The current-generation Honda Odyssey has been around for quite some time and already looks a bit dated when compared to other vans in the market today. To keep it looking fresh for the turn of the new decade, Honda has given its popular minivan a makeover for the 2021 model year.
Most of the changes for the updated model can be seen on the Odyssey’s front end. It features a completely revised front fascia similar to what you’d find in the current-generation Civic, Accord, and CR-V. It borrows the sleek LED headlight design which flanks the bolder ‘Solid Wing Face’ front grill. Unlike that of the Civic or Accord though, the grill on the Odyssey is mostly black apart from a thin chrome strip up top. The lower half of the fascia now features a large center inlet and stacked fog lights.
Not many changes can be seen at the rear, as the taillights, tailgate, and bumper have been carried over. According to Honda, the only major change to the rear end is the new gloss black trim under the window accented by a chrome strip. For the Elite variant, new 19-inch wheels come standard together with auto-dimming side mirrors.
Aside from updating the look of the Odyssey, Honda made the van safer, too. The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies now come standard on all variants. Furthermore, the safety feature has also been updated with Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Pedestrian Emergency Braking. New for the 2020 model is the Rear-Seat Reminder system prompting drivers to check the rear seats before exiting the vehicle. On the top-end variants, this system includes a camera to the display rear seating area.
Inside, the changes are minimal but are aimed to make the Odyssey feel more upscale. Revised climate controls and second-row seats which are easier to fold are standard across the range. Meanwhile, the top trim variants now get special leather seats and piano black trim all around.
Honda has left the powertrain as it is; a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and is mated to a 10-speed automatic. It is set to go on sale in the US later this year.