Honda Odyssey 2018: What makes it become the best-selling car in its segment?

Honda Odyssey 2018: What makes it become the best-selling car in its segment?

Sep 13, 2018
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New car price  :   ₱2,138,000
Brand  :   Honda
Model  :   Odyssey
Transmission  :   Automatic
Body Type  :   Van

What is the most outstanding feature of the Honda Odyssey 2018?

1. Honda Odyssey 2018: The best-selling car in the minivan segment

The Minivan Honda Odyssey continues high sales in its market segment. Total revenues dropped 18 percent this year, although a number of vehicles sold rose 8 percent compared to last year.

With the impressive sales record, Honda says the Odyssey is the best-selling minivan, with a retail sales measures method, that excludes business-to-business or push-to-dealer sales. Besides, it is undeniable about the impressive history of the Honda Odyssey development. 

This is a creative minivan for nearly 20 years and the new Honda Odyssey 2018 design inherits its tradition of the first-time-appear features in the segment.

Honda Odyssey front view

With the impressive sales record, Honda says the Odyssey is the best-selling minivan

2. Lightweight body structure

In terms of the structure, the latest Odyssey uses the "Global Light Truck" chassis of Honda, similar to the Honda Pilot 2017 which was debuted earlier this year. The Honda Odyssey 2018 also owns the "Advanced Compatibility Engineering" (ACE) body structure, which sounds like a new mobile operating system. 

But in fact, ACE incorporates advanced materials, such as high-strength steel, press hardening steel, to reduce passenger injuries in case collision occurs. Torsion strength increased by 44% compared to last year's model, which improve the praiseworthy design made by Honda's technical team.

2018 Honda Odyssey - Review and Road Test

Honda Odyssey side view

In terms of the structure, the latest Odyssey uses the "Global Light Truck" chassis of Honda

Covering this new structure is a completely new body. The body is 0.3 inches longer, 0.7 inches narrower and 0.1 inches lower than before. While the exterior dimensions are not much different, Honda Odyssey 2018 has more technology than its predecessor. 

The underbody of the car and the active shutter system at the front grille provide the car with quiet operation and smooth performances. On the EX-L and above trims, there is also an acoustic laminated windshield for noise prevention. 

And, the most advanced version - Odyssey Elite is the quietest that Forbes magazine has ever driven.

3. Top facilities with multiple technologies

Better still, the Honda Odyssey 2018 looks as impressive as it is. The body of the car is redesigned including reshaped headlights, daytime running lights LED (on the EX and above), LED headlamps and fog lights (on the Touring and Elite models) with a new design. 

Body lines on the roof, doors and side panels offer the better look. The most dramatic exterior enhancements are the new sliding door that is hidden behind the rear glass, giving the new Odyssey a much more beautiful profile. 

The new 18-inch standard and 19-inch optional wheels complete the package and bring the Odyssey 2018 luxurious looks in the minivan segment.

Honda Odyssey 2018 front view

The Honda Odyssey 2018 looks as impressive as it is

Honda Odyssey 2018 side view

The most dramatic exterior enhancements are the new sliding door that is hidden behind the rear glass

As for the interior, the new car version possesses many new features. The middle seat in the second row can be folded optionally, which allow 3 or 2 occupants. Two chairs can be switched to the middle or left on both sides. 

The car's design makes it easier to place an infant in a child seat with the second row of seats in outboard positions, which passengers can slide them to make easier access to the third row. Equipped with the all-new CabinWatch rearview camera and CabinTalk PA system, it's more convenient to observe and manage infants or toddlers in the back seats.

Honda Odyssey seats

The middle seat in the second row can be folded optionally, which allow 3 or 2 occupants

While the second seat row of Chrysler Pacifica's Stow & Go brings significant usability and Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna offer reclined backward the second row, Odyssey technology and configuration options of the second row is notable for children-friendly travel

The Odyssey 2018 offers multiple compartments with a brand new multi-function control center. On the Elite model, the console holds the cell phone tray with wireless charging and all trims are equipped with four cup holders, multiple USB ports. Meanwhile, on the EX-L and above, the HDMI port is on the rear, plugged with the overhead screen. 

This 10.2-inch screen can display information real time via the Odyssey 4G LTE. Audio features include a 150W audio system with 7 speakers on all versions but ELITE owns 550W system with 11 speakers. The modern electronic display on the Odyssey 2018 instead of traditional clocks.

Honda Odyssey 2018 dashboard area

The Odyssey 2018 offers multiple compartments with a brand new multi-function control center

Another all-new hi-tech feature, the CabinControl App, allows Apple and Android phones to control temperature, sound and navigation settings from the 2nd and 3rd-row seats. On the EX and higher trims, the front passenger seat row has an 8-inch touchscreen re-designed with the same interface as a smartphone.

Other features include HondaVAC vacuum cleaner, HondaLink car connectivity, electric windows, remote engine start and three-zone climate control are also available on the Odyssey 2018. 

In addition, the Honda Odyssey 2018 will possess new safety technologies such as blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control. Honda predicts the car will hit top safety rating when the minivan is fully tested. 

Honda Odyssey 2018 on the road

The Odyssey will possess new safety technologies 

4. Fun driving experience

Fun driving has been a feature of the Odyssey since the second generation debuted in 1999. Until the current model, the steering wheel is still operating precisely and nimble. Yet the rival cars, such as Chrysler Pacifica, a five-star safety car, is able to do all the same. 

However, the Odyssey is more prominent in terms of the ability to control through corners and transition, as the 4-wheel steering offers both smooth driving and easy handling.

Honda Odyssey 2018 on the road

Fun driving has been a feature of the Odyssey since the second generation debuted in 1999

The Honda Odyssey 2018 owns the best powertrains in the segment. The new 3.5-liter V6 produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, gained 32 horsepower and 12 lb-ft in comparison with the previous model. 

The new fuel direct injection system incorporates variable valves, cylinder deactivation, and an engine idle start-stop systems (on the Touring and Elite models) to improve fuel and power economy.

Honda Odyssey 2018 cabin

Fun driving has been a feature of the Odyssey since the second generation debuted in 1999

It also features a new 9-speed gearbox on the low-priced Odyssey and a 10-speed automation on the Touring and Elite. The Odyssey 2018 was also the first to be equipped with a digital transmission for the new gearbox. 

In addition, fuel consumption on the Odyssey also improved slightly (12.38 / 8.4 / 10.7 liter / 100km when running on highway/urban/mixed).

5. Multiple versions for customers to choose at many prices

The Honda Odyssey 2018 is available in six models choices with a standard LX (starting at $ 31,930) up to the high-end Odyssey Elite (from $47,610). Between two versions, the EX comes with a leather interior ($ 34,800), EX-L with leather ($ 38,300), EX-L Navi / RES with rear positioning and entertainment ($ 40,300) and Touring trim with lights, LED, CabinWatch, HondaLink, portable transmission and 10-speed automatic transmission (45,450 USD). 

The standard features on the cheapest EX are capable to impress customers and is a reasonable choice for home customers.

Honda Odyssey 2018 side view

The Honda Odyssey 2018 is available in six models choices 

In the Philippines, the Honda Odyssey is also considered to be a great choice for Philippine car enthusiasts as it comes with affordable prices. Let's check out the up-to-date price of the Honda Odyssey 2018 in the Philippines:

Honda Odyssey 2018 price in the Philippines
 Model Price
Honda Odyssey 2.4 EX CVT P2,138,000
Honda Odyssey 2.4 EX-V Navi CVT P2,498,000

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