The 2018 Honda Odyssey’s redesign isn’t revolutionary, yet big improvements were made to its power, fuel economy, ride, and cabin quietness. The Odyssey offers more features to pamper travelers and keep them connected. The overall result is a premium feel, especially for a minivan.

Inside, passengers will find the front seats large and inviting, but the bottom cushion loses firmness over long trips. By removing the second-row center seat, the comfortable outboard seats can be shifted inward. This puts children closer to their parents, and it opens a wider path to access the roomy third-row seats.

Most trims get a new infotainment system that has colorful graphics, easy customization, and app connectivity, among other features.

On the less user-friendly side, the gear selector’s buttons are awkward to use, particularly when switching between Drive and Reverse while parking.

The ride approaches luxury levels of comfort, and the cabin is serene except over very coarse pavement. It’s no longer the sportiest minivan; handling is mundane but secure.

The strong V6 engine provides plenty of power, and fuel economy of 22 mpg overall is commendable. The nine-speed automatic is merely adequate, but the 10-speed on the Touring and Elite trims shifts more smoothly.

Automatic emergency braking and other advanced safety systems are standard on the EX trim and above.

Read the complete Honda Odyssey road test.

2018 Honda Odyssey review

HIGHS: Rides comfortably, quiet cabin, interior room and flexibility, fuel economy, kid-friendly tech
LOWS: Unintuitive gear selector, 9-speed automatic isn’t the smoothest
POWERTRAIN: 280-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine; 9-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 22 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $40,300


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the October 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.