Light redesign left a lot on the table.Honda had the opportunity to deliver a strikingly new Odyssey in 2018, following many years of stagnant designs. What it delivered was a reheated version of the last model. It’s a bit rounder, has a few more creases here and there, and a few other mild updates, but not enough to really draw attention to it.

Compare this to the more stylish options in the class, like the all-new 2022 Kia Carnival, the older but still stunning Chrysler Pacifica, and the all-new Toyota Sienna, and the Odyssey falls way behind. For buyers who loved the last-gen Odyssey, this is an easy transition. But for buyers who had no loyalty to the model, you may think it was just a simple refresh and move on to other, more modern-looking minivans.

Cavernous cabin but a few styling gaffes. The 2022 Odyssey does what minivans should all do well: haul people and cargo. With 40.9 inches of second-row leg room, it has an extra inch on the Sienna and 1.9 inches on the Pacifica. It has 38.1 inches of leg room in its third row, beating the Pacifica by 1.6 inches but coming up 0.6 inches shy of the Sienna.

Where the Odyssey shine brightest is its cargo-hauling abilities. There’s a whopping 144.9 cubic feet of space behind the first row, beating the Pacifica by 4.4 cubes and the Sienna by 43.9 cubes. Behind the second row, the Odyssey’s 89.2 cubes of space beats the Pacifica by 1.7 cubes and the Sienna by 14 cubes. With all the seats in place, the Odyssey hauls 32.8 cubes of cargo, beating the Pacifica by 0.5 cubes but losing to the Sienna by 0.7 cubes.

The Odyssey falls flat in interior styling, though. Its center stack is sharp, modern, and clean, but the rest is a dated mess. The dash features an array of angles, swoops, and metallic trim pieces that looked ripped straight from the early-2000s. This is not a good look today. Buyers looking for a cabin that looks like it’s from this decade will have to check out the Kia Carnival, as the Toyota Sienna’s new-look interior is about as dated as the Odyssey’s.

Adding to its dated interior feel is the standard 5-inch display screen and lack of Android Auto or Apple Car Play in the base LX trim. This is a turnoff compared to its competitors, which all have at least a standard 8-inch touchscreen and standard smartphone integration.

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Slick powertrain but still no all-wheel drive. The 2022 Honda Odyssey continues with the brand’s tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 280 horsepower and pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. While the engine is smooth, the transmission gets a little busy at times – 10 gears may be a bit much.

The problem the Odyssey faces is its lack of all-wheel drive. In today’s market, the Pacifica and Sienna offer optional AWD, leaving the Odyssey behind in northern climates where AWD is a key factor in choosing a vehicle.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Honda Odyssey is still an excellent minivan – even though Honda did decide to eliminate the sweet in-car vacuum cleaner option – but it falls behind in a few critical areas. First, its lack of all-wheel drive is now a glaring issue. Plus, it's only a few years old but looks about 10 years old. Finally, its feature-less base LX model is a big drag with a surprisingly fat price tag.

That said, the 2022 Odyssey still does the key minivan stuff, hauling people and cargo, better than the competition.

Buyers seeking something more modern looking may want to check out the Kia Carnival. For a more premium look and feel, there’s the Pacifica. If all-wheel drive is your thing, the Pacifica and Sienna are good options. The Sienna has the added benefit of being a hybrid that gets up to 36 mpg combined compared to the Odyssey’s 22 mpg combined.

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