Some people think there's a stigma associated with minivans. The 2018 Odyssey isn't for them, says chief engineer Chad Harrison. It's for people passing unabashedly into the family stage of their adult lives, including the early wave of millennials.
"We chose to directly target the people who know they need a minivan and want a minivan," Harrison said.
If minivan battles are waged with second-row seating innovations, Honda arrives well-armed, with Magic Slide chairs that can move forward, backward and side to side, allowing for easy boarding even with a child seat installed. Quarreling children can be separated to keep the peace, or forced to sit side by side and sort things out.
The CabinTalk microphone on higher trims lets the driver address rear-seat passengers at a normal volume, even those wearing the wireless headphones paired to the rear entertainment system. A CabinWatch camera gives parents live coverage of rear-seat crises.
Higher trims get Honda's new 10-speed automatic transmission.
|2018 Honda Odyssey touring||2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus|
|Wheelbase||118.1 in.||121.6 in.|
|Length||203.2 in||203.8 in.|
|Width||78.5 in.||79.6 in.|
|Height||69.6 in.||69.9 in.|
|Seating||8 passengers||7 passengers|
|Curb weight||4,564 lbs.||4,330 lbs.|
|Cargo volume behind third row||32.8 cu. ft.||32.3 cu. ft.|
|Passenger volume||160.1 cu. ft||165.0 cu. ft.|
|Base engine||3.5-liter V-6||3.6-liter V-6|
|Transmission||10-speed auto||9-speed auto|
|Horsepower||280 @ 6,000 rpm||287 @ 6,400 rpm|
|Torque, lbs.-ft.||262 @ 4,700 rpm||262 @ 4,000 rpm|
|EPA mpg||19 city/28 hwy.||18 city/28 hwy.|
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