2022 Honda Odyssey Review: Archetypal Family Transport

It’s very hard to pick faults with the Honda Odyssey.

Honda is one of the few brands to stick with the minivan formula these days, and the 30-odd years of refinement have produced an excellent product in the 2022 Odyssey. Here’s a by-the-books family transport that rarely puts a foot wrong, offering lots of space and a car-like drive that’s easy to gel with.

Pour one out for HondaVAC. The company that produced the built-in vacuum went out of business recently, forcing Honda to bring out the MY2022 Odyssey only days into 2021, sans vacuum. That’s fine: in the face of a whole lot of competitor updates in 2021, Honda had given the Odyssey a substantial sprucing up. Thinner headlights now framed a cleaner grille treatment, and new taillight elements freshen up the look out back. There were new wheel designs, too. 

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Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna Comparison: Minivan Mix-n-Match

Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna

These two segment stalwarts have been battling it out since the ‘90s, and while the minivan category is not nearly as prominent now as it was then, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna remain.

What’s interesting about these two now, apart from the fact that they both still sell more units than you might think (each have more than 70,000 units sold in the U.S. in 2021 as of this writing), is how their paths have begun to diverge.

While the Odyssey is, in many ways, what it has been for years—a V6-powered front-wheel-drive van with a conventional (10-speed) automatic transmission—Toyota has embraced electrification with the Sienna. All Siennas sold in North America are now hybrid only, in either front or all-wheel drive, with an electronic continuously variable transmission.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $37,490 - $49,620
Engine / 3.5-liter 6-cylinder
Power / 280 hp
Torque / 262 lb-ft
Drivetrain / FWD
Transmission / 10AT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 19 mpg / 28 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 32.8–38.6 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Honda Odyssey

Performance 7.0
Features 8.0
Comfort 10.0
Quality and Styling 7.0
Value 7.0