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2021 Honda Odyssey Review: Bon Voyage

Derryn Wong
15/04/2021


Competition and Pricing



Seven-seat SUVs are everywhere these days, from the mega-affordable Mitsubishi Outlander, to the almost-lux Mazda CX-8 and CX-9, and there’s even a Mercedes in the sub-S$200k price range, the GLB. But transplant a family of seven from any of those cars, and the Odyssey’s advantage in space and comfort is clear. Point: To enjoy similar space in an SUV, you would have to graduate to a Mercedes-Benz GLE – and you’d still only have space for seven.

As mentioned the Odyssey is a large MPV that sits below super-jumbos like the Toyota Alphard, and it actually has no direct competition anymore. The only recent direct competitor is Toyota’s Previa, of a similar size and also with a 2.4-litre engine, it dropped off Borneo Motors’ price list in October 2020. As both cars have relatively large 2.4-litre engines, you’ll have to make provisions for an annual road tax of S$1,630. That, incidentally, is a sign there’s evolution needed between the bonnet, since we expect this to be the last version of the Odyssey on this platform/drivetrain.

Nissan’s hybrid Serena E-Power is more efficient, offers similar headroom but is narrower, and also has less features and refinement, but also less expensive at around S$140k with COE. Opposite to that are cars like the Alphard/Vellfire and Nissan Elgrand, but are closer to S$200k with COE. On the horizon, Kia will be launching its rather cool-looking and very large Carnival MPV for less than S$200k with COE.


Conclusion 

The Odyssey has always been about right-sized space: Big enough for families but not in a car too big that you have to think twice about where to park. 

Other than that, its refinement and more tech at a price below that of an executive sedan means the Odyssey remains an excellent choice for one-car families.

Introduction
Design and Appearance, Interior and Features
Space and Practicality, Driving Experience
Pricing, Competitors, and Conclusion



Honda Odyssey EX 8-seater  

Engine2,356cc, inline 4
Power175hp at 6200rpm
Torque225Nm at 4000rpm
GearboxCVT
0-100km/h11.7seconds 
Top Speed198km/h
Fuel Efficiency8.1L/100km
VES Band C1 / +S$10,000
AgentHonda Singapore 
PriceS$163,999 with COE and VES
AvailabilityNow
Verdict Space, smoothness, refinement and more tech, the Odyssey remains a generously right-sized family mobile 

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About the Author

Derryn Wong

CarBuyer's chief editor brings 15 years of experience in automotive journalism. Previously, he was the editor for Top Gear Singapore, and a presenter for CNA's Cruise Control motoring segment. He's contributed to The Business Times, Today, and many other publications, and also covered technology as editor of Stuff magazine. An avid motorcyclist and photographer, he is the Chief Slave of two cats. Follow him on Instagram @werryndong

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