Performance and Safety
The Honda Odyssey's Powerful Engine
The Honda Odyssey is a pretty big car, which means you’ll need a pretty big engine to haul it all, and fortunately, the base powertrain delivers. Beneath the hood of the entry-level Honda Odyssey is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can produce up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission accompanies this entry powertrain. Fuel economy for this model is estimated at 19 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway, which amounts to 22 MPG combined.2
While this entry powertrain is great, it is the only one that you’ll find in the Honda Odyssey. By only including one powertrain to focus on, buyers can instead put more attention in interior features such as infotainment, safety, and tech that enhances the comfort level of the 2020 Honda Odyssey.
Incredible Safety Features
With all of the advanced tech packed into the Honda Odyssey, it should come as no surprise that this minivan would come with a slew of safety features as well. While many drivers have come to expect basics such as seatbelts and airbags, the Honda Odyssey takes things a step further by including active safety and driver assistance features that proactively protect the driver. For instance, if you step into the EX trim model, you’ll find automatic emergency braking, which is a feature that’ll automatically apply the brakes when the vehicle detects a collision is imminent.
Adaptive cruise control is also standard in the EX trim, which elevates the standard cruise control feature. This system uses cameras and sensors to sense the flow of traffic and adjust your speed accordingly. Blind-spot monitors also make piloting the Honda Odyssey a breeze as you can take advantage of far greater road awareness. All of these features combine to make the Honda Odyssey a vehicle that actively works to protect its drivers and provide a seamless and thrilling driving experience.
Exterior Features of the 2020 Honda Odyssey
In terms of style, the Honda Odyssey utilizes a classic aesthetic that has continued to hold true across generations of previous minivans. That said, the Honda Odyssey does utilize some modern accents that bring out this minivans individuality. Take the front grille with its double silver bars and Honda badge, which falls in line with other models within the Honda family lineup. The main headlights also offer an angular style that is consistent with the sharp lines that encompass the rest of the Honda Odyssey’s body. And classic of all minivans is the sliding passenger doors, which, besides a bit of high-tech flair, hasn’t changed much, and it doesn’t need to. The Honda Odyssey is a minivan, but it is one that looks good on the road and leans into its aesthetic without appearing like all the others of its class.
Passenger and Cargo Volume
The 2020 Honda Odyssey is quite a large vehicle, with enough room for eight passengers in total. When in the back seats, passengers will be able to enjoy 40.9 inches of legroom in the second row and 38.1 inches of legroom in the third row. As a result, even when the Honda Odyssey is filled to the brim, everyone will get enough room to move around freely. The 2020 Honda Odyssey also provides more than enough room for all of your luggage and then some. While you’ll get 38.6 cubic feet of cargo with every seat filled, that number quickly expands to 92.0 cubic feet when the third row of seating is folded down. And if you really need to transport your things, you can fold the second row as well, which expands the overall cargo space to 158 cubic feet. All totaled, the Honda Odyssey is one of the largest models within the Honda family lineup and makes the perfect people and object mover.
In terms of modern comfort, the Honda Odyssey comes with plenty to enjoy. While base models utilize high-quality cloth and soft to the touch plastic, higher-end models amp up what’s offered by providing leather as well. Any great modern minivan is going to come with an abundance of technology, and the 2020 Honda Odyssey certainly doesn’t disappoint. Even base models come equipped with a 5.0-inch infotainment screen that’s partnered with Bluetooth connectivity. Two USB charging ports, accompany this infotainment screen, providing you a place to connect your phone, or simply extend the battery life of your smartphone. If you upgrade to the EX model, you’ll get even more in the way of advanced technology. That 5.0-inch infotainment screen expands to 8.0 inches and uses software that is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
In the EX trim, the rear doors get a nifty power sliding mechanism, and the front seats are heated. In the EX-L trim, the infotainment system gets a pretty fascinating in-car PA system, which uses the Bluetooth microphone onboard to broadcast to the third row, so as to make shouting to the back seat passengers a thing of the past. In these top-tier trims, the infotainment system comes with a 180-degree view of the interior cabin, so you can keep an eye on the kids even when behind the wheel. This infotainment system also gets some pretty comprehensive navigation functionality, so that you’ll never get lost when out on the road. When you add in the RES package, you can get some pretty incredible features such as leather seating and a rear-seat entertainment system so that your passengers never get bored, even on long road trips. This rear-seat entertainment system is also more like an iPad than the basic display screens of the past. Measuring in 10.2 inches, with an internet connection, and touch-functionality, these entertainment systems are pretty all-encompassing in their approach.
The 2020 Honda Odyssey Elite
The top-trim Odyssey Elite, though, takes this minivan to the next level. For instance, the Elite trim provides an in-car vacuum cleaner, which makes for quick and easy cleaning. Front seats get heating as well as cooling, and a premium audio system elevates the entire listening experience. The 2020 Honda Odyssey Elite can also be made to be smartphone-friendly, adding in a wireless smartphone charging station, so you never have to bother with troublesome cords. And thanks to the wi-fi hotspot, you can take to the road without ever having to feel disconnected. This top-trim Honda Odyssey rolls on a set of 19-inch tires, so the ride is always smooth and comfortable.