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Click above for high-res gallery of the Honda Freed

Honda revealed its new compact minivan today in Japan called the Freed. On sale today as well, the Freed can carry up to eight passengers within its diminutive dimensions thanks to a low, completely flat floor and some clever packaging. Opt for captains chairs in the second row and you can still ferry seven people between Kyoto and Tokyo in relative comfort. The Freed will also be offered in three versions that accommodate people in wheelchairs with ramps and lift-up seats. Honda's JDM mini-minivan will be offered in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models powered by a 1.5L VTEC four-cylinder engine mated to either a 5-speed automatic or CVT transmission. It looks like a promising vehicle that Japanese buyers will snap up like 10-cent sushi, and we bet Honda would find a market for the Freed here in the U.S. as well considering the current popularity of fuel-efficient vehicles packing tons of practicality.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda could send tons of these here in the USA but I have an Accord and CRV so I guess I am biased.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a great looking Honda, we need a practical gas saving Honda, this is it, Bring it on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you listening Honda, PLEASE, PLEASE bring this to the US! We need a vehicle like this. With gas at $4 this would be an excellent family vehicle. Some of us cannot fit our families in a Civic. This is so much more practical. I WANT ONE!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have to agree. We don't have a large family ourselves; on weekends we love to pick up our nephews. This would be ideal. Throw a DVD player for the rear and we're set!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah 8 People all right it can carry, 8 People lying on top of each other or all 8 about 4 feet tall! And with a Whopping 1.5Liter Four Cylinder to lug them around, haha.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm all for mini minivans but what the heck is going on with Honda's designs lately? They used to be clean and simple and aged very well, but now they're just ugly for no reason...grrr
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was ready to say bring it over here then I looked through the gallery and started laughing. That is one ugly vehicle. Especially from the back. They would need to beat the ugly out of it first. Then they might have something worth importing. The future is looking pretty bright for small people movers so you would think there will be a market though so far the Mazda 5 and Rondo haven't been flying off of lots. The only problem is once you cram a 6 cylinder motor into it you ruin the fuel economy and we don't tend to like vehicles that struggle to haul 8 fat asses up a hill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honestly? Who the hell cares. This vehicle is a full 10 inches SHORTER than a 2006 Honda Civic sedan and seats up to 8 people without sacrificing much in the way of utility or fuel efficiency. With that kinda of size and practicality, Honda could sell a boatload to fleets for taxis', etc, in larger populated areas of the United States without breaking a sweat.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Ya know, I think you're right...

          But do they have to be so ugly?
        • 6 Years Ago
        10 inches shorter and holds 8 people?
        meh! no way it doesnt give up functionality.
        maybe if its Snow White and the 7 dwarfs/ or Dorothy and the little people.

        the Fit barely seats 4.

        I can see the Stream sitting 6 on its Civic platform
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ geo.stewart

        The Freed comes in 5 passenger, 7 passenger and 8 passenger versions. It's 166" in length with a 107.8" wheelbase. The Civic is 176" in length with a 106" wheelbase. The third row sits on top of the rear wheel housing, so the seats no longer fold into the floor, but Honda devised it so the seats fold up toward the sides of the car when not in use.

        Like I mentioned, it really doesn't give up functionality. You mentioned the Fit, which the Freed is built upon, but the difference is, this is using the second gen chassis vs. the first gen. There's more room in the back and Honda pushed everything out as far as possible to achieve that. There's also a decent amount of shoulder room, so real live human beings can actually fit in the back. I've yet to see a Freed in person, but I'd be surprised if Honda didn't evolve the Fit theory. As you can see, the 5 passenger model has a pretty decent sized cargo area, while the 7 passenger model has a walk through between the two second row captains chairs. Honda's mantra has always been "man maximum, machine minimum". The Freed is yet another example of that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well done! Well done! I've fallen for the Freed without even holding her hand. Look, Honda, the twins are due in January. You know we love you, but you're forcing us to find a mistress. There is no other choice. It's been too long already. If you don't get this thing here soon we'll be trading our Civic for a Mazda5. This is not a joke. The Odyssey is not my type. And, besides, who needs that much room anyway? Look, in my family we go for walks instead of watching people do it on television. And we don't waste gas at the McDonald's drivethru either. Please know there are legions of buyers like me and brrrriiinngg it!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here in Europe it will be very succefull in 5 seats for more space for shopping.
      With it's medium size , sliding doors (easy in our parking lots with children), low fuel usage and 118 horsepower , and Honda fiability .

      Almost the little european family dream.

      The dream will be with a diesel engine. honda as one the best one the 2.2 liters 150Hp a great torque and not noisy ( 6.5 liters for 100km, at 1.5€ the liters it's very correct).

      If they could create a 110Hp 1.9 Liters with high torque like others brands but less noisy using something like 4.5 liters / 100Km will be perfect.

      Drol
      Chrysler PT Cruiser 2.2 CRD 120HP 32N/M@1700rpm , Mercedes engine 7.5 L/100Km, 6.5 Cruising a 110Km/h, 1.540 Kgs
      Honda JAZZ (FIT) 1.2L 78HP 5.3L (to work) to 6.2 L/100km ( 130Km/h higways), 950Kgs
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I thought minivans were ugly to begin with, but I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.
      Embarassing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a Fit minivan. It would probably sell well here in the U.S.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just as ugly too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Fit looks like a minivan. Or it did - looks like a Prius now...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh-ho! Potential Mazda5 buster... ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like somebody already sideswiped it.

      A perfectly good city car I'm sure.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford called, they want their three bar grill back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The character line looks sorta Mercedes to me. It just got left in the dryer a little longer. Or is it shorter?
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