Honda debuts the 2014 Odyssey in Japan

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 15, 2013

The Honda Odyssey minivan built for Japan is more interesting and definitely more advanced than the minivan that came out in the U.S. this year. While the U.S.-market minivan came with a vacuum cleaner as a new option, the all-new fifth-generation Odyssey minivan for Japan has new seating configurations, sophisticated tech features, a totally new platform that comes with an ultra-low floor layout.

As a result, its interior is quite spacious. The JDM Honda Odyssey is much smaller than the U.S. Odyssey so it’s to be expected that the Japanese van isn’t equipped with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine used by the U.S.-market van. Rather, it features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (included in Honda’s “Earth Dreams” engine family) and is partnered with a standard CVT.

The standard model has front-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive is optional. The interior of the Japanese Honda Odyssey appears very upscale, particularly if it is given the optional special seating for the second row that doesn’t appear as your usual car seats. They actually appear more like armchairs from your living room. These are dubbed as “Cradle Seats” and could recline because of their articulated backrests.

They also have footrests. The third-row seat is a bit more conventional. It has three sections so that every passenger can recline the backrest to a different angle.

In addition, the JDM Honda Odyssey gets numerous active safety features that aren’t offered on the U.S.-market Odyssey such as a multi-view camera system, an active city braking system, and a Honda Smart Parking Assist System that can steer the vehicle into a parking space. The Honda Odyssey started selling in Japan last week, offered in trim levels that range from B, G, and EX to the top-of-the-range level dubbed Odyssey Absolute.

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