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Honda Odyssey Minivan Vs. Honda Pilot SUV

Honda Odyssey Minivan versus the Honda Pilot SUV

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Honda Odyssey

Honda Pilot


2021 Honda Odyssey

2021 Honda Pilot

Engine & Performance

i-VTEC® V6 engine
280 hp

i-VTEC® V6 engine
280 hp

Fuel Economy

19 / 28**

20 / 27**


10-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

All-Wheel Drive (AWD)



Seating Capacity

7 or 8

7 or 8

Passenger Space

Cubic Feet

Cubic Feet

Front / Rear Legroom

40.9 / 40.9

40.9 / 38.4

Maximum Cargo Capacity

Cubic Feet

Cubic Feet

Honda Sensing® Safety Suite




  • Available Features On The Odyssey
  • Leather-Trimmed Seats
  • CabinWatch®
  • Magic Slide® 2nd-Row Seats
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • HondaVAC®
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • 11-Speaker Premium Audio System
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Multi-Zone Audio
  • Heated, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Available Features On The Pilot
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Heated 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) System
  • Perforated Leather Front and 2nd-Row Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • 590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers
  • Multi-Zone Audio
  • Automatic-Dimming, Power-Folding Side Mirrors
  • Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • LED Front-Row Map Lights

What Are the Main Differences between the Honda Odyssey & Honda Pilot?

The key differences between Honda's Odyssey and Pilot models mainly revolve around their body styles. After all, there are plenty of similarities, since these family-focused models both offer three rows of seating for up to eight occupants.

The Odyssey certainly boasts the characteristics you'd expect to find in any minivan, namely rear sliding doors and a lower ride height. There are plenty of Odyssey-exclusive features, too. These amenities you won't find on other minivans -- and not even other Honda models like the Pilot.

The Odyssey minivan is the only vehicle that can be had with Honda's CabinWatch®, CabinTalk® and HondaVAC®. CabinWatch® allows the driver to keep an eye on the kids in the second and third rows; think of it as a rearview camera but for the van's interior! CabinTalk® complements the CabinWatch® features by letting the driver speak directly to the backseat passengers through the Odyssey's rear speakers.

With the exclusive HondaVAC®, cleaning up messes inside the Odyssey is a snap. This built-in vacuum reaches throughout the Odyssey's cavernous cabin to ensure you never miss a crumb or other debris from your family adventures.

Moving onto the Honda Pilot, you'll find that this mid-size SUV offers a perfect middle ground between the rugged 5-passenger Passport SUV and Honda's Odyssey minivan. Its style lies somewhere in between, as does its personality. This spacious three-row SUV boasts a large cabin for up to eight -- just like the Odyssey -- but features a sportier design than Honda's minivan.

The 2021 Honda Pilot offers more ground clearance than the 2021 Honda Odyssey, meaning it's ready for any rough terrain. With its higher ride height comes superb on-road visibility. In contrast, the Odyssey sits lower and offers those wide-opening sliding rear doors, so some family members may find it easier to get in and out of than the Pilot.

Both models are powered by Honda's dependable and efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V6 engine that generates 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot SUV is the only model of these two that offers Honda's advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) for confidence-inspiring, all-weather traction.

While the new Honda Odyssey and Pilot models offer distinct design differences and personalities, they are both popular options for large and growing families. Deciding which one is right for your family largely comes down to your preferences in style, convenience features and performance.

Which is Bigger, Pilot or Odyssey?

At a glance, it may be tough to tell which is larger, the 2021 Honda Odyssey or 2021 Honda Pilot. As these models both feature standard three-row seating, their interiors are quite similar in overall size. However, you'll find that the Odyssey minivan is slightly bigger than the Pilot inside, both in passenger space and maximum cargo volume.

Drivers and families looking to maximize seating space and cargo capacity may prefer the Odyssey. However, the new Pilot SUV still offers plenty of room for your crew and gear!

The best way to compare the spacious cabins of the 2021 Honda Odyssey and Pilot models back-to-back is by visiting your local Honda dealer, Premier Honda! Contact our team so that we can set up a tour and test drive of both of these Honda models.

Does the Honda Pilot Look Like a Minivan?

To some, the Honda Pilot has minivan-like features, but it is still firmly in the SUV camp. Honda's Pilot boasts a smoother and more streamlined silhouette than some of the more boxy and off-road-styled SUVs available but finds a nice balance between rugged and refined looks.

While the 2021 Honda Pilot features a sleek design not unlike the Odyssey minivan, it sits higher, providing greater ground clearance for any off-road adventuring. It also does not offer the Honda Odyssey minivan's classic feature: sliding rear doors.

If you're searching for a family-friendly, three-row vehicle, you can't go wrong with either the 2021 Honda Odyssey or 2021 Honda Pilot. These highly rated and highly refined Honda automobiles each offer seating for up to eight, the peace of mind of standard Honda Sensing safety technologies and plenty of other innovative Honda features.

Compare These Honda Family Vehicles with a Tour & Test Drive

If you are ready to shop and compare the 2021 Honda Odyssey minivan and 2021 Honda Pilot mid-size SUV in New Orleans, LA, then explore our website or visit our auto dealership. We stock both of these family-friendly models in a range of well-appointed trims and configurations for you and your crew to explore.

We've made our entire new Honda vehicle inventory available online, along with our vehicle appraisal form, finance application and current lease offers. Reach out to our Honda specialists for assistance with your new Honda minivan or SUV search!

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors.

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