2019 Odyssey New Car Test Drive
Completely redesigned for 2018, Honda Odyssey is an eight-passenger minivan with class-leading power, space, technology, comfort, handling and fuel efficiency.
The new Odyssey has been thought out extremely well, and can carry a family even better than before, with its standard 60/40 folding third row seat, and many safety features. It was seriously challenged last year by the new Chrysler Pacifica, and has responded by upping its game.
A new 3.5-liter V6 engine makes 280 horsepower, which is 32 hp more than before. So it's faster, the chassis is stiffer, the steering quicker, cabin quieter, and there are two new automatic transmissions, a nine-speed and ten-speed.
New features include a sliding rear seat with removable middle section and removable outboard seats that slide sideways as well as forward or back. With just the middle seat removed, it's like captain's chairs. Four kids with that setup is perfect. Can carry eight when needed. Can carry refrigerator when needed. A canoe will fit on the roof.
There is a new 4G LTE WiFi hotspot that can drive the rear entertainment system, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's another optional new feature that allows parents to watch their kids like a hawk, in the big screen on the dash, zooming in with infrared vision, so there's no hiding in the dark, they are doomed.
Odyssey LX ($29,990) comes with cloth upholstery, power windows, doors and mirrors; a rearview camera, seven-speaker sound system, 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power driver seat, 4-way power front passenger seat, keyless ignition, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering column, Bluetooth, USB port, and automatic climate control. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Odyssey EX ($33,860) features dual power sliding side doors, as well as the Magic Slide second-row seats that slide in four directions. The driver's seat adjusts 12 ways and front seats are heated. EX also adds three-zone automatic climate control, a display audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, HD radio, HondaLink apps connectivity, the CabinControl app that lets occupants control the climate system and send songs to the playlist from their smartphones, automatic headlamps, heated door mirrors with turn indicators, foglamps, and remote starting. EX also adds safety features, including blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alerts and automatic high beams, plus the Honda Sensing package, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings and active lane control, and road departure mitigation.
Odyssey EX-L ($37,360) upgrades to leather upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, sunroof, and power liftgate. Odyssey EX-L with Navi/RES adds navigation with voice recognition, a Blu-Ray rear entertainment system with wireless headphones, 115-volt power outlet, and Honda's CabinTalk system that allows the driver to talk to all passengers through the speakers or headphones.
Odyssey Touring ($44,510) gets the new 10-speed automatic transmission, stop/start technology, Honda's CabinWatch feature that points a camera at any seat in the vehicle and lets the driver see the image on the center screen, 4G LTE mobile hotspot capability, an in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, third-row sunshades, a hands-free power tailgate, LED headlights, LED fog lights, and front and rear parking sensors.
Odyssey Elite ($46,670) upgrades further with an 11-speaker audio system, wireless phone charging, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, ambient lighting, gloss black interior trim, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding exterior mirrors, and 19-inch wheels.
Available safety features include automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warnings, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. Every model gets two knee airbags in front, as well as a camera for the driver to keep an eye on his or her passengers.