Honda has jumped to the 2022 model for a very unusual reason.
The 2022 Honda Odyssey is now officially available at dealerships, and no, you haven't time-traveled, we're still only in the first month of 2021. Honda has decided to fast forward the Odyssey for a very interesting reason. While the rest of Honda's lineup retains the 2021 tag, the Odyssey has skipped one year ahead due to the disappearance of one very interesting option. The 2021 Honda Odyssey, one of the safest minivans on the market, was up until recently offered with a very clever option: the "HondaVac" which was a mini ShopVac, perfect for cleaning up messes left by slobbering kids and dogs. This feature has now been dropped due to supplier issues, forcing Honda to bring out the 2022 model a year early.
This catastrophic event has shaken the motoring community to its very core. A Honda spokesperson recently told The Drive about the situation: "the timing of model year introductions varies from model to model for a number of reasons, some of which are out of our control. We pulled forward the introduction of the model year 2022 Odyssey primarily due to the discontinuation of the HondaVac feature in the Odyssey Elite at the conclusion of the 2021 model year based on a supplier issue." The 2022 Odyssey arrived at dealerships across the country on January 12 to some confused customers.
The fifth-generation car was recently refreshed and some of its available features include a rear-seat entertainment system with built-in streaming apps, a camera that monitors the second and third row, and Honda's convenient Magic Slide seating system.
The 2022 Honda Odyssey is available in five trim levels, namely the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The Odyssey sold 83,409 units in 2020, and without the convenience and charm of the HondaVac, we expect similarly strong numbers in 2021.