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The refreshed 2021 Honda Odyssey will debut its updated face and amenities at the New York Auto Show in April, assuming the Coronavirus won't force the event's cancellation like the Geneva Motor Show. Sales of the updated minivan will begin later in the year, and Honda will announce pricing closer to launch.

Compared to the existing Odyssey, the 2021 model has revised LED headlights with the running lights now in the outer corners and more discernable lamps, akin to the jewel-like design on Acura products. The grille is mostly black except for a chrome strip of trim on top that spans the width of the vehicle. The lower fascia only has an inlet in the center and stacked foglights at the corners. There's gloss black trim under the rear window. In addition, the Elite trim level has redesigned 19-inch wheels and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Gallery: 2021 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Sensing driver-assistance suite of technology is now standard on all grades of the Odyssey. The system also gains adaptive cruise control with low-speed-following and pedestrian emergency braking. Plus, there's a new rear-seat reminder that emits an audible alert for drivers to double-check the back so that they don't leave a child or pet in the vehicle. In addition, the Touring and Elite grades use the CabinWatch camera to show the rear seats on the infotainment display.

Inside, Honda changes the design for the climate controls, and the second-row seats are easier to fold and remove. The EX grade and higher gains tri-color floor mats and illuminated USB ports. In addition, the EX-L and above grades have seats with contrast stitching, power lumbar support for the front passenger seat, and storage pockets in the second-row seatback. For the Touring and Elite, the cabin has piano black trim covering the dashboard, doors, and front door handles. Finally, the range-topping Elite has perforated leather for the first and second row.

Honda leaves the drivetrain alone. A 3.5-liter V6 still makes 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts), and it hooks up to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

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2021 Honda Odyssey to Debut at New York Auto Show with Fresh Exterior Style, Premium Interior Upgrades, and an Industry-First Rear Seat Reminder with Camera System

March 9, 2020 — TORRANCE, Calif.
New LED headlights and freshened exterior styling for all grades
Interior receives several available premium design and feature upgrades
Industry-first Rear-Seat Reminder system which integrates CabinWatch®
Honda Sensing® now standard on all trims
Odyssey has been America's #1 retail-selling minivan for 10 straight years
Honda's 2020 New York International Auto show exhibit will feature the world debut of its refreshed 2021 Odyssey, the retail best-selling minivan in America ten years running. The 2021 version of Honda's "Ultimate Family Vehicle" gets numerous upgrades to styling, technology and safety features including an upgraded suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies for all grades, and an innovative industry-first Rear-Seat Reminder system integrated with the vehicle's CabinWatch® rear-seat camera system.

Major upgrades to the 2021 Honda Odyssey include more powerful and efficient LED headlights, a redesigned blackout grille topped by a chrome strip, and a redesigned lower front facia and fog light housings. New gloss-black trim under the rear window, accented by a chrome strip, echoes the new grille treatment. Odyssey Elite receives newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Changes inside include updated climate controls and second-row seatbacks that fold flat for easier seat removal. EX and higher trims get new tri-color floor mats and illuminated USB ports, while EX-L and higher receive restyled seats with contrast stitching, power lumbar support for the front passenger seat, and second row seatback pockets. Touring and Elite add new piano black trim on the dash, doors and front door handles, and the line-topping Odyssey Elite receives 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.  

All 2021 Honda Odyssey trims will come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, previously standard on EX and above trims. Honda Sensing® is now enhanced with new features that include Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Pedestrian Emergency Braking.

Also new for the 2021 model year is Odyssey's Rear-Seat Reminder system which is designed to prompt drivers to check their rear seating area before exiting the vehicle, with an audible alert and a warning message in the driver's display. On Touring and Elite trims, the system 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 2021 Odyssey is anticipated to earn a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS, including the highest available rating of "Good" in all collision tests and a "Superior" rating for frontal cash prevention when equipped with Honda Sensing®.

American families have purchased more than 1.1 million Odyssey minivans, and Odyssey has consistently set the standard for family-friendly features, space and sporty driving performance in a minivan. Odyssey was the first to introduce minivan staples such as third-row seats that fold into the floor, the first built-in vacuum cleaner (HondaVac), and the first in-cabin rear-seat camera system, CabinWatch.

Powered by a 3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V6 engine with 280 horsepower, Odyssey comes exclusively with Honda's advanced 10-speed automatic transmission along with push-button start. The Odyssey's powerful and refined V6 engine also utilizes Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the capacity to seamlessly switch between three- and six-cylinder operation. 

The 2021 Honda Odyssey for the North American market is made exclusively at Honda's Lincoln, Alabama auto plant, alongside Pilot, Passport, and Ridgeline, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Its V6 engine is also manufactured in Alabama, with its 10-speed automatic transmission manufactured exclusively at Honda's Tallapoosa, Georgia facility.

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.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2019, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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