2018 Honda Odyssey review

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Honda Odyssey highlights

Customer rating


  • Configurable second-row offers flexible seating
  • Lots of available technology, comfort, and convenience features
  • Full suite of driver aids available
  • Enjoyable to drive


  • Second row seats are bulky to remove
  • No power-folding third-row seats
  • No all-wheel drive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 28 highway, 22 combined

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The 2018 Honda Odyssey is a big upgrade

Honda redesigned the Odyssey for 2018, giving it a fresh look, all-new tech, and lots of useful updates. On top of a full suite of driver aids on the EX trim and up, there’s also a shiny new infotainment system with available wireless charging. There’s an available rear-seat camera with infrared, so you can keep an eye on passengers even at night. The available rear-seat entertainment system now comes with a Blu-Ray™ player and streaming content integration through the on-board Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner’s manual or manufacturer website for more information.

The second row seats can now all slide forward and backward, and also side-to-side, to allow for lots of configurations and easier access to the third row. And, of course, the HondaVAC™ built-in vacuum cleaner is still available.

The 2018 Odyssey is a total, comprehensive upgrade from the older models, but has a few of the same weaknesses. All-wheel drive is not available, there’s no hybrid option, and you have to remove the second row of seats to access full cargo space. Also, lower trim levels have a less smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.

All Honda Odyssey years

What is new for the 2018 Honda Odyssey?

  • The Odyssey is available in a new trim called the Elite.
  • The SE and Touring Elite trims have been discontinued for 2018.
  • Odyssey trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control, Remote Start, A/C Seat(s), Heated Steering Wheel, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Blu-ray Video System as standard equipment this year.
  • The EX trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Front Seat Heaters, Lane Departure Warning, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The EX-L trim now comes with Memory Seat(s) and Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.
  • The LX trim now comes with Smart Key, Quad Seats, and Alloy Wheels as standard equipment.
  • The Touring trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.

2018 Honda Odyssey trims

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  • 280-hp, 262-lb-ft of torque 3.5L
  • Smart Key
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seats
  • Quad Seats


  • Includes all features available on the LX
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Power Sliding Doors
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Remote Start
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • View our Honda Odyssey EX inventory




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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Honda Odyssey

What We Like

Practical interior: Like you might expect, the Odyssey has tons of spots to stash everything from purses to water bottles. Its real trick is the configurable second row, with three sliding seats that can be moved forward, backward, and side-to-side. So you can keep kids in reach of the front seat, get easier access to the third row, or provide a little separation between passengers who need more “me space.”

Lots of tech: As you move up through the trim levels, you get oodles of tech. From the camera system that lets you check in on your passengers to the Blu-Ray player to keep them entertained, and the built-in vacuum to clean up afterward. There’s a full suite of driver aids, in-car Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay®, and wireless phone charging.

Good to drive: The Odyssey’s V6 engine provides plenty of oomph for merging and passing, and the available 10-speed transmission executes smooth shifts. Steering is quick and precise, and the Odyssey’s handling feels surprisingly stable for a minivan without sacrificing ride comfort. All-in-all, the Odyssey is a driver’s choice among minivans.

What Needs Improvement

Max-cargo flexibility: One of the strengths of minivans is their ability to be turned into cargo haulers as useful as anything this side of a delivery van. But the Odyssey takes a little more effort: It lacks a power-folding third row and the bulky second-row seats have to be removed completely to get max cargo space.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.8 out of 5

5 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Honda Odyssey an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Honda Odyssey 7th out of 14 among Minivans.

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Honda Odyssey features and specs

EX 2WD 4D Pass Ext Van

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Sliding Door(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Parking Sensors

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.9"/M 40.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 40.7"/M 39.5"/R 38.3"

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Max towing capacity

300/3000 lbs.



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