2018 Honda Odyssey Styling

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Like the outgoing Odyssey, the 2018 model should stand out from its competitors in a parking lot, but it's not the prettiest minivan on the market. That distinction goes to the Chrysler Pacifica.

We rate the Odyssey a 6 for styling, giving it a point for its overall presence. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Its lightning-bolt profile adds visual interest and the Honda Odyssey has some presence, but it isn’t pretty.

The Odyssey's front end is intentionally derivative of the brand's Pilot crossover and Civic compact car, and all models now have active grille shutters to improve aerodynamic efficiency on the highway. A large chrome grille runs between headlights that contain LED running lamps. LED headlights and fog lights are included on the top Touring model.

From the side, the Odyssey retains the previous model's "lightning bolt" chrome belt line kink, but it's toned down. However, this van dresses things up a little with a deep swoop carved into its hinged front and sliding rear doors. Honda moved the sliding-side-door channels to the bottom of the third-row window glass to hide them better.

The rear end echoes the front's chrome bar theme and includes standard LED taillights.

Inside, Honda added more soft-touch materials to give the Odyssey a more expensive look. It’s built around a digital instrument cluster and a large center screen. A massive center console has deep storage and a wide, flat area to put purses and the like in front of it. It's not beautiful, but it is useful.

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