• Oct 16, 2008
Click above to view a massive, high-res gallery of the JDM Honda Odyssey

Honda's JDM Odyssey – not to be confused with the U.S.-market people mover that shares the same name – has been hailed as one of the best handling minivans in Japan. For 2009, Honda has taken everything good about the outgoing third-generation model and made it better, beginning with a sleeker exterior that pulls a few cues from the Honda FCX Clarity.

Underneath the new, slightly stretched sheet metal lies a reworked chassis sporting double wishbones at all four corners, optional all-wheel-drive and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC powerplant putting out 171 hp in standard guise and 203 hp in the range-topping Absolute model.

The interior is adorned with all the techy tidbits that made previous generations a hit with family-toting geeks, including a sci-fi inspired dash and a new multi-positioned camera system that allows drivers to get a bird's eye view of the vehicle. Similar to the Fit sold in the States, the seating can be arranged in a multitude of ways, including folding flat to create something resembling a bed. We'd like to scam one out of Honda during our next trip to Japan so we can post on the move and don't have to worry about heading back to our hotel – which is traditionally only slightly smaller than the new Odyssey.



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      g hguhes
      • 6 Years Ago
      1. benz called they want their r wagon blueprints back

      2. 75 pics of a honda minivan, really? REALLY?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, but that grille is like the FCX and the gaping- mouthed CR-Z clashed. Doesn't look too bad, but it could be smaller. The van slick though, and a black one would rule here in the U.S.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've always loved the JDM Odyssey, and had the pleasure of driving an Absolute a few months ago back home. Good power, good looks and great handling... you'd forget u were driving a minivan. This new one looks like it'll continue the trend. Thumbs up in my book.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Honda PR is spaming this site.

      Anyone who thinks this car looks slick is like saying a civic looks better than a Mercadies.

      Come one people the car is super eugly. Infact I have not seen a worse design since that Honda Element with cheap plastic door panels.

      Honda needs to fire its design team in fact go out of business.

      I own a toyota and now that I see american econ is not doing so well I am going to start buying american again.

      IF this is what Japan is going to offer the USA why even look at foreign cars.
      • 6 Years Ago

      This is a late comment, but is it me or does the Odyssey seem just a little to, well, big and stretched and just big. call me old-fashioned, stupid, or whatever. But the original idea years ago seemed one heck of a lot more manageable.

      I grew up with practical Ford wagons - I know, they weren't the greatest but they were great for road trips up into the northwoods. I look at the Ford Flex, and I think, sell a stripped down version for people that get mud on their shoes. All the minivans are just way to gentrified, big, and way too pricey.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is SO slick! I want one!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is nothing more than a station wagon. Honda would do well to simply revert to the first gen US Odyssey. It was a very reasonable size and quite functional, just need a few more horsepower.

      • 6 Years Ago
      That's no minivan, but a station wagon. Look at the last picture in the gallery. Either those two are giants or I am a midget. I'm 6ft tall and don't stand taller than any of the minivans I have driven.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a great looking minivan, inside and out. The size and engine options also bring back the days of the first-gen minivans, with 4cyls and efficient space usage. If only it were offered here...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is that why the Mazda5 hasn't sold in the US?

        Wait..
        • 6 Years Ago
        interestingly right now the Mazda 5 is one of the only models that was seeing a big increase in purchases. Gas goes up and these mini-mini-vans sell better. They are great cars, too bad most americans have never heard of them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i would love to have this "mini-van" as an option in the US but what good is a mini-van without sliding doors. With sliding doors you dont have to worry about kids dinging others cars, you can load things easier (approach from front or rear, larger opening), and the doors can be made automatic. Personally more cars should have sliding doors But they are a requirement for a minivan. That is why the first oddessy failed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah in order for sarcasm to work you have to state the oposite of something that is obviously true. When i read your post it sounds like you either think the Mazda 5 has sold well (which it hasnt until recently) or that the mazda 5 does not have sliding doors, which it does. Your comment was more confusing than sarcastic.

        After reading your post again it sounds like you think the mazda5 has four traditional doors. It has sliding just like other mini-vans and unlike the 1st gen oddessy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what's with the blank piece of plastic in place of the nav? Is that all they do when you don't order nav?? that's frickin lazy and looks ridiculous!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like that Honda's using more grille these days, certainly tramps the older models. My only nitpick is the wheels on this Odysey seem wrong on it though, like some upscale walmart hubcaps.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Interestingly, that style of Odyssey's been roaming around even Shanghai for the past many years. First time climbing into one.. the interior reminded me of Sci-Fi space ship cockpits.
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