2021 Honda Odyssey Is Here To Take On The Chrysler Pacifica

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Honda has given the popular minivan an extensive update for 2021.

To compete with the recent 2021 Chrysler Pacifica facelift, Honda has given the popular Odyssey minivan an extensive update for the 2021 model year with refreshed styling, upgraded technology, and new safety features. The reveal has been pushed back a few months after the 2020 New York Auto Show was canceled.

On the outside, the 2021 Honda Odyssey features a sleeker, redesigned front fascia incorporating new LED headlights, a restyled front bumper housing redesigned fog light housings, and a blacked-out grille positioned below a chrome strip. New gloss-black trim and a chrome strip have also been added under the rear window. For the first time, 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.

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Platinum White Pearl, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Pacific Pewter Metallic, and Forest Mist Metallic premium colors have been added to the exterior color options, each costing an extra $395.

Inside, the second-row seats now fold nearly flat, making them easier to remove to increase the cargo space. Odyssey EX and higher trim levels also feature restyled seats and new tri-color floor mats, while EX-L trims and higher get power lumbar support for the front passenger seat and contrast seat stitching. New piano black trim has been applied to the dashboard, doors and front door handles inside the Odyssey Touring and Elite trims. The more luxurious Elite trim includes perforated leather for the first and second rows seats with contrast stitching and piping on all three rows.

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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.

As part of the upgraded Honda Sensing suite, new standard safety tech includes low-speed follow, pedestrian emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition.

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Like the 2020 model, the 2021 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 280 horsepower, mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Using Honda's variable cylinder management, the powertrain can be switched seamlessly between three- and six-cylinders. While the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is offered with AWD, the Honda Odyssey is still FWD only.

Pricing for the 2021 Honda Odyssey start $31,790, plus a $1,120 destination and handling charge, with sales starting on August 3 in the US.

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