Fans of the Honda Odyssey minivan can expect to see some big updates in the upcoming 2021 model year. Their popular minivan is going to sport some new looks and features. The brand has been busy this past year finding ways to improve on an already great vehicle, but competition is fierce in this sector of the automotive industry. They had to step it up to keep up with the pack. To bring you up to speed on the changes that you can expect, here are 10 things you didn’t know about the 2021 Honda Odyssey.
1. The technologies have been updated
You’ll get more in the base edition of the Honda Odyssey for 2021 than ever before. The brand has thrown in as standard equipment Honda Sensing technologies in a suite that provides you with a load of driver assist features. This includes adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and more safety features.
2. It’s safer than ever for kids
What we really love about the new Odyssey is that the LX also comes equipped with a rear seat reminder. This technology prompts you to check the back seat before you exit the vehicle. This decreases the chances of accidentally leaving a child or pet in the back seat. It’s great that they decided to include this as a standard feature that won’t cost you a penny more.
3. The base model is more expensive
The 2021 Honda Odyssey has jumped in price to the tune of $1,000. The LX starting price is $32,910, but it’s important to keep in mind that the addition of a lot of standard features and technologies is the culprit behind the price jump. It’s still an excellent value for the cost. You also get second row seats that are a lot easier to take out when you need the extra space.
4. It’s available in 5 trims
You will have your choice of trims. The EX is the next level up from the LX. This upgrade also includes heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and dual power sliding doors. The price increase for this trim is only $400 over last year for a starting cost of $36,310.
5. The EX-L adds even more features
The next trim up is the EX-L. This vehicle is also priced $400 over last year with a starting price of $39,580. It adds five USB ports for connectivity, front passenger power lumbar adjustment, leather trimmed interior and a one-touch power moon roof. The luxury features in this edition of the 2021 Odyssey are immense.
6. The Touring package is less expensive
As we move to the next level in the climb to premium trims, the Touring edition offers a lot more creature comforts and safety features. The 2021 model year features a price reduction of $2,560 from the previous year. This is because there are a few larger features that are no longer standard. It does come with a camera for keeping an eye on the kids in the back seat while you’re driving. There have been two front sensors added on top of the front and rear parking sensors for driver assist features. Finally, the wheels have been updated to include new 19-inch alloys.
7. The Elite trim is the premium choice
The Elite trim will set you back $48,940 with a $400 jump over last year’s model. In addition to all of the other goodies we discussed previously, you get a little more. For example, it features perforated leather and ambient lighting on the instrument panel. In addition to this, it features a wireless phone charger, a hands-free power tailgate and a vacuum.
8. Lots of small changes equal a big update
Honda has made several small changes in the new Odyssey for 2021. While not one of them is particularly big, together they add up to a sizable update. On the exterior the front fascia and grill have been restyled. LED headlights in a revised a design along with a cleaner chrome strip change the looks of the front. In the back LED fog lights have been added to all trims except the LX with changes to the trim with all red taillights and a thinner piece of chrome to give the rear a sleeker and more streamlined appearance. The new look is so much cleaner that many are wondering why Honda waited until the middle of the cycle to give it this incredible facelift. Just a few small changes here are there can amount to an exceptionally pleasing new look and that’s what we see in the new Odyssey for 2021.
9. It’s the same on the inside
The major facelift for the new 2021 Odyssey is mostly geared toward the exterior. On the inside you’ll find that the interior is the same styling and layout in most trims as the predecessors. The two top trim levels receive contrast stitching which is new, but this is the extent of the visual changes.
10. Functionality is to the fore
The majority of changes that have been made to the new 2021 Odyssey are to the exterior appearance and to the functionality. There has been some give and take on the standard features but in general, driver and passenger comfort have been enhanced. Honda maintains the magic slide of the seats which is useful for lateral adjustments. An addition that has been made to the third-row seats is hooks mounted on the backs to accommodate grocery bags. The center console has been updated and now features a cord management system. You’ll get oversized storage pockets on the backs o the front seats in the EX-L model. All in all, the 2021 edition does offer some exciting new changes just to freshen it up if you’re in the market for a new mini-van this year.