Honda has surprised us by making the 2021 Odyssey look handsomely sharp, yet not having to compromise on the form and functionality factor. It still gets its respectable 280 horses delivered from a 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6, all the while having a revamped exterior silhouette and loads of new feature upgrades on the inside for the 2021 model year, all for the base price of $31,790.
Honda Odyssey has been around for quite some time now and it shows off in the fact that Honda sold more than 1.1 million Odyssey's to date. The 2021 Odyssey comes with the industry's first rear seat reminder with a Cabin Watch viewing system. With the Honda Sensing being standard on all trims in the 2021 Honda Odyssey, emphasis on safety is much larger.
The 2021 Honda Odyssey continues the winning ways of the best-selling minivan in the United States. - Kbb.com
For the 2021 Odyssey, Honda introduces the Industry's first Rear-Seat Reminder system, an audible reminder system that reminds you to check the rear seats, before getting out of the car. The 2021 Honda Odyssey also introduces new LED headlights and 19-inch wheels on the exterior and many more feature upgrades on the interior including better cargo-carrying capacity this time around, which certainly adds to its mass appeal.
It also gets numerous industry best driver-assistance features, that is sure to keep you safe no matter what the scenario. But the other most important arrow in its quiver is the Honda Odyssey's competitive pricing which is on the less expensive side in this segment. Also, being so capable, it goes up against some equally capable competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, and the Kia Sedona.
All trims in the 2021 Honda Odyssey will now come standard with Honda SENSING suite of driver-assistance tech, the industry's first Rear Seat Reminder. Pricing remains as predictable as it could have been as Honda likes to go aggressive with it. As the updates in the new Odyssey will be restricted to subtle ones including the piano-black interior trim, the jacked-up pricing structure was certainly expected, as it also favors the highly revamped exterior front.
Rear Seat Reminder
All the features in LX trim added/replaced and
All the features in EX trim added/replaced and
All the features in EX-L trim added/replaced and
All the features in Touring trim added/replaced and
Honda SENSING Safety Suite
Magic Slide Second Row seats
Hands-free power tailgate
Rear Entertainment System with 10.2-inch HF Screen
Blue Ambient LED Lighting
Cargo Area Seat Back hooks
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Leather-trimmed Interior with Contrat Stitching
Heated and ventilated Front Seats
TFT Meter Display
Driver's 12-way Power adjustable and heated seats
Driver's 12-Way Power-adjustable Seats with 2-Position Memory
Front and Rear Parking Sensors
550-W Premium Audio system with 11 speakers, including Subwoofer
Multi Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto-Off
HomeLink Remote System
Rear Seat Reminder System with CabinWatch
Wireless Phone Charger
Automatic Climate Control
Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control
Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
Rear Seat Entertainment System
Some of the new features you will see include a blacked-out grille with chrome accents, integrated foglights, exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels for the Elite trim, a second-row climate control system, and redesigned seats. Besides these, there are also features from last year and the window of additional customizability through accessories and various packages, which help you to personalize your very own 2021 Honda Odyssey.
The EX-L trim with its affordability factor should suffice the best. It packs all of the utilitarian features of the lower trims and yet brings to the table more safety and creature comforts to make it an ultimate value-based proportion.
With potent brakes, the 2021 Honda Odyssey comes to a complete standstill from 60 MPH in just about 125 ft. The car also comes with Emergency Brake Assist. and Stability Control that helps you take those sharp curves without the fear of toppling over!
Complementing the Honda Odyssey's impressive MPG figures is a fairly sized 19.5-gallon fuel tank that helps it churn out more miles in a stretch between gas stations. It upholds this super van's touring credentials. Honda also has an ECON and Snow mode to alter the driving efficiency of the Odyssey in aligning situations. This helps the Odyssey to provide the optimum driving experience keeping fuel efficiency at bay, irrespective of driving conditions.
2021 Honda Odyssey
2021 Chrysler Pacifica
2021 Toyota Sienna
2021 Kia Sedona
Fuel Capacity (Gallons)
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)
Chrysler Pacifica deserves attention as it offers the same MPG as the Honda, despite it having a more powerful powertrain setup. All of the minivans in this face-off have a similar take on efficiency but the likes of Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona stand marginally ahead with their larger fuel tanks.
Thanks to a roomy interior, reconfigurable seating, and lots of cargo space, the 2021 Odyssey is a great choice for modern families. - Caranddriver.com
The 2021 Odyssey Interior adds subtle changes that include new leather upholstery options with a piano black trimming only in the top-most Elite trim. It gets new floor mats and revised Air-Con controls to freshen up the dashboard as well. Although one latest addition made to the 2021 Odyssey is the new Rear-Seat Reminder audible system, which reminds you to check the rear seats, before getting out of the car.
With a very functional and utilitarian steering wheel along with a comfortable and spacious cabin, you will not find much fault here. Hard plastic and Leather upholstery go hand in hand with a tasteful blend that keeps things economic whilst making it look upscale. Top of the line Elite trim gets perforated leather seats for the first and second row which amplifies its lux-appeal.
All 2021 Odyssey trims besides the base trim will come with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which Honda refers to as the Display Audio. The base LX trim gets a smaller 5-inch touchscreen which is a bit dull when it comes to outright feature listing. The top spectrum Touring and Elite trims get a standard rear entertainment system with a 10.2-inch HD screen, a Blu-Ray player, and in-built streaming apps.
2021 Honda Odyssey
2021 Chrysler Pacifica
2021 Toyota Sienna
2021 Kia Sedona
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)
40.7/ 63.1/ 40.9
40.1/ 63.8/ 41.1
41.0/ 65.0/ 40.5
39.8/ 63.9/ 40.9
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)
39.5/ 61.6/ 40.9
39.6/ 63.0/ 39.0
39.7/ 64.6/ 37.6
39.4/ 63.1/ 41.1
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)
Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)
In terms of cargo space, there is no match for this behemoth rider. With all the seats upright, you get a modest 38.6 cu-ft of cargo capacity. The 2021 Honda Odyssey definitely excels in the cargo department, and the best part of this is the Honda Magic seats that allow the third row to hide completely into the floor, and also allow the second row to be folded similarly, to make way for more cargo area.
Some notable interior features included in the 2021 Honda Odyssey are:
The 2021 Odyssey doesn’t look that much different than the Pilot or other crossover SUVs. - Thecarconnection.com
Honda has given the best-selling minivan in the US, the Odyssey a revamp. Starting off with a redesigned front fascia, which includes a new nose. The side profile remains fluidic across, thanks to the hidden sliding door mechanism. The 2021 Odyssey gets a mildly updated front and rear fascia with a more sharper-looking redesigned blacked-out grille.
Ironically, Honda Odyssey is a compact minivan that puts itself at the end of this bunch concerning dimensions, especially in terms of ground clearance. Chrysler Pacifica is the largest one of this bunch and it shows. Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona have better ground clearance that helps them glide uninterrupted over rough paths. Various notable exterior features of the 2021 Honda Odyssey are:
The 2021 Odyssey is safe in a crash and made safer by tech that avoids crashes. - Thecarconnection.com
The new 2021 Honda Odyssey now gets the Honda Sensing Safety and Driver assistive technology pack standard for all the trims. This also makes the 2021 Odyssey the cheapest minivan to come with a well-stacked safety bundle as compared to its competition. It gets the new Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which now includes Low Speed Follow which can reduce the speed to 0 mph in stop-and-go-traffic.
The Chrysler Pacifica is without a doubt, the best-looking minivan of the lot. Additionally, the brand has also announced that the 2021 model will be getting an AWD which is a welcome upgrade. That being said, Honda impresses us with its decent reliability, dynamic performance, and spacious interior which can easily justify its bump in the price.
The Pacifica is a good option with a fresh face and loads of features but the 2021 Honda Odyssey is just better due to the more balanced and reliable offering it is.
2021 Honda Odyssey Vs Toyota Sienna
When put against the others, the Toyota Sienna is the smallest minivan of the lot. While this helps its cause to be light on its feet and be maneuverable, it misses out on its original purpose, hauling people and cargo. That being said, the 2021 Toyota Sienna will go completely hybrid.
This will make it a more environmentally friendly and dynamic performer. But it still doesn't cut it to take on the Honda in terms of creature comfort, and so the Odyssey prevails here.
2021 Honda Odyssey Vs Kia Sedona
The Kia Sedona is the most “funky” minivan of the lot. It draws design cues from its many other Kia siblings. Featuring a Tiger grille design, and based on the Sorento platform, it seems like an elongated version of the mid-size SUV Crossover. While it comes at a cheaper price than the Honda, it is not without its caveats.
The performance is subpar and the cabin is cramped which spoils its purpose of providing for a wholesome minivan experience. Perfection comes with experience and that is exactly what makes the Honda Odyssey prevail here.
2021 Honda Odyssey Final Verdict
From nominal upgrades ranging from interior features to updates in the exterior styling, it is the perfect minivan for the price which can easily haul both people and cargo and very comfortably at that. With the added advantage of having a well-rounded safety bundle in its class, Honda Odyssey remains a well-balanced offering, the threshold of which its competitors are still trying to achieve.
Honda Odyssey can seat eight people. All variants of this minivan, except the base LX, can be configured to accommodate a maximum of eight people. The base model comes standard with seven seats. The top trims also get the option of having captain seats for the second row as well.
What is the towing capacity of Honda Odyssey?
The towing capacity of the Honda Odyssey stands somewhere between 3,000 to 3,500 pounds. It also has a maximum payload capacity of up to 1350 pounds.
Is Honda Odyssey AWD?
As of now, the Honda Odessy is a front-wheel-drive minivan and will probably continue to be so. However, Chrysler has announced that the 2021 Pacifica will be offered with optional AWD. This could trigger Honda to make AWD available with the Odyssey some time in the future.
Is Honda Odyssey reliable?
Reliability has never been a questionable factor for Honda and the Odyssey is one of the most reliable minivans available in the market. J.D. Report has given the 2020 Honda Odyssey a wholesome score of 78 out of 100. The dealership experience is what pulls its score back but even with the setback, it excels. Honda also bundles a wholesome warranty package for the Odyssey that includes:
Limited Warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever is earlier
Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever is earlier
Does Honday Odyssey have Apple CarPlay?
Yes, Honda Odyssey is equipped with Apple CarPlay in all of its trims except the base LX.