheetmetal can help it become best-selling minivan.
2018 Honda Odyssey Exterior and Interior Design
From the outside, the latest Odyssey doesn’t make much of a break from its predecessor. The model’s chassis has been strengthened and the vehicle lightened through the use of materials such as aluminum, magnesium and ultra high strength steel. The new grill features a silver bar that connects through to the headlights. The lower strip of the dual chrome louvers on the grille extends over the top of the headlights, visually tying both lights together. Available LED headlights and taillights lend to a premium look compared to the current vehicle. The Odyssey’s signature lightning bolt beltline now features a more elegant stance, as Honda has managed to hide the sliding door tracks in the lower portion of the rear quarter windows. A chrome stripe fills in the area in the middle of the taillights and extends across the rear hatch with a chrome Honda emblem right in the middle.
Inside, Honda’s interior packaging wizardry and clever seating system design. Odyssey have feature stain resistant leather and black carpeting are designed to help conceal stains. A high resolution 8.0 inch touchscreen display sits high on the dash, where it’s flanked by big air vents. A major innovation to the Odyssey’s family friendly cabin is the new Magic Slide second-row seat. Other interior innovations include a new cabin watch feature, that allows the driver and front seat passenger to monitor what’s going on elsewhere in the cabin on the center screen. It runs the same infotainment system we’ve seen in the latest CR-V, it includes a volume knob, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is included.
2018 Honda Odyssey Price and Release Date
Further price details won’t be announced until the new van is about to reach showrooms next spring. We don’t expect to cost much more than $30,750 entry price. The release date for the 2018 Odyssey is set for Spring 2017.
2018 Honda Odyssey Powertrain and Specifications
Under the hood, the new Odyssey will get an updated 3.5 liter V6 rated at 280 hp. Honda is offering two transmissions, a nine speed automatic transmission in entry-level models and a new developed 10 speed automatic transmission which is claimed to provide a more refined drive. This engine rides on a new architecture shared with the Pilot and the Ridgeline pickup. EPA ratings haven’t been announced yet, but Honda expects class leading fuel economy for 2018 Honda Odyssey.