Millennial Mother’s Evaluate: 2022 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey is the minivan of all minivans — and we should always all love minivans, not SUVs

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My very first thought after being comfortably seated within the 2022 Honda Odyssey was “Nice, I’ll by no means wish to return to my 2014 Odyssey, ever once more.” Seemingly, by the point that is posted, I’ll have already given again the 2022, as a result of I’ve acquired no different possibility. Seemingly, I’m not very blissful about it.

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I could also be a bit biased as a result of, along with proudly owning a 2014 Odyssey, my household has just about at all times had some type of Odyssey of their possession. Biased as I could also be, remember that I’ve pushed and reviewed different minivans and proven my full love for them as properly (the Sienna stole my coronary heart). However this, that is the one which’s close to and expensive to me.

I strongly believed that for those who want a family-hauler; for those who’ve acquired greater than two youngsters; for those who love minivans as a lot as I do; for those who’re on the fence about minivans, get in a Honda Odyssey. It’s not only a minivan. It’s the minivan. Or, at the least it was.

Total, it’s comfy, nice for highway journeys, superb for on a regular basis life, and an all-around lovable car. Nonetheless, I appear to be within the constantly shrinking minority that also feels that means in regards to the Odyssey, and minivans typically.

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Reducing Gross sales

In a latest Driving By Numbers put up, Tim Cain identified that the Honda Odyssey is not only one of many automobiles that isn’t bouncing again from final yr’s declining auto gross sales, however that it the truth is tops the checklist. I didn’t notice how poorly it was doing within the Canadian auto market, however presumably, it’s as a result of I by no means let the thought cross my thoughts. I’m conscious of how properly SUVs are doing and simply how many individuals are anti-minivan, but it surely’s unhappy to see such a traditional minivan fall to date behind. And, sure, I simply referred to as it a traditional!

Nonetheless, even within the shrinking minivan section, it’s acquired some fairly stiff competitors. The Odyssey goes to need to deliver far more to the desk than being a traditional, if it needs to compete in a rustic full of Chrysler Pacificas with built-in vacuums, hybrid Toyota Siennas, and the brand-new Kia Carnival, which is spicing up the look of minivans.

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However it’s nothing a refresh couldn’t repair, proper? The Odyssey used to have a vacuum, however based on a Honda consultant, the unique firm that manufactured the vacuums went out of enterprise, and in the intervening time, it’s unknown if a vacuum will return in future fashions.

As for electrification, “Honda plans to affix all upcoming quantity fashions with hybrid-electric powerplants.” Nonetheless, till that occurs, the minivan continues to devour a mean of 10.6 L/100 km, whereas the Sienna has reduce that down to six.7, a fairly large distinction.

2022 versus my 2014

Clearly, the 2022 is healthier than my 2014, as a result of other than the examined 2022 being the highest Touring trim, it’s acquired the benefit of time. It has a number of upgrades, improved know-how, and superior security options that accrued within the span of these eight years.

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Nonetheless, tech apart, it was the drive that had me most stunned. It glides. It feels so gentle. Sure, clearly it drives higher than my clunky and heavy 2014, but it surely additionally drives means higher than among the full-size SUVs I’ve just lately pushed, together with the Honda Passport, in addition to the large three-row monsters just like the GMC Yukon — each nice vehicles, however neither compares to the Odyssey’s easy drive.

It’s acquired some cool new options like CabinWatch and CabinTalk: somewhat digicam positioned on the inside roof permits you to inspect your passengers from the infotainment display, in addition to communicate loudly and clearly with the third-row passengers.

The 2022 has nearly the identical choices for the 2 again rows as my 2014 did. There’s a bunch of various combos to handle as much as six passengers within the again. All three of my automotive seats comfortably match into the second row, side-by-side. Nonetheless, for those who’re going to put two giant automotive seats on the ends, it makes it extraordinarily troublesome for anybody else to get into the third row — the best option to get to the third row was by means of the trunk.

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My youngsters (seven, 5, and two) appear to be getting out and in of the 2022 rather a lot simpler than the 2014; it’s an ideal peak for youths and low sufficient that I’m not struggling to achieve as much as get my youngest in her automotive seat.

I additionally actually just like the vents proper underneath the open/shut buttons for the again doorways; it’s a minor element, but it surely’s good to have some additional air flow in such a giant car, with youngsters always complaining about how sizzling or chilly they’re. And talking of vents, the third-row vents are beside the cup holders, versus on the roof in my older mannequin. And since we’re speaking local weather management, the heated and ventilated seating is enormously appreciated — particularly the ventilated bit, for once I get sweaty from always turning round to examine on youngsters. (Or simply sweaty as a result of it at present looks like 1,000,000 levels outdoors.)

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The buttons underneath the infotainment system are extraordinarily straightforward to make use of, however I feel it’s a bizarre alternative to put the gear selector buttons instantly in the course of the whole lot else. Then once more, it might be worse.

If I wish to be nitpicky (and clearly, I do) then I want the driving force’s seat would go a smidgen larger. And I do nonetheless choose a tuning knob, however I feel it’s extra of an non permanent drawback. As soon as I’ve acquired my presets, the tuning knob isn’t used.

2022 Honda Odyssey Touring
2022 Honda Odyssey Touring Photograph by Renita Naraine

Closing Ideas

What number of packing containers of diapers does the 2022 Honda Odyssey value? If a giant field of diapers prices roughly $30, then the 2022 Honda Odyssey Touring prices roughly 1,827 packing containers of diapers (earlier than taxes and supply charges). And for that ineffective data — nobody wants that many packing containers of diapers — you’re welcome.

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The Pacifica Pinnacle can run you properly over $60,000; price-wise, it’s a luxurious minivan, if there was ever a factor. You may get a Carnival for underneath $40k, which is mainly a steal for a minivan. The Odyssey falls someplace in between; it has a beginning value of $43,605 for the bottom trim, and runs all option to $54,805 for the bottom Touring mannequin.

As a lot as I like Honda and my 2014 Odyssey, I might additionally gladly commerce mine (duh) for both one of many top-trim fashions of the Sienna, 2022 Odyssey, Carnival, or Pacifica, in that particular order; the Odyssey could be first if it was a hybrid.

When it comes right down to it, I like the Honda Odyssey. I feel I at all times will and it’ll at all times maintain a particular place — previous fashions and current ones — in my coronary heart. It’s such an archetypal minivan, from the lengthy exterior to the spacious inside — it’s actually an acquired style that some won’t ever have the possibility to actually perceive. And to these folks, I really feel sorry for you. You’re lacking out on a ton of area.

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