2020 Honda Odyssey Review – The Honda Odyssey is only about 25 years old, and Honda is celebrating its minivan legacy for the 2020 model year. We got the non-sliding door Odyssey for the first time as a 1995 model year minivan, and the nameplate has been sold continuously since then.
2020 Honda Odyssey Review
So what is Honda doing to celebrate? The Japanese brand is releasing a 25th anniversary accessory package for 2020. The package will be available at all trim levels of the Odyssey, and will consist mainly of appearance elements. You get 25th anniversary badging on tailgate, front screens, illuminated sill plates and on key fob. So Honda starts stacking on chrome.
There is a chrome roof bracket, lower door trim and rear bumper protector. If you want to spend even more, there are unique 25-year anniversary 19-inch wheels that may be optional. The package costs $ 1,500 without the wheels, or $ 2,800 with the 19-inch wheels. It is available at all Odyssey trim levels.
There are other updates and changes to the 2020 Honda Odyssey in addition to the 25th Anniversary package. All Odyssey trims will now come with a 10-speed automatic transmission as standard instead of just the top two trims (touring and Elite).
Previous to the 2020 model year, the lower trim (LX, EX, EX-L) Odysseys sent their power through a nine-speed automatic that has been eliminated from the Odyssey lineup. Every model will have Honda’s start-stop system by default now that 10-speed is on every trim, too. There was no fuel economy difference according to EPA ratings, but we enjoy using the Honda 10-speed automatic more than the nine-Speed.
Prices have risen only slightly with the 2020 changes. A base LX now starts at $ 31,785 after the $ 1,095 destination charge. An Odyssey Elite with anniversary package and wheels will drive you all the way up to $ 51,215. The increases are different depending on what trim you go for, but a 2020 Odyssey is as much as $ 530 more than a similar 2019 Odyssey. Remember, you will get a better transmission in 2020 for some trims, though. That’s not a bad trade-off for the few extra hundred dollars you’ll spend. Honda says 2020 Odysseys should roll into dealerships tomorrow.