By Asian Journal Auto Editor

The much loved Honda Odyssey minivan has always the Minivan to beat in this sector and for 2020, the Honda Odyssey is the fifth-generation of this classic Minivan The cool zig zag line in the side panel from the previous version has been removed (To my chagrin!), and there is now a cleaner unadorned look to the profile – but mote there will be a facelift for 2021 model. The Honda can still seat 7-8 passengers and carry a full load of 4X8 sheets of plywood or what have you, so its wonderful capabilities have not been diminished. Impressively Honda’s Sensing Safety Suite is now standard kit on the Odyssey across the model range, and includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. The interior gains a new instrument panel with a cool push button gear selector system. There is also a new Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Meanwhile the new CabinControl app, allows rear seat passengers to have control of certain cabin functions at their control via their smartphones.
The single engine choice is Honda’s refined 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 engine, but with but power and torque up to 280 hp and with torque at 262 lb/ft. A new nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trim levels except the top line touring, which has the 10-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. Unlike its competitors, the Odyssey isn’t available with all-wheel drive. Honda offers the Odyssey in a big selection of models. There are six different trim levels, starting at $34,890 for the LX and rising up to $50,290 for the fully-kitted Touring edition The L version starts at $27,995; and offers such standard niceties as seven-place seating, as: air conditioning, cruise control, and a host of extras. The top range Odyssey Touring as tested arrives with a slew of available new premium features and technologies, including: leather seats, CabinWatch™ day/night video monitor, CabinTalk™ in-car PA system, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, new Rear Entertainment System (RES) with Blu-ray and streaming video, hands-free power tailgate, ventilated front seats, LED accent lighting, built in vacuum cleaner (Fitted to all but the entry L version.) and
more.
Interior space and versatility continues to be a hallmark of the 2020 Odyssey. The Odyssey’s wide doors and low step-in height allow easy access. New Magic Slide 2nd-row seats™ Offer four different seating options. The second row middle seat are removable and with an Easy Access mode allows the outboard seats to slide laterally through five selectable positions, creating more access and variable seating options. The new Super mode seating option allows for excellent walk-in access to the third row, while Wide Mode and Buddy allows for the most room and flexibility. . With the rearmost row upright, there’s 929 Litres of cargo space behind the hatch, stowing the third row results in 2,452 L of flat cargo room. While the second-row seats don’t fold into the floor, removing them from the Touring trim offers 3,973 L of total space.
The 2020 Honda Odyssey offers top class performance and fuel economy ratings of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) at 12.2 L/100 km in the city, 8.5 on the highway, and 10.6 combined. You can thank the new 10-speed automatic transmission, for making more use of the engines power and helping to improve fuel economy. As usual it a quiet, comfortable, very pleasant experience driving the Odyssey. However it is a big vehicle to park, but the big windows, high driving position and a rear backup camera does help in this regard.
I was to say the least, extremely impressed by the Honda Odyssey. It is good- looking, roomy, plush and very well- equipped with many luxury touches. This Minivan has the best reputation in this sector, and deserves your attention if a large family hauler is what you need. The 2020 Odyssey starts at $36,290 before freight, fees and other taxes. Our fully loaded Touring Edition was $52,390 MSRP with delivery and A/C tax the final tally was $54,305. The 202 version remains a tempting buy unless you can wait for a facelifted 2021 model. Highly
recommended

2020 Honda Odyssey (MSRP) starting at $34,890. More info at www.honda.ca.

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