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2021 Honda Odyssey Review

The 2021 Honda Odyssey earns a spot near the top of our minivan rankings thanks to its spacious and well-appointed interior, lively performance, and abundance of family-friendly technology.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, upscale cabin
  • Long list of standard safety technology and available family-friendly features
  • Expansive cargo area
  • Powerful engine and balanced ride
  • Must remove second-row seats for maximum cargo space

New for 2021

  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Several active safety features now standard
  • Third-row USB port is newly optional

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Honda Odyssey's #1 ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. Currently the Honda Odyssey has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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Is the Honda Odyssey a Good Minivan?

The Honda Odyssey is a great minivan that hits all the right notes. It has one of the nicest cabins in the segment, with comfortable and roomy seats, even in the third row, an intuitive infotainment system, and clever features that allow parents to communicate with their kids in the back row while driving. This van also earns praise for being one of the most fun-to-drive family-haulers out there, and it earns good fuel economy estimates to boot.

Why You Can Trust Us: 29 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 29 Honda Odyssey reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2021 Odyssey is the right new car for you. This 2021 Odyssey review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2018.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Honda Odyssey?

Anyone set on buying a minivan should have the Odyssey on their shortlist. Though it has one of the highest retail prices in the class, this Honda gives you a lot for your money. Its value proposition is enhanced for 2021 with the addition of numerous standard active safety features, such as pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist.

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2020 vs. 2021 Honda Odyssey: What's the Difference?

For 2021, Honda refreshed the Odyssey's interior and exterior design, adding standard LED headlights and nicer cabin appointments. Newly standard is the Honda Sensing driver assist bundle that includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and lane keep assist. A rear-seat reminder also comes standard and a third-row USB port is now optional. Lastly, the Odyssey's second-row seats now fold flat for easier removal and more cargo utility.

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Here are the key changes for the Honda Odyssey over the last several years.

  • 2018: fully redesigned with a more powerful V6 engine and newly available features including automatic emergency braking, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay
  • 2019: no major changes
  • 2020: 10-speed automatic transmission became standard
  • 2021: refreshed interior and exterior design; second-row seats now fold flat; gains standard rear-seat reminder and Honda Sensing active safety features; adds optional third-row USB port

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Odyssey, 2019 Odyssey, and 2020 Odyssey reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on vehicles such as a new Honda Odyssey.

How Much Does the Honda Odyssey Cost?

With a base price of $31,790, the 2021 Honda Odyssey is one of the most expensive minivans. The price increases by a few thousands of dollars each time you move up a trim level. The top-level Odyssey Elite ($47,820) is among the priciest configurations for any van in the class.

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Honda Odyssey Versus the Competition

Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna ranks midpack among minivans, but it offers two distinct advantages over the Odyssey: optional all-wheel drive and a better predicted reliability rating. If either of those are a top priority, pick the Toyota over the Honda. In most other aspects, the Odyssey is the better vehicle. It has a more refined cabin and roomier accommodations for second- and third-row passengers. The Odyssey offers extra family-oriented features – such as a built-in vacuum and an in-cabin camera – along with livelier overall performance. Both of these vans have a similarly high price range for the class, so your money is probably better spent with the Honda. It's worth noting that the Sienna is slated for a full redesign for 2021 that will see the it become a hybrid-only minivan.

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Honda Odyssey vs. Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona undercuts the Odyssey's starting price by about $1,300, and it comes standard with a touch-screen system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Those features are optional in the Odyssey, and getting them requires buying a $35,000-plus trim. On the flip side, the Honda features a long list of standard driver assistance technology, and outfitting the Sedona in a similar way pushes its price to almost $39,000. The Odyssey delivers more cargo space, quicker acceleration, and better fuel economy, though it doesn't match the Sedona's above-average predicted reliability mark. Both vans have an upscale cabin and pleasing handling. They're both solid choices in the class, but the Odyssey is a bit better.

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Odyssey Interior: Fancy and Functional

Odyssey Cargo Space

The 2021 Honda Odyssey provides an impressive amount of cargo space. Behind the third-row seats, you get up to 38.6 cubic feet of storage space, and it's easy to lift in heavy items over its low load floor. The third-row seats can fold flat into a recessed space in the floor. This space can be used for cargo when the third row is in use.

The Odyssey offers up to 92.3 cubic feet of space when the rearmost seats are out of the way. To access this minivan's maximum cargo volume, you must physically remove the second-row seats (those in several other vans are engineered to fold flat into the floor). The seats are heavy, so it can be a chore to get them out. However, Honda redesigned the seats for 2021 so they now fold flat, which makes them less cumbersome to carry out.

You'll get up to 158 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats stashed or removed (higher trims offer up to 155.7 cubic feet). The Odyssey’s hatch has a wide opening, making it easier to load large or bulky items.

How Many People Does the Odyssey Seat?

The base Odyssey seats seven people, with second-row captain's chairs and a third-row bench seat. All other trims have an eight-person capacity that features three second-row seats and Honda’s Magic Slide system, which lets you slide the seats forward, backward, and sideways into several different setups. For example, you can remove the middle seat and slide the two outboard positions together. That allows siblings to sit next to each other while creating an open path to the third row on one side of the vehicle.

The driver and front passenger enjoy very comfortable seats with a wide range of adjustments. The second row is similarly cozy, with supportive cushions and ample head- and legroom for taller occupants. Even the third row is roomy enough for adults.

Odyssey and Child Car Seats

There are four complete sets of LATCH connectors in the three-row Odyssey. For the second-row outboard seats, all of the anchors are easy to find and use. The third-row outboard seats have a full set of anchors as well, but the tether points are hard to locate.

Odyssey Interior Quality

This Honda has a refined and upscale cabin that's one of the nicest in the class. The interior design is sleek, while nearly all materials are top-notch.

Odyssey Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Odyssey's standard infotainment fare is pretty basic. You get a 5-inch display that lacks touch capacity, apps, and most other modern conveniences. However, all models above the base trim come with a responsive 8-inch touch screen that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The menus are intuitively laid out, and other dashboard controls are straightforward as well.

The Odyssey offers a number of family-friendly features, including a rear-seat reminder, a CabinWatch camera that allows you to monitor rear passengers from the infotainment screen, and CabinTalk, which turns the stereo into a PA system for the driver to project their voice to the rear seats. CabinControl lets you take charge of the rear-seat entertainment system and climate settings for smaller children or those who may not be able to do it themselves. Additionally, HondaVac is a built-in vacuum cleaner that makes quick work of any on-the-go spills.

The Odyssey's bevy of family-friendly features and conveniences is just one reason that it has won our Best Minivan for Families award every year since 2011.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, a rear-seat entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, a third-row USB port, and an 11-speaker premium stereo
  • Additional standard features: automatic climate control
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control, second- and third-row sunshades, proximity keyless entry, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a moonroof, CabinWatch, CabinTalk, CabinControl, and HondaVac

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Odyssey Performance: Peppy Personality

Odyssey Engine

The Honda Odyssey comes with a 280-horsepower V6 engine. This minivan accelerates quickly and smoothly, and it gets up to freeway speeds with little effort, even when carrying a full complement of people or cargo. The 10-speed automatic transmission delivers timely shifts and works well in the background to help the engine.

Odyssey Gas Mileage

The Odyssey returns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those figures are good for the minivan class, though there isn't a lot of deviation among rivals.

Odyssey Ride and Handling

The Odyssey delivers a well-balanced ride. It handles with relative enthusiasm and takes corners with confidence. Steering requires little effort and makes you feel like you're driving a smaller vehicle and not a lumbering van. However, it only provides so-so feedback from the road.

Ride quality is no disappointment, either. This Honda travels comfortably, even over rough pavement, and the cabin stays isolated from most outside road and wind noise.

Odyssey Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Honda Odyssey can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

Does the Honda Odyssey Have All-Wheel Drive?

No, the Odyssey is only available with front-wheel drive. In this small segment, just the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica offer all-wheel drive as an option.

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Odyssey Reliability

Is the Honda Odyssey Reliable?

The 2021 Odyssey has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Honda Odyssey Warranty

Honda covers the Odyssey with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Odyssey Safety

Odyssey Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Honda Odyssey an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet rated the 2021 Odyssey.

Odyssey Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rear-seat reminder
  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

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Odyssey Dimensions and Weight

The Odyssey is 17.1 feet long and its curb weight ranges from 4,398 to 4,603 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Honda Odyssey Built?

Honda builds the 2021 Odyssey in Alabama.

Which Honda Odyssey Model Is Right for Me?

The 2021 Honda Odyssey comes in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. All models come standard with a 280-horsepower V6 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The base trim seats seven people and all other trims seat eight.

While a healthy list of standard driver-assistance features makes the base model a good choice, you'll probably want to spend the extra $3,400 for the EX trim. The EX includes a touch-screen infotainment system, smartphone integration, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, and power-sliding rear doors. If you have space in your budget, go with the Touring trim for most of this van's family-oriented features. That list includes a rear-seat entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a third-row USB port, an in-cabin camera, and voice amplification through the stereo.

Honda Odyssey LX

The Honda Odyssey LX starts at $31,790. Standard features include alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, LED headlights, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch audio display screen, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. The Odyssey also comes standard with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, a rear-seat reminder, and a rearview camera. Rear parking sensors are optional for $523.

Honda Odyssey EX

The Honda Odyssey EX retails for $35,190. It adds an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, HD Radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, second-row sunshades, power-sliding rear doors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, heated outside mirrors, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and Magic Slide second-row seats.

In addition to the optional parking sensors, you can get a heated steering wheel for $523 and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a universal garage door opener for $399.

Honda Odyssey EX-L

With a starting price of $38,460, the Odyssey EX-L gains leather seats, two additional USB ports, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver's seat memory settings, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, a moonroof, and a power liftgate. A hands-free liftgate ($293) and wireless device charging ($302) are new options at this trim level.

Honda Odyssey Touring

The Honda Odyssey Touring carries a price of $42,500, and it features amenities such as a rear-seat entertainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, front and rear parking sensors, third-row sunshades, a third-row USB port, CabinWatch (which provides a view of the second and third rows on the touch screen), and CabinTalk (which allows the driver to speak to rear-seat passengers via a microphone).

Honda Odyssey Elite

The range-topping Odyssey Elite ($47,820) comes standard with auto-dimming outside mirrors, ventilated front seats, a hands-free liftgate, an 11-speaker premium stereo, the HondaVac built-in vacuum cleaner, wireless device charging, a heated steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Honda Odyssey is about as close to the total package as you can get in a minivan. Loaded with standard safety technology and a long list of optional comfort and convenience upgrades, this Honda does family duty in style.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Thanks to a roomy interior, reconfigurable seating, and lots of cargo space, the 2021 Odyssey is a great choice for modern families." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2021 Honda Odyssey is the newest version of an award-winning minivan. It has often received accolades for things like best family vehicle and best resale values. The 2021 Odyssey retains those qualities and then goes further." -- Autotrader
  • "The Honda Odyssey provides family transport for up to eight occupants that’s user-friendly, well thought out, and with a certain class. It has a smartly functional interior and comes standard with many modern safety features." -- Kelley Blue Book

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