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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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Friday auction find

Is this the cleanest Honda Prelude left?

This 22-year-old Honda looks almost new.

Cars and Bids

It's Friday, which means we're rounding out the week by obsessing over sales listings and car auctions. It's a good time to be looking, if only from a distance, because there are cars like this 1999 Honda Prelude Type-SH just waiting for us to take them home.

We hear it all the time, but this is likely one of the cleanest remaining fifth-generation Preludes around today. No modifications have been performed, which alone makes this car rare, but the mileage takes the exclusivity a step further. With just 28,700 miles on the clock, this Prelude is nearly new.

The Prelude's 2.2-liter inline-four made 200 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque when new, and this one's mileage is low enough that those numbers are likely still close to accurate. A five-speed manual is on board here, and despite the fact that the car is front-wheel drive, Honda made numerous upgrades to the car that gave it sharp handling.


1999 Honda Prelude Type SH Manual transmission and patterned cloth seats. Does it get much better?Cars and Bids


The Prelude Type-SH was better than its standard counterpart in nearly every measurable way. It rode on 16-inch alloy wheels and lowered suspension that set it an inch lower than the normal car. It also features an active torque transfer system, which could transfer as much as 80 percent of drive power to the outside wheel during cornering. Independent front and rear suspension rounded out the package to make the Prelude Type-SH a quick and nimble front-drive car.

It's easy to get wrapped up in the nostalgia of these cars. After all, for many of us they bring back fond memories of our school years, when cars like the Prelude were new and unobtainable by most young drivers. Even so, it's important to remember that a 20-plus-year-old Honda won't provide a modern driving experience and won't be as sharp as you probably think it will. That's not enough to stop many people (us included) from wanting one, but it's worth noting.


1999 Honda Prelude Type SH The Type SH features many upgrades over the standard Prelude.Cars and Bids

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New compact car

Honda announces 2022 Civic Hatchback

The 2022 Civic Hatchback features a sweeping shape.

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The new 2022 model year cars are coming. Earlier this month, the 2022 Honda Civic Sedan began arriving at dealerships across the country, but Honda isn't resting there. Instead, the automaker just announced the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback, which will come later in 2021 with European-inspired styling and enthusiast-friendly powertrains.

The Civic Hatchback takes much of its inspiration from the new Civic Sedan that has already begun hitting dealers' lots. The automaker says that the new Hatchback is designed for young, active buyers and notes that it will build the car in the United States for the first time. Production will begin later this year at Honda's Greensburg Indiana Plant.


2022 Honda Civic Hatchback The new Civic Hatchback will be offered with a manual transmission option.Honda


The Civic Hatchback takes its styling cues from European sportback cars. That means a smoother, more stretched-out profile instead of the abbreviated liftback shape typically seen in hatchbacks. The design makes the Civic Hatchback's wheelbase 1.4 inches longer and pushes its rear track width out by half an inch. At the same time, the car is 4.9 inches shorter than its Sedan counterpart.

Since it shares so much with the Civic Sedan, the Hatchback shares many of its counterpart's features. The list includes standard features such as:

  • A 7.0-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Updated suspension and steering tuning
  • New front airbags designed to reduce traumatic brain and neck injuries during a crash
  • Updated Honda Sensing camera system with a new Traffic Jam Assist feature

Honda will also offer upgrades, such as a larger HD touchscreen and a Bose premium audio system for the Sport Touring trim.

Two engines will be offered in the Civic Hatchback, both of which can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The base LX and Sport trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. The EX-L and Sport Touring trims get a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.

Buyers who don't want to shift their own gears can continuously variable transmission with either engine. However, buyers that do will be treated to a brand-new manual gearbox, at least in the Sport and Sport Touring models. Honda says it redesigned the transmission to provide a sportier feel. It has improved shift rigidity, shorter shift throws and features a new dual-mass flywheel that reduces noise and vibrations from the drivetrain.


2022 Honda Civic Hatchback Folding rear seats opens the Civic's cargo area for better storage.Honda


Honda has not detailed pricing or exact release date information yet but says that the new car will arrive later this year. Pricing for the 2022 Civic Sedan starts at $21,700 before destination and climbs to $28,300 at the top end.

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