Your choices are relatively limited if you’re in the market for a minivan. Luckily for you, the 2021 Honda Odyssey is so much better than the rest that your search can start and end here. The Honda Odyssey does all the minivan stuff well — there’s plenty of passenger and cargo room, and its V6 has plenty of sauce to move this eight-passenger vehicle with authority.
We’re also impressed with the amount of technology present. The upper trim levels feature a vacuum cleaner hidden in the cargo area, an intercom system so you can speak to passengers without raising your voice, and an interior camera system, which is handy for keeping an eye on rowdy backseat passengers.
The 2021 model year brings mild upgrades to the Odyssey. Honda restyled the grille to mimic those on the Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup truck. The Honda Sensing suite of active safety features and driving aids is now standard on all models. The interior also reflects mild upgrades, including perforated leather upholstery with contrast stitching and piping contrasting piping on the Elite model. These small revisions only help cement the Honda Odyssey’s status as the preeminent minivan in the class.
Consider going with the EX. It gets you plenty of useful features at an affordable price. Its tri-zone climate control, additional middle-row seat, blind-spot monitor and smartphone integration systems (among many other features) are well worth the extra cost over the base LX. The special features found on the Touring and Elite, such as the integrated vacuum cleaner and a rear intercom system, make family life easier, but they’re certainly not essential.
The 2021 Odyssey is a family-friendly minivan available in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. All are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque) powering the front wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission. The LX comes with second-row captain’s chairs, allowing seating for seven. All others come installed with a removable middle seat to increase capacity to eight.
The base LX model starts you off with:
Every Odyssey also comes with:
The EX upgrades the Odyssey with:
The EX also comes with:
Upgrades on the midtier EX-L model include:
The Touring model ups the feature content significantly, with additions that include:
The range-topping Elite is fully equipped with: