2021 Honda Odyssey
While one wouldn’t typically equate minivans with attractiveness, this all-new model truly looks sleek, with sporty lines that bring to mind – dare we say it – an SUV. Some of the highlights on the list of new features are LED headlights, a blackout grille and lower front fascia, and updated fog light housings, and the base model gets the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety technologies for the first time. The minivan’s interior has been overhauled with an updated appearance plus improved climate controls and new fold-flat second-row seatbacks, and the EX and higher trim levels now come with new tri-colored floor mats and illuminated USB ports. The EX-L and above trims get accommodating seating, power-adjustable lumbar support for the front passenger’s seat, and handy seatback pockets for the second row. At the top of the trim ladder, the first and second-row seats on both the Touring and Elite are now done in perforated leather, and both trims now have an industry-first rear seat camera system.
Trims Levels and Amenities
The 2021 Honda Odyssey gives buyers a choice of five trims: the LX (base), EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. All of them are driven by a 280 hp V6 matched up with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is uniform across all trims at an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The entry-level LX is outfitted with 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, rear privacy glass, remote keyless entry, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, push-button ignition, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, a single-motion 60/40-split third-row Magic Seat, and seating for up to seven passengers. The equipment upgrades on the EX include power sliding doors, heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, Smart Entry with auto-lock feature, LED fog lights, automatic climate control with three zones, Magic Slide second-row seats (for eight passenger seating), additional power adjustments for the driver’s seat, and heated front seats.
The EX-L gets memory functions for the side mirrors and driver’s seat, a moonroof, a power tailgate, a HomeLink remote system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather first- and second-row seats, and more power adjustments for the front passenger’s seat. The Touring issues front and rear parking sensors and ambient interior lighting, while the top-of-the-line Elite boasts a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate.
Safety and Technology
No matter which 2021 Honda Odyssey trim level you choose, it will have the Honda Sensing slate of active safety technologies. This includes collision mitigation braking, a road departure mitigation system, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The LX gets more, with lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high beams. The trims that follow also benefit from a blind-spot information system and rear cross-traffic monitor.
The LX gets a basic infotainment setup with a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth capabilities for phone and audio streaming, a seven-speaker music system, and a center-console USB port. The EX gets an 8-inch touchscreen, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, HD radio, HondaLink, and a front console USB port. The Touring delivers an in-car PA system, a rear seat Blu-Ray entertainment system with two 10.2-inch HD screens, a household-style power outlet, an HDMI port, integrated navigation, a rear-seat monitor, an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot, and an assortment of HondaLink subscription services. The Elite spoils its occupants with an 11-speaker audio system and a wireless phone charger.
*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).