Minivan shoppers, you can buy a redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey just in time for your Memorial Day road trips.
The new fifth-generation 2018 Odyssey arrives in dealers Thursday, May 25th starting from $30,800 including destination. There are six trims to choose from and the top-of-the-line Elite will get you over the $47,000 mark.
The Odyssey’s been the best-selling minivan for seven years running. But competition is getting more fierce with the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan receiving a lot of recent accolades. (We also had to wonder why the Odyssey was missing from the minivan lineup at the recent Texas Auto Roundup in early May.)
The main points to hit are that it’s more powerful now. A new 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine delivers 280-horsepower, which is 32 more than before. It’s mated to a new 9-speed and available 10-speed automatic transmissions with standard paddle shifters. Honda says fuel economy is better, too: 19/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined. Honda Sensing, a suite of driver-assistive and safety technologies, comes standard on EX and above trims. Honda expects those trims will comprise 95 percent of new Odyssey sales.
Here are some other highlights from our first look at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. We chatted with Honda engineer Chad Harrison about some of the other available new features including MagicGlide seats, CabinWatch and CabinTalk.