2020 Honda Odyssey in West Warwick RI


The Honda Odyssey minivan is returning in 2020 to show the world that the minivan segment is alive as ever. By introducing the most athletic version of the Odyssey yet, Honda makes it clear that it’s not just SUVs that can blend attractiveness and practicality. And with a robust (280 horsepower) V6 engine and an all-new ten-speed automatic transmission, it’s hard to deny the Odyssey’s sporty nature.

Drivers who are more concerned with sheer utility and less with punchy power can rest easy knowing that the adaptable second-row Magic Seat will accommodate cargo goods of all shapes and sizes. Plus, the wide-opening side door makes it easier for less-mobile passengers to get in and out. The interior is also thoughtfully laid out and outfitted with premium technology features, and the active safety features are hard to beat. All of this comes together to make the ’20 Odyssey stiff competition not only for other minivans, but for the three-row SUV segment as well.

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Trims and Standard Equipment

This latest Odyssey incarnation comes in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. In the LX you’ll find power-adjustable front seating, 60/40 split third-row seats, push-button start, automatic climate control, a holder for sunglasses, and a conversation mirror. The EX adds tri-zone automatic climate control, multi-purpose Magic Slide second-row seats with armrests, lumbar support for the power driver’s seat, and heated front seats.

If you decide to upgrade to the EX-L, you’ll notice some additional upscale touches in the form of a leather-wrapped steering wheel, memory functions for the driver’s seat, leather-trimmed seats for the first and second rows, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Touring receives the same stuff, while the top-of-the-line Elite comes with a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and ambient interior lighting.

Safety & Technology

The safety ratings for the ’20 Odyssey has yet to be determined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA*), but Honda’s minivan has consistently earned five stars for close to a decade, so it’s safe to assume the next version will as well. As far as advanced driver-assist technology, the base LX is more or less left out, but the EX receives Honda Sensing’s collision mitigation, road departure assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning systems. From the Touring trim on up, an additional rear-seat monitor is added.

The LX comes with a 5-inch infotainment system, Bluetooth hands-free, a USB port, and a seven-speaker audio system. Both the EX and EX-L are set up with an 8-inch touchscreen unit, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio, but the Touring trim really gets the goods, with a built-in PA system, a rear entertainment system, additional power outlets, Wi-Fi hotspot, and integrated navigation with voice recognition. At the top of the heap, the Elite adds a premium 11-speaker audio unit and a wireless smartphone charging pad.

*Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).