Fun Family Drive Experiences: 2021 Honda Odyssey

By Shereen Shabnam

The new redesigned 2021 Honda Odyssey comes with a host of new and improved comfort and convenience features which makes it an ideal car for modern families. We drove it for a week and enjoyed the combination of space, flexibility, safety, style and upgraded technology and found it to be the ultimate fun-family vehicle.

It is currently the most sophisticated and technologically advanced minivan in its segment with a refreshed overall design, upgraded technology features, and advanced Active and Passive Safety specifications and focuses on capabilities required by families with children.

Exterior Styling

The 2021 Odyssey now features more powerful and efficient LED headlights as part of a new front-end design that includes a new front bumper fascia with redesigned fog light, and a bold new blackout grille topped by a chrome strip. The design is echoed in the rear with new gloss-black trim under the rear window, accented by a chrome strip. The Odyssey Touring grade gets 19-inch alloy wheels in a new design.

We liked the Hands-Free Assist feature, which allows the driver to open and close the tailgate with a simple kick action under the rear bumper when their hands are full.  

Interior Styling

The Odyssey is comfortable and versatile when it comes to interior styling and cabin environment with different convenience features and state of the art technologies. It can easily accommodate up to eight passengers and a multitude of cargo in different shapes and sizes.

The Odyssey boasts of a new and soft touch instrument panel, which includes a full colour and an interactive 8-inch Display Audio Touch Screen, Stop Start button, Electronic Parking Brake with Brake Hold function, ventilated seats and a new push button gear selector.

In addition, the 7-inch Digital Driver Information Interface with direct sight to the driver ensures that relevant information such as phonebook, fuel consumption; remaining distance, select app control, turn by turn direction when using the navigation and even Honda SensingTM (touring grade only) are accessible and easy to read.

Technology

The Redesigned Honda Odyssey is a technologically advanced vehicle, which offers the latest features in technology and connectivity. Some of the features on the Touring grade include a full colour 8-inch Display Audio Touchscreen, Apple CarPlayTM app, Honda CabinWatchTM which iscamera with night vision allows the driver and the front passenger to view the rear passengers’ seats on the Display Audio Touch Screen and Honda CabinTalkTM allows the driver to easily talk with the passengers in other seats.

Passengers in the second- and third-row seating can enjoy engaging content on a 10.2-inch screen using the HDMI input to connect major media devices or through the BluRay DVD/CD player. To keep the children occupied, it even has the “How Much FartherTM” app, which provides a fun way to track remaining KMs and travel time to a destination.

Safety and Performance

The Redesigned Honda Odyssey is equipped with some of the best specs for Active and Passive Safety. It is equipped with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE™) Body Structure, which is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions.

The Odyssey is equipped with Dual Stage Multiple Threshold Front Airbags, Front Side Airbags, Three-Row Side Curtain Airbags, Drivers and Front Passengers Knee Airbags to ensure maximum safety. The Touring Grade of the redesigned Honda Odyssey is equipped with the Honda SensingTM suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to alert the driver to things they might miss while driving.

Verdict

A perfect car for the family and for companies where a few executives need to travel long distances together and require a spacious, comfortable car with a luxurious interior.

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