The Honda Odyssey may not be the most desirable minivan you can buy right now. It recently lost its segment-exclusive built-in vacuum and still doesn’t offer all-wheel drive or a hybrid variant like the Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica, which both lead the way in terms of sales in Canada.
Speaking of sales, the Odyssey is currently neck and neck with the all-new Kia Carnival, a boldly styled minivan that pretends to be an SUV. While waiting to see what the next chapter will look like, Honda is adding a new model with a bit more character for 2023.
Called Sport in the US and Black Edition in Canada, this darker Odyssey gets the same treatment as similar versions of the CR-V, Pilot and Ridgeline. The grille, headlamp trim, fog lamp surrounds, exterior mirrors, B-pillar, C-pillar and taillamp trim all feature a gloss black finish. The rear spoiler and 19-inch wheels are also black, while darkened taillights complete the exterior look.
Incidentally, three body colors are available, including Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Sonic Gray Pearl, the latter being a first on the Odyssey.
Inside, black leather with sporty red contrast stitching covers the steering wheel as well as the first and second row outboard seats. The roof pillars and headliner are also black, so you better not be claustrophobic despite the generous space. At night, the interior lights up in red with accent lighting on the dashboard, in the driver and passenger footwells, as well as in the front door handles and door pockets.
The Odyssey Black Edition is the new top model, sitting above the Touring. Highlights include acoustic glass for windshield and side doors, hands-free power tailgate, heated/cooled front seats, navigation, rear entertainment system, 11-speaker audio unit and Wi-Fi hotspot.
As is the case with all other Odysseys, the engine is a 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower through a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the full suite of Honda Sensing advanced safety features are included as standard.
The 2023 Honda Odyssey is on sale now at Canadian dealerships with a base MSRP of $45,590. The Black Edition starts at $58,590, nearly two thousand above the Touring. Even for that kind of money you still don’t get AWD, remember.