2021 Honda Odyssey

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2021 Honda Odyssey Review: America's Mega Minivan

by Aiden Eksteen

The first Honda Odyssey debuted in the USA all the way back in 2008 - offering American families a virtuous, comfortable, safe, and reliable form of daily transport. Now, more than a decade later and five generations in, the 2021 Honda Odyssey still offers all of those qualities and more, and is one of very few minivans still on the market. Under its hood is a vigorous 3.5-liter 6-cylinder motor dialed to deliver up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque to the Odyssey's front-wheel drivetrain. With this powertrain, the Odyssey minivan benefits from sturdy, reliable, and thrifty performance, even with all seven or eight of its seats occupied, while boasting a decent enough towing capacity. Honda has made a determined effort to keep the Odyssey avant-garde and ambitious in the very niche and highly competitive class by modernizing its aesthetic, refining its cabin, and upgrading its tech and features year on year. Today, the Odyssey positions itself well against its core competitors, the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna.

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2021 Honda Odyssey Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Honda Odyssey?

To keep the Odyssey competitive and to make it an attractive competing offer to the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda applied some extensive exterior enhancements and cabin improvements to the minivan for the 2021 model year. Its front fascia has been redesigned with new LED headlights, a blacked-out grille, and restyled lower bumper and fog light housings. The Touring trim now comes with 19-inch wheels and the Elite trim gets newly designed Shark Grey 19-inch alloy wheels. Premium paint colors Platinum White Pearl, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Pacific Pewter Metallic, and Forest Mist Metallic are added to the 2021 palette.

Honda has also done some work on the Odyssey's second-row seats so that they can now fold down almost completely flat to improve cargo hauling capabilities. There is now also a Rear Seat Reminder system that cautions the driver to check the rear and third-row seating as soon as the car is turned off. Finally, low-speed follow, pedestrian emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition assists have been added to the standard selection of safety features.

Pros and Cons

  • Vigorous V6 powertrain
  • Surprisingly easy to drive
  • Commodious interior
  • Highly practical trunk
  • Extensive features list
  • Only one engine option
  • Questionable reliability
  • Mediocre fuel economy

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2021 Honda Odyssey Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
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2021 Odyssey Exterior

2021 Honda Odyssey Forward View Honda
2021 Honda Odyssey Rear View Honda
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  • Length 205.2 in
  • Wheelbase 118.1 in
  • Height 68.3 in
  • Max Width 78.5 in
  • Front Width 67.3 in
  • Rear Width 67.2 in
  • Curb Weight 4,398.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Deep Scarlet Pearl, Build Out: 10/31/2020 +$395
  • Platinum White Pearl +$395
  • Pacific Pewter Metallic +$395
  • Radiant Red Metallic II +$395
  • Forest Mist Metallic +$395
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Obsidian Blue Pearl

2021 Odyssey Performance

2021 Honda Odyssey Front View Driving Honda
2021 Honda Odyssey Rear View Driving Honda
2021 Honda Odyssey Engine Honda

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.5L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

2021 Odyssey Interior

2021 Honda Odyssey Dashboard Honda
2021 Honda Odyssey Infotainment System Honda
2021 Honda Odyssey Start/Stop Button Honda
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 40.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.5 in

2021 Odyssey Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Honda Odyssey Front Seats Honda
2021 Honda Odyssey Second-Row Seats Honda
2021 Honda Odyssey Trunk Space Honda

2021 Odyssey Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Honda Odyssey a good minivan?

If you're looking for a vehicle that will get you and your family around town and to your vacation destinations comfortably, safely, and in decent style, then the Honda Odyssey is certainly worth considering. The minivan segment is a very competitive one, however, with just a handful of options in the market. Subsequently, the few automakers that are making them are going above and beyond to make them as deluxe as possible. Chrysler, in particular, has gone all in with the Pacifica, of which there's even a hybrid variant - one-of-a-kind in the classification. The Odyssey is still a worthwhile alternative, though, with its balanced performance and car-like driving experience. It offers everything a 5-door minivan should and at a relatively affordable price. Plus, a top-notch safety rating from the IIHS's review of the 2021 Honda Odyssey inspires confidence, too. The 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan's entry price comes in at an attractive $31,790 - a notable advantage the Odyssey holds over its competitors.

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