2018 Honda Odyssey

2018 Honda Odyssey

Episode 3728
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  • Engine: 3.5 liter
  • Horsepower: 280
  • Trim: Elite
  • Price as Tested: $47,610

Long Term Updates

Mileage: 4,000

Our 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan has only been with us for 2–months, but we’ve already racked up 4,000–miles, had the seats arranged in every configuration possible, and loaded it full of equipment for our annual trek south to our winter testing facility. 

This family truckster may not win anyone over on its exterior design, but that clumsy styling is just a clever disguise; as spending any time at all inside the cabin, reveals the Odyssey is really a luxury-sedan in mom-mobile’s clothing.

At least in this well-outfitted Elite; where heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, and premium audio are all standard.

Early reports are positive, with the 3.5-liter V6 averaging a fine 23.7 miles-per-gallon so far.

Mileage: 6,000

We’ve put just over 6,000-miles on this 2018 Honda Odyssey since it arrived in December. And it speaks volumes about how things are going when the only complaint in our log book over that time, is in regards to the cup holders. It seems one of our constantly hydrating staff members can’t seem to find a substantial water bottle or coffee mug that properly fits them; first world problem indeed. Otherwise, it’s been smooth sailing, whether we’re daily commuting or weekend getawaying; the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 has provided smooth and seamless power. 

Aided by an equally good-natured 10-speed automatic transmission, we’re averaging 22.4 miles-per-gallon. And we still love the numerous storage options seemingly everywhere in the cabin, as well as space galore for hauling just about anything. With warm weather arriving, vacation season is about to kick in full, and the Odyssey will no doubt be a big part of that. 

Mileage: 10,000

In just five months’ time, we’re at the 10,000-mile mark in our Honda Odyssey minivan. Everyone thinks they’re above the “lowly” minivan, until they need to move something big, or take a basketball team to a post-victory party; and then they’re not so worried about the mom-mobile image.

The fact that the Odyssey’s 2nd row seats don’t fold into the floor like the Chrysler Pacifica is well documented; but the seatbacks in our Elite tester don’t even fold flat, requiring you to remove them to haul long, bulky items. And, boy are they heavy. And while we’ve also commented before on the 3.5-liter V6’s great power, and are on record as not being fans of the push-button transmission control; we’ve heard no complaints yet, about the 10-speed automatic’s operation itself. It’s been smooth all the way.

Long term mileage has stayed fairly consistent, up a tick this go-around to 23.8 miles-per-gallon.

Mileage: 8,500


Another 2,500-miles added to our 2018 Honda Odyssey’s odometer.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again; minivans truly are the most practical vehicles out there. What other vehicle allows you to haul 7 or 8-adults in comfort one minute, and after folding and removing seats, haul full sheets of plywood or an 80-inch flat screen the next; all while being so easy to drive and park, you wouldn’t think twice about letting your neighbor borrow it for a few hours. 

While doing all of that and more, we’re averaging 23.3 miles-per-gallon from a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers power better than many V8’s from not long ago. Yes, there are many ways to “haul” in this family truckster.  

Mileage: 13,900

As for our 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, this summer has been a busy one. We managed to travel another 4,500-miles since our last report, bringing its 7-month total to 13,900-miles. 

And we also made our first unscheduled trip to the dealer. We were getting some pulsing through the brake pedal, which was quickly remedied by a resurfacing of the rotors; no charge to us. 

Nothing else has gotten in the way of our enjoyment of this quiet and an quite luxurious cruiser. The 3.5-liter V6 engine continues to deliver gutsy performance, making uphill chores not so chorish. All while delivering 25.7 miles-per-gallon.

Visibility is great; and all of the tech. features are working just fine, including the much easier to use Garmin-based navigation system.   

Mileage: 18,000

We’ve covered 18,000-miles of mostly highways in the 8-months that this 2018 Honda Odyssey has been in our fleet. And as expected, this summer has been a busy one, taking us on odysseys up and down the East Coast. 

We’ve had interesting weather around here, epic rainstorms… extreme heat… and the Odyssey has handled it all in stride. 

We still enjoy the highly refined, almost luxury car experience; as well as all of the power from the 3.5-liter V6. Mileage is averaging a fine 25.6 miles-per-gallon, and it nudges 30 on long hauls.

But long or short haul, lightly loaded or packed to the gills, the Odyssey remains a great ride for a family on the move.    

Mileage: 21,500

Time with our 2018 Honda Odyssey is also winding down. We’re 9-months in, and the odometer has measured a healthy 21,500-miles. More than healthy, is our uptick in fuel economy, now sitting at 26.2 miles-per-gallon. 

It succeeds mightily at doing what minivans are designed to do, haul a big family around with great comfort, and once you remove and fold the rear seats, load lots of Costco sized cargo. 

Do we miss the all-wheel-drive and ground clearance of a crossover when the weather and roads turn bad? Sure, but it hasn’t stopped us from racking up the all kinds of miles in the Odyssey. 

“Most people are shocked when we mention a minivan in our list of favorite cars, but the Honda Odyssey has absolutely earned its spot. The miles we put on it this summer came mostly from vacation road trips; a number of those on flat highways to Maryland’s eastern shore, hence the increased fuel economy. It’s comfortable for the driver and the passengers, plus there’s so much usable space, we found ourselves bringing along completely unnecessary items.”

Mileage: 25,000

The summer travel season is now well-passed, but that hasn’t stopped our 2018 Honda Odyssey from racking up the miles. 

In 11-months’ time, the odometer sits at just over 25,000-miles. If that seems like a lot, that’s because it is. Factor in the…shall we say heavy-handed or footed nature of some of the drivers around here, and it’s amazing how well this Odyssey is holding up. 

Our 26.0 miles-per-gallon average is perhaps even more noteworthy, as power from the 3.5-liter V6 continues to be strong, no matter how many people or how much cargo we’re hauling. 

Most folks refuse to believe it, but the humble minivan is a much better choice for most families than the SUV they’re currently driving. 

We only have a few more weeks to keep driving and enjoying this one. 

Mileage: 26,000

Our year is almost up with this 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, the most useful vehicle type of all time. With a few small exceptions, the Odyssey’s stay with us has been exceptional! Just like we are used to from Honda. It certainly “ran like a deer” over these last 26,000 miles of very hard use. 

Through all the road trips both long and short, seat comfort remains a true high point, and not just for the driver. Second row seats are equally comfortable; and that means less complaining from the brood in back.

There were a few nits to pick when the Odyssey first arrived, and we recently had a loose fuel filler assembly replaced under warranty. 

But, it’s been nothing but praise over the last few months; and average fuel economy has remained steady at 25.8 miles-per-gallon of regular, with over 30 during highway cruising.

Mileage: 30,800

Time to wrap up our time with the 2018 Honda Odyssey. This Elite-trimmed party for eight was a popular choice for road trips; evidenced by traveling 30,800-miles over just 13 months.  

In an automotive landscape that seems to have every possible automotive niche filled, sometimes you just need a minivan. And whether you are hauling the neighborhood’s brood; or just your own family with all of their gear, the Odyssey never disappointed. We even averaged a great 25.4 miles-per-gallon.

Other highlights were the exceptional ride, comfortable long haul seats, and near luxury-car refinement; not to mention the interior flexibility that truly makes minivans the Swiss Army knives of the automotive world. The Odyssey will be greatly missed. 

2023 Acura Integra

2023 Acura Integra

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Long Term Updates

Date: June 2023Mileage: 5,500

If we’ve learned anything over the last 42-years here at MotorWeek, it’s that numbers on spec sheets don’t make great cars.

Vehicles like this 2023 Acura Integra A-Spec, which we’ve had the pleasure of driving for the last 2-months, may not boast big numbers of any kind, but the high revving 200-horsepower turbo-4 and the short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission help make this car much greater than the sum of its parts.

There is a little turbo lag from this tiny 1.5-liter, but that just seems to make it even more fun. It really is just a blast to drive; and don’t say we didn’t warn you; this car does make you want to drive fast.

That’s mostly due to this 6-speed manual transmission, which raises the question, why would anyone settle for an Integra A-Spec Tech with CVT? Rhetorical questions aside, I’m liking this car more and more. Now that I’ve got the high engagement point of the clutch figured out, I’m really starting to appreciate how dialed in the suspension is. At this rate, on the next update I might upgrade my “likes” to “loves.”

All this and great fuel economy too, with our current average sitting at 33.6 miles-per-gallon over 5,500-miles. Plus, the Integra’s hatchback practicality delivers storage space that rivals many small crossovers.

While it may not boast quite the refinement as most of the Acura lineup, everything inside looks and feels sporty too, and hey, that’s why they call it entry level.

Date: July 2023Mileage: 6,000

Summer is speeding by quickly, but we’re getting our money’s worth of summertime driving fun in this 2023 Acura Integra.

We’ve racked up over 6,000-miles in just 3-months’ time, averaging a great 33.8 miles-per-gallon from the tiny but mighty 200-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo-4.

We were thrilled that Acura brought the Integra name back and have been even more excited to discover it delivers a driving experience worthy of the name; easily winning a MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award earlier this year.

“200 horsepower coming from the Integra’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder doesn’t sound like much, but trust us…it is. We’ve mentioned the turbo before and how there’s a bit of lag at low rpm. Yeah, you wouldn’t get that in a naturally aspirated engine, but you also wouldn’t get as much low-end torque, and torque is what brings a smile to your face.”

We mostly love the functionality and looks of its sporty interior, but do wish they would have poured just a tad more Acura into it, as in certain places, its Civic roots are a little too obvious.

Date: August 2023Mileage: 6,700

We are 4-months into our extended drive time with this 2023 Acura Integra sport luxury sedan. But after a host of early road trips it mostly seems to have settled into commuter duty, adding only about 700-miles since we last checked in.

On that score, the 200-horsepower turbo-4 and 6-speed manual makes for one highly entertaining commute, and most logbook comments agree the Integra feels more fun than luxury. And that’s just fine by us.

Since our last update, we have driven the high-performance Integra Type S, and while we really like that car, it doesn’t feel like we’re giving up all that much in this Integra. Sure, it doesn’t have as much power as the Type S, but it still feels quick and the suspension is more than capable of keeping momentum in tight corners.

We probably haven’t talked enough about how aggressively sporty it appears outside; our tester’s Liquid Carbon paint job looks fantastic, without being too flashy.

Despite a heavy foot or two, economy is very consistent, with our average hovering at 33.9 miles-per-gallon. And while the summer sun may be setting in the rear view, we’ve still got many miles to cover in this Acura Integra.

2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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Long Term Updates

Date: February 2023Mileage: 3,500

Our long-term fleet just got a whole lot more exciting thanks to this 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

This sportiest of Jettas now comes in fully-loaded Autobahn trim only, which means for about the price of an entry-level crossover, you get a legit sports sedan with sunroof, 18-inch wheels, leather seats, and 10-inch Digital Cockpit display.

Not to mention abundant power from a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-4 and ultimate engagement with a 6-speed manual transmission.

No all-wheel-drive, but the GLI does have VW’s XDS Differential System, which uses selective braking to largely negate understeer and boost handling above and beyond the front-drive Jetta’s already notable abilities.

Put in the context of the absurd power some sport sedans are putting out these days, the GLI’s 228 horsepower rating sounds rather tame, but I can assure you it’s anything but. Although more precisely, it’s the torque that excites here. It comes in very early on with just a hint of turbo lag; although to be honest, for me that just kind of adds to the whole sporty experience, especially when you’re swiftly working the clutch and shifter.

With us for just a month, we’ve already racked up 3,500-miles, averaging a great 31.2 miles-per-gallon. And we’re looking forward and to an end of winter weather so we can get our spring fling on in earnest.


Date: March 2023Mileage: 4,500

This 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has been significantly upgraded over the ‘21 GLI that we had in our fleet a while back, but sliding behind the wheel has been just like getting reacquainted with an old friend.

Just like in the last GLI we had, we’re rowing our own gears and loving every second of it and that’s not necessarily a given these days with how good automatic transmissions have gotten. But this setup is well-suited for daily driving. The shifter precisely glides into its gates and the light clutch pedal keeps our left legs from getting tired in stop and go traffic. But just to keep from getting too fatigued, we tend to stick to the back roads in this thing.

Mostly commuting duty these last few weeks, means only about 1,000-miles added to our total, which now sits at 4,500-miles in just 2-months’ time. With 228-horsepower on tap, and that tight 6-speed manual transmission to manage it; the GLI is fun from the moment you hit the start button, with a great 30.8 miles-per-gallon average along for the ride.

There’s a raspy exhaust note too, which sounds great running through the gears, but can get tiresome when steady cruising for extended periods of time.

Date: April 2023Mileage: 6,000

We like driving here at MotorWeek. That explains how we’ve been able to accumulate 6,000-miles in this 2023 Volkswagen Jetta GLI in a bit less than 3-months.

It’s a true joy managing all of its 228-horsepower with the smooth and steady 6-speed manual transmission. And we even managed to improve our MPGs this go-around, bumping our average up to 31.9 miles-per-gallon.

The fuel economy we’re seeing in this GLI is due in-part, of course, to the engine, but I would argue it’s also because of things that have nothing to do with how much gasoline we’re using. Things like the suspension and seat comfort. My point being, is that this car is such a great cruiser that we’re taking it on longer highway trips, which is boosting our fuel economy despite our less eco-minded back road escapades. Regardless, it’s a real “have your cake and eat it too” scenario.

While not overly flashy, the interior of this latest Jetta is well laid out, controls are logically placed, and the infotainment system is easy to use. All things that help you focus on driving, which is something we plan on doing as much as possible with our remaining time with the GLI.