The 2018 Honda Odyssey features an aerodynamic design with lightweight functionality and higher fuel economy ratings than before. At present, the Odyssey gets roughly 19 mpg in city and 28 mpg on the highway. The new body and chassis now guarantee a sleeker look. The front grill was refined with a wider presence and tinier headlights. The exterior of the powered rear doors is stylized with LED lights. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with two available transmissions to choose from, a 9-speed and 10-speed automatic. The Honda Odyssey offers an array of technology preferences for riders through its display audio system. The 2018 Honda Odyssey comes with 4G LTE Wifi on upgraded models, allowing passengers to control cabin heating/cooling from their smartphones.
The 2018 Dodge Caravan has been equipped with a 3.3-liter V6 engine. The automatic transmission has a fuel economy of 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. The last interior cabin update was in 2011, so the overall design appears to be outdated. The Caravan comes with all the standard safety features such as ABS brakes and airbags. The 2017 line up has been simplified with its trims. The Dodge Caravan is about transporting passengers at an affordable price by sacrificing some features. The basic trim level comes with climate control, Stow 'n' Go seating and touch screens low-quality interfaces. Body styles, trim levels, and options are offered in 4 trim levels - SSXT AND GT. The base model has 17-inch steel wheels, driven climate control, cruise control, power locks, and a 6-speaker CD player audio system an auxiliary audio jack. The price of the 2017 Dodge at $26,387 is competitive to the Odyssey priced at $30,450.
Although neither of the newest models has been rated, in the past the Honda has beaten out the Dodge in overall safety. The NHTSA awarded the 2017 Honda Odyssey with a 5-Star Overall Crash Test Rating. The 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan, on the other hand, received an overall 4-star safety rating in the same categories.
The Dodge Caravan ultimately has less seating compared to the Odyssey as it offers seven seats with 2 inches less legroom compared to the Odyssey's eight seats. Even with its famed Stow 'n' Go seating, the Grand Caravan only manages to provide a maximum cargo capacity of 140.3 cubic feet versus the Odyssey with 144.9 cubic feet. If you want a minivan that is as good at hauling cargo as it is transporting friends and family, choose the 2018 Honda Odyssey.