The Good The Honda Odyssey's performance and efficiency are quite good for a minivan. Dashboard tech has been overhauled and now features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and a physical volume knob! Cabin Watch and Cabin Talk help parents keep tabs on a car full of kids without taking their eyes off of the road, and rear entertainment apps help keep little passengers occupied.
The Bad The Odyssey's heavy second-row seats don't remove easily or stow and go. The 10-speed automatic transmission may have too many ratios; it's always shifting.
The Bottom Line The 2018 Honda Odyssey is solid choice for modern families with a smart loadout of available driver aid, infotainment and family-friendly tech. Plus, it's a pretty fun drive -- for a minivan.
New Honda Odyssey has an eye in the sky and the voice of God
The 2018 Honda Odyssey's fifth-generation redesign looks a lot like theand boasts a similar footprint. Though it hasn't grown in scale, the minivan is now stronger and smarter.
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine beneath the hood is now 32 horsepower stronger, bringing the peak output to a healthy 280 ponies thanks to the addition of direct injection technology and other tweaks, which makes for better acceleration, passing and hill-climbing. A new standard nine-speed transmission (or a 10-speed unit for Touring and Elite models) keeps the fuel economy in line with the previous generation at 22 mpg combined. That's 19 mpg in the city and 28 highway mpg. I averaged 21.8 mpg during testing on our San Francisco home turf.
With so many gears, it seems the Odyssey is always shifting, but the changes are smooth and I almost never ran into a situation where it seemed to be "hunting" around for the right ratio.
Honda recalls 800,000 Odyssey minivans for loose seats
The second-row seats may tip forward if they aren't properly secured.
2018 Honda Odyssey picks up IIHS Top Safety Pick+
It passed all but one test with perfect scores.
Epix fail: Honda Odyssey entertainment system briefly offered porn
See? Minivans can be fun for both kids and adults!
2018 Honda Odyssey enters production in Alabama
This minivan is as American as apple pie, baseball and heated political arguments on social media.
Honda's 2018 Odyssey teasers prove it's a minivan for the kids
I was not allowed to publish this with my original headline: "Honda uses child labor to preview 2018 Odyssey."
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient minivan ever
Then again, it's also the first plug-in hybrid minivan, so it's sort of expected.