2021 Odyssey only lasted five months
If you want a clean van, you’ll want to find a ’21
The 2021 model year for the Honda Odyssey brought a host of revisions to the popular minivan including a facelift and some new interior changes. It also became one of the shortest model year runs as Honda has already made the switch to the 2022 model year, and the reason, well, sucks.
A refreshed 2021 Honda Odyssey arrived on sale August 3 of last year in the US, and that model year ended on January 11th of this year when the 2022s started arriving at dealers. Timing is similar for Canada, where the 2022 model is now on Honda Canada’s site.
So why would the automaker end the model run of a refreshed vehicle so quickly? It wasn’t because they wanted to add a new Radiant Red Metallic II paint colour.
A new report from The Drive says that it was the vacuum to blame. The HondaVac was a clever option that’s been on top trims of the van for a few years now, a miniature wet-dry vacuum that let owners quickly clean up the crumbs and spills that are part and parcel with minivan life.
That report says that supplier issues meant that there weren’t enough vacuums to go around. Rather than make a confusing feature change mid-year, Honda elected to start the 2022 model year early, and those vehicles won’t, well, suck.
“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 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,” read the statement from Honda US to The Drive.
The 2022 Honda Odyssey starts from $43,105 in Canada, up $300 from 2021 and $3,415 from the 2020 models that are still on dealer lots.