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2021 Honda Odyssey Review- Changes, Price, Interiors, Safety Features, Performance, And Rivals

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Pranav Gupta

Content Writer August 01, 2020 at 11:01 AM
Going on sale from August 3, the refreshed 2021 Honda Odyssey receives numerous updates to styling, along with upgraded technology and new safety features. The newest version of this award-winning minivan competes against the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica facelift. Been the top choice of American families looking for the ultimate fun family vehicle, the 2021 Odyssey starts with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $31,790.

Honda Odyssey getting updated for 2021 is not only offering the American shoppers more value but allows Honda's minivan to stay competitive. Chrysler's Pacifica just got an update while new-for-2021 Toyota Sienna is awaited to arrive. Still, the 2021 Odyssey continues the winning streak of popular minivan - From the Best buy award to Best Resale Value award in 2020, Honda Odyssey has a 5-Year Cost to Own Award and Best Family Car award in 2019.

With updated interiors and restyled exterior, the refreshed Honda Odyssey provides family transport for up to eight occupants. The 2021 Odyssey see a price bump this year by almost $150, however, the Japanese automaker more than compensates for it. The smartly functional interior gets more comfort and modern safety features, giving the minivan an edge over the rivals. The 2021 Odyssey also has plenty of other positive traits that we’ll go into below.

What is the Pricing of the 2021 Honda Odyssey?

2021 Honda Odyssey pricing starts at an MSRP of $31,790 for the base LX trim. Moving up the trim ladder, you get seating for eight and extra comfort and convenience features with the EX and EX-L models that cost $35,190 and $38,460, respectively. Next to the top is the Honda Odyssey Touring costing $42,500 for the extra-tech while top-of-the-line Odyssey Elite priced at $47,820 offers near-luxury treatment. All prices exclude the $1,120 destination and handling charges.

The pricing of 2021 Odyssey puts it in line with competitors like the facelifted Chrysler Pacifica, new Toyota Sienna, and Kia Sedona. For someone looking for a cheaper alternative, starting under $30,000, Chrysler Voyager or Kia Sedona may be good options.

What Engine is under the hood of the new 2021 Honda Odyssey?

Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 280 horsepower, mated to a slick ten-speed automatic transmission. Odysseys' engine pulls strongly, sweetly, and almost silently. By its very nature, the minivan is large, however, Honda Odessey is at least as responsive and controlled as many SUV/crossovers. While the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is offered with AWD, the new Odyssey is still FWD only.

Using Honda's variable cylinder management, Honda's powertrain can be switched seamlessly between three- and six-cylinders. The drivetrain remains relaxed at freeway speeds. 

Model

2021 Honda Odyssey EX

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

2020 Toyota Sienna LE

2020 Kia Sedona EX

 

MSRP

$35,190 

$34,045 

$34,235 

$33,700 

 

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.3L Naturally Aspirated V6

 

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

 

Transmission

10-Speed shiftable Automatic

9-Speed shiftable Automatic

8-Speed shiftable Automatic

8-Speed shiftable Automatic

 

Power

280 hp @ 6,000 RPM

287 hp @ 6,400 RPM

296 hp @ 6,600 RPM

276 hp @ 6,000 RPM

 

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

248 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

 

In terms of power, The Toyota Sienna's V6 engine pumps the maximum horsepower, followed by Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. Though the Odyssey is the best-driving minivan, thanks to its nimbleness. The Odyssey has a marginal advantage on Kia Sedona, just 4hp and 14 lb-ft of torque more. 

How fast is the 2021 Honda Odyssey?

The 2021 Honda Odyssey runs from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, just similar to the 2020 Odyssey's under seven-second off-the-line performance. For the minivan standards, the 2021 Odyssey is quicker than the more powerful counterparts such as Sienna and Pacifica. Both the Chrysler Pacifica and Kia Sedona nudges 60 mph in above seven seconds.

Model

2021 Honda Odyssey EX (Expected)

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

2020 Toyota Sienna LE

2020 Kia Sedona EX

0-60 MPH

6.6 secs

7.3 secs

6.9 secs

7.9 secs

Quarter Mile

14.5 secs

15.6 secs

15.3 secs

16.1 secs

Top Speed

110 MPH

N/A

120 MPH 

N/A

The Honda minivan is able to tow loads of up to 3,500 lbs, which is on par with the Toyota Sienna and is only 100 lbs behind the Chrysler Pacifica. Honda's 10-speed automatic transmission seamlessly drives the front wheels of the Odyssey. It also uses grade-logic control to improve drivability in the hilly terrain while the paddle shifters allow manual control over gear selection.

What MPG ratings will the 2021 Honda Odyssey get?

Since Honda Odyssey's powertrain is unchanged for the 2021 model year, it is expected to fetch similar EPA estimated fuel economy ratings as its outgoing model. The Odyssey minivan returns 19 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, which is on par with rivals like the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna. However, Toyota offers its minivan with an all-wheel-drive configuration, which is slightly less efficient. Also, the Pacifica hybrid variant that naturally has a much better mileage estimate.

Models

2021 Honda Odyssey EX (Expected)

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

2020 Toyota Sienna LE

2020 Kia Sedona EX

MPG (City)

19

19

19

18

MPG (Highway)

28

28

26

24

MPG (Combined)

22

22

21

21

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.5

19

20

21.1

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

371/546/429

361/532/418

380/520/420

380/506/443

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

8

8

N/A

8.4

With a 19.5-gallon tank, the 2021 Odyssey can travel for up to 429 miles in mixed driving conditions before needing to pull into a gas station. For 2021, Honda equips the Odyssey with a Variable Cylinder Management- switches between 3 and 6 cylinders when needed to get better fuel efficiency.

What's new inside the 2021 Honda Odyssey's cabin?

Hauling people comfortably is a trademark Odyssey's strength. Refreshed for 2021, Honda upgrades the Odyssey's interiors which now has 2nd-row seats that fold flat, making them easier to remove. Controls for the climate system have also been revised. The minivan's seconds and third-row seats are the most spacious in the class. Honda's second-row Magic Slide seats (standard on EX trims and up) are highly flexible - slide both sides to side and fore and aft. The entry-level LX being is a 7-seater while all other Odysseys seat eight. 

As standard, the 2021 Honda Odyssey is equipped with a Rear Seat Reminder system that alerts the driver to check the rear seats when the minivan is switched off. The Rear-Seat Reminder system is integrated with Honda's CabinWatch rear-seat camera system on Touring and Elite trims, which displays the rear seating area on the center console screen.

Honda adds more standard comfort and luxury features on certain trim levels. The Odyssey EX and above trim levels get restyled seats and new tri-color floor mats, while EX-L trims get power lumbar support for the front passenger seat and contrast seat stitching. The 2021 Odyssey's dashboard, doors, and front door handle now adorn a new piano black trim - Touring and Elite trims only. For a more luxurious interior, the top-of-the-line Elite trim includes perforated leather with contrast stitching and piping on all three rows.

Model

2021 Honda Odyssey EX (Expected)

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

2020 Toyota Sienna LE

2020 Kia Sedona EX

Seating Capacity

8

7

8

8

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

Rear 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

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

38.6

32.3

39.1

33.9

The 2021 Odyssey's cargo space is above class-average, thanks to its square shape and low load floor. Cargo space in the Honda minivan runs from 32.8 to 158 cubic feet, courtesy of foldable third and second-row, however, this needs quite some effort. Toyota Sienna can haul more carry-on bags than Odyssey and with less hassle. 

What are the infotainment features on the 2021 Honda Odyssey?

All Odyssey models except for the base comes equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, also known as the Display Audio infotainment system. The base LX gets a smaller 5.0-inch touchscreen display. Honda's infotainment system is quick to respond and easy to use. For Connectivity, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay and Android Auto are integrated standards.

For Back-seat passengers, there is a rear entertainment system that is standard on the Touring and Elite trims - the 10.2-inch screen offers Blu-Ray and HDMI playback along with inbuilt apps. Available infotainment features on the 2021 Honda Odyssey includes Navigation, HD Radio, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and a CabinWatch monitor part of a CabinTalk PA system. The top-spec Elite trim upgrades the 7-speaker sound system to an 11-speaker sound system with multi-zone audio along with a wireless charging pad.

What are the 2021 Honda Odyssey's Exterior design changes?

Minivans are basically boxy on purpose, to maximize the volume inside, and Style, or pale, most of them lack the drama that attracts the eye. Though since it's 2018 redesign, Honda's latest version of Odyssey looks modern and futuristic. The redesigned front fascia of the 2021 Honda Odyssey features new LED headlights, a restyled front bumper housing, redesigned fog light housings, and a blacked-out grille. Honda keeps the front styling consistent with true Honda resemblance.

Models

2021 Honda Odyssey EX (Expected)

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

2020 Toyota Sienna LE

2020 Kia Sedona EX

Curb Weight (lbs)

4440

4330

4505

4411

Length (in)

203.2

203.8

200.6

201.4

Width (in)

78.5

79.6

78.1

78.1

Height (in)

68.3

69.9

68.9

68.5

Ground Clearance (in)

4.5

5.1

6.5

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

118.1

121.6

119.3

120.5

Also, on the outside the New gloss-black trim and a chrome strip added under the rear window make the fluidic side profile look premium. The Odyssey Touring trim is fitted with 19-inch wheels, while the Odyssey Elite gets newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Shark Gray, for the first time. Honda adds more exterior color options, each costing an extra $395 - Platinum White Pearl, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Pacific Pewter Metallic, and Forest Mist Metallic premium.

How safe is the 2021 Honda Odyssey?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the 2021 Odyssey. However, the fifth-gen Odyssey earned five stars for overall safety from NHTSA, while the IIHS gave it an overall rating of Good, as well as awarding it the title of 2019 Top Safety Pick. For 2021, As part of the upgraded Honda Sensing suite, all Odyssey models gains new standard safety tech which includes low-speed follow, pedestrian emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition.

Is the 2021 Honda Odyssey worth buying?

The 2021 Honda Odyssey is the newest version of an award-winning minivan, retains the accolades for things like best family vehicles and best resale values. The 2021 Odyssey goes further with its restyled exterior, upgraded interior, and more standard technology features for comfort and safety. The 2021 Odyssey also has plenty of other positive traits over the class rivals, expect for Pacifica which offers more space and bigger dimensions.

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