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2021 Honda Odyssey gets $1,000 starting price bump, but one grade gets a big decrease

Honda has decreased the price of one trim level by over $2,000.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

For the new model year, the 2021 Honda Odyssey has gotten a fair amount of upgrades, but also a starting price bump. However, if you look closer, there's also a significant price decreases on the table.

The 2021 Honda Odyssey starts at $31,790. That's exactly $1,000 more than the price of the 2020 entry level Odyssey LX. The next step up, the 2021 Odyssey EX starts at $35,190, a $400 bump. The same amount of increase is true of the EX-L, coming in at $38,460 for 2021. The 2021 Odyssey Touring is $2,560 less than the 2020 Odyssey Touring while the 2021 Odyssey Elite is $450 more than the 2020 edition.

2021 Honda Odyssey The Honda Odyssey has a fresh front end.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Delivery charges are the same for 2020 - $1,120.

Changes to the American-made minivan start up front. There are new LED headlights, a redesigned blackout grille that sits below a chrome strip, and a redesigned lower fascia with fog light housings. There's gloss black trim under the rear window, which is accented by a chrome strip.Odyssey Elite receives newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels and auto-dimming side mirrors.

Honda has made the interior more upscale with updated climate controls and second-row setbacks that fold flat (making them easier to remove).

In EX trim levels and higher, the Honda Odyssey EX receives new tri-color floor mats and illuminated USB ports. Odyssey. EX-L and higher get restyled seats with contrast stitching, power lumbar support for the front passenger seat, and second row seatback pockets. Odyssey Elite models have perforated leather for the first and second row seats, with contrast stitching and piping on all three rows. Elite also features exclusive dash trim and second-row seatback pockets.

2021 Honda Odyssey The changes to the Odyssey are mostly exterior and technology-related.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Honda is giving all 2021 Odyssey models standard Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver assistance technology. Previously it was only standard on EX trims and above. Additionally, the automaker has added adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, pedestrian emergency braking, and a rear seat reminder to the mix.

On Touring and Elite trims, rear seat reminder uses the CabinWatch camera to display the rear seating area on the Display Audio screen, the first integration of a rear-seat camera with a rear-seat reminder system in the industry.

The minivan retains its proven 3.5-liter V6 that achieves 280 horsepower. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

Photo courtesy of Lexus

The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

Photo courtesy of Nuro

After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.


This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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