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Miles driven: 350
Fuel used: 18.2 gallons
When the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica debuted last spring, it brought a new level of family-friendly features and all-around refinement to the minivan category. Now, the 2018 Honda Odyssey is set to arrive in dealerships as the first redesigned minivan to hit the market in the Pacifica’s wake… and based on our preview test drive of a top-line Odyssey Elite model, it’s clear that Honda has done a little bar-raising of its own.
DETROIT—Honda unveiled the next-generation of its Odyssey minivan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-new 2018 Odyssey is fortified with a host of new family-friendly features that should help it do battle in the suddenly-more-competitive minivan market.
Honda is showing a freshened version of its Odyssey minivan at the 2013 New York Auto Show. While it doesn’t look a lot different than the 2013 model, the 2014 edition sports a number of upgrades designed to make it more family-friendly.
Toyota’s Sienna minivan is currently one of the oldest contenders in its segment, with a basic design that dates back to the 2010 model year. That’s about to change in the near future; Toyota unveiled the all-new fourth-generation version of its long-running minivan today via an online webcast. The 2021 Toyota Sienna is redesigned from the ground up, gaining flashier styling, a topline Platinum trim level, a host of new comfort and safety features, and a standard hybrid powertrain on all models.
Is 200,000 miles the new 100,000 miles? Maybe not, but the number of vehicles reaching the 200,000-mile mark seems to be on the rise. According to the analysts at vehicle-retail site iSeeCars.com, just under one percent of all cars, crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks will go that distance–presumably to the delight of their owners.
One of the best perks of my job is visiting on-air with WGN radio host Nick Digilio as a guest of The Nick Digilio Show. A fixture of Chicago overnight radio, Nick’s show is a late-night entertainment oasis in a sea of repetitive news, pre-recorded political blather, and infomercials.
Honda’s popular midsize crossover has long been a Consumer Guide Best Buy, and revisions to the freshened 2019 Pilot only serve to make it better.
As this is a “refresh” and not a redesign, the Pilot platform and appearance haven’t changed much. Oh, the grille is different – taking on what Honda deems as a “more rugged” demeanor to reflect Pilot’s admittedly good off-road prowess – but the vehicle still looks and drives like a Pilot … which is just fine.