If you’re looking for a family vehicle that offers all the practicality, versatility and flexibility a family of up to eight people could wish for, the Honda Odyssey delivers all that and more with a refreshed look for 2021. Minivans might not be the sexiest vehicles you can buy in today’s market, but when it comes to family duties there’s really nothing else that can do the job anywhere near as well.
It’s a high bar to do more for a family than a seven-seat SUV can manage, but the Honda Odyssey minivan has features you just don’t get with an SUV such as those immensely practical sliding doors.
The practicality of a minivan like the Odyssey really is something to behold, but the Honda is also available in five different trim levels that cover a lot of different specification grades and an equally large spread of prices for all budgets.
At the start of the range, we have the Odyssey LX, and from there we have the EX, EX-L, Touring and the top-of-the-line Elite model. MSRPs start from less than $32,000 and go up as far as $47,820 for the all-singing and all-dancing Elite, so there’s a great choice for all types of families and circumstances.
A seven-seat minivan like the Odyssey fully loaded with a full complement of people and cargo has a lot of work to do, and one of those high-revving turbo-fours just wouldn’t cut it in these circumstances. Honda has chosen to use the same powertrain across all five versions of the 2021 Odyssey, but it’s a setup that’s more than up to the job.
The engine in question is a 3.5-liter V-6 that puts 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque at the Odyssey’s disposal, which is then sent to the front wheels through a very modern 10-speed automatic. This powertrain makes light work of a full load, and when the Odyssey only has a couple of people to transport it really can feel quite spritely.
A few potential buyers might like the additional capability of all-wheel-drive, but that would have a detrimental effect on the all-important fuel economy ratings that can mean so much to families working to a budget. The Odyssey is therefore exclusively two-wheel-drive, which means the EPA fuel economy ratings come in at a very respectable 19mpg in the city, 28mpg on the highway ad 22mpg combined,
Even the entry-level Odyssey LX comes standard with an impressive list of standard equipment, especially in the safety department that’s so important for a vehicle like this. The LX comes with an excellent One-Motion 60/40 split 3rd-row Magic Seat that’s perfect for adults, full power features, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless ignition, a couple of USB charging ports, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.
Most families will probably want to start with the EX trim level because it upgrades from the small 5.0-inch infotainment screen to an 8.0-inch touchscreen system that also boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The EX also comes with heated front seats, seating for 8 people, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, power sliding doors, a multi-angle rearview camera, 12-way power driver’s seat and plenty more besides.
The list of standard features gets longer and longer as you progress through the trim levels, but every 2021 Honda Odyssey comes standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies. The suite includes Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist systems, as well as adaptive cruise control with Low-Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition.
The 2021 Honda Odyssey really is a family vehicle to be reckoned with. Nothing beats the family-friendly practicality and flexibility of a minivan, and the Honda is a class-leading example of this type of vehicle that delivers more bang for the buck than many rivals
Come and try the 2021 Honda Odyssey for yourself with a test-drive here at Nelson Honda, conveniently located at 2500 Greensboro Road, Martinsville, VA, and experience what has to be one of the ultimate family vehicles for the money in today’s market.