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.
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