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2018 Honda Odyssey Driving Impressions


Quick and controlled, Odyssey is the best-driving minivan. The changes for 2018 hammer it home.

Torsional stiffness of the chassis has been increased by 44 percent. It sounds esoteric but its intuitive. Do you want your chassis to twist, or not twist, when you’re going around a corner? Now it twists 44 percent less.

The platform design takes from the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX, and comes away losing 75 pounds. The electric power steering is quicker, which it can be thanks to the stiffer chassis. The rear suspension adds a stabilizer bar, to keep up with the steering and chassis improvements.

The Odyssey handles with control and confidence. The suspension is more stable than a minivan has a right to be. The Odyssey sometimes feels like a crossover, not a minivan. The ride is smooth, although not as smooth as the Pacifica.

The new 3.5-liter V-6 makes 280 horsepower. Honda brags that its zero-to-sixty time is one second faster than any other minivan. Maybe it is quicker than the Pacifica, but Honda’s nine-speed automatic is nowhere near as good as the 10-speed automatic that shifts smoothly and responsively, and uses all 10 gears seamlessly. Unfortunately, only the Touring and Elite models get the 10-speed.

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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

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