Does the 2020 Honda Odyssey have all-wheel drive?

October 11th, 2019 by

AWD Capability on the 2020 Honda Odyssey
The 2020 Honda Odyssey effortlessly continues the model’s dominance of the modern minivan class. It’s loaded with excellent features, capability, comfort and performance. However, some customers are still asking a question that has followed the Odyssey year after year: does the 2020 Honda Odyssey have all-wheel drive?

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No, the 2020 Honda Odyssey does not have all-wheel drive. Honda continues to focus on keeping the Odyssey loaded with the features and capabilities that research and feedback demonstrates is most important to their customers. All-wheel drive has consistently been determined to not be valuable enough to minivan customers to outweigh its drawbacks.

Drivers intent on getting a vehicle with all-wheel drive should check out other excellent Honda models such as the Ridgeline, Pilot, HR-V and CR-V. These vehicles bring loads of capability and emphasize more areas valuable to the all-wheel drive-hungry consumer.

Why does the Honda Odyssey not have all-wheel drive?
All-wheel drive capabilities are generally foregone in minivans because they impede on other capabilities that are more important to the vehicle’s target audience. These include cargo room, seating capacity and volume, folding/sliding seat tech, and fuel economy. Two of the greatest strengths of the Honda Odyssey lie in its packaging and fuel-efficiency. These would be negatively affected with the addition of all-wheel drive.

Do any minivans have all-wheel drive?
For years, the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive has been the Toyota Sienna. However, when comparing the top trims of the 2020 Toyota Sienna and 2020 Honda Odyssey, the Sienna loses loses out on standard features like Magic Slide® 2nd-Row Seats, Road Departure Mitigation System, HondaVAC®, CabinWatch® and a Wireless Phone Charger. It also gets over five cubic feet less of cargo volume.

Is all-wheel drive necessary for driving in snow?
While all-wheel drive can help maintain grip in snowy conditions, it’s not as essential for snow driving as some drivers assume. Front-wheel drive is usually enough for moderate snow, and winter tires can be applied for more extreme conditions (which is usually a good idea here in Green Bay).