For most of its lifespan, the Honda Odyssey has been a favored pick among minivan shoppers. Although the vehicle had a rather humble debut, it quickly hit its stride once Honda came out with the second-generation model, which featured a spacious cabin and an innovative third-row seat that folded into the floor. Now in its fifth generation, the Odyssey is one of the top minivans available.
The Honda Odyssey has made a strong showing, usually earning top honors in every minivan comparison test we've held. There are other minivans that rival the Odyssey's family-friendly features, but the Honda combines those attributes with confident handling and a long-standing record of reliability, making it an all-around family favorite.
Current Honda Odyssey
Fully redesigned for 2018, the Honda Odyssey boasts a variety of improvements over its predecessor. It's about the same size as before but is slightly roomier on the inside.
There are six trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Nav & Res, Touring and Elite. All of them are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower. That power is sent to the front wheels through either a nine-speed or a 10-speed automatic transmission, depending on the trim level.
The LX is decently equipped, but the EX and above are what most shoppers should consider. The EX gets you truly useful features such as power-sliding rear doors, keyless ignition and entry, sliding second-row seats, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, heated seats and a bunch of driver safety aids. The EX-L adds leather upholstery, and the Nav & Res version includes navigation and a rear entertainment system. On the high end, the Touring and Elite include the 10-speed automatic transmission and some additional convenience features, including an integrated vacuum cleaner and an overhead interior camera that displays a view of the second- and third-row seating on the touchscreen.
In reviews, we've found this Odyssey's new second-row seat design to be valuable. You can slide the outboard seats inward and outward a lot more than before, which improves access to the third-row seat and gives you new ways to configure the seating. You can also adjust these seats even if you have a child safety seat installed.
As is typical for the Odyssey, acceleration and handling are above par. It quickly accelerates to highway speed yet still delivers respectable fuel economy. Around turns, Honda's minivan is stable and secure, giving the driver plenty of confidence. It's also impressively quiet. We prefer the 10-speed automatic to the nine-speed because of its smoother shifting, so it's unfortunate that Honda only offers it on the most expensive models. Overall, though, this is a minivan with no glaring faults. For shoppers with young children, in particular, we think it's a great choice.
Read the most recent 2018 Honda Odyssey review.
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