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The Honda Odyssey people-mover received a price cut over the weekend courtesy of the recently implemented Australia-Japan free trade agreement (FTA).

Australia’s top-selling family van in 2014 is now $1380 cheaper at entry VTi level, with a revised list price of $37,610 plus on-road costs. Meanwhile the VTi-L specification is now $1580 cheaper at $46,040.

Among the current crop of full-size people-movers, only the Ssangyong Stavic is cheaper than the Odyssey. The soon-to-be-replaced Kia Grand Carnival ($39,490), Citroen Grand C4 Picasso ($43,990), Hyundai iMax ($38,290) and Toyota Tarago ($48,990) are all pricier at base level. 

That might be why the Odyssey outsold all rivals in 2014 with 2552 units delivered, a growth rate of 155 per cent and enough for 26.6 per cent market share. Its nearest rival, the iMax, managed 2137 units. 

Odyssey cabin 2

The decision to reduce the prices could be seen as a good way for Honda Australia to defend its turf, given the all-new and rather impressive Kia Carnival launches later in February. 

Honda’s decision to reduce pricing of the Japanese-sourced Odyssey courtesy of the FTA follows on from similar decisions from Mazda, Subaru and Toyota

Here’s an interesting tidbit: we enquired if the FTA repositioning would affect Honda Australia’s other Japan-sourced models before realising there are no others. 

The Accord Euro and CR-Z are now in final runout, the Jazz is made in Thailand along with the Civic sedan, City, Accord and petrol versions of the CR-V, while the Civic hatch and CR-V diesel are sourced from the UK. 

Odyssey rear

Aside from pricing, there are no other changes to the Odyssey. 

Both variants feature six airbags (including third row), three-mode reverse-view camera, daytime running lights, auto on/off headlights and cruise control with steering wheel mounted buttons.

The VTi features eight seats (2+3+3), cloth trim, a retractable third-row seat with 40/20/40 split fold, power sliding door with remote open/close for passenger side, two-speed intermittent windscreen wipers and rear window wiper, HDMI jack and two USB ports, Hill Start Assist, power windows with remote open and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The VTi-L adds a multi-view camera system with Smart Park Assist, Blind Spot Information System and Cross-Traffic Monitor.  There are also second-row captain’s chairs with armrests and ottoman, dropping the seat count to seven. All seats are finished in leather-appointed trim and the front seats have heating.

Odyssey chairs

Power for both comes from a 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder engine with 129kW/225Nm of torque matched to a standard CVT auto. 

Read our Odyssey reviews here, and check out our latest people-mover comparison test here

Honda Odyssey pricing (plus on-road costs):

  • Odyssey VTi (CVT) $37,610 (-$1380)
  • Odyssey VTi-L (CVT) $46,040 (-$1580)



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