2021 Honda Odyssey
With space for up to eight passengers, it’s a people-mover that’s loaded with all of the sought-after amenities and state-of-the-art technology, including a full suite of standard active safety aids that are standard on even the base trim. And, as crossovers and SUVs continue to rise in popularity, it’s especially important for minivans to stand out for what they offer their target market, especially extended families. The latest incarnation of the Odyssey has a new look, marked by sharp headlights,grille and fascia, plus fog light surrounds. The cabin boasts some updates as well, highlighted by improved controls for the automatic temperature system, and some trim-specific changes such as accommodating seating for the EX-L. On the safety front, the two highest Odyssey trims receive the auto industry’s first rear-seat camera that ensures little ones in car seats won’t be accidentally left behind.
Powertrain and Trim Levels
There’s a quintet of Odyssey trims to choose from: the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Each gets a 280 horsepower six-cylinder engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is rated by the EPA to get 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the open road.
The lowest trim, the LX, is well-stocked with equipment, including automatic climate control, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split third-row seat with Honda’s Magic Seat technology, rear privacy glass, and LED headlights. Its second row has a pair of captain’s chairs, meaning a total of seven occupants can ride comfortably in the minivan. The EX adds power-slide doors, LED fog lights, automatic temperature control with three zones, heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and a bench-style second-row Magic Seat that fits three across, raising the total passenger count to eight.
The EX-L gets a moonroof, driver’s-seat and side-mirror memory functions, a power tailgate, leather seating for the first two rows, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Touring trim is set up with front and rear parking sensors for safe maneuvering in parking lots and the like, and it gets ambient interior lighting just for fun and a little atmosphere. The Elite spoils its driver with a heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, and cooled front seats.
Technology Features and Safety
As mentioned above, the Honda Sensing package of active safety technologies is standard on all 2021 Odyssey trims. The base LX gets collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The LX adds auto high beams, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, and traffic sign recognition, and the rest receive a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic monitor.
For communication and audio, the base infotainment supplies Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming and an audio system with seven speakers; it’s all controlled via a 5-inch touchscreen. A USB port in the center console takes care of device charging. Improvements to the EX’s system are highlighted by an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, high-definition radio, and HondaLink. The Touring trim adds navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Honda’s Cabin Talk PA system, a Blu-Ray entertainment system for the two back rows, and the aforementioned rear-seat monitor. The Elite trim sweetens this array with a wireless phone charger and a deluxe audio system with 11 speakers.