2020 Odyssey New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Honda Odyssey minivan turns family-toting into high art. It's well-equipped, pleasant to drive, comes packed with safety and convenience features-and doesn't ignore driving fun.
For 2020, Honda makes a 10-speed automatic standard on the minivan.
The front-wheel-drive Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 280 horsepower. It seats up to eight adults, with more than 32 cubic feet of room in three rows. The third row folds to create a massive 88.6 cubic feet. The EPA rates it at 19 mpg city, 28 highway, 22 combined. Its cabin materials are soft to the touch but still durable.
The ride is sublime. The top two models,Touring and Elite, have so much comfort and so many features that they're often used as swank corporate shuttles.
The base LX model doesn't get automatic emergency braking, but the other models do, along with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and automatic high beams. Honda says that the LX only accounts for 5 percent of Odyssey sales.
The NHTSA gives the Odyssey five stars for crashworthiness. The IIHS gave it a Top Safety Pick last year, for the Touring and Elite models with headlights they called 'Acceptable.'? .
The 2020 Odyssey is offered in LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navigation and RES (rear entertainment system), Elite, and Touring levels. Prices range from less that $32,000 to more than $48,000.
The LX costs $31,785 including destination. Standard equipment includes a 5.0-inch screen for infotainment (it's not a touchscreen), Bluetooth connectivity, two USB charge ports, 18-inch wheels, and a sliding third row.
For less than $36,000, the EX adds the active safety features, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, remote start, active lane control, power sliding rear doors, three-zone climate control, sliding second-row seats, and heated front seats.
The Odyssey EX-L adds leather seats, while EX-L with Navigation and RES adds leather, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The Elite adds an in-car camera, in-car vacuum cleaner, heated and cooled front seats, premium audio, a wireless phone charger, wi-fi hotspot, and 19-inch wheels. .