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Honda reveals refreshed 2021 Odyssey with added safety tech, new styling

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The nose of the minivan has gotten a significant upgrade for the 2021 model year including new LED headlights.

Honda will reveal the refreshed 2021 Honda Odyssey at the 2020 New York International Auto Show in April. Ahead of its debut, the Japanese automaker has revealed the updates to the American-made minivan.

Changes start at the front where the minivan has gotten new LED headlights, a redesigned blackout grille that sits below a chrome strip, and a redesigned lower fascia with fog light housings. There’s gloss black trim under the rear window, which is accented by a chrome strip.

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The interior of the minivan has gotten an upgrade as well with seats that fold flatter and higher-end materials.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Odyssey Elite receives newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Honda has made the interior more upscale with updated climate controls and second-row setbacks that fold flat (making them easier to remove).

In EX trim levels and higher, the Honda Odyssey EX receives new tri-color floor mats and illuminated USB ports. Odyssey. EX-L and higher get restyled seats with contrast stitching, power lumbar support for the front passenger seat, and second row seatback pockets. Odyssey Elite models have perforated leather for the first and second row seats, with contrast stitching and piping on all three rows. Elite also features exclusive dash trim and second-row seatback pockets.

Honda is giving all 2021 Odyssey models standard Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver assistance technology. Previously it was only standard on EX trims and above. Additionally, the automaker has added adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, pedestrian emergency braking, and a rear seat reminder to the mix.

On Touring and Elite trims, rear seat reminder uses the CabinWatch camera to display the rear seating area on the Display Audio screen, the first integration of a rear-seat camera with a rear-seat reminder system in the industry.

The minivan retains its proven 3.5-liter V6 that achieves 280 horsepower. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Additional information will be available at the New York Auto Show in April. Full pricing will be available when the 2021 Odyssey goes on sale later this year.

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