2020 Honda Odyssey review

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Honda Odyssey highlights

Customer rating


  • Configurable second-row offers flexible seating
  • Lots of available technology, comfort, and convenience features
  • Full suite of driver aids available
  • Enjoyable to drive


  • Second row seats are bulky to remove
  • No power-folding third-row seats
  • No all-wheel drive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 28 highway, 22 combined

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The 2020 Honda Odyssey gets a minor transmission upgrade

The Honda Odyssey is a comfortable, practical eight-passenger minivan that offers an extensive list of available features. For 2020, Honda has made the smooth-shifting 10-speed transmission standard across the entire range instead of just on the top trim level. That’s a nice upgrade for most shoppers. The Odyssey’s big trick is the second-row seats, which can be rearranged independently to allow for multiple configurations and easier third-row access. And of course there are tons of technology and convenience features as you move up through trim levels.

The Odyssey’s weaknesses are relative: It doesn’t have all-wheel drive like the Toyota Sienna, and there’s no hybrid option like the Chrysler Pacifica. Also, in order to access maximum cargo space you have to remove the bulky second-row seats.

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What is new for the 2020 Honda Odyssey?

  • The EX-L trim now comes with CD Audio as standard equipment.
  • The Elite trim now comes with Quad Seats as standard equipment.
  • The LX trim now comes with Lane Departure Warning, Automated Cruise Control, and Rear Air Conditioning as standard equipment.

2020 Honda Odyssey trims

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  • Includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a multi-angle rearview camera, automatic climate control, powered front seats, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, and Bluetooth® streaming audio and handsfree. The LX also seats up to seven.

  • View all Honda Odyssey LXs in stock


  • Adds power-sliding rear doors, heated front seats, automatic three-zone climate control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This trim level also includes driver-assist features such as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and more. Seating capacity is increased to eight.

  • View all Honda Odyssey EXs in stock


  • Adds features including a power sunroof, power rear tailgate, leather interior, rear-cabin USB charging ports, an optional navigation system, and an optional rear entertainment system.

  • View all Honda Odyssey EX-Ls in stock


  • Unlocks further convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free-access power tailgate, and a voice-controlled navigation system. Additional interior tech includes a high-resolution rear entertainment system, CabinWatch rear-cabin camera system, WiFi hotspot capability, and more.

  • View all Honda Odyssey Tourings in stock


  • The top trim level adds heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding mirrors, wireless phone charging, and an 11-speaker sound system. Externally, 19-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with gloss-black inserts round off the features list for Elite models.

  • View all Honda Odyssey Elites in stock

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 Honda Odyssey

What We Like

Practical interior: With spots to stash everything from water bottles to purses around the cabin, the Odyssey offers lots of practical storage. But one of the major innovations is the configurable second row, which has three independently sliding seats able to move forward, backward, and side-to-side. You can keep kids closer to the front seat, or further away from each other, and get easier access to the third row.

Lots of tech: A full suite of driver aids, including features like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, is standard on all trims except the base LX. The same is true for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto, and an extra pair of USB ports for second-row passengers. On higher trims there’s also a rear-seat entertainment system, a rear-seat camera with night vision, and even a built-in vacuum cleaner.

Good to drive: With plenty of power from the V6 engine and some of the best handling in the class, the Odyssey makes the case that you can own a minivan and still enjoy driving. The steering is quick and precise, and the Odyssey feels confidently stable around corners, all while delivering a comfortable ride.

What Needs Improvement

Max-cargo flexibility: While the Odyssey has a massive maximum cargo capacity, it takes a bit more work to open up than competitors like the Chrysler Pacifica. You can’t get power-folding third-row seats, and to get the most space you’ll have to remove the bulky second-row seats from the vehicle.

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If you're shopping for a minivan that offers all-wheel drive, the 2017-2020 Toyota Sienna could be the family hauler you need. All 2017-2020 Sienna models are powered by a 296-hp 3.5L V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Seating seven or eight passengers across five trims, choose the LE, XLE, or Limited trims for optional all-wheel drive.

The 2017-2020 Toyota Sienna L base trim includes these standard features:

  • Rearview camera

  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

  • Smartphone integration

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

9 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Honda Odyssey an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Honda Odyssey 7th out of 14 among Minivans.

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Honda Odyssey features and specs

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Standard Features

  • A/C Seat(s)
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Sliding Door(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Quad Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.9"/M 40.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 38.7"/M 39.2"/R 38.3"

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Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



2020 Honda Odyssey FAQ

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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Crystal Black Pearl (except LX)

  • Deep Scarlet Pearl (except LX)

  • Forest Mist Metallic (except LX)

  • Lunar Silver Metallic

  • Modern Steel Metallic

  • Obsidian Blue Pearl

  • Pewter Pacific Metallic (except LX)

  • Platinum White Pearl

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