For all intents and purposes, families buy minivans for one reason: Convenience. Sliding side doors make it easy for virtually anyone, from toddlers and Grandma, to enter and exit. Three rows of seats prove that there are few alternatives when it comes to soccer shuttles. And with 140-plus cubic feet or storage space up to the front seatback, minivans are more than capable of handling the occasional trip to the lumber outlet store.
Convenience, however, is in the eye of the beholder. While every minivan offers the basic level of such convenience, there’s a reason why 1-in-3 parents choose the Honda Odyssey. In fact, Odyssey is America’s best-selling minivan for the past 10 years and, thanks to a significant overhaul and redesign in 2021, is honing in on its 11th straight year.
2020 vs. 2021 Odyssey: What’s New?
Up front, the Odyssey is looking as sharp as ever, with a new bumper and fascia, fancy housing for its fog lights, and an aggressive blackout grille that’s outlined by glistening chrome accents. Equipped on every new 2021 Odyssey are more powerful and efficient LED headlights, as well.
That charm is mirrored in the back with all-new glossy black and chrome trim underneath the rear window.
If you sit back and ogle Odyssey’s silhouette, you’ll also notice 19-inch wheels – a first-ever feature for the Odyssey Touring – that can be upgraded to Shark Gray-colored alloy wheels (Odyssey Elite).
Auto-Dimming Side Mirrors
On the Odyssey Elite, you get side-view mirrors that automatically dim headlights of following vehicles.
Premium Paint Colors
Four new premium paint colors are available on the Odyssey, including Platinum White Pearl, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Pacific Pewter Metallic, and Forest Mist Metallic.
Fold-Flat Magic Slide Seats
To maximize cargo space and user convenience, the new 2021 Odyssey is available with outboard Magic Slide seats that can fold nearly flat for easy removal.
This is in addition to the Magic Slide seats’ various modes: Wide, Buddy and Super Mode.
- In Wide Mode, Odyssey’s center seat is removed to provide a wide pass-through area to the very back.
- In Buddy Mode, outboard seats are pushed together into the middle by pressing a lever on the seatbacks.
- For even easier access to the third row, put the middle-row seats into Super Mode by pushing outboard seats to the side.
Grocery Bag Hooks
A new system of hooks is set in the third-row seat backs to improve cargo management capabilities.
Center Console Organizer
In the front, drivers and passengers get an improved center console that helps to keep charging cables more organized. Simply utilize the built-in slots to loosely attach cords, disabling them from becoming loose or tangled.
New Floor Mats
In Odyssey EX trims and above, you’ll find new tri-color floormats come standard. These floormats are specially designed to capture and hide dirt, sand, and other small debris.
On EX-L trims and above, leather seats are available in all three rows. New contrast stitching makes these seats as opulent as those found in more expensive minivans, and the addition of new second-row storage pockets and adjustable lumbar support for the front passenger seat are cherries on top.
For the range-topping Odyssey Elite and Touring models, there’s also exquisite piano-black trim. The Elite model receives the most elegant updates, including perforated leather front and second-row seats, contrast piping on all seats, and an exclusive metallic trim on the dashboard.
Rear Seat Reminder
All-new for 2021, Odyssey’s Rear Seat Reminder (RSR) system alerts drivers to check the back of the minivan for children, pets or other cargo upon exiting the vehicle. Once the Odyssey is turned off, the system emits a cabin sound and displays a message in the instrument cluster.
Rear Seat Reminder is integrated with the CabinWatch system in all Odyssey Touring and Elite models. The combination of Rear Seat Reminder and CabinWatch is the industry’s first-ever camera-RSR duo. In addition to text and audible notifications in the cabin, CabinWatch will also activate and display the rear seating area on Odyssey’s center screen upon exiting the vehicle.
If you’re a new parent in Miami, this minivan safety feature is a must-have.
New Third-Row USB Port
Touring and Elite Odyssey vans also receive a new USB charging port in the very back, giving the best-selling minivan a total of five USB plugs.
Now standard on all Odyssey models, the Honda Sensing suite of safety technology also sees a few updates and new features.
The front radar sensor has been upgraded to better detect objects and people, allowing the Odyssey to fully utilize its new Pedestrian Emergency Braking system.
A newly added Traffic Sign Recognition system works in tandem with the minivan’s built-in navigation and other tech features.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now includes Low-Speed Follow and the ability to manage stop-and-go traffic. The all-new Electric Brake Booster enhances ACC by improving pedal feel, too.
In all, Honda Sensing has been simplified by integrating several features into one system. For instance, Collision Mitigation Braking, Blind Spot Information, and Lane Departure Warning use the same controls via a single switch mounted on the driver-side dashboard.
Starting at $31,790 (LX trim)*, the 2021 Odyssey minivan is now available for sale and lease at a Honda dealer near you. For shoppers in Miami, that means you can pick up the redesigned Odyssey at any of our South Florida Honda Dealers locations. Find your closest Honda dealership to start a lease or finance application, learn more about the new Odyssey, or request a quote.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.