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2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

Test Drive

Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal

 

The design of all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite has all reasons to be called ultra-stylish, giving so much pleasure to both look at this car or load up inside.

2018 Honda Odyssey Elite

8 seats

Engine

V6

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic Transmission (10AT) with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters

Horsepower

280 @ 6000 rpm

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

Fuel Tank Capacity

19.5 gal

Fuel economy

19/28/22 City/Highway/Combined MPG

Introduction

I recently had the opportunity to drive the new 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite. The Elite is the top of the line model including many nice features that would make you fall in love with this minivan. I drove the Odyssey from Miami to Palm Coast and then to Orlando, for a total of around 500 miles in 3 days. As I begin to drive the Odyssey I am impressed with the beautiful exterior design and also the very comfortable and luxury interior.

Features and more features…I start to try every possible option in the control panel touchscreen, including Honda APPs and third party APPs, navigation, back-camera, audio, radio, car settings, front and rear A/C controls, entertainment, back monitors, among many other features. I like the amount of features and controls, and also like how this Odyssey has a lot of buttons. I like the touchscreen but is also nice to be able to control the car with buttons on the dashboard or on the steering wheel.

Features and more features…I start to try every possible option in the control panel touchscreen, including Honda APPs and third party APPs

The all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite is striking, stylish, but when you start to explore it more, you see that everything is easy to use, simple – which means being intelligent for a modern car. All details were created to make things more simple. Some of the great features included on the 2018 Elite Odyssey are, a bumper detects foot wave, providing hands-free opening. Power Tailgate with Programmable Height will adjust to a driver, which is very useful when few family members share one car. The power Sliding Doors can be opened or closed with the key fob up to 50 feet away, providing lots of cargo space.

Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock permits to open the door with a touch of door handle, while your key fob is in your pocket. This system will also lock the door when you are 8 feet away. Roof Rails and Crossbars give a lot of options if you need to haul anything and stay sure it is secure.

 

Prices

Model Price
2018 Honda Odyssey Elite $46,670
 

Engine

  • V6
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Horsepower 280 @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 19.5 gal
  • Fuel economy 19/28/22 City/Highway/Combined MPG

Exterior

The design of all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite has all reasons to be called ultra-stylish, giving so much pleasure to both look at this car or load up inside.

The new front end is enhanced by LED headlights and new gnarly grille. These LEDS use less energy, providing more lights.

  • LED Headlights with Auto-On/Off and WiperLink
  • Active Shutter Grille
  • One-Touch Turn Indicators
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Security System
  • Taillights with Integrated LED Light Bars
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Intermittent Rear Window Wiper/Washer
  • Smart Entry
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors
  • Side Sills
  • Acoustic Glass
  • Power Sliding Doors
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • Power Tailgate with Programmable Height
  • Bode-colored Parking sensors

 

Interior

The interior impress with redesigned Instrument Panel, much more space and comfort, new Digital Driver Interface, One-touch Power Moonroof and Magic-Slide second-raw seats.

Seating:

The seating set up on the Odyssey is very impressive. Too many settings and too many ways to control the position of the folding seats in the back. The magic slide in the second row is an amazing feature.

  • Driver’s Seat with 12-Way Power Adjustment, including 4-Way Power Lumbar Support
  • Front Passenger’s Seat with 4-Way Power Adjustment
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd-Row Magic Seat
  • Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats with Armrests and Walk-in Feature
  • Multi-Function 2nd-Row Center Seat

 

Comfort and Convenience:

  • Push Button Start
  • Cruise Control
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
  • Map Lights (all rows)
  • Front Bag Hook
  • Lockable Glove Compartment
  • Ambient Console Lighting
  • Blue Ambient LED Lighting
  • Capless Fuel Filler
  • Passenger-Assist Grips (front and 2nd-row)
  • Garment Hooks (2nd and 3rd row, 4 total)
  • Front Door Courtesy Lights
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • HomeLink Remote System
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration

 

Audio and Connectivity:

  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Radio Data System (RDS)
  • SMS Text Message Function
  • USB Smartphone Ports
  • 550-Watt Premium Audio System with 11 Speakers, Including Subwoofer
  • Multi-Zone Audio
  • 8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution (720P) Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • HD Radio
  • CabinControl Remote Compatibility
  • CabinTalk In-Car PA System
  • HDMI Interface
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • HondaLink Subscription Service
  • Mobile Hotspot Capability
  • Wireless Phone Charger

 

Safety

For The new 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite’s safety starts with its shape, showing that all details were designed to protect you and your family.

Ace-body design of the new 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite was created to reinforce protection in case of frontal collision. Front seat belts immediately pull in if the frontal influence is felt. Seat belts also have load limiter to adjust pressure. Honda Odyssey Elite is equipped not only with advanced front airbags, but with SmartVent front side airbags also, front knee airbags and side curtain airbags, which guarantees even more protection. Multi-Angle Rearview Camera gives opportunity to select necessary angle to make sure you move in the right direction when moving into reverse – normal, top-down or wide.

Honda Sensing system was made to alert a driver of possible collision and other obstacles.

Active Safety:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) a Honda Sensing feature
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) a Honda Sensing feature
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) a Honda Sensing feature
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) a Honda Sensing feature

 

Passive safety:

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
  • Advanced Front Airbags
  • SmartVent Front Side Airbags
  • Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Knee Airbags
  • 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
  • Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-row All, 3rd-row outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-row all, 3rd-row all)
  • Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder
  • Child-Proof Rear Door Locks

 

Conclusion

The 2018 Odyssey is completely redesigned, created to make a trip as simple as possible, comprising a large set of helfpful functions. The top model, the Elite has a price of less than $47,000. If you want a premium minivan, the Elite is your car.

In general Honda reflects the developer’s care concerning safety. For The new 2018 Honda Odyssey Elite’s safety starts with its shape, showing that all details were designed to protect you and your family. Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock permits to open the door with a touch of door handle, while your key fob is in your pocket. This system will also lock the door when you are 8 feet away. Roof Rails and Crossbars give a lot of options if you need to haul anything and stay sure it is secure.

Among many great features the seating set up on the Odyssey is very impressive, with space for up to 8 passengers. Too many ways to control the position of the folding seats in the back. The magic slide in the second row is an amazing feature.

If you like to drive a car that feels like a private plane, with space for 8 people, cargo space, great entertainment, monitor in the back to make the ride more fun for your guests. Some people consider minivan’s a boring car, but this car is not boring at all, I think it is a fun and cool automobile with so much space and features for a value price.

Marco Carvajal
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