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Honda Announces the 2021 Odyssey

The 2021 Honda Odyssey. Photo: Honda

The 2021 Honda Odyssey arrives to dealerships on August 21. 

An industry first, Honda’s new vehicle features a new rear-seat reminder system integrated with the CabinWatch® child monitoring system. This new reminder system alerts the driver to check the rear seats after placing something valuable in them.

Engine

Powered by a 280 hp 3.5-litre i-VTECTM V6 engine, all Odyssey models feature Honda’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission with Idle Stop and Push Button Start as standard equipment. Odyssey also utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the capacity to seamlessly switch between three- and six-cylinder operation, helping Odyssey achieve EPA fuel economy ratings of 12.2/8.5/10.6 L/100km (city/highway/combined).

Exterior design

All 2021 Odyssey’s now feature more powerful LED headlights as part of a new front-end design that includes a new front bumper fascia with redesigned fog light housings, and a new blackout grille topped by a chrome strip. This new design is also echoed in the rear with new gloss-black trim under the rear window, accented by a chrome band. The Odyssey Touring now features newly styled machined 19-inch wheels, painted in Shark Gray.

Interior design

All versions of the Odyssey have a black look on the dashboard, doors and front door handles, as well as tricolour floor mats. The second row seats now fold flat, making them easy to remove while allowing several transport options. The seats have leather surfaces and contrasting stitching. The front passenger seat features power lumbar support.

Odyssey Touring’s benches feature perforated leather on the first and second row seats and tube upholstery in all three rows. The Touring version also has a new dashboard with USB ports.

Safety and Driver Assistance Technologies

The Odyssey has been updated with more features and functionality.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now includes low-speed follow, for easier use in heavy traffic; a new, more sensitive radar sensor also allows Pedestrian Emergency Braking; and Traffic Sign Recognition is newly added.

The front and rear park assist sensors have been updated to create a larger catchment area. Also, CabinWatch® and CabinTalk® have been more seamlessly integrated into the infotainment system display in the Touring version.

The company also simplified Honda Sensing® controls by adding a single integrated safety switch to control Blind Spot Information, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition, rather than separate buttons for the function. Mounted on the dash to the left of the driver, a single press opens a menu on the Odyssey’s electronic instrument panel, where the driver can then turn functions on and off using steering wheel controls.

 

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