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2021 Honda Odyssey Debuts -the safest minivan

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist March 13, 2020 at 09:23 AM
All trims of the 2021 Honda Odyssey are well-equipped with the Honda Sensing Driver Assistance Suite. Unlike its competitors, the Odyssey assistance feature includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and pedestrian emergency braking.

The all-new 2021 Honda Odyssey is hoping to make its debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show in April, only if the show doesn’t cancel due to the uprising Coronavirus. The company hopes that the show doesn’t cancel as the Geneva Motor Show did because of the widespread virus. Anyhow, the sale of the 2021 Honda Odyssey will begin in the latter half of 2020, and Honda will disclose the pricing of this minivan on dates closer to the launch date. 

Latest Honda Odyssey has many upgraded features in comparison to the predecessors. The modified LED headlights, along with the running lights, are now visible on the outer corners of the 2021 Honda Odyssey. The perceptible lamps of the Odyssey have a jewel resembling design similar to the Acura products. 

The black grille of the 2021 Honda Odyssey is slightly different from its previous year models. It has a chrome strip that extends to the width of the vehicle. The lower fascia of the Odyssey has centered inlets and foglights stacked at the corners. 

2021 Honda Odyssey

Another noticeable exterior feature of the vehicle is the gloss black trim visible underneath the rear window. Besides this, the 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite trim has remodeled 19” wheels and side mirrors with auto-dimming capabilities. 

All trims of the 2021 Honda Odyssey are well-equipped with the Honda Sensing Driver Assistance Suite. Unlike its competitors, the Odyssey assistance feature includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and pedestrian emergency braking. The ACC also works with the low-speed following. Besides these valuable assistance features, the Honda Odyssey has audible alert rear-belt reminders to put the seat belt on kids, adults, and pets sitting on the rear seat and safeguard them during collision or rollover. 

The higher trims of the Odyssey, namely, Touring and Elite, also have a Cabin Watch camera to display to view rear seat occupants on the infotainment display system. Honda has also improved the interior and comfort of the 2021 Honda Odyssey. It has remodelled the design of the climate-controlled system. At the same time, it has enhanced the comfortability of folding and removing of the mid-row seats. 

2021 Honda Odyssey

The tri-color floor mats of the Odyssey EX grade trims illuminate the USB ports. Similarly, the EX-L and trims above include contrast stitching, power lumbar for the front seat passenger, and storage compartments for rear seat occupants. The dashboard, door, and handles of the 2021 Honda Odyssey Touring and Elite trims have a piano black trim. Perforated leather seats are available in trims above the 2021 Odyssey Elite. Here is the list of some changes you may expect in the interior of Odyssey :

  • Updated climate controls 
  • Fold-flat second-row seatbacks 
  • Tri-color floor mats 
  • Illuminated USB ports 
  • Power lumbar support on the front passenger seat 
  • Second-row seatback pockets 
  • Piano black trim on the front door handles, doors, and dashboard 
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow 
  • Pedestrian Emergency Braking 
  • Rear-Seat Reminder 

Honda has not changed the drivetrain of the 2021 Honda Odyssey. Also, the 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine of the vehicle generates 280 hp or 209 kW. Moreover, it has a 10-speed automatic transmission. To date, Honda has sold more than 1.1 million Odyssey’s. Also, the Odyssey will come with pre-existing capabilities such as floor-level foldable third-row seats and CabinWatch. Owners can also opt for HondaVac, an in-built vacuum cleaner.

2021 Honda Odyssey

Furthermore, reviewers anticipate that the 2021 Honda Odyssey will receive a full five-star rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the highest remarks from IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety). Some are also speculating that the Odyssey will receive the Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. They are thinking this because the 2020 Honda Odyssey minivan with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights received the 2019 Top Safety Pick in its category. 

The IIHS gave this rating because of the more than good LATCH, overall excellent crashworthiness, and superior vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention with an optional system of the 2020 Honda Odyssey minivan. Similarly, reviewers and potential owners are expecting a full five-star rating from the NHTSA because the 2020 Honda Odyssey FWD minivan trim received a five-star rating.

Also, the 2020 Honda Odyssey had no dynamic tip and a mere rollover risk of 13.60 percent, which is adequate in its category. Moreover, it also received an overall four-star rollover rating. 

Lastly, the 2020 Honda Odyssey received an overall score of 78 out of 100 under the J.D.Power report along with a high score of 77 out of 100 under the reliability and quality section. Therefore, the 2021 Honda Odyssey, with its advanced safety, security, and assistance feature, will have a similar or higher score on IIHS, NHTSA, and J.D.Power. We are waiting for news on the 2021 Honda Odyssey and will keep you updated regarding the same.

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