Although its name might suggest it’s going to transform the next road trip with your family into an epic adventure, this 2021 Honda Odyssey is far more likely to be admired for its everyday practicality. The spacious and flexible interior is ideal for transporting children, cargo or both, and it comes with an array of innovative features which are designed to make the lives of families bit easier and helped the Odyssey win the Editors’ Choice award. The Odyssey also runs better than its rather dowdy appearance suggests. Its silky smooth V-6 engine is strong enough for passing and merging on highways. Honda offers a wide array of safety features available across the Odyssey line-up, however, its primary rivals — the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna–do the same thing and also come with an optional all-wheel drive.
What’s New for 2021?
It is expected to go on sale before the end of 2020, 2021 Odyssey features a new exterior styling, giving it a more masculine appearance. New headlamps complement a redesigned front grille, while subtle changes are being added on the liftgate at rear. Inside, the luxurious Elite model has been upgraded due to leather upholstery with contrasting seat the piping and stitching. Other Odysseys are getting minor upgrades like white trim with piano tone, updated climate controls and new flooring mats. Base LX model has the same driver assistance features like the rest of the lineup, such as adaptive cruise control, as well as automatic emergency braking, which includes pedestrian detection.
Trim Level Pricing and Which One to Buy
Choose the EX-L. This model is available in two versions: LX and EX are both well-equipped, but the EX-L comes with luxury features family members will enjoy like leather seats, additional USB ports on the rear, and a powered rear liftgate.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Fast, efficient, and refined The Odyssey’s engine is a scrumptious machine that requires no compromises. The Odyssey shifts direction quickly and when you’re behind the wheel, it’s effortless to forget that you’re driving three-row vehicles. The steering is precise as well as the force minimal but additional feedback from the roads would be appreciated. The Odyssey isn’t a model for the discerning driver–it’s an auto, after all. However, the Odyssey is one of the best minivans for driving and its agileness makes it a competent driver in corners and easy to maneuver on roads that are narrow. Our Elite test vehicle’s performance was not as smooth as our long-term Pacifica however its standard 19-inch wheels might be the reason. The EX-L test vehicle we tested had 18-inch wheels, and appeared to be more suited to the pockmarked Michigan roads. On most roads the Odyssey has a pleasant rideand a few are likely to complain.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Its 2021 Odyssey is estimated to be 19 mpg for urban and 28mpg on the highway, as per the EPA. In our road tests our test vehicle beat its EPA estimation, producing 30 mpg. In comparison, the all-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna delivered 27 mpg and our long-term Pacifica achieved 33 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Moving people and other things locations near and far is the primary function of a minivan and the Odyssey fulfills that task without a hitch. The second and third rows are among the most spacious in its class, and its second row seats are much more comfortable than those in the Pacifica’s. Honda’s innovative second row Magic Slide seats (standard on EX trims and higher) slide from side-to-side and forward and aft. This allows the possibility of a variety of configurations. Include a quietest cabin in the class with a few bits of clever technology, such as an in-cabin camera that lets you monitor your children in the third and second rows — and the Odyssey is an ideal hauler to be a modern family. The shape of the Odyssey is square and its low load floor ensure it has plenty of room for transporting goods However, there are some rivals that have better results and less effort. Removal of those seats from the second row is a feat of strength, since the two seats outboard weigh the equivalent of 68 pounds. After removal, the Magic Slide seat mechanism remains in place which creates a challenge to load the cargo. When the 3rd row is secured and its second row taken off the Odyssey was found to be more efficient in its handling. the Odyssey was able to carry five less carry-on luggage bags as compared to the Sienna.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Apart from the basic LX trim The majority of Odysseys have the 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system dubbed Display Audio. It allows for the personalization of the menu layout and also smartphone connectivity, not only through Bluetooth however, it also works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature. The standard feature on both the Touring Elite and Touring Elite is an entertainment system for the rear seat that comes with streaming apps built-in.