In terms of specs, there are several good reasons why families should consider the 2018 Honda Odyssey as their next purchase as opposed to the Chrysler Pacifica or Toyota Sienna. Its improvements are rather impressive.
Besides boosting the output of its 3.5L V6 engine to 280hp from 248hp, about 95 lbs has been shed from the Odyssey and its aerodynamics has been enhanced. It’s also 44 percent more rigid than before.
Fuel economy should be excellent and driving should be much smoother this time around, given that buyers have the option between a new 10-speed or lower-trim 9-speed auto transmission.
Unfortunately, first impressions really do count, and the Odyssey doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head. That’s not to say that Honda didn’t work hard on its looks, but compared to the Pacifica, the new Honda seven-seater is ugly.
Its face isn’t too problematic, albeit rather uninspiring. However, fans are not too fond of the indentation on its profile which is starkly reminiscent of the Mazda 5 and to some extent the Dodge Charger. The zig-zag shape at its rear window is also seen by many as a poor touch from Honda.
Plus it doesn’t help that the Odyssey doesn’t have anything to match the Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go seats, though thankfully the minivan does offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support on top of a proper volume knob button much like the new CR-V.