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The minivan segment is no longer as popular as it used to be, but Honda is not taking things lightly with its Odyssey.

The Japanese automaker announced that the reliable Honda minivan is getting some much-needed updates that will help it compete against other minivans from rival brands such as the revised Chrysler Pacifica and the upcoming redesigned Toyota Sienna.

Part of the changes to the 2021 Odyssey is a revised exterior styling and a nicer interior trim for the premium variants.

It will come with new front-end features such as LED headlights that look similar to the Civic and Accord, a restyled grille, and a unique lower fascia. There is also going to be extra chrome and gloss black trim, while the Elite trim’s 19-inch wheels will get a different design.

For the interior updates, Honda is looking to make the Odyssey’s higher trims feel more upscale by giving them premium upgrades. The range-topping Elite trim, for example, will be fitted with special leather seats that have contrasting piping and stitching. 

Interior of 2021 Honda Odyssey
Honda is looking to make the Odyssey’s higher trims feel more upscale by giving them premium interior upgrades. | Source: Honda

Other models, meanwhile, will get tri-color floor mats, piano black trim, and revised climate controls.

According to Honda, the second-row seats also fold differently to make them easier to move.

The entry-level LX trim will get the same driver-assistance features that were previously released as standard features on all other models. A rear-seat reminder system will also be installed.

In terms of powertrain, there will be no changes to the upcoming Odyssey. It will still be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 280 horsepower paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. But Honda made it clear that the Odyssey will not offer an all-wheel-drive version unlike the Sienna and the Pacifica.

The updated Honda Odyssey is expected to debut at the New York auto show next month while sales are set to begin later this year.

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