2018 Honda Odyssey Feature and Specs Review

2018 Honda Odyssey Feature and Specs Review - Minivans would be the antithesis of cool, and many people would probably rather be observed wearing a grownup diaper on the head for a week than be spotted driving a minivan for only an hour. One of the gas-huffingest and, let's face it, most judgmental gearheads around—absolutely love minivans.

2018 Honda Odyssey Feature and Specs Review

2018 Honda Odyssey Feature and Specs Review


Truly, our fondness for minivans springs from the exact same place as our affection for supercars, hot hatches, and the like, which will be to say our deep respect and enthusiasm for vehicles with a purity of purpose and the capacity to execute on it. Heck, we like stuff with sliding doors so much that individuals have two of them within our long-term test fleet today, a Chrysler Pacifica and this freshly unboxed 2018 Honda Odyssey.


We Swear Our Pacifica Isn't Painted &ldquo ;©0!©Red”


The Honda arrived in our parking lot in top-spec Elite form, wearing Pacific Pewter metallic paint over Mocha leather upholstery. That means it's gray, and the seats are dark brown. There was some thought fond of testing a lower trim—we'd already spent time with the most effective model during our first-drive experience—however the Elite packs every one of Honda's goodies in a single box, and there are always a few new tricks we wanted to live with on the span of our 40,000-mile test.


2018 Honda Odyssey Feature and Specs Review

These generally include CabinWatch and CabinTalk, two parental aids that use visuals and audio, respectively, to help keep better tabs on the kiddos in the 2nd and third rows, in addition to the Magic Slide seats that allow you to push together—or pull apart—the outboard second-row captain's chairs when the center seat is removed. CabinWatch displays on leading center screen the view (in color through the day, and using infrared light at night) from a tiny camera embedded in the ceiling just prior to the second row. Ends up kids still desire to be TV stars, as ours love to perform when it's activated, doing goofy dances, making funny faces, and the like. But more important, the system allows us to keep our eyes pointed forward while still looking into the young'uns. CabinTalk works on the microphone to amplify front-seat occupants'voices through either the van's speakers or, more usefully, the rear-seat entertainment system's headphones, pausing Blu-ray videos on the 10.2-inch screen and enabling you to make like an airline pilot. It is a fun parlor trick but seems to be the type of feature that gets used infrequently.


2018 Honda Odyssey Feature and Specs Review

Utilising the onboard AT&T 4G LTE connection, a corner screen can display output from built-in apps, such as for instance Epix movies and PBS Kids TV, and it could stream content from smartphones attached to the Wi-Fi. We have yet to essentially test the system's entertainment capabilities, but with our Odyssey already flying hither and yon during summer-vacation season, we'll without doubt have plenty to report in subsequent updates.

Other items baked into our Elite van—per usual Honda practice, you can find very little stand-alone options on any trim level—range from the handy HondaVac onboard vacuum, 11-speaker audio, navigation, a heated tyre, an electrical sunroof, automatic wipers and high-beams, and LED exterior lighting. The Elite also packs an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen at the top of the center stack that includes crisp graphics, but we've found a few of the virtual buttons to be too tiny and hard to press while on the move, even for a front-seat passenger, ahem, undistracted by driving. There are numerous more features we will list, but Honda prints brochures for a reason.


 10-Speeder


Honda's first 10-speed automatic transmission—and the first ever for almost any front-wheel-drive vehicle—reports for duty on the Touring and Elite trims, meaning it's handling kit swaps inside our van. (Other Odysseys work with a nine-speed auto.) We detected some funky shifting behavior from the 10-speed during our first drive, but no staffer has reported anything amiss with ours so far, and it shifts unobtrusively and rarely if busies itself pecking around for a gear. Odysseys with this specific transmission also get engine stop-start functionality, which stays from the way about along with this type of system can. Initially, we wondered if we'd ever experience it throughout a weeklong trip, where in actuality the engine didn't shut down even once, but others have observed it since working regularly at stoplights and in traffic, firing up the 3.5-liter V-6 smoothly and quickly. That V-6 is velvety, powerful, with 280 horses,  and it can yank our 4574-pound Odyssey to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, tops among its competitors, such as the slightly more powerful Pacifica. Through 3400 miles, the Odyssey has returned 24 mpg combined, 2 mpg a lot better than what the EPA says to expect.



The ride quality has impressed us so far and with expansion joints and frost heaves ironed smooth inspite of the Elite's largish 19-inch wheel-and-tire package. The steering is faithful if your bit light for many of our drivers—there's some back and forth about preferences between the Pacifica's and the Odyssey's steering—nevertheless the van tracks straight and true. The Elite's standard Honda Sensing bundle of driver-assistance, For those not into steering for themselves and safety-tech features carries a lane-keeping-assist system (LKAS) that, along with the adaptive cruise control, provides a measure of semi-autonomous functionality above 20 mph (below that your adaptive cruise annoyingly deactivates). 

Provided that the lane is well defined, the LKAS automatically steers to help keep the Odyssey between the lines. Our early experiences say it will so with varying success; straight-line cruising is little problem (you still need to supply a minute number of steering input once in awhile to allow it know you're there), but we haven't worked up the trust to let the machine handle anything significantly more than gentle sweepers, as it often seems to reduce the plot until the van is just planning to cross the outer line before applying steering to regain the appropriate path. It's possible more exposure may find us warming to LKAS's nuances, but so far it appears more suited for Nebraska than, say, the hills of West Virginia.


2018 Honda Odyssey Feature and Specs Review

While our Honda hasn't yet caused it to be to those destinations, we have ventured to Kentucky and to Ohio—dealing with Kentucky from here usually involves Ohio, but we were holding separate journeys. There's the required time remaining inside our 40,000-mile test for this to wander much farther afield, along with to reveal major foibles. But we're enjoying our time with the Odyssey, and neither it nor the Pacifica gets much time for you to cool off between trips. As it happens that minivans are more our style than goofy headgear.