• 2018 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey could finish what the Pacifica started in the minivan market

The Honda Odyssey was born in a time of need during Japan’s economic crisis in the 1990s. As such, the first-generation model was much smaller than the model that we know today. That model lasted just long enough for Honda to build a U.S.-based production facility and the Odyssey has been getting better ever since. Each generation of Honda’s resident minivan has been short lived, with the longest being the current and fourth-generation which will run through the 2017 model year. For 2018, Honda is introducing the fifth-generation model that includes aggressive exterior styling with LED lighting, powered rear doors, and an evolution of the “lightning bolt” beltline that has been a subject of controversy in the past. On the inside, the new Odyssey benefits from an all-new infotainment system, camera monitoring system, digital instrument cluster, and a new take on age-old problem of accessing that third row of seats. It gets even better yet, however, as Honda also saw fit to provide more power from its resident 3.5-liter V-6 – effectively raising output to 280 horsepower – and two new automatic transmissions that will help put the Odyssey at the top of its class in the fuel economy department.

So, with an updated and aggressive design, new innovative technology, and a 32 horsepower increase over the outgoing model, the new Odyssey is ready to hit showrooms and bring more stability to the once crumbling foundation of the minivan segment. But, regardless of this new design, Honda is still showing up late to the party as Chrysler redesigned the Pacifica (the Odyssey’s main competition) for the 2017 model year and it’s already established a pretty decent foothold. So, does the new Odyssey have what it takes to compete with models like the Pacifica, or even the aging Toyota Sienna? Well, I spent some time with the new Odyssey when it made its long-awaited debut at the Detroit Auto Show, so let’s dive on in to take a better look and see if we can come up with a good answer to that question.

Update 5/30/2017: Honda has finally announced prices for the all-new Honda Odyssey. It starts out just below the $30k mark at $29,990. Check out the prices section below for detailed pricing on each trim level and what each trim level includes as standard equipment.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Honda Odyssey.

  • 2018 Honda Odyssey
  • Year:
    2018
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    9-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    280
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L

Exterior

What makes a vehicle attractive to you? Is it well-defined lines, or are you more about finer details such as flashy chrome accents? Or, perhaps you like vehicles like look more aggressive and dominating. Regardless of what means more to you as far as looks go, the Odyssey delivers on all of these points and it does so with style and function.

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2014 Honda Odyssey
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The new Odyssey (left) brings Honda’s latest design language into the fold and dramatically improves on the look that we’ve been accustomed to seeing on the current model (right).

As you can see from the images above, the new odyssey is significantly more aggressive all the way around, but it’s really the finer details that makes the Odyssey standout in the crowd. The front grille has been redefined with a wider presence and is flanked by smaller and sleeker headlights. You’ll notice some hint’s from Acura here, with LED lights in the middle and an LED stripe outlining the outer edge and bottom of the lens. The lower strip of the dual chrome louvers on the grille extends over the top of the headlights, visually tying both lights together. Down below, Honda ditched that boring body line that ran the width of the fascia in exchange for two well defined lines: One that shoots inward and down from the headlight and another that wraps around the front corners from the front wheel wells. Gone is the long and hardly functional air dam, which was replaced with a design that is similar to that of the Honda Accord. It is flanked by two corner inserts that house a bright chrome accent around each indicator light and a small but circular LED foglamp. The fascia is one piece, but Honda took the extra steps to create a deep line on the lower corners that makes it look like it has a mild splitter – innovative design at its best. Finally, the Odyssey gets an all-new hood that is significantly more muscular than before with tall haunches on the sides that curve inward, running almost parallel to that of the lower edge of the headlight.

Walk around to the side of the Odyssey and take a step back, because it might take your eyes a second to adjust. The outgoing Odyssey was fairly boring here, with the only real defining features being the “lightning bolt” beltline, and the trim insert on the bottom of the doors. Well, that boring design is definitely a thing of the past. First and foremost, the headlights still wraparound to the side, but sit just a little farther forward. The nose of the van is actually a bit longer than before and isn’t quite as slanted. Notice how Honda found a way to accent that muscular hood by adding a bit of bulge to the front fenders? It’s stylish without beint too aggressive. Meanwhile, the wheel arches not get a highly defined accent line and a small, rectangular indicator to the front. Moving farther back, that weird pointed design ahead of the doors is now smaller and now has a flat face. A strong, almost checkmark-shaped body line graces the center of the side doors, while chrome door handles with oval-shaped recesses help to accent the chrome trim along the waistline. Another, not-so-sculpted line runs from the front fenders to the rear, slanting downward at the rear quarters.

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What’s more important about the side profile, however, is the evolution of that lightning bolt waistline. On the outgoing model, this line shot downward just before the crease between the side door and rear quarters, and then shot upward to bring the rear quarter glass to a sharp point above the taillights. The new design is much more organic, with that initial downward dive starting more toward the center of the door and taking a less angled approach before leveling out and shooting to the rear where it wraps around to the rear hatch. The rear quarter glass appears to wrap around the rear-most pillar while the roof folds down over the side and gives a winged-look to the upper rear corners. The roof is slightly more slanted than before while the overhang for the rear hatch actually swoops up a bit, adding more character.

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In the rear, the new Odyssey (left) has a significantly improved look. Gone is that annoying and uneventful, full-width taillight structure and stamped-looking bodywork. Instead, you’ll notice that the rear has an hourglass look to it, with the area below the waistline being a bit wider that the top side. That chrome strip from the sides wraps all of the way around the hatch, while the overhang is flanked by gloss black side wings that have the same color saturation as the rear glass – a nice touch, if I do say so myself. Down below, the taillights take on a “C” shape with a beautiful lens design. 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. Farther down, a set of bodylines give the hatch a smiling presence while the lower fascia is reminiscent of the old design, but has a wider plateau. The reflectors have ben mover to the corners and are accented by a stylish bodyline at the very bottom.

Competing Appearances

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
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2015 Toyota Sienna
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Where the Odyssey is aggressive and muscular, the Pacifica is sleek and smoothly chiseled

Two strong competitors the new Odyssey will face for 2018 is the Chrysler Pacifica (left) and the Toyota Sienna (right.) When it comes to the Pacifica, Chrysler ushered in a new generation for the 2017 model year, so it’s hot off the grille in terms of design and style. It’s front end takes on some styling cues from the Chrysler 200, with chrome accenting around the grille, air dam, fog lights, and windows. The body work itself is just as striking as that of the Odyssey, but it a completely different way. Where the Odyssey is aggressive and muscular, the Pacifica is sleek and smoothly chiseled. A smoothly swooping line feeds upward from the outside line or the fog light housing and travels upward onto the fender, following the contour of the wheel wells until it feeds into the waistline. Down along the doors, and running just below the door handles is a sharp line that fades into the front fenders and rear quarters. Around back, the Pacifica gets bubbly rear glass that is almost seamlessly integrated with the taillights. There’s a sporty overhang atop the hatch that feeds nicely into the upper rear quarters to go with a fairly smooth but sculpted rear fascia that adds just the right amount of pizzazz to the overall rear look. Finally, there’s a chrome strip at the very bottom that links the rear to the sides and front. All told, it’s a sexy but less-aggressive alternative to the Odyssey.

Considering a model like the Sienna means going with a slightly older design with the most recent generation debuting back in 2011 and only getting a minor update for 2015. As far as appearances go, the Sienna isn’t exactly boring, but isn’t quite as sporty as the Odyssey. It actually blends a somewhat muscular front end with the traditional minivan look on the sides and to the rear. Up front, it gets a fairly sporty fascia that reminds a bit of the Toyota Camry, while the short hood is excessively muscular with sharp and muscular edges. The primary body line travels from the outer corner of the fascia and upward before curving and traveling back to the taillights, taking a path that sits between the door handles and the waistline. Unlike the Odyssey, the Sienna’s waistline doesn’t feature any major design cues, but there is chrome trim on some models.

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The Odyssey is definitely for those who prefer a more aggressive and unique look while the Pacifica is more sleeker and under the radar

In the end, it really boils down to a matter of taste in exterior looks. The Odyssey is definitely for those who prefer a more aggressive and unique look while the Pacifica is more sleeker and under the radar. The Sienna sits right in the middle. But, if you’re interested in sizes, here is a chart that breaks down all of the exterior dimensions of all three models.

Chrysler Pacifica Toyota Sienna Honda Odyssey
Wheelbase (Inches) 121.6 119.3 118.1 (est.)
Overall Length (Inches) 203.8 200.2 202.9 (est.)
Overall Width (Inches) 79.6 78.1 79.2 (est.)
Overall Height (Inches) 69.9 68.9 68.4 (est.)
Approach Angle (degrees) 14.0 17.3 TBA
Departure Angle (degrees) 18.7 29.4 TBA

Interior

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The dashboard is now smoother and curvier than before, while the roof over the instrument cluster now features well-defined lines

Just about everyone inside the Odyssey has been redesign and refined for the new generation. To start off, the dashboard is now smoother and curvier than before, while the roof over the instrument cluster now features well-defined lines. The T-shaped, lower portion of the dash is still in place, however, the center section that houses the shifter and various audio controls is now a bit thinner and doesn’t protrude from the dash quite as much. The shifter has been replaced with a push-button setup for park, neutral, and drive that is center below the infotainment display. The shifter buttons are flanked by other controls such as the hazard lights, ECO button, and traction control button, among others. A push-to-start button resides in the upper left corner in easy reach of the driver.

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Moving to the rear, you’ll find that the second row of seats has changed dramatically. Much like the outgoing model, the outer seats are captain’s chairs. But, where the old seats used to fold flat into the floor, Honda took a different approach for the new model. The new second-row system is called “Magic Slide” and allows the outer seats to slide back and forth. The center seat is completely removeable and, with the outside seats moved far to each side, there is a wide-open path to the third row of seats. Or both seats can be pushed to one side to offer easier entry from either door. The outside seats also fold and slide forward a bit (much like the seats in two-door coupes) to provide access to the third row directly from the doors without having to alter the second row as well. One thing I found of particular interest here is that the stitching layout of the seats isn’t quite as eventful with fewer seems all the way around. There is also an increase in the amount of plastic used on the outside edges of the seat. They still feature their own fold down arms on each side, but the seatbelt systems have been integrated into the seats themselves instead of being bolted to the floor and fed to the passengers from the pillar behind the second row. Sitting in the second row, I found the seats to be comfortable and supportive with just the right amount of lower back support and shoulder support to make it a nice place to spend a few hours on road trips. Unfortunately, the second row isn’t quite as innovative as those of the Pacifica, but they are highly functional, well thought out, and well designed.

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The third row, however, left me feeling a little uneasy about the new design. On the outgoing model, the weird, centered headrests were thick. They have been toned down, which is a good thing, as that portion of the third row is now more comfortable, but I was saddened by the fact that the middle seat lost its fold-down insert in the center of the back. This means third row passengers don’t have the option of a center armrest when there isn’t a center passenger. This is partially rectified by the outside armrests integrated into the rear quarter trim that includes dual cup holders, but there is no solution for those wanting an inside armrest. As before, the third row features a 60/40 folding layout and can fold flat into the floor for extra cargo space.

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On the technology front, there’s actually quite a bit to talk about. The dual screen layout of the outgoing model has been replaced by a single, seven-inch display that takes a German/American hybrid approach to positioning. The screen effectively floats atop the forward portion of the dash, but it still flanked by a supporting arm on each side. An analog volume knob exists in one corner while a set of touch-sensitive buttons offer a back, home, and brightness control function. Down below the screen sits a number of mechanical buttons that allow control of the front and rear HVAC settings, as well as fan speed. A digital read out displays current cabin temperature as well as the desired temperature settings. EX and above trim levels can be equipped with an eight-inch, high-resolution display as well, but it is optional and will set you back a little bit as far as pricing goes. This system features a newly developed operating system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity to go with a rear entertainment system (pictured below) 4G LTE internet connection, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a USB connection.

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This eight-inch system also comes with Honda’s new “CabinWatch” system that uses strategically placed cameras inside the cabin to allow mom and dad to monitor the kiddos in the rear. The rear, ceiling mounted display is a 10.2-inch WSVGA screen that includes features like PBS Kids, iHeart Radio, and Spotify, among others. There’s also a new app called “How Much Farther” that lets rear passenger monitor the progress of the trip. This system can be controlled via most smartphones with a downloadable app, which also allows control of rear HVAC functions and gives the ability to add destinations to the navigation system. Basically, Honda has found a way to make even the longest road trips absolutely void of almost any conversation whatsoever. Whether that’s a good thing or bad thing remains to be seen, though.

Competing Technology and Comfort

Where the Odyssey has a push-button shifter setup, the Pacifica has a knob shifter that is turned into one of four positions for gear selection

Inside, you’ll find that each of the three models we’re comparing here feature a lot of similar technology and amenities, but each are subtly different in their own way.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica
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Inside the Pacifica (pictured above,) you’ll find that it’s in line with what the Odyssey is offering in terms of style and functionality. Like the Odyssey, the Pacific has a soft-touch dash that is two-tone in color with a dark accenting on top and lighter accenting down below. Like most minivans these days, the center stack protrudes from the face of the dash to offer space for the gear shifter, audio, and HVAC controls. Where the Odyssey has a push-button shifter setup, the Pacifica has a knob shifter that is turned into one of four positions for gear selection. The infotainment display is an 8.4-inch Uconnect system that offers the usual phone connectivity and app usage, but also has the unique feature of having a digital version of the owner’s manual pre-installed for easy reference when needed. It includes operating instructions, warranty information, fluid standards, and many other useful details. You’ll find that most of the dash features a leather-wrapped, soft-touch surface, while the front captains chairs are perforated and offer heating and ventilation when properly equipped.

The rear seats carry on with “Stow N’ Go” functionality that allows the second row captain’s chairs to electrically fold flat into the floor for increased cargo room when needed or easy access to the third row. The third row offers seating for three, but much like the other minivans on the market aren’t quite as comfortable as the front rows. For rear passengers, there are two 10-inch touchscreens that can play movies or be connected to gaming consoles while three audio options mean choosing between a standard six-speaker system, 12-speaker Alpine system, or 20-speaker Harman Kardon system.

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The Sienna has a standard lever as a gear shifter, which is somewhat refreshing at this point

Then you’ve got the Sienna (interior show in the pictures above) that offers its own take on the minivan layout. Set up in a similar fashion the Pacifica, the infotainment display is integrated into center stack above a protrusion from the center of the dash that houses the gear shifter, and various push-button controls. Unlike the Odyssey and Pacifica, however, the Sienna has a standard lever as a gear shifter, which is somewhat refreshing at this point as manufacturers have continuously tried to reinvent the way we put transmissions into gear. While it doesn’t have the interior camera system like the Odyssey, the Sienna does have a fold-down mirror that allows parents to observe the little ones in the rear, and what really sets the Sienna apart is that the second-row captain’s chairs have the ability to recline – something not offered by other models on the market right now. The third row does fold flat into the floor to allow for extra cargo room, but the second row is only able to slide forward to allow easier access and doesn’t offer the ability to fold flat into the floor. When updated for the 2015 model year, the Sienna got a new interior color option that brings black leather with white contrast stitching into the list of available options.

Chrysler Pacifica Toyota Sienna Honda Odyssey
Headroom first/second/third row (Inches) 40.1/39.6/38.7 41.0/39.7/38.3 TBA
Legroom first/second/third row (Inches) 41.1/39.0/36.5 40.5/37.6/36.3 TBA
Shoulder room first/second/third row (Inches) 63.8/63.0/61.2 65.0/64.4/61.1 TBA
Hip room first/second/third row (Inches) 59.0/64.8/49.5 58.6/66.1/50.3 TBA
Maximum Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 165.0 164.4 TBA
Maximum SAE Volume behind First Row (cu. ft.) 140.5 150.0 TBA
Maximum SAE Volume behind Second Row (cu. ft.) 87.5 87.1 TBA
Maximum SAE Volume behind Third Row (cu. ft.) 32.3 39.1 TBA

Drivetrain

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Note: The image above was taken after the Odyssey made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The red wire shown here is for auxiliary wiring purposes at the show and doesn’t exist on official production models.

Honda has yet to release full specifications for the new Odyssey, but we do know that the heart of the van is an updated 3.5-liter that has an increase of 32 horsepower over the outgoing model – bring peak output up to 280 ponies – still a few shy of the Chrysler Pacifica and 16 ponies short of the Toyota Sienna. But, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as compromising in one area offers benefits in others. While the Odyssey falls short in the power department compared to competitors, it is said to offer class-leading performance and “top-in-class” EPA fuel economy ratings. Honda has yet to divulge what those ratings may be, but we’ll surely see those figures closer to its official launch later in 2017.

Lower trim levels get a newly designed, nine-speed automatic while higher trim levels (likely EX and above) will get a 10-cog unit

What’s more important here is the addition of two new transmission to the lineup. Lower trim levels get a newly designed, nine-speed automatic while higher trim levels (likely EX and above) will get a 10-cog unit, which is actually a first for any minivan currently on the market. While the use of either transmission does offer benefits in the fuel economy department, they can’t take all of the fame. See, the body of the new Odyssey is composed of ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium to help shed weight and increase rigidity. The body is also more aerodynamic than before to help cut back on wind resistance at speed. The chassis is also new, and likely uses the same materials as the body. Steering duties are handled by a dual-pinion electric power steering system that offers increased response and easier maneuverability. The design of the rear suspension includes a new trailing arm setup to go with a stabilizer bar that provides better ride quality and improved handling while providing better cargo space inside – that’s what you can a win-win. All told, torsional body rigidity is up by 44 percent while overall weight is down by as much as 96 pounds, depending on the specific model and options selected.

Competing Performance and Economy

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Note: Chrysler Pacifica engine pictured here.

Honda has made a pretty bold statement when it claims that the new Odyssey will be in the top of its class for fuel economy, but the EPA has yet to rate it, so for now we just have to take their word for it. The competition, already being on the market, has shown the world their specs and they promise to give the Odyssey a run for its money. In terms of the Chrysler Pacifica, you’ll find the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar that delivers 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Shifting duties are handled by an all-new for 2017, nine-speed, TorqueFlight automatic transmission. For now, the Pacifica is offered as front-wheel drive only, but rumor has it an all-wheel drive version will eventually make its way into showrooms. The EPA rates the Pacifica at 18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined.

The EPA rates the Pacifica at 18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined

With all manufacturers working on their electrification strategies these days, it’s important to note here that the Pacifica is offered as a plug-in hybrid as well. It uses a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine as well, but it’s a bit different than that of the gasoline model, as it doesn’t use two-step valve lift or a cooled exhaust EGR system. Instead it runs on an Atkinson combustion cycle and makes use of a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. It is said to have a 30-mile all-electric range and can be fully charged in as little as two hours with a level two charging system. FCA estimated the Plug-in hybrid model to offer a rating of 80 MPGe in the fuel economy department.

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Note: Toyota Sienna pictured here.

If you’re thinking about the Toyota Sienna, you’ll find that it offers the most power with its 3.5-liter V-6 pumping out 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is the only option here, and a Direct-Shift, eight-speed automatic transmission is responsible for sending power to the front wheels. As far as fuel economy goes, models get the same EPA rating of 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. There is no plug-in or hybrid option available at this time, but when Toyota ushers in a new-gen model it’s likely one will pop up in showrooms.

Chrysler Pacifica Toyota Sienna Honda Odyssey
Engine 3.6-liter V-6 3.5-liter 6-cylinder 3.5-liter V-6
Power 287 HP @ 6,400 RPM 296 HP @ 6,600 RPM 280 HP
Torque 262 LB-FT @ 4,000 RPM 263 LB-FT @ 4,700 RPM TBA
Transmission nine-speed automatic 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic 9-speed automatic
Fuel economy city/hwy/combined 18/28/22 19/27/22 (FWD)
18/24/20 (AWD)
TBA
Suspension Independent MacPherson strut front/Independent twist-blade with coil springs rear Independent MacPherson struts w/stabilizer bar front/ Torsion beam with coil springs (sport-tuned coil springs on SE model) with stabilizer bar rear Dual-Pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS) with .44 fewer turns lock-to-lock/trailing arm rear suspension with stabilizer bar rear
Curb Weight 4,330 Lbs 4,430 Lbs TBA
Towing Capacity 3,600 Lbs 3,500 Lbs TBA

Safety

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Honda has become known for its Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance aids, however, they don’t come standard in the entry-level LX trim level. EX models and above get the full suite that includes collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and active cruise control. As far as airbags go, it gets a full arsenal, including the introduction a pair of knee airbags for front passengers. Honda has made it a point to target an NCAP five-star and Safety Pick + rating, so it’s quite likely that it will make the honor roll when testing of 2018 models takes place.

Prices

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The All-new Honda Odyssey is on sale now and starts out at $29,990, representing an increase of just $50 to the entry-level model. Considering everything it comes with as standard equipment over the last-gen model (see the chart below) that’s a hell of a deal. The EX trim level will be stickered with a $33,860 price tag while the EX-L and EX-L Navi trims come in at $37,360 and $39,360, respectively. Finally, the Touring trim level commands $44,510 and the range-topping Elite, which used to be known as the Touring Elite, commands $46,670. These prices slot the Odyssey a bit higher than competing models like the Pacifica and Sienna, but when you compare it to the competition, you’ll understand why. The chart below details all standard equipment included with each trim level.

Trim MSRP Major Feature Upgrades by Trim
All-new to Odyssey LX New to LX trim
LX $29,990
  • 3.5L direct-injected i-VTEC® V6
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • New ACE™ body structure
  • Front seat knee airbags
  • Full-color TFT driver’s meter
  • Steering wheel paddle shifters
  • Active Shutter Grille
  • Capless refueling
  • 18-inch alloy wheels and tires (+1 inch)
  • Acoustic-laminated windshield
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Active Noise Control technology
  • Acoustic laminated windshield and front door glass
  • Thicker rear door, rear quarter window and rear windscreen glass
  • EX $33,860 All-new to Odyssey EX Additional feature upgrades from LX
    Above plus:

    • 18-inch wheels and tires (+1 in.)
    • Magic Slide 2nd-row seats™
    • Honda Sensing®
    • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
    • New Display Audio
    • Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™
    • SiriusXM satellite radio
    • CabinControl™ app
    • Auto High Beams
    -* LED daytime running lights
  • Power sliding rear doors
  • Rear cross-traffic monitor
  • Heated front seats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Smart Entry
  • Remote engine start
  • 4-way power lumbar for driver’s seat
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • Heated door mirrors
  • HD Radio
  • 2nd-row sunshades
  • +1 2.5-amp USB port
  • HondaLink® Assist
  • EX-L $37,360 All-new to Odyssey EX-L Additional feature upgrades from EX
    All above plus:

    • CabinTalk™ in-car PA system
    -* Leather seating surfaces
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tailgate
  • 2-position memory driver’s seat
  • Moonroof (power slide and tilt)
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Homelink® remote
  • +2 USB charging ports
  • EX-L Navi Res $39,360 All-new to Odyssey EX-L Navi-Res Additional feature upgrades from EX-L
    All of the above plus:

    • Rear Entertainment System with
    • Blu-Ray and streaming video
    • New Honda satellite-linked Navigation System by Garmin
    -* 1st-row 110V outlet
  • 2nd-row HDMI outlet
  • Two wireless headphones
  • 3rd-row sunshades
  • Touring $44,510 All-new to Odyssey Touring Additional feature upgrades from EX-L NR
    All of the above plus:

    • 10-speed AT (replaces 9AT)
    • LED headlights
    • LED fog lights
    • CabinWatch™
    • Hands-free power tailgate
    • HondaVac™(previously on Touring Elite only)
    • 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with data plan)
    • HondaLink® Subscription Services
    -* Front and rear parking sensors
  • Body-colored side sills
  • Elite (previously Touring Elite) $46,670 All-new to Odyssey Elite Additional feature upgrades from Touring
    All of the above plus:

    • 19-inch wheels and tires (+1-in.)
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Wireless device charging
    • Power folding side mirrors
    • LED interior accent lighting
    • Additional cabin noise insulation
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Acoustic laminated rear door glass
    -* Gloss black exterior and interior trim
  • Body-colored tailgate spoiler
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 550-watt, 11-speaker premium audio
  • Competitive Pricing

    While there isn’t a ton of competition in the minivan segment, pricing is fairly competitive. The Chrysler Pacifica is offered in seven different trims, including two hybrid models. The entry-level LS starts out at $28,595 with pricing increasing marginally to as much as $42,495 for the range-topping, non-hybrid Limited trim. The Hybrid Premium runs $41,995 while the range-topping Hybrid Platinum commands a whopping $44,995.

    The Sienna is offered in eight different trim levels with the entry-level L model commanding $29,750 while the LE and SE command $32,540 and $36,100, respectively. Moving up the line, you can get the XLE trim for $36,310 or the XLE Premium for $39,505, while the SE Premium commands $40,830. The Limited trim level starts out at $42,800 and the range-topping model approaches luxury vehicle pricing at $46,170. Selecting the right option boxes on the order list can push the range-topping model to more than $50,000, so be mindful if you’re on a tight budget while at the dealer.

    Chrysler Pacifica LX $28,595
    Chrysler Pacifica Touring $30,495
    Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L $34,495
    Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L Plus $37,895
    Chrysler Pacifica Limited $42,495
    Toyota Sienna L $29,750
    Toyota Sienna LE $32,740
    Toyota Sienna LE V6 6ECT 8 PASS $32,540
    Toyota Sienna LE V6 6ECT Auto Access Seat $38,555
    Toyota Sienna SE $36,110
    Toyota Sienna SE Premium $40,830
    Toyota Sienna XLE $36,310
    Toyota Sienna XLE Premium $39,505
    Toyota Sienna XLE V6 6ECT 7 PASS Auto Access Seat $42,145
    Toyota Sienna Limited $42,800
    Toyota Sienna LE V6 AWD $35,080
    Toyota Sienna XLE V6 AWD $38,520
    Toyota Sienna Limited Premium $46,170
    Toyota Sienna XLE Premium AWD $41,715
    Toyota Sienna Limited V6 AWD $43,940
    Toyota Sienna Limited Premium AWD $47,310

    Other Options

    The minivan market isn’t packed anywhere near as tight as say the SUV or sports car market, but there are more than just a couple of options to consider. We’ll discuss a couple of them below, in case you’re looking for another viable option.

    Nissan Quest

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    The Nissan Quest has been around since the 1993 model year, and has since seen two generational shifts. The third-gen model was introduced for the 2011 model year and has soldiered on relatively unchanged for the last six years. In comparison to other models on the market, the Quest has a more boxy approach in the rear that’s similar to that of the Ford Flex while featuring a more bubbly front end. Being an older design, it doesn’t really compete with the looks of newer models like the Odyssey or the Pacifica. Under the hood, you’ll find an aged 3.5-liter that delivers 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard as is a CVT transmission. It starts out significantly cheaper than other options out there, with the entry-level S model starting at just $26,580, but pricing increase to $30,540 for the SV model, $34,110 for the SL model, and $43,230 for the range-topping platinum model.

    But, there’s something really important to note here in the safety department. When tested by the IIHS, the Quest scored good ratings in the moderate overlap and side impact tests, and received a good rating for head restraints and seats. It achieved an Acceptable rating for roof strength, but it failed miserably in small overlap testing, receiving a Poor rating. The model has remained unchanged since 2011, when it was first tested. After the 2011 crashing testing took place, Dave Zuby – the Executive VP of IIHS – was reported by CNBC as saying that the small overlap testing results of the Quest was “one of the worst crash tests we’ve seen,” pointing out that the front of the cabin was so compacted that the driver’s seat had to be cut out to remove the crash dummy. So, if you’re considering the Nissan Quest, that’s certainly something to keep in mind before making the decision to purchase.

    Read more about the Nissan Quest here.

    Kia Sedona

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    Unlike Nissan, Kia has actually kept up with its resident minivan, and introduced a third generation for the 2015 model year. This generation brought about a new exterior design that includes Kia’s famed “Tigernose” grille, and a sleek exterior profile that is still relevant today when compared to newer models like the Odyssey and the Pacifica. On the inside, it’s a little different than other models out there, featuring a car-like center console and dash. With three rows of seats, the Sedona has what’s called a “Slide-n-Stow” system that automatically slides the second row forward when the seatback is tipped forward to allow easier entry to the third row of seats. Under the hood, you’ll find a 3.3-liter V-6 that delivers 276 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings come in at 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 combined on the entry level model with the upper two trim levels varying a bit, with the SX getting a combined rating of 21 mpg and the SXL getting a combined rating of 19 mpg.

    Here’s the real kicker when it comes to the Sedona, though. It starts out at $26,900 as of the time of this writing and climbs to as much as $41,900 in range-topping SXL form. So, it’s a few grand cheaper than the Odyssey and Pacifica but was also named as a 2017 Safety Pick + for the 2017 model year – scoring “Good” ratings in all testing, and a Superior rating for frontal crash prevention with the optional safety and driver assistance packages equipped. It did achieve a poor rating for headlights, however, that is easily remedied by purchasing aftermarket LED bulbs for the headlights. All, told, this is a cheaper option that models like the Odysey and Pacifica, and still has a fairly recent look as well – not a bad option if getting close to a $30,000 entry price isn’t within your budget.

    Find out more about the Kia Sedona here.

    Conclusion

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    After spending some time looking over the Honda Odyssey and playing with the various technology features inside, I have to say I’m quite impressed with what it brings to the table for the 2018 model year. If you’re in dire need for a minivan right now, you may have to go with something like the Kia Sedona (called the Carnival in some markets) or the Chrysler Pacifica, but if you can wait just a little while longer, you’ll probably find yourself highly impressed with the new Odyssey once it hits showrooms. The seats are comfortable, and the rear isn’t a bad place to spend a considerable amount of time. There’s enough features to keep the younger family members happy on road trips, and there’s plenty of cargo room if you’re someone who hauls more material goods than humans. And, with the additional power brought forth by the new generation that happens to be paired with expected class-leading fuel economy, you can’t really go wrong as long as you can afford to pay at least $30,000 for the entry-level model.

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    Press Release

    Honda today took the wraps off a sleek, sophisticated and innovative new 2018 Odyssey minivan, launching at dealerships nationwide this spring. Already the most popular minivan with individual American car buyers for seven years running, the next-generation Odyssey brings a host of new features and technologies for 2018, including a uniquely versatile new Magic Slide™ second-row seat; new CabinWatch and CabinTalk technologies; new Display Audio touchscreen with Honda-developed OS; 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity; new Rear Entertainment System with streaming video; and Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, now offered standard on EX and above trims.

    "This new Odyssey raises the stakes for family-friendly packaging, performance and technology in the minivan segment," said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "In all aspects of its design, the new Odyssey is made to keep every member of the family happy, no matter the seating position, no matter the destination."

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    Sophisticated and Family-Friendly Design

    The Odyssey’s sophisticated and modern new styling adopts Honda’s signature flying wing front grille flanked by available LED front headlights. The bold and sporty front fascia also conceals a new Active Shutter Grille for improved fuel efficiency when cruising. The Odyssey’s signature lightning bolt beltline now provides an even more elegant design element with the sliding door tracks hidden in the lower portion of the rear quarter windows. At the rear there are LED taillights and an available new hands-free power tailgate with foot activation.

    Inside, the new Odyssey features high-grade materials including a soft-touch instrument panel. The driver’s meter features a new 7-inch, full-color TFT display, and in the center of the dash there is an available 8-inch high-resolution Display Audio touchscreen interface (EX and above). In upper grades, stain-resistant leather first- and second-row seating surfaces and door trim and black carpeting and black seatbelts are designed to conceal stains, while a new grooveless tambour lid on the spacious and versatile center console resists the accumulation of crumbs and debris.

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    In-vehicle Connectivity

    In-vehicle connectivity is taken to a whole new "family connectivity" concept. Old-fashioned family connectivity – sometimes called a conversation – is made easier than ever with the quietest cabin in the class, and is augmented with a multitude of new connected-vehicle features and technologies, including:

    New Display Audio – featuring a new Honda-developed operating system, more intuitive menus and customizable app tiles, this 8-inch high-resolution (720P) touchscreen interface serves as the nerve center for a multitude of new audio and telematics options, including Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and adds a physical volume knob for improved usability.
    System updates – users can download available updates to the Display Audio operating system and rear entertainment system at their convenience via 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, or USB.
    CabinWatch – using a camera, CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers both day and night via the 8-inch Display Audio screen.
    CabinTalk – enables the driver to talk to second - and third-row passengers though the second-and third-row speakers and rear entertainment system headphones.
    Connected Rear Entertainment System – second- and third-row passengers can enjoy streaming video on the ceiling-mounted, 10.2-inch WSVGA Rear Entertainment System, including PBS Kids, iHeart Radio, Spotify and more, through the available in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, public Wi-Fi or user’s cellphone data plan. A new "How Much Farther?" app lets passengers track the family’s trip progress.
    CabinControl – using a downloadable app, users can use a smart phone to control the rear entertainment system, rear cabin heat and air conditioning, and send destinations to the embedded Honda navigation system.
    Social Play List – part of CabinControl, Social Playlist operates like a virtual jukebox, allowing up to eight family members to upload their music choices to the audio system via their smartphones.

    Cabin quietness is enabled by new features and technologies including triple door seals, available acoustic front and side glass, and increased use of sound deadening materials under the floor, in the engine compartment and under the fenders, along with standard Active Sound Control technology.

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    New Magic Slide™ seats

    A major innovation to family-friendly cabin seating flexibility is the Odyssey’s new Magic Slide™ second-row seat, easily reconfigurable for optimal passenger comfort, people- and cargo-hauling flexibility, and easy access to third-row seating – even when one or two rear-facing child seats are placed in the second row. Use modes include:

    Easy Access mode – with the center seat removed, the outboard seats slide laterally through five selectable positions, allowing for easy access to the third row even with one or two rear-facing child seats installed in the second row. And with the center-most seat slid forward, a child is put within easy reach of the front seat occupants.
    Super mode – like Easy Access mode but with the driver’s side seat set to walk-in position (slid full forward with the seatback tilted) for maximum access to the third row.
    Wide mode – with the center seat removed and two outboard seats in their outer most positions, providing a wide center walkthrough to the third row (and no more "Dad, he’s touching me again!").
    Buddy mode – with the center seat removed and two outboard seats abutting one another in the center of the vehicle, putting two people in close proximity and within easier reach of the front seat occupants.

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    Safety for the Family

    All 2018 Odysseys in EX and above trims, expected to comprise about 95 percent of all Odyssey sales, will feature the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment, including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Combined with the Odyssey’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and advanced airbags, including new driver and front passenger knee airbags, the Odyssey targets the highest available safety ratings – an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

    Additional Features and Technologies

    Additional new standard and available features include LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, heated side mirrors and steering wheel, auto high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot information (on all models with Honda Sensing), front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor, Electric Parking Brake with Brake Hold, three-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, multi-zone audio, Sirius 2.0, Pandora compatibility, HD Radio™, and HondaVac® in-vehicle vacuum.

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    Advanced new powertrains, body and chassis

    The 2018 Honda Odyssey will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). Peak engine output is 280 SAE net horsepower (+32 HP) and benefits from the advanced capabilities of its two available new transmissions – a 9-speed automatic and, for upper grades an all-new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic, the first of its kind in a minivan, providing more confident and refined performance.

    These advanced new powertrains, together with a more rigid and lightweight body, new chassis technology, and Odyssey’s sleek and aerodynamic new design are expected to result in class-leading performance and top-in-class EPA fuel economy ratings. Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management system adds normal and snow modes and combines with Agile Handling Assist and a more powerful braking system for improved all-weather traction and control.

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    Advanced new body and chassis

    An all-new body and chassis design underpins the new Odyssey’s incredibly quiet cabin and class-leading steering precision, handling prowess and ride comfort. The Odyssey body utilizes advanced materials, including ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium to simultaneously minimize weight and improve body rigidity. Vehicle weight is down by up to 96 pounds, depending on trim, and torsional body rigidity is up 44 percent from the outgoing model.

    New chassis features include a highly-responsive new Dual-Pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS) with .44 fewer turns lock-to-lock for increased response and easy maneuverability; and a compact new trailing arm rear suspension with stabilizer bar that not only enables improved handling and ride comfort, but also provides for the most spacious rear cargo area in the class.

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    Design, Development and Manufacturing

    The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey was designed and developed by Honda R&D in North America. The Odyssey and its 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine will be manufactured exclusively at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. The new 10-speed transmission will be produced at the company’s transmission plant in Tallapoosa, Georgia. The 2018 Odyssey is the second generation Odyssey to be designed and developed in North America and the fourth generation to be manufactured exclusively in North America.

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