The Honda Odyssey has gone through a significant refresh, receiving numerous exterior updates coupled with upgraded technology and safety features. The following upgrades would somewhat strengthen its current title of being America’s best-selling minivan for the past 10-years.
The refreshed minivan is set to go on sale this August 3. Its exterior gets a restyled grille and front bumper with redesigned fog light housings. The heightened look is further enhanced with its more powerful and efficient LED headlights and a new gloss-black trim under the rear window that’s accented by a chrome strip. The Odyssey now gets 19-inch rims for the Touring trim. For the Elite variant it also gets the same wheel size, although it’s newly styled, machine finished, and painted in Shark Gray.
Inside, the 2021 Honda Odyssey is blessed with a number of practical and high-tech features. Starting with its Magic Slide Seats, wherein the outboard seats can now be folded nearly flat, making it easier to remove for maximum cargo space. Notably, this neat feature expands the second-row seats’ flexibility. Moreover, the Odyssey’s cargo also improved, as it comes with the addition of grocery bag hooks on the back of the third-row seats in the rear cargo area.
With due consideration for its passengers, it also comes with an updated center console with slots to help manage charging cords for smartphones or other devices. For an added touch of luxury, this minivan has perforated leather for the first and second rows seats, with contrast stitching and piping on all three rows. Elite trims, on the other hand, will also feature an exclusive dash trim that’s finished off with a deeper metallic look. Additionally, EX trims and above come with a new set of tri-color floor mats which helps maintain that look by hiding dirt better.
On the side note, both the CabinWatch and CabinTalk features have been more seamlessly integrated in the minivan's Display Audio system. While the Cabin Control app has been redesigned with an easier-to-use interface. There are also some notable updates done on the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, add ons include Low-Speed Follow, Pedestrian Emergency Braking, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
There’s only one powertrain available for the Honda Odyssey, and it's a 3.5-liter V6 i-VTEC engine which is capable of churning out 280 hp and 355 Nm of torque. Power is then shifted via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Alongside with the Pilot, Passport, and Ridgeline, the 2021 Odyssey is made at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama auto plant.
Meanwhile, the Odyssey in the Philippines is still pinned at the older model waiting to get an update. As the model ages in the country more each day, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to expect a refresh for this model soon.