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Honda Freed Is A Hybrid AWD Minivan We’d Love To See In America

Key Takeaways

  • Honda’s next-gen Freed features modern design, hybrid AWD options, and practical features
  • Focuses on safety and accessibility, partnered with modern looks
  • Different configurations available, though don’t expect it in the US soon

Honda has previewed its next-generation Freed in Japan. Now in its third generation, the minivan has gained a new modern design, hybrid all-wheel-drive versions, and practical features we don’t mind seeing in other vehicles we can buy.

The Freed is a small minivan slotting below the American Honda Odyssey. Design-wise, Honda went for straight lines, LED lighting, and blocky accents, while its overall shape prioritizes function rather than form. Despite this, the Freed looks modern enough to rival the spaceship-looking Hyundai Staria, though much of our awe goes to what it can offer within the cabin.

Nifty Features Every Minivan Should Have

The Freed has the latest safety features under the Honda Sensing banner and Honda Connect for cloud-based functionalities. However, its coolest traits include several storage points throughout the cabin. It also has a low cargo floor for easy integration of wheelchair ramps. Speaking of accessibility, there’s a Freed with a front seat that swings out for easy ingress for wheelchair users.

Meanwhile, the lack of a center console means front-seat occupants can access the third row easily in the six-seater version of the Freed, while two-row versions come with side panels in the cargo area to add sections to the trunk real estate.

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Available In Two Flavors

The Freed is available in two flavors: Air and Crosstar. The former comes with a straightforward minivan design, while the latter caters to the SUV-loving crowd. There are various configurations, as well. Buyers can choose from two or three rows, front- or all-wheel-drive, and six- or seven-seater versions. All AWD versions come with Honda’s e:HEV hybrid system, though its market launch in June will reveal details of its powertrain and pricing.

We won’t likely see the Freed in the US, but we think Honda has got a winner with this model. Given the saturated population of crossovers and limited population of hybrid minivans stateside, we won’t complain if the Japanese automaker ever decides to bring it.

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