2020 Honda Odyssey Performance

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2020 MODEL
$30,690 - $47,320
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2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan Performance

Updated on: March 25, 2020

Honda Odyssey is one of the few minivans in the US that are trying to delay the eventual death of this segment. This car, along with the Kia Sedona, Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, and Dodge Grand Caravan are few bright spots in the otherwise dull segment.

The 2020 Sedona largely stays unchanged from its last iteration. The exterior shell remains unchanged, so does the interior layout and design. The cabin is extremely spacious and comfortable. The utility of this minivan stays unrivaled. The trusted V6 unit makes its reappearance again. The minivan segment might be not as relevant as it was a decade ago, but the competition is still fierce. So can the Sedona outperform its rivals? Let’s find out.

Engine and Transmission

2020 Odyssey is powered by the same 3.5L V6 unit that is borrowed from its predecessor. The motor is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that transfers the power to the front wheels. The option for AWD would have been an excellent addition and the folks over in the northeast would have loved it, maybe next year!

2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan
2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan 3.5L V6 Engine

The competent V6 motor churns out 280 horses at 6000 rpm and produces a maximum pulling force of 262 lb/ft at 5200 rpm. Power delivery is linear and the transmission does its job well. However, at lower revs, the engine is very dull. Only after crossing the 5k mark does this minivan feel lively. Also, be prepared for a ride that lacks engagement on the highway. Yes, you have the power of 280 horses, but there is no excitement at all. It settles down after a certain speed and just cruises along the highway. Then again, it’s a minivan and not an SUV, and that’s how minivans are supposed to behave, right?

Models

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

MSRP

$30690

$33495

$31415

$27400

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

3.5L V6

3.3L V6

Transmission

10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

280 hp

@6000 rpm

287 hp

@6400 rpm

296 hp

@6600 rpm

276 hp

@6000 rpm

Torque

262 lb-ft

@4700 rpm

262 lb-ft

@4000 rpm

263 lb-ft

@4700 rpm

248 lb-ft

@5200 rpm

Talking about raw power, Toyota Sienna leads the pack with 296 hp followed by the Chrysler Pacifica with the power of 287 horses. The Sedona is the least powerful of the chosen minivans.

Acceleration

Minivans have never been about going fast. They are family haulers. They are meant to provide a smooth and comfortable ride. And all the cars in the competition provide that. However, the V6 under the hood of the Odyssey still does a decent job of moving this car pretty well. 0-60 mph run takes 6.5 seconds, which is the fastest time in the segment. The quarter-mile run is completed in 14.5 seconds.

2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan Rear View
2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan

 

Models

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

0-60 MPH

6.5 s(est.)

7.4 s

6.9 s(est.)

7.9 s

Quarter mile

14.5 s(est.)

15.6 s

N/A

16.1 s

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.0 (est.)

8.0

N/A

8.4

As mentioned earlier, the engine only gets lively past the 5000 rpm mark, otherwise, the Odyssey could have been faster. Also, not to forget its curb weight which clocks in at 4354 lbs, making it one of the heaviest minivans in the states.

Braking

The Odyssey ships out of the factory with ventilated disk brakes and ABS on all the four wheels. The rotor size on the front wheels has a diameter of 12.6 inches while the rear ones have 13-inch rotors.

2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan Wheel
2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan Brake

Models

Honda Odyssey LX

Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Toyota Sienna L

Kia Sedona L

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

13

12.9

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13

12.2

11.9

60-0 MPH (ft)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Stopping this mammoth takes some serious effort and the braking system onboard does a great job at it. The application of the pedal is fairly easy and the bite kicks in instantaneously. There is no noticeable nosedive under the regular application. However, when applied under emergency situations, the nosedive is fairly prominent.

Ride and Handling

2020 Odyssey provides a smooth and composed ride quality. It does well to soak up the road imperfections, but major bumps will still make it into the cabin. Some of its competitors such as Pacifica offers a better ride quality compared to the Honda. However, the acoustic insulation does its job very well and the cabin stays fairly quiet, even at triple-digit speeds.

2020 Honda Odyssey Minivan 3 Quarter View
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The steering is neither very hard nor feather-light. It’s perfectly weighted and maneuvering it through the city streets will not be an issue. However, the body roll is very evident and cornering at high speeds will definitely make you nervous.