Honda Jade X

Honda Jade Review: “The return of a practical minivan with low height” by Naoto Shimazaki

The Stream and the third and fourth generation of the Odyssey were once dropped from Honda’s lineup. In line with this, the Jade is a new three-row minivan with a low height that has been developed for those customers who are having a hard time switching over to a new car.

The Jade is approximately the same size as the station wagon Subaru Levorg. Excluding the antenna, the overall height of 1500mm doesn’t feel too low. It’s also like a sedan because its rear door is not a sliding door.

Since the wheelbase is longer at 2760mm, you would think that they might have worked on its cabin space. Despite being a minivan, the Jade has a sedan-like driving position because of the cabin height being 1239mm, the same cabin height as the previous generation Odyssey. The second-row seats emphasize the car’s low waistline height. The cabin is bright and adequately wide. The space of the third-row seats was secured through the implemented shapes of the roof glass and back door glass.

It performs like a sedan. The combination of the hybrid and dual clutch gives it a delightful power performance typical of Honda cars. Lastly, the 17-inch wheels and tires are incorporated with a device that eliminates the noise in the 200-300Hz band; hence, you’ll barely notice the noise. The rear offers a soft ride, giving it a really smooth performance.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/ Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)