The Japanese three-row minivan comes in Air and Crosstar guises with a higher level of visual differentiation

  • Third-gen Honda Freed launches in Japan with gasoline and hybrid powertrain options.
  • The styling is cleaner, while the Crosstar version looks more rugged than before.
  • The Freed is available in six-seater three-row, or five-seater two-row configurations.

Honda unveiled the third-generation Freed ahead of its market launch in Japan, scheduled for June 2024. The small three-row minivan adopts styling cues inspired by the larger Step WGN. It is available in standard Air and rugged Crosstar versions, offering the option between gasoline and self-charging hybrid (e:HEV) powertrains.

The Honda Freed looks cleaner and friendlier than before, thanks to the horizontal lines on the profile, the larger greenhouse, and the uncluttered styling of the front and rear ends. The Freed Crosstar adds SUV-inspired elements, including a unique grille, chunkier bumpers, aluminum-style inserts, roof rails, plastic fender extensions, and different alloy wheels.

The new generation measures 4,310 mm (169.7 inches) long, 1,695 mm (66.7 inches) wide, and 1,755 mm (69.1 inches) tall, with a wheelbase of 2,740 mm (107.9 inches). This means it is 45 mm (1.8 inches) longer compared to its predecessor while keeping the same wheelbase.

The Freed’s footprint positions it between the smaller Fit hatchback and the incrementally larger Vezel SUV within Honda’s Japanese lineup. Note that all three models ride on different versions of the same architecture.

The cabin has a familiar six-seater layout including the flip-up third-row which is made lighter and easier to operate. The Freed Crosstar is also available in a more conventional five-seater two-row configuration, prioritizing boot space. Both versions feature stain and scratch-resistant seat upholstery, which comes in handy when you use it for family duties or hobbies.