Michael SimariCar and Driver
For 2021, the Honda Odyssey receives mild front and rear visual changes and a number of other small yet meaningful features and materials alterations.
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The Honda Sensing bundle of driver-assist features (adaptive cruise, which can now handle stop-and-go driving, plus automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist) are now standard on all Odyssey models.
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The Odyssey’s front end gets a simplified look, with a chrome bar that runs along the top of the grille, rather than dipping down into the middle of it.
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The spear between the rear taillights switches from chrome to gloss black with a small chrome inset.
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All Odysseys are propelled by a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, a recipe for best-in-class acceleration.
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On trims with leather seats (EX-L, Touring, and Elite), those seats now get contrast stitching, and the seats in Elite models also gain piping around their outer edges.
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The seatbacks of the Odyssey’s second-row seats now fold flat, helping to make removing them a slightly less-awkward task.
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The 2021 Odysseys also get new wheel designs. LX, EX, and EX-L models wear 18-inchers, while Touring and Elite models, like our test car, get 19s.
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Honda made a number of other small tweaks to the latest Odyssey, such as grocery-bag hooks on the back of the third-row seats, a Pacifica-equaling USB port in the third row, and a little cutout in the center console so a phone-charging cord doesn’t get pinched when the lid is closed.
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