2020 Honda Odyssey Hybrid Canada Release Date – Honda sold 56,611 units of the Odyssey in the first seven months of the year, or 6.5 percent less than the January-July 2018 range. In an effort to boost sales, the minivan is entering the 2020 model year with an optional 25th anniversary accessory package to mark a quarter of a century since Odyssy’s 1994 launch in North America. Priced at $ 1,500 or $ 2,800 if you go for the exclusive dealer-installed 19-inch wheels, the package bundles a chrome roof bracket and body side moldings, while the chrome rear bumper protector and the special key fob are also part of the deal. To sweeten the pot, Honda will add illuminated sill plates with the anniversary logo, along with special badges adorning the front fenders and tailgate.
Perhaps more important is the company’s decision to make the 10-speed automatic transmission standard across the range, which is the same thing we can say about the Idle stop system. The latter cuts fuel consumption by automatically switching off the engine after the Odyssey comes to a stop for at least two seconds. When the driver releases the brake pedal, the engine starts again.
Speaking of engine, all versions of the Alabama-built minivan are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet (355 Newton-meters) of torque on the barrel.
Prices start at $ 31,785 (including $ 1,095 destination charging) for the base 2020 Honda Odyssey LX and rise to $ 48,415 for the Range-topping Elite trim. Even the base model has automatic climate control, multi-angle rear camera, push button start and two USB ports. Go for the flagship trim trim and you get niceties like LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, power-folding mirrors, a better sound system, power tailgate, automatic wipers, Tri-zone climate control and a heated steering wheel .
To mark the Odyssey’s transition into the 2020 model year, Honda has dropped an unusually large photo gallery with the fifth generation of its people mover.
The 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite is not to be trifled with. Honda has worked to perfect it over many model years, and few, if any, competitors can match it. From comfort to ability to safety to driving quality, Odyssey simply excels.
It has a few flaws, like styling that do not stir emotions and an average infotainment system. It is also not offered with all-wheel drive such as the Toyota Sienna, or as a plug-in hybrid like the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid. Among traditional minivans, however, it is still one of the best.
While beauty is in the eye of the lilac, one cannot easily argue Odyssey is classically beautiful. In fact, it is a bit strange looking, as are many of Honda’s vehicles today. If we were to isolate an element that casts the entire design acylter, that’s the character lines on the side of the van. There are two, one that originates over the front wheels and one that starts low in front of the rear wheels. They each turn as they walk along the side of the van in opposite directions, thus enclosing the doors and door handles between them.
Draw lines like these are supposed to serve a visual purpose, usually highlighting something a designer wants to emphasize; At Odyssey, they serve no purpose and design would be improved without them. Honda is also guilty of blacking out a portion of the D-pillar to create a “floating roof” effect, which is perhaps the most over forged style element of modern Automotive design.
While styling may not be to our taste, it is functional. In particular, Odyssen’s window line rises from the bottom corner of the A-pillar and then falls just before the C-pillar. This drop creates a much larger window area for third-row passengers to look through, which helps make back seat travel in Odyssey a pleasure rather than a pain.
On the inside, Odyssey is all business. The interior is not as much designed as it is assembled to be as functional as possible. The only salute to the aesthetics of our test vehicle was the presence of a light beige interior color scheme. If it was absent, the cabin would be a spectrum of gray and black.
Otherwise, Odyssy’s interior design looks high-tech in shape. There are no analog gauges behind the wheel. Instead, you’ve got a Digital Speedometer graphically and numerically representing your speed. It’s like you’re driving a Japanese sports car from the late ’80s. The middle stack also looks like a banner Control Panel on the U.S.S. Enterprise. A push-button gear selector is present in place of a gear change, and a burst of physical buttons is placed under the flush-mounted infotainment screen. Again, it’s not very pretty, but it’s very functional.
Odyssey is the epitome of comfort. There is not a bad space in the house and this thing seats seven people. All the seats, but especially the front ones, support a painless posture for comfortable long-distance driving. The hip point of the seats — the height of the seat cushion relative to your hips when standing outside — is also perfect for people of average height, so entering is a matter of sliding in, not climbing. Finally, the third row is a legitimately good place for anyone to occupy, even adults. As mentioned, the windows are large so it is not claustrophobic and head and leg room is good for average sized people.
Being a minivan, Odyssey offers excellent load-carrying capabilities as well. In particular, the third row of the Odyssey, which Honda calls the Magic Seat, is the easiest to stow among all three-row vehicles, and it includes those with a Power-folding feature. From the upright position of the seat, stowing each side of the 60/40 split Magic Seat simply requires pulling a strap and letting gravity do the work of turning the seats backwards into the deep well where they disappear, leaving only a flat cargo floor.
Removing second row seats is not so easy; they need to be lifted out the old-fashioned way (sorry, no Stow ‘N Go seats here). However, they have a unique sliding feature that lets you push the outboard seats closer to the middle or pull them out. It’s a handy feature when trying to fit three car seats together on the second row. What’s it called? Magic slide, of course.
With all rear seats either stowed or removed, the cargo area looks like a Blimp hangar. There is space for a 4×8 sheet of plywood to fit. Of the tire, Honda says the Odyssey will fit 158 cubic feet of cargo in this configuration, making it as useful for hauling things as a Ford F-150.
The Odyssey suspension and good sound insulation also contribute to the perfect score in this category. The ride is not overly soft and the suspension isolates the occupants from irregular weather and keeps the body’s movements in check. There’s Nary a squeak or rattle – a testament to Honda’s build quality – and arguments between the rear-seat passengers won’t be interrupted by outside sounds from things like the road, wind, and engine creeping in.
This may be a minivan, but in terms of comfort, it is the most affordable limousine money can buy.
The most unusual thing about Odyssey in terms of performance is that there is someone to talk about. In a world of minivans, qualities like acceleration and handling usually aren’t even mentioned as an option, let alone discussed over whether they’re any good. With the Odyssey, though, they are worth mentioning.
In terms of power, the Odyssey comes packing heat in the form of a High-Tech 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. These numbers are not the best in class (the V6-powered Chrysler Pacifica offers 287 HP and 262 lb-ft), but they are quite close. Plus, the Odyssey engine is backed by a lot of Tech. It has cylinder deactivation technology that saves fuel when operating under light loads, such as highway cruising, and is backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s another gear than the Chrysler Pacifica and two more than the Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona. That may not sound like much of an advantage, but the more gears there are, the more likely the transmission can match the needs of a given situation, whether it’s power or fuel efficiency.
The Odyssey also gets a Nik for being the best handling minivan. Again, good handling is not the kind of thing one associates with minivans, but Odyssey handles more like a car than any of its competitors. The suspension strikes a good balance between comfort and stability, which means that Odyssey doesn’t just roll over and roughly steer when the wheel is turned more than ten degrees. There is Body roll, of course, but odyssey behavior on the road is always under control. It avoids excessive body movements that plague many of its competitors during maneuvers as simple as leaving a freeway or crossing train rails.
One explanation may be its center of gravity (CoG). While we don’t have the tools to measure Odyssy’s CoG versus the competitors, from the seat of our pants, it feels lower to the ground. This would explain it being more planted and less Tippy in turns. The only other minivan to show similar handling is the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid, which probably has the lowest CoG of any minivan because it carries hundreds of extra pounds of batteries under the floor.
Speaking of electric propulsion, Honda doesn’t offer a plug-in hybrid version of the Odyssey just like Chrysler does with Pacifica, nor does it offer all-wheel drive as an option like the Toyota Sienna. In this regard, Odyssey is more of an Old-School minivan that can work for most, but not all, of the families’ needs.
Safety is an important consideration for families, and Honda has it well covered. All Odysseys except the base LX trim level come standard with Honda sensing, a suite of advanced safety technology that actively helps you avoid accidents. Honda sensing includes automatic emergency braking, a Lane departure warning and Lane-Keep Assist system, and Adaptive Cruise Control. In addition, the same trim levels are also standard with blind-spot warning and rear Cross-Traffic alarm systems. Finally, the touring and Elite trims are also standard with front and rear parking sensors. Together, these features and their Cross-trim availability make Odyssey one of the safest minivans you can buy no matter how much you spend.
The latest Odyssey has been crash tested by both the Federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Private Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It earned an overall five-star rating from the NHTSA and a top safety pick Award from IIHS. The only reason it doesn’t earn a coveted IIHS top safety pick plus price was that the headlights at the cheaper trim levels in Odyssey don’t meet the organization’s stringent new standards.
Fuel economy for the various minivans for sale does not vary much from fire to fire. The Odyssey, Pacifica, and not-all-wheel-drive Sienna are all rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 22 miles per gallon combined. The Odyssey is also rated at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway, which is identical to Pacifica and one more mpg on the highway than Sienna. The older Kia Sedona falls behind the rest with ratings of 21 combined, 18 city and 24 highway. All four, including the Odyssey, run on regular gas and offer over 400 miles of range. The Odyssey, for example, can walk 429 miles on a single tank.
With a starting price of over $ 30,000 and a tested price of $ 48,115 for the elite model we tested, the Odyssey is not cheap. However, good minivans are not. The Pacifica and Sienna can be optioned at similar prices, as well.
Honda offers many trim levels of the Odyssey, including base LX, EX, EX-L, touring, and elite, so you should be able to find a price point that meets your budget. Honda has nothing to offer under $ 30,000, though, just as Chrysler and Kia do. The FCA actually still sells the old Dodge Grand Caravan, which is the cheapest minivan on the market, but will soon be replaced by the relaunched Chrysler Voyager (basically a Pacifica with fewer smart features). Likewise, the Kia Sedona starting price is a more affordable $ 27,200.
The adage “you get what you pay for” applies here, though, and we can’t imagine anyone would be upset to have spent a little extra to get an odyssey.