The 2018 Honda Odyssey has undergone a tasteful nip and tuck

Better in the right places
by Dinzo Tabamo | Apr 25, 2018

There was a time, about a generation ago, when the Honda Odyssey matched up with Toyota's Alphard in terms of power and price. But when the all-new Odyssey arrived in our market, it lost its thirsty (for a Honda) V6 and downsized a bit. The result is a better minivan experience and a sleeker body. 

Then toward the end of 2017, Honda Cars Philippines refreshed its plush seven-seater, and added new toys on top of the visual tweaks. It's not a drastic redesign, but eagle-eyed readers will notice new front and rear bumpers as well as new wheel designs. 

There's new trim inside, too, and all variants now have the nifty push-start button and 7-inch infotainment system. 

We were the first to try out the new Odyssey, and we wish we had more time to enjoy the 9-inch entertainment screen along with the comfy chairs in the second row. 

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It has the same engine and transmission, so power delivery and handling is still smooth and effortless. Well, effortless in the city, but I do miss the old V6 on the expressway—although the current 2.4-liter mill's fuel economy is not much better. 

Honda's glacial A/C system is still here (please never leave), and it is a godsend in this summer hell.

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Size-wise, the Odyssey is just big enough to be easily parked—depending on your parking skill—in basement parkings, and still offer plenty of space inside for the passengers. It would be a great soccer mom car, if that were a thing here. 

To find out more, check out our video above.

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