Honda Jade

Honda Jade Review: “A unique sportiness that doesn’t exist in other cars” by Tatsuya Kushima

This car consists of a new concept. Its three rows of seats make it seem like a minivan, and its styling is like that of a station wagon. Moreover, its smooth line is reminiscent of the coupe, revealing how that car affected the design. It reminded me of the pioneer minivan Plymouth Voyager that was also called the “segment buster”.

It is sporty when running. I saw that strong side when I took it for a test drive in Hakone’s winding roads. Its end with shock absorbers, with high damping forces, controls the rolling of the front side. This makes it different from the Odyssey that has a deep rolling angle. It is not as great as the Legend that almost has no body roll at all; still, it is a new setting for Honda.

Moreover, the hybrid function frequently changes power sources; it made me feel that it is working solidly. Its engine really delivers if one needs to maximize its output, it also allows the torque to deliver the same power swiftly in case of motor support. Its good response might be the cause of its sportiness. By steering to the right and left sides, it gradually shows its character as a Honda car; that is what makes the Jade interesting.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior/Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★

Tatsuya Kushima|Automotive Journalist

He lives in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo. A fan of various activities, he is into making impressions about new cars to histories of foreign brands and car culture. He especially has a deep knowledge in British cars and British culture. He also has a great interest in golf and marine sports. He is a member of the Japan Cigar Association.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)