The Honda Odyssey has been a dark horse in the Honda family in recent years, but as far as multi-purpose passenger vehicles (MPVs) go, it has always been a trendsetter.
The 2021 Odyssey comes with an array of kit as standard, including Honda’s sensing advanced safety suite, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic warning system, LED headlights and fog lights, smart entry, push button start and a new generation 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
The Premium I tested also gets goodies like a hands-free power tailgate with kick sensor and gesture control power sliding doors. The latter of these is pretty cool, as you can swipe your hand across this light bar to get the rear sliding doors to open or close.
Inside, the Star Trek vibes continue, with the captain style chairs giving plenty of legroom and room to slob out. The Odyssey is something one would be more than happy to be driven in as opposed to driving. That said, it is still a refined drive.
When you engage the 2.4-litre iVTEC four-cylinder engine it provides a refined delivery of power and a very linear torque curve. On the Southern Motorway, that refinement continues by giving you a very sumptuous ride and road noise is kept at a minimum.
The new Honda Odyssey is a delightful eight-seater MPV. It is also more car like in the way it drives. Basically, this boldly goes where no Odyssey has gone before.