2022 Honda Odyssey Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Vehicle structure and powertrain issues are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners.

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

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The minivan might not be as popular as it once was, but that hasn’t stopped people from buying the 2022 Honda Odyssey. The automaker claims this is a “fun, family minivan,” but many people find it to be dangerous. The defective powertrain, faulty structure and poor visibility make it a hazard to drive.

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Problems with the Powertrain

Honda was once known as a company that used reliable transmissions, but that is no longer the case. The powertrain in the 2022 Honda Odyssey is causing a lot of headaches.

Here’s one example from an Edmunds review. “We were 2 hours into a 5-hour road trip when the transmission on our brand new 2022 Elite Odyssey slipped into neutral going 70 mph on a busy interstate. The fact we made it over to the shoulder safely is a miracle. There were no warning lights that came on to indicate a problem, the car just stopped accelerating out of nowhere. The van was towed to a nearby dealer (hours from our house) and it remains there over two weeks later while waiting for the transmission to come in. Honda America has been completely unhelpful and I am counting down the days for my state’s lemon law to kick in.  I reported the issue to the NTSB and have seen multiple other reports of the same issue with the 2022 model in other forums. Honda should be taking this seriously before someone is seriously injured or killed…as I mentioned we were lucky. Our case manager has been completely useless. Please take note future buyers and Honda if you care to read reviews such as mine.”

While there’s not a lot being talked about with the 2022 Odyssey transmission repairs yet, there’s going to be more in the future. If it’s anything like the previous models, there could even be class-action lawsuits down the line. In the past, the 2018 and 2019 Odyssey models were being investigated because of the ZF 9HP transmission and it’s likely the same will continue with newer versions. The only “fun” that families are having with this minivan is the humor received by listening to service advisors make up yet another excuse as to why the powertrain is defective.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

If a minivan is designed to transport a family, it must be made to high safety standards. Yet, the new Honda Odyssey shows that the design of the structure was never taken seriously by the automaker.

Here’s an important review left on the Edmunds website. “I absolutely HATE the design of the driver seat. It’s literally back-breaking. Didn’t realize I’d need weekly chiropractor adjustments just to be able to have a van. I don’t think they could have made that seat more uncomfortable if they tried. Little things: I like the glasses compartments but there are not enough cubbies for other things. The driver armrest also blocks the seatbelt buckle. The third row latch doesn’t work half the time on one side.”

There are multiple structure-related recalls that should cause alarm. The first, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V768000, shows that some vehicles have pinholes in the tires, leading to a very slow leak. When the tires lose air, a crash becomes possible, putting the entire family in danger. Plus, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V432000 states that some vehicles have second-row seats with deformed rail locking mechanisms. With this defect, the seat rails are unable to lock in place, allowing them to move freely. This condition is most dangerous when the vehicle is in an accident. Considering children often sit in the second row, families are at risk for very serious consequences to driving this defective minivan.

Problems with Visibility

One final look at the visibility of the Odyssey reveals that Honda has taken just as much care in this department as the others.

One NHTSA complaint says, “The driver’s side rear-view mirror glass started to vibrate two weeks ago. While driving at freeway speed, I noticed the mirror glass tilt/drop down and it looks as if it had come detached from the mirror body itself. I pulled over and was able to ‘click’ the mirror glass back in, but it has vibrated again a few times since. I’m concerned that the glass will detach while on the road.”

There seem to be other visibility concerns as well. Service Bulletin #ATI&08182021 discusses getting more information about the auto-up feature failing on the rear sliding door window. However, this wasn’t just a problem with 2022 Odyssey models, but also 2021. The automaker never resolved the issue and continued selling the same defective model. This “fun, family minivan” quickly turns into a box of horrors when all the defects combine.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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