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Honda Odyssey 2024: Family doesn't mean compromise



Does the minivan still have a place in the market? It's a question I'm often asked, and the answer is clearly yes. I genuinely believe that it's the manufacturers who have neglected their minivans rather than improving and making them more interesting for buyers. Fortunately, some manufacturers, like Honda, have not made this mistake and still offer a minivan. The Odyssey is proof that this type of vehicle can still enjoy some success. It's not the most popular model in the lineup, but I believe that both small and large families agree that nothing can replace a good old minivan, not even a large SUV.


The Honda Odyssey doesn't offer any major updates for 2024, and that's perfect because its offering remains very interesting. It should be noted that the Japanese manufacturer's minivan has everything to offer and lacks nothing in terms of equipment. Several rumors about a new generation are already circulating online, which proves that the Honda Odyssey is here to stay.


Range and Price


Just like with most models from Honda this year, the Odyssey's lineup is limited to more luxurious versions or close to it. In this case, there are three options, starting with the EX-L model with a starting price of $54,085. There was a time when the EX-L was almost at the top of the lineup. The market has evolved a lot, and Honda understood that buyers wanted more, especially in terms of equipment. At the same time, when you buy this type of vehicle, it's for the family, and today's kids are more demanding than ever, I know that very well. In short, if you want more, there's the Touring version starting at $60,285 and the Black Edition starting at $62,085, completing the Odyssey's lineup for 2024.


  • EX-L - $54,085
  • Touring - $60,285
  • Black Edition - $62,085

Category and Competition


If I were to ask you to name ten minivans, it might be quite challenging because the category now only has five models in Canada. Ironically, the Odyssey may be the one that offers the least variety in terms of engines and equipment, but it remains popular nonetheless. Honda chose to keep it simple by focusing on convenience, technology, and the driving experience, which is clearly not a bad thing.


Rivals: Chrysler Grand Caravan, Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Carnival, Toyota Sienna


Design and Technologies


I find it quite amusing to talk to people who tell me they like SUVs because they are taller, safer, and more functional. The truth is that most SUVs currently available on the market are slightly elevated cars, making them less enjoyable to drive. Once you understand that, you realize that minivans have their share of advantages, starting with the fact that they offer a lower center of gravity, just like the Odyssey, which makes it enjoyable to drive. Moreover, the Japanese manufacturer's minivan is far from unattractive. I think Honda has done an excellent job with the design. It doesn't look like an SUV, and that's perfect as it is.


The interior of the Odyssey is somewhat understated, I agree, but it remains elegant. What's especially important here is the ergonomics. Once again, Honda has done an excellent job of making the controls accessible and very clear. There's also plenty of space in the second row, which is not always the case.


There's one thing I don't understand about Honda, and that's the absence of a phone button on the steering wheel. In fact, what I don't understand is that the engineers decided to do differently and add this button for the Odyssey, which at the same time eliminates my biggest criticism of the brand. For the rest, the Japanese manufacturer's minivan offers effective and well-balanced technologies. Using its multimedia system takes some getting used to, but once you're accustomed to it, it's a real charm.




The Honda Odyssey still uses the good old 3.5-liter V6, a virtually legendary engine for the Japanese manufacturer. This engine has 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However, the accompanying numbers don't do it justice because it's one of the liveliest engines in its class, especially when you rev it up and the valves open completely. Those familiar with the brand will understand what I'm saying here. Finally, this V6 is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, another element that makes the minivan very enjoyable to drive. Unfortunately, the Odyssey doesn't offer all-wheel drive. As for fuel consumption, it's reported to have an average of 12.2 L/100 km in the city and 8.5 L/100 km on the highway.


Weak Points


The fact that it doesn't offer all-wheel drive is certainly a disadvantage compared to its rivals. A hybrid or even a plug-in hybrid version would be greatly appreciated.




It's the coolest minivan in town. Its performance is impressive, and it's especially fun to drive. The Odyssey is a true reference in terms of safety and reliability.


Signature Element


The Honda Odyssey is almost flawless. In any case, it's a model to watch and a true benchmark in its class.


Final Thoughts


A minivan isn't for everyone, especially in 2024. Nevertheless, the Honda Odyssey is there for those who still need it. It's a vehicle that's hard to replace once you've experienced the convenience and versatility it can offer.


Jean-Sébastien Poudrier

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