But will it stay ahead of the Chrysler Pacifica?
In the minivan space, where pragmatism rules over style, Chrysler just dropped the mic with the reveal of the 2021 Pacifica, now available with all-wheel-drive and a frugal hybrid variant. While the Honda Odyssey has never and still won't offer AWD, the strong-selling minivan will be updated for the 2021 model year in order to stay ahead of the Pacifica.
The 2021 Odyssey will be shown in full at the 2020 New York Auto Show sporting a new front fascia, interior upgrades, and a new rear-seat reminder system. Pricing should be revealed in NY but we expect it to remain close to last year's starting MSRP of $30,790. Here's what's new for 2021.
Exterior upgrades (pictured above) include new, more powerful LED headlights, a blackout grille with a chrome strip, a redesigned lower front facia, and updated fog light housings. Overall, the design looks more streamlined than the busy front end of the 2020 model (pictured below). There's also some new gloss-black trim under the rear window, topped by a chrome strip to match the front grille. The Odyssey Elite trim will even get new 19-inch wheels and auto-dimming side mirrors.
Interior changed include updated climate controls, tri-color floor mats and illuminated USB ports (on EX trim and above), restyled seats with contrast stitching, power lumbar support for the front passenger seat, and second-row seatback pockets (on EX-L trim and above), and piano black trim and perforated leather (on Elite trim). HondaSensing, which was previously standard on EX trim and above, is now standard across the lineup.
For 2021, Honda has also added a new Rear-Seat Reminder system. On lower trims, the system warns the driver to check the rear seat for children with an audible alert and a warning message in the driver's display. On Touring and Elite trims, the system uses the CabinWatch camera to show a visual image of the rear seats on the Display Audio screen. Honda says this is an industry-first feature and with the other safety updates, the 2021 Odyssey should receive a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS.