For the last 25 years, Honda has been evolving the popular minivan known as the Odyssey. With available seating for seven or eight people, families all across the country love the new 2020 Honda Odyssey. Offered in five trim levels, you can find one that is best equipped to suit the needs of your family.
Large families can take advantage of the three rows of seating and up to 38.6 cubic feet of space behind the back row (when properly configured). This massive vehicle has a maximum cargo area of 158 cubic feet if you fold the second and third rows down. This is ideal for when you need to move things across town. No matter which interior configuration you need for the day, this vehicle is customizable to meet the challenges of your everyday lifestyle.
This minivan is so popular that Kelley Blue Book has awarded the 2020 Best Buy2: Minivan title to the Odyssey. With a slew of convenience, entertainment, comfort, and safety features, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something you don’t love about this set of wheels. In the middle of its fifth-generation, the Honda Odyssey will not disappoint. This is one of the most impressive minivans on the market today. It’s loaded with safety features under the Honda Sensing suite, and it includes the best in-cabin entertainment options for the entire family to enjoy. You can even get one with a Blu-ray player so that your little ones can enjoy watching their favorite films during long drives.
In this article, we will cover all the key points about performance, interior features, and exterior styling elements to help you figure out if this is the right vehicle for your family.
Things get really easy when it comes to what’s under the hood of the 2020 Honda Odyssey. All of the models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes equipped with front-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission regardless of the trim chosen.
The 2020 Honda Odyssey has an estimated fuel economy rating of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (23 mpg combined)3. It can also tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is great if you like to take a trailer with ATVs camping on the weekends. This Odyssey also comes with an Intelligent traction management system with snow mode for driving in poor weather conditions. Hill-start assist is another performance feature that comes standard as well.
If you think that all minivans are boring, think again. The 2020 Honda Odyssey is loaded with the coolest tech gadgets which vary depending on the trim level. There are five to choose from, and each one is designed to fit a certain lifestyle. Let’s break them all down.
The base LX model includes a wonderful suite of comfort and convenience features. The cloth-covered front seats are power-adjustable 8-ways, and the third row of seating is 60/40 split-folding to make configuring the cargo area quick and easy. The advanced infotainment interface is displayed on a 5-inch monitor that comes with dual USB ports for charging your mobile devices. This system also works with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and texting. A rearview camera is included to assist with backing out of tight or crowded spaces, and you can listen to your favorite music through the 7-speaker stereo system with a subwoofer.
Next is the EX trim level. This one adds even more convenient features such as power-sliding back doors and tri-zone climate control with humidity control and air filtration. The sliding mechanism for the second-row seats has been enhanced, and the middle seat can be removed completely. The infotainment interface has been upgraded with a larger 8-inch touchscreen, and it also operates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless app and audio integration.
HD radio and satellite radio have also been added for more music listening options. Additional safety features include emergency braking, blindspot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. Also, the rearview camera gets handy guidelines to help you backup more accurately. Protective floor mats are included in the front and in the back two rows to keep the carpet from getting dirty.
The mid-level EX-L begins to add a few luxury features, including a noise-reducing windshield, a power liftgate, and a sunroof. With these, you can easily load up the back of the minivan even if you have your hands full, drive in peace, and enjoy a nice outside breeze.
This model also gets upgraded leather upholstery throughout the cabin and heated front seats. You have the option to upgrade to an advanced navigation system with this trim as well. It goes without saying this trim adds a navigation system with voice-recognition and HD digital traffic updates. You can get to your destination by taking the fastest route available, and you never have to worry about being lost in an unfamiliar area again.
Other upgrades to this trim can be seen in the back area of the Odyssey. A 10.2-inch overhead display is located in the second row of seating, and a Blu-ray player has also been added. To make sure that all the passengers can hear you, Honda has also equipped this model with a cabin intercom system. The one-touch power moonroof has a tilt feature, and the upgraded driver’s seat can be adjusted 12-way with lumbar support and memory settings. The rearview mirror is auto-dimming, and two additional USB ports have been added to the back row.
Next is the Touring model. Upgrades to this trim include a hands-free power liftgate and a rear-cabin monitoring system called CabinWatch. You can see what’s going on in the back of the vehicle without having to turn around. An integrated vacuum cleaner helps keep the cabin spotless, and a Wifi hotspot allows you and your passengers to stay connected with the world everywhere you go. Rear parking sensors have also been added to assist with parallel street parking.
Finally, the top-of-the-line Elite trim adds a heated steering wheel to keep your hands warm in the winter and ventilated front seats for cooling in the summer. The stereo system has also been upgraded with 11 speakers and a subwoofer, and a wireless charging pad helps to keep the cabin de-cluttered.
On the outside, the Honda Odyssey looks like a minivan, but it’s so much more than that. Exterior styling elements vary depending on the trim level. Let’s go over each one.
The base LX rolls on 18-inch light silver-painted aluminum wheels and features a tire pressure monitoring system that alerts you when you need to add some air. Daytime running lights and multi-reflector halogen headlamps with auto-off provide enhanced visibility. It also comes with remote entry so that you can get your mornings started off right. Rear privacy glass prevents passersby from peeking in the back while you’re away from the vehicle as well.
Next is the EX model. Riding on 18-inch silver-painted alloy wheels, this version of the Odyssey comes with foglamps for optimized visibility and multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto on/off and WiperLink. The body-colored side mirrors are heated and feature integrated turn signal indicators. The EX-L sub trim doesn’t receive any notable exterior changes.
The Touring version drives on 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with dark gray inserts. Both the foglamps and headlights have been upgraded to LED bulbs, and the hands-free tailgate is programmable to suit your height.
Finally, the Elite trim adds larger 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with gloss black inserts. The body-colored, power-folding side mirrors are heated and have integrated turn signal indicators. Rain-sensing wipers are perfect for inclement weather days.
As for paint colors, the 2020 Honda Odyssey is available in eight shades, including Crystal Black Pearl, Forest Mist Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Pacific Pewter Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Deep Scarlet Pearl.