The 2021 Honda Odyssey has been launched in Australia in a big facelift aimed at enhancing the large people carrier and trying to steer sales away from SUVs. While the mechanical package is identical, a new exterior design now features, as well as an upgraded interior with new tech and a standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features.
“Odyssey has been the undisputed leader in the people mover private market for nine consecutive years,” said Mr. Robert Thorp, General Manager – Product, Customer and Communications, Honda Australia.
“When it came time to purchase a new vehicle to transport their family, since 2012 more private buyers have chosen the Honda Odyssey than any other people mover.
“With the introduction of the updated 2021 Year Model, the Odyssey range now offers more comfort, convenience and innovative technology features than ever before – it is a first-class people mover designed to suit the needs of family car buyers.”
Honda has restyled the front and rear ends of the 2021 Honda Odyssey for a more premium look – larger headlights with a huge new grille now feature, as well as redesigned tailights, 17-inch alloy wheels and front and rear bumpers. The Odyssey now features scrolling front and rear LED indicators too – a feature new to Hondas in Australia.
The interior of the 2021 Honda Odyssey has also been revamped with a new dashboard layout that echoes the design of the new generation Civic, new materials, a new 8.0-inch touchscreen and a new steering wheel. Seven seats are now standard on both the Vi L7 and Vi LX7 – previously eight seats were available on the entry-level car.
Honda has introduced a new naming structure for the Odyssey, with the entry-level model now called Vi L7 and the upper spec called Vi LX7. Entry level models are now equipped with HondaSensing, which includes tech like automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Vi L7 also includes LED lighting, leather upholstery with heated front seats, power rear doors, single-zone climate control and keyless entry and start.
The Vi LX7 then adds inbuilt satellite navigation, tri-zone climate control, rear privacy glass, ambient lighting, a sunroof, a hands-free tailgate, auto-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming mirror and an electric driver’s seat with memory functionality.
Both Odyssey grades continue with a Euro 6-compliant 129kW/225Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a CVT automatic transmission. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 8.0L/100km and CO2 emissions at 183g/km.
2021 Honda Odyssey pricing (plus on-road costs):
Vi L7: $44,250
Vi LX7: $51,150
Premium paint: no cost