As SUVs have taken the arena by means of hurricane, it’s no longer exhausting to peer why households have moved clear of other people movers.
However other people movers typically be offering extra seating area and higher baggage garage, regardless of how large their SUV opposite numbers appearance.
The fifth-generation Honda Odyssey has simply benefitted from a styling replace, maintaining it recent because it rolls into its 8th 12 months on sale.
Does the new-look 2021 Honda Odyssey pack sufficient price to conquer the hot Kia Carnival, together with the numerous large SUVs vying for circle of relatives greenbacks?
The Honda Odyssey is to be had in two guises in Australia. The entry-level Vi L7 is priced from $44,250 sooner than on-road prices.
The next move up the variability and the top-specification type examined here’s the Honda Odyssey Vi LX7, which is priced from $51,550 sooner than on-roads.
4 colors are to be had around the vary. All 4 metal and pearl colors can also be optioned at no cost.
Honda has got rid of the choice of 8 seats from the Odyssey, with it now completely being to be had with seven seats (together with two captain’s chairs in the second one row).
At the outdoor you’ll to find 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with adaptive beam, energy sliding doorways with gesture keep watch over, privateness glass, and an influence tailgate.
Within the cabin there’s an 8.0-inch infotainment display screen with built in satellite tv for pc navigation, smartphone mirroring (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), tri-zone computerized local weather keep watch over, leather-based seats, heated seats for first row, energy motive force and entrance passenger seats, ambient lights, surround-view cameras, a virtual motive force’s show, and area saver spare tyre.
There aren’t any choice packs to be had.
The Honda Odyssey was once closing examined in 2014 the place it accomplished a most five-star ANCAP score. The score doesn’t lift over to the facelifted type.
All over trying out it accomplished an general crash score of 32.75 out of 37.
Usual protection apparatus contains low- and high-speed self sufficient emergency braking, adaptive cruise keep watch over, blind-spot tracking, lane-keeping assistant, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure caution.
Whilst the Odyssey comes with a surround-view digicam, disappointingly it has no entrance or rear parking sensors.
I went into this evaluation assuming that given the Odyssey platform’s age, the inner can be relatively dated and at the back of the remainder of its competition.
A lot to my marvel, the hot Odyssey is effectively offered with superb are compatible and end. Whilst cars just like the Carnival purpose to thrill with flash lighting fixtures and massive monitors, the Odyssey sticks to the fundamentals with soft-touch surfaces and elegantly-presented finishes.
The leather-based seats really feel like a large heat hug with armrests on each side of the 2 second-row captain’s chairs and at the inside aspects of the primary row of seats.
In the case of generation, the Odyssey feels a step at the back of the contest. The 8.0-inch infotainment display screen feels a era previous in the case of measurement.
It additionally misses out on DAB+ virtual radio, but it surely does make up for it with stressed out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
There’s additionally a third-party Garmin satellite tv for pc navigation device in-built that takes the brink off desiring to have your telephone attached to the auto to make use of navigation purposes.
The sound device is a six-speaker stereo, which does the process for essentially the most phase. Excluding a couple of USB ports within the first row, the remainder of the auto strangely has no USB connectivity to price gadgets, a large oversight in our opinion.
Each the primary and moment rows function the similar form of person luxurious seats. Whilst the primary row gives electrical adjustment, the second one row is manually slid forwards, backwards and reclined.
There’s additionally the technique to slide the second one row seats sideways to create a walkway to the 0.33 row.
Whilst the second one row seats are comfy, we discovered the hump between the primary and moment rows robs second-row passengers of leg room. It elevates the location of the second one row occupant’s ft and makes seating a little bit awkward.
It’s because of the spare tyre sitting in a hollow space underneath the primary row. It’s an atypical placement given how tough it will be to take away if the auto is loaded with property and also you’re caught at the facet of the street.
Above the second one row seats is a panel devoted to the 0.33 zone of local weather keep watch over. It’s simple to make use of and adjustable air vents for the second one and 0.33 rows are positioned within the roof pillar.
The 0.33 row seats two adults in relative convenience, with sufficient room for 3 kids abreast.
Within the boot you’ll to find 331 litres of shipment area with the 0.33 row in position.
Manually folding and latching the 0.33 row into the ground exposes as much as 1672L with the second one row in position and as much as 1867L of area with the second one row slid all of the manner forwards.
The second one row doorways and tailgate are electrically operated. They may be able to be actuated the use of the important thing, buttons along the motive force’s knee, or when it comes to the 2 facet doorways the use of a handsfree movement sensor.
Powering the 2021 Honda Odyssey is a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 129kW of energy and 225Nm of torque.
It’s mated to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and claims to devour 8.0L/100km at the mixed cycle.
All over trying out with a mixture of town and freeway using, our determine was once nearer to the 10L/100km mark.
The engine operates on 91RON common unleaded gas and the auto carries a tare mass of 1844kg.
As with maximum Honda merchandise, the Odyssey is quiet and comfy at the open street. There’s little or no tyre or wind noise within the cabin at the highway, which is excellent for long-distance drives.
I rounded out the engine segment by means of explaining that the Odyssey weighs slightly below 1900kg.
When mated to an engine that produces simply 225Nm of torque, the Odyssey can really feel slow when unladen and that feeling turns into amplified when you’ve got a complete supplement of passengers on board.
Whilst the engine is easy and works smartly with its CVT, it will get awfully thrashy whilst you get caught into the throttle for such things as overtaking or seeking to stay alongside of quicker shifting visitors from the lighting fixtures.
Compared to one thing just like the Kia Carnival, the Odyssey feels definitely gradual. Whilst the Carnival is round 10 in keeping with cent heavier, the diesel has an additional 215Nm of torque and the petrol V6 an extra 130Nm. Those make a large distinction when the auto is stuffed with other people and their issues.
In the event you put acceleration to at least one facet, the Odyssey rides fantastically and offers smartly with corrugations, velocity humps and cobblestones – all of the facets of an ordinary city grind.
Out at the open street it in a similar fashion plays smartly with a comfy experience and superb frame keep watch over.
Visibility out the entrance, aspects and rear is excellent, with facet imaginative and prescient aided by means of a blind-spot track. Whilst the standard of the reverse-view digicam is excellent, the loss of entrance and rear parking sensors could make tight parks a bit of of a chore.
Unusually, the Odyssey handles effectively. It’s no longer as sporty as the former era, but it surely’s attractive and feels extra spirited than a high-riding SUV. It’s no longer a sports activities automobile, but it surely gained’t shy clear of a couple of corners over a mountain cross.
Paddle shifters hooked up to the guidance wheel permit you to take price of digital ‘gears’ at the CVT to extract the engine’s best possible.
Top torque hits at 4000rpm whilst top energy comes on at 6200rpm, so the engine is keen on excessive revs to deal with tempo.
Similar to the Kia Carnival, the Honda Odyssey is front-wheel pressure. The primary explanation why is for packaging – you’ll do away with a centre driveshaft and the related tunnel by means of getting rid of the desire for rear-wheel pressure.
Fortunately hybrids pass additional to resolve this factor by means of packaging electrical motors at the rear axle, which provides an additional torque mechanism and additional gets rid of the desire for a driveshaft – although the two.0-litre hybrid Odyssey offered in Japan isn’t introduced right here.
Honda gives a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guaranty with the Odyssey.
Servicing is needed each and every six months or 10,000km (whichever happens first).
Prices are capped for the primary 5 years or 100,000km. Over a five-year duration, servicing comes out to $2993, or a mean of $299.30 in keeping with carrier every six months.
As a comparability, it’s round $500 dearer to carrier than the diesel and petrol Carnival, although the Kia’s durations are twelve months/15,000km.
At the floor the Honda Odyssey items as a tight other people mover. It’s sharply priced, has a lot of room within, and springs with lots of the bells and whistles you’d be expecting.
In the long run although, it’s let down by means of a lacklustre engine and the peculiar omission of parking sensors, USB issues, and virtual radio.
It’s value making an allowance for the access point Kia Carnival is round the similar worth. Whilst it misses out on some options usual within the Odyssey, it comes with 8 seats as an alternative of 7 in addition to the choice of a petroleum V6 or four-cylinder turbo-diesel.
Honda’s newest iteration of the Odyssey items excellent price for cash, however in the end it’s outclassed by means of the awesome Kia Carnival.
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