Loads of parent- and kid-friendly features; supremely comfortable ride; uniquely adjustable second-row seats; safety tech standard on all but base trim
Second-row seats don't slide as far back or fold into the floor; not as sharp to drive as past Odyssey generations; not as many USB ports as rivals
The Honda Odyssey minivan was completely redesigned for 2018. Although not fundamentally different than what it replaced, the key change is a higher-quality cabin and clever new features to aid your parenting life.See the 2018 Honda Odyssey models for sale near you
Skip the base LX. If a low price is that important, it's probably smarter to a get a used Odyssey. Otherwise, the EX provides such an abundance of extra equipment for the money that it's really the best deal and should easily satisfy both your needs and wants. And sure, clever items like the HondaVac and CabinWatch are appealing, but they're also restricted to the top two trims that start about $10,000 more.
The Odyssey offers five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. The base LX seats seven, while all other have the second-row "Magic Slide" seats with a removable middle portion that ups the seating count to eight.
Standard equipment on the LX ($30,000) includes 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, rear privacy glass, automatic climate control, power front seats (8-way driver, 4-way passenger), cloth upholstery, a "conversation mirror" for keeping an eye on rear passengers, two USB ports (both in the front) and a 7-speaker sound system with a 5-in color display, an auxiliary audio jack and Bluetooth.
The EX ($34,000) steps things up considerably with forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and steering assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning systems, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights and high beams, LED running lights, fog lights, body-colored mirrors and door handles, power-sliding doors, proximity entry and push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, second-row sunshades, heated front seats, driver 4-way power lumbar support, the CabinControl remote-control app and an 8-in Display Audio touchscreen interface that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite and HD Radios and customizable feature settings.
The EX-L ($37,500) adds a sunroof, a power lift gate, an acoustic windshield, first- and second-row leather upholstery, third-row vinyl upholstery, driver-memory functions, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and two additional USB ports in the second row. The EX-L is eligible for the Odyssey's only option, dubbed EX-L w/ Navi/RES. That includes a navigation system integrated into the Display Audio touchscreen and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a 10.2-in ceiling-mounted screen, a Blu-Ray player, an HDMI input, built-in streaming apps and the CabinTalk in-car PA system that pipes the voices of mom and dad up front into the back (including through the RES wireless headphones).
The Touring ($44,600) adds LED headlights and fog lights, a hands-free power lift gate, front- and rear-parking sensors, the HondaVac integrated vacuum, third-row sunshades, in-car Wi-Fi, the CabinWatch rear-row camera monitor and everything from the EX-L w/Navi/RES package.
The range-topping Elite ($46,800) gains 19-in wheels, automatic wipers, power-folding mirrors, acoustic front and rear door glass, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging and an 11-speaker sound system.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Chrysler Pacifica: We also had a long-term Pacifica and loved it so much we didn't want to turn over the keys. It has its own unique set of clever, family-friendly features that you might prefer over the Odyssey's -- especially in terms of the second-row seat.
2018 Kia Sedona: The Sedona doesn't have quite as many toys as its rivals, but its design and driving experience is a little less overtly minivanlike, which should count for a lot with many drivers. We also like how far its second-row seats slide compared to those in the Odyssey and Pacifica.
2018 Toyota Sienna: The Sienna is the old man in the group, but an influx of tech for 2018 helps keep it competitive. Its far-sliding second-row seats, strong engine and sharp-handling SE trim level are standouts.
Used Honda Odyssey: Do you want the toys found on the upper trim levels, but your budget is restricting you to the lower trims? Well, why not consider a used Odyssey? The previous generation doesn't have all those toys, but most of them are still present and you really won't be giving up that much in most other respects.