Honda Automobiles: 2018 Honda Odyssey Press Kit

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Powering a 2018 Odyssey is a 3.5-liter approach injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). The new engine is common with a powerplant in a 2017 Pilot and is corresponding to one of dual new transmissions – a 9-speed involuntary (9AT), also introduced in a Pilot, for LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L NR trims, and an all-new minivan and front circle drive-first 10-speed involuntary (10AT) for Touring and Elite models. For a initial time ever, all Odyssey models are versed with steering circle mounted paddle shifters, to give drivers larger control over fibre operation, that is quite useful in alpine pulling or when towing. Models versed with a new 10AT also have a new Idle-Stop capability, that serve enhances fuel efficiency.

3.5L V6 Engine 
10-Speed Automatic Transmission

The Odyssey’s new engine – from a Honda EarthDreams® Technology powertrain array – is rated during 280 rise horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. rise torque. Peak engine outlay is adult 32 horsepower and 12 pound-feet of torque from a prior model, with increasing torque over a engine’s whole handling (rpm) range.

The new, some-more fit engine and transmissions, along with as many as a 75-pound rebate in car weight (EX-L trim) and softened aerodynamics, among other reductions to regulating resistance, outcome in extended opening and fuel efficiency.

Key Powertrain Features


  • New 3.5-liter, SOHC V6 engine
  • i-VTEC® (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) for intake valves
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) cylinder deactivation
  • Computer-controlled Direct Injection (DI) with multi-hole fuel injectors
  • Idle-Stop capability (models with 10AT)
  • 11.5:1 focus ratio
  • High-tensile strength steel crankshaft
  • Drive-by-Wire stifle system
  • Direct ignition system
  • Detonation/knock control system
  • Maintenance Minder™ complement optimizes use intervals
  • 100,000 +/- miles tune-up interval

Emissions/Fuel Economy Ratings

  • High-flow, close-coupled next-generation changed steel catalytic converters and underneath building catalytic converter
  • High ability 32-bit RISC processor electronic control section
  • LEV3/ULEV-125 emissions compliant
  • Improved EPA highway fuel-economy rating
  • 19/28/22 mpg1 (+0/+1/+0 mpg vs. 2017 Odyssey)


  • New 9-speed involuntary with paddle shifters (LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L NR), a initial for Odyssey
  • New 10-speed involuntary with paddle shifters (Touring Elite), a world’s initial focus in a minivan, or front expostulate vehicle, and a initial for Honda

Engine Architecture and Features

Cylinder Block and Crank 
With a 60-degree V-angle, a Odyssey’s V6 engine is inherently well-spoken and has compress altogether magnitude that concede fit wrapping within a vehicle. The engine has a high-pressure die-cast lightweight aluminum amalgamate retard with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Made with a centrifugal spin-casting process, a thin-wall liners are high in strength and low in porosity. The retard incorporates a deep-skirt pattern with 4 bolts per temperament top for firm crankshaft support and minimized sound and vibration. The engine also uses a high-tensile strength steel crankshaft is for smallest weight.

A cooling control spacer positioned in a H2O coupler surrounding a cylinders helps control warm-up and handling cylinder ship temperatures to revoke friction. Plateau honing of a cylinder backing serve reduces attrition between a piston skirts and a cylinder walls by formulating an ultra-smooth surface. This 2-stage machining routine uses dual harsh processes instead of a some-more compulsory single-stage honing process. Plateau honing also enhances a long-term wear characteristics of a engine.

Pistons/Connecting Rods
Designed with “cavity-shaped” crowns, a 2018 Odyssey’s pistons assistance say fast explosion and minister to stratified-charge combustion. Ion-plated piston rings assistance revoke attrition for larger handling efficiency. Heavy-duty steel joining rods are fake in one square and afterwards “crack separated” to emanate a lighter and stronger rod with an optimally propitious temperament cap.

Cylinder Head and Valvetrain
Like other Honda V6 powerplants, a Odyssey engine’s 4-valve cylinder heads are a single-overhead-camshaft design, with a cams driven by a crankshaft around an automatically tensioned timing belt. Made of low-pressure die-cast, low-porosity aluminum, any cylinder conduct incorporates a “tumble port” pattern that improves explosion potency by formulating a some-more comparable fuel-air mixture. An integrated empty plural expel into any cylinder conduct reduces tools count, saves weight, improves upsurge and optimizes a plcae of a close-coupled matter on any cylinder bank for discerning “light off.”

i-VTEC with 2-Stage Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
The Odyssey’s V6 engine combines Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC), that changes a lift profile, timing and lift era of a intake valves. A switching resource allows any cylinder to work with low-rpm valve lift and era or high-rpm lift and duration. While handling in 3-cylinder mode, a behind cylinder bank’s rocker arms deactivate, shutting all intake and empty valves to minimize pumping losses.

The “intelligent” apportionment of a complement is a ability to change valve operation formed on a pulling conditions and engine rpm. At low rpm, a i-VTEC intake valve timing and lift are optimized (low lift, brief duration) for increasing torque, that allows a far-reaching operation of 3-cylinder operation. As engine rpm builds past 5,350 rpm, a i-VTEC complement transitions to a high-lift, long-duration intake cam form for aloft high-rpm engine power.

Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
The Odyssey’s Drive-by-Wire stifle complement replaces a compulsory stifle handle with intelligent wiring that “connect” a accelerator pedal to a stifle valve inside a throttle-body. The outcome is reduction under-hood confusion and revoke weight, as good as quicker and some-more accurate stifle actuation. Plus, a tunable “gain” rate – a attribute between stifle pedal focus and stifle opening – offers softened drivability and optimized engine response to fit specific pulling conditions.

Honda’s Drive-by-Wire stifle complement establishes a stream pulling conditions by monitoring stifle pedal position, stifle valve position, engine speed (rpm) and highway speed. This information is used to conclude a stifle control attraction that gives a Odyssey’s stifle pedal a predicted and manageable feel that meets motorist expectations.

Direct Injection System
The Odyssey’s new direct-injection complement enables increasing torque opposite a engine’s full handling operation along with aloft fuel efficiency. The complement facilities a compact, high-pressure, direct-injection siphon that allows both high fuel upsurge and tapping suppression, while non-static vigour control optimizes injector operation. A multi-hole injector delivers fuel directly into any cylinder (not to a intake port, as in a prior era Odyssey), permitting for some-more fit combustion.

The multi-hole injectors can emanate a ideal stoichiometric fuel/air reduction in a cylinders for good emissions control. Theoretically, a stoichiometric reduction has usually adequate atmosphere to totally bake a accessible fuel. Based on a handling conditions, a direct-injection complement alters a duty for best performance. Upon cold engine startup, fuel is injected into a cylinders on a focus stroke. This creates a diseased stratified assign outcome that improves engine start-up and reduces empty emissions before a normal handling heat is reached.

Once a engine is entirely warmed up, for limit appetite and fuel potency fuel is injected during a intake stroke. This helps emanate a some-more comparable fuel/air brew in a cylinder that is aided by a high-tumble intake pier design. This improves volumetric efficiency, and a cooling outcome of a incoming fuel improves anti-knock performance.

Every 2018 Odyssey is versed with an ECON symbol that helps urge fuel potency by modifying stifle mapping and HVAC operation. When a complement is operating, a immature ECO indicator appears on a instrument row and a Drive-by-Wire stifle complement provides a some-more light response. To save additional energy, a meridian control complement characteristics are altered formed on a conditions. A immature coaching light in a instrument arrangement gives a motorist feedback to assistance urge their real-world fuel economy and present or normal fuel economy can be displayed.

Direct Ignition and Detonation/Knock Control
The Odyssey’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) monitors engine functions to establish a best ignition hint timing. Two engine block-mounted acoustic detonation/knock sensors “listen” to a engine, and formed on this input, a ECU can retard a ignition timing to forestall potentially deleterious detonation. The engine has an ignition curl section for any cylinder positioned within any hint plug’s entrance bore.

Idle-Stop System
To assistance urge fuel efficiency, a Odyssey Touring and Elite are versed with Idle-Stop capability. When a complement is enabled by a motorist and certain handling conditions are met, a Idle-Stop complement will automatically tighten off a engine when a car comes to a stop. The engine is automatically restarted when a motorist releases a stop pedal after a stop, or if a steering circle is turned. If a Brake Hold complement is in use, a engine fast restarts after a stifle is depressed.

The complement is engineered to work uniformly and seamlessly. When stopped, a special cold storage evaporator in a atmosphere conditioning complement helps say a gentle cabin heat even in comfortable weather. Idle-Stop operation is also integrated with a operation of a Odyssey’s Brake Hold system.

The Idle-Stop underline can be incited on/off and a complement will automatically spin itself off in certain circumstances, including:

  • If a driver’s seatbelt is not fastened
  • If a engine coolant and/or fibre liquid heat is too high or low
  • If a car comes to a stop again before car speed reaches 3 mph
  • If a fibre is in a position other than “D”
  • If a battery state of assign is low, or a battery heat is next 14°F
  • If a meridian control complement is on and a outward heat is next -4°F
  • If a behind HVAC fan is set to limit speed

Close-Coupled Catalysts and High-Flow Exhaust System
The empty manifolds of a 3.5-liter V6 are integrated into a aluminum cylinder heads to revoke weight, minimize tools count, and maximize under-hood space. The outcome of this casting pattern is that a dual primary catalytic converters are positioned tighten to a explosion chambers, enabling intensely fast converter “light-off” after engine start. A poignant weight assets is satisfied by expelling normal empty manifolds. Downstream of a close-coupled catalytic converters, a hydroformed 2-into-1 gourmet siren carries empty gases to a secondary, underfloor catalytic converter.

Emissions Control
The 2018 Odyssey 3.5-liter V6 engine meets a tough EPA Interim Tier 3/Bin 125 and CARB LEV3/ULEV-125 emissions standards, and is approved to this turn of emissions opening for 150,000 miles. Numerous modernized technologies are factors in a emissions performance. The singular cylinder head-mounted close-coupled catalytic converters light off fast after engine start up, and a 32-bit RISC microprocessor within a Electronic Control Unit (ECU) boosts computing appetite to urge a pointing of hint and fuel delivery.

The engine facilities Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) that ceaselessly adjusts a fuel fibre to produce a best multiple of power, low fuel expenditure and low emissions. Multiple sensors constantly guard vicious engine handling parameters such as intake atmosphere temperature, ambient atmosphere pressure, stifle position, intake airflow volume, intake plural pressure, coolant temperature, exhaust-to-air ratios, as good as a position of a crankshaft and a camshafts.

To serve urge emissions compliance, a 3.5-liter V6 creates use of an after-catalytic-converter empty gas recirculation (EGR) complement that allows cleaner, cooler EGR gas to be fed behind into a intake system. An EGR system, generally one that delivers a cleaner, cooler charge, reduces pumping detriment for softened fuel efficiency.

Noise and Vibration Control
With a 60-degree V-angle and compact, firm and lightweight high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder retard assembly, a 3.5-liter V6 powerplant is unusually well-spoken during operation. Other factors that assistance revoke engine sound and quivering are a firm forged-steel crankshaft, die-cast appendage mounts, and a unbending cast-aluminum oil vessel that reduces cylinder retard flex.

Active Control Engine Mounts
A absolute 28-volt Active Control Engine Mount complement (ACM) is used to minimize a effects of engine quivering as a VCM complement switches cylinders on and off. The 28-volt ACM is a pivotal cause in a VCM’s extended operation of operation in a new Odyssey. Sensors warning a Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to approach ACM actuators positioned during a front and behind of a engine to cancel engine quivering regulating a reverse-phase motion.

100,000+/- Mile Tune-up Intervals
The Odyssey’s 3.5-liter V6 requires no scheduled upkeep for 100,000+/- miles or more, other than periodic inspections and normal liquid and filter replacements. The initial tune-up includes H2O siphon inspection, valve adjustment, deputy of a camshaft timing belt, and a designation of new hint plugs.

Battery Management System 
The Battery Management System (BMS) is designed to boost a altogether use life of a battery, revoke a possibility of a passed battery and assistance urge fuel efficiency. Should a owners incidentally leave a headlights on or destroy to entirely tighten a doorway causing an interior light to sojourn on, a BMS will automatically cancel appetite fibre after a set duration to forestall a battery from being emptied of power. Because of a liberate insurance afforded by a BMS, a battery should always have adequate haven ability left to start a engine.

The Odyssey engine creates use of a absolute 150-amp alternator that charges in a operation between 12 and 14 volts. By determining a alternator assign voltage range, BMS works to keep a battery in a specific assign range, that can extend a use life of a battery by some-more than 25 percent. With BMS gripping a battery in a specific assign range, a alternator can run some-more mostly in a low range, that generates reduction drag on a engine ensuing in softened fuel efficiency. Application of countless electrical appetite shortening equipment (such as a use of fit LED lighting and a rarely fit FET-based electrical appetite fibre system) allows a BMS to work a alternator even some-more frequently in a some-more fit low assign mode.

Maintenance Minder™ System
To discharge nonessential use stops while ensuring that a car is scrupulously maintained, a Odyssey has a Maintenance Minder™ complement that ceaselessly monitors a vehicle’s handling condition. When upkeep is required, a motorist is alerted around a summary on a Multi-Information Display (MID).

The Maintenance Minder™ complement monitors handling conditions such as oil and coolant heat along with engine speed to establish a correct use intervals. Depending on handling conditions, oil change intervals can be extended to a limit of 10,000 miles, potentially provident a owners substantial responsibility and nuisance over a life of a vehicle. The owner-resettable complement monitors all normal use tools and systems, including oil and filter, tire rotation, air-cleaner, involuntary fibre fluid, hint plugs, timing belt, coolant, stop pads and more. To revoke a intensity for motorist distraction, upkeep alerts are presented on a MID usually when a ignition is initial incited on, not while driving.

Advanced Transmissions

9-Speed Automatic Transmission
Odyssey LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L NR models are newly versed with a 9-speed involuntary fibre that is common with a fibre in Pilot Touring and Elite models. The 9-speed involuntary is 61 lbs. lighter than a Odyssey’s prior 6-speed automatic, with some-more closely spaced rigging ratios and 25-percent faster rigging shifts and a ability for multi-gear downshifts that raise performance. The 9-speed involuntary fibre has a 63 percent wider altogether rigging ratio widespread compared to a Odyssey’s prior 6-speed automatic, serve enhancing acceleration opening and efficiency.

10-Speed Automatic Transmission
Odyssey Touring and Elite models are versed with an all-new, Honda-developed 10-speed involuntary transmission, a initial of a kind for front-wheel-drive vehicles. Engineered for high potency with low inner sluggishness and an unusually far-reaching ratio range, a 10-speed involuntary maximizes a Odyssey’s opening and fuel efficiency.

The 10AT is designed to be lightweight and compact. It facilities 4 heavenly rigging sets that work together to yield an unusually far-reaching rigging ratio spread. Its altogether ratio widespread of 10.1 compares with 9.81 for a Odyssey 9-speed and a 6.03 widespread on a prior era Odyssey 6-speed, a 66 percent increase. The 10-speed also has almost faster upshift and downshift opening than possibly a accessible 9-speed or a prior era 6-speed transmission. For larger responsiveness, a 10-speed fibre is able of 4-gear approach downshifts, for instance from 10th rigging to 6th, or from 7th to 3rd.

To maximize fuel potency and minimize interior noise, a transmission’s 10th rigging is unusually tall, ensuing in 70 mph cruising during usually 1560 rpm. By comparison, during a same highway speed, a Odyssey with a accessible 9-speed fibre cruises during 1735 rpm and a prior era Odyssey with a 6-speed fibre cruised during 1960 rpm.

Common Transmission Features

Shift-By-Wire Gear Selector
In a 2018 Odyssey, a compulsory change lift is transposed with a entirely electronic, shift-by-wire rigging selector. Park, Neutral, Drive and Sequential are comparison with a lift of a button. Reverse is comparison by pulling behind a dedicated switch. Indicator lights nearby a buttons prove a mode selected. As an combined reserve feature, if a car is brought to a stop in Drive or Reverse, a complement will automatically name Park if a driver’s seatbelt is unbuckled and a driver’s doorway is opened. A steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter complement lets a motorist take primer control of fibre rigging selection.

Paddle Shifters
For a initial time, all Odyssey models underline a steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter complement that lets a motorist take primer control of fibre rigging selection. Particularly useful in alpine turf or when towing, a paddles give a motorist larger control over fibre operation. On prolonged downgrades, a motorist can authority downshifts with a paddles that concede engine braking to be used to revoke a bucket on a brakes and assistance control a Odyssey’s downhill speed.

Automatic Modes
Both Odyssey involuntary transmissions can be operated in dual opposite entirely involuntary modes: a D (or “Drive”) mode is ideal for many pulling situations, and combines fuel potency with well-spoken operation and manageable appetite when needed. The S (“Sequential”) mode is for some-more perfectionist driving, and facilities some-more assertive change mapping to keep engine rpm aloft for larger acceleration and pulling power.

When in a D mode (optimized for normal driving), a fibre incorporates an modernized Grade Logic Control System, Shift Hold Control and Cornering G Shift Control – all of that revoke neglected changeable and rigging hunting. The outcome is intelligent fibre operation that optimizes fuel potency and keeps a fibre in a suitable rigging for pulling conditions, generating glorious opening and well-spoken operation.

While forward or forward hills, Grade Logic Control alters a transmission’s change report to revoke change magnitude and urge speed control. The fibre ECU ceaselessly measures stifle position, car speed and acceleration/deceleration to establish when a car is on a hill. The change report is afterwards practiced – during ascents to reason a fibre in revoke gears to boost climbing power, and during descents to yield larger engine braking.

Shift Hold Control keeps a fibre in a stream (lower) rigging ratio during assertive driving, as in a box of decelerating during a dilemma entry. Shift Hold Control leaves a framework composed by expelling additional changeable and ensures that appetite will be immediately accessible (without a downshift) during a dilemma exit. Cornering G Shift Control monitors a speed of any behind circle exclusively to establish when a Odyssey is turning. When a complement detects a sufficient speed differential between a behind wheels, it will conceal any neglected upshifts. This prevents a fibre from upshifting during a corner, that could dissapoint a framework change so requiring downshifting again during a dilemma exit when a stifle is applied.

Paddle Shifter Operation in Drive Mode
While in Drive mode, special fibre proof programming allows a use of a steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. When a motorist operates a paddle shifters, a fibre responds to a driver’s change authority and afterwards earnings to a normal entirely involuntary mode if serve paddle change inputs are not done within a few seconds depending on pulling conditions. This special proof creates it easy for a motorist to authority a discerning downshift but withdrawal a preference of Drive mode.

Paddle Shifter Operation in Sequential Mode
By selecting a “S” position with a shifter, Sequential mode is engaged. This mode offers involuntary operation with some-more assertive change mapping. A lift on possibly of a paddle shifters places a fibre in entirely primer mode until another mode of operation is comparison with a shift-by-wire rigging selector (e.g., switched to Drive mode). A digital arrangement in a instrument cluster indicates that rigging a fibre is in.

A double-kick-down underline lets a motorist authority a sporty double downshift – such as from fifth to third gear. By pulling on a left downshift paddle twice in fast succession, a fibre will dump directly to a comparison revoke rigging ratio. The Drive-by-Wire stifle complement also creates a “blip” of a stifle to assistance compare rigging speeds while downshifting.

To forestall mistreat to a powertrain when a fibre is paddle shifted by a motorist (including during double-kick-down shifts), a complement will stop potentially deleterious shifts. As an combined reserve measure, a Electronic Control Unit (ECU) can also cut off fuel to a engine to forestall over-revving. If fuel cut-off is deficient to forestall engine over-revving, as might be probable when a car is on a high downhill, a fibre will automatically upshift to forestall damage. On downshifts, a fibre will not govern a motorist authority that will over-rev a engine.

For softened stop-and-go opening and to assistance forestall “lugging” a engine, a Sequential SportShift fibre will automatically downshift to initial rigging even yet a fibre has been left in a aloft gear, (except in second gear) as a car comes to a stop.

Cooperative Control
Both change opening and fibre are softened by mild control between a Drive-by-Wire stifle complement and a electronically controlled, Sequential SportShift involuntary transmission. The engine is throttled by a engine government complement during upshifts and downshifts; thus, a duty of a engine and fibre can be closely choreographed for faster, smoother shifting. As a result, a rise g-forces (or “shift shock”) are reduced significantly during upshifts and downshifts.

Gear Ratio Comparison

Drivetrain Architecture and Features

Intelligent Traction Management System
The 2018 Odyssey facilities a new push-button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers dual modes: Normal and Snow. Developed, tuned and tested during several locations in a U.S. a Intelligent Traction Management complement allows a motorist to name a handling mode that best suits a pulling conditions by simply pulling a symbol on a vehicle’s core console.

Operation in Snow Mode adjusts a drive-by handle map, fibre change map and Vehicle Stability Assist™ to softened say traction and control. With reduction assertive stifle response and 2nd-gear starts, Snow Mode offers reduction circle trip and a some-more linear feel when traction is limited.

System information and an charcterised comparison mode idol is shown on a tone Multi-Information Display (as shown in a second picture on a following page). Based on a environment selected, a complement adjusts a drive-by-wire map, fibre change map and Vehicle Stability Assist™ for optimal opening in varying highway or aspect conditions.

Powertrain Feature Comparison

Powertrain Features


Fuel Economy and Emissions Ratings

1Based on 2018 EPA fuel-economy ratings. Use for comparison functions only. Your mileage will change depending on how we expostulate and say your vehicle, pulling conditions and other factors.