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The New 2024 Honda Freed: A Detailed Look At The 3-Row MPV

The 2024 Honda Freed has recently made its grand debut. It joins the new era of three-row minivans, which is largely dominated by the new Toyota Sienta. The 2024 Freed marks the entry of the third generation of the beloved Minivan. As a new-age family minivan, the new Freed adopts new Step WGN-inspired styling cues and self-charging hybrid (e: HEV) powertrains. While keeping the same wheelbase, the 2024 Freed is now 45 mm (1.8 inches) longer. The Honda Freed 2024 will launch in Japan in June 2024, which is just a few weeks away. Carrying on the momentum set by its predecessor, this new Honda Freed 2024 will captivate drivers with its sleek design and versatile features. While pricing details aren’t available yet, the 2024 Freed will start at around $23,000. 

This article discusses the Honda Freed 2024 features and specifications, which include its expanded dimensions, new exterior design and drive quality. 

1. Clean Exterior Design

The best feature of the new 2024 Honda Freed is the stylish exterior design, which exudes modernity. Drawing inspiration from its larger Step WGN sibling, the 2024 Honda Freed boasts a refreshed exterior design. The 2024 Freed comes in the Standard Air and Crosstar Edition trim levels, and they have distinct design tastes. 

The Standard Air model’s exterior design has clean lines, which are accentuated by the horizontal profiles and a spacious greenhouse.

Unlink the Standard Air trim, the Freed 2024 Crosstar model has SUV-inspired exterior design elements. The shape looks smart and sporty. The Crosstar edition’s exterior features a unique grille, good alloy wheels, and robust bumpers. 

2. Available In Two Trim Levels

The new Honda Freed 2024 comes in two distinct versions – the standard Air and the rugged Crosstar. 

While the Standard Air is a base trim version, the Crosstar is a sportier option, with a special grille design and a boosted profile appearance. We adore the Crosstar Edition’s bumpers, which have a rugged vibe. 

Despite the differences in exterior design, both Standard Air And Crosstar Edition trims blend elegance and versatility, making them perfect for families. 

3. Expanded Dimensions

The 2024 Honda Freed is a relatively compact MPV, just like its Toyota Sienta rival. However, the new Freed is different from the old version. Compared to its predecessor, the 2024 Freed is 45 mm (1.8 inches) longer, but it keeps the same 107.9-inch wheelbase.

The new 2024 Freed now measures 169.7 inches in length, 66.7 inches in width, and 69.1 inches in height. The third-generation Honda Freed balances between compactness and spaciousness. At 107.9 inches, the Honda Freed’s wheelbase is longer than the 2024 Chevy Equinox’s 107 inches. 

In the MPV world though, the 2024 Honda Freed sits between the smaller Fit hatchback and the slightly larger Vezel SUV in Honda’s 2024 lineup. 

4. Practical Interior

Despite its compact dimensions, the 2024 Honda Freed has a spacious and comfortable interior. Like its predecessors, the new Freed carries the same six-seater layout, including a flip-up third row. We also love the unique cabin design, featuring stain and scratch-resistant upholstery. 

The first and second row of the second row of seats offer lots of headroom and legroom, 1020 mm and 1045 mm to be exact. However, the third-row seats offer less legroom. For extra cargo space, the Freed Crossstar trim offers a five-seater two-row configuration. 

Practicality-wise, the 2024 Freed models feature roof-mounted air vents for the rear passengers and a tray on the dashboard. 

5. Large infotainment Display

Aside from the frontal exterior area, the Freed 2024 has a redesigned cockpit with a larger free-standing infotainment display. Beside that is a digital instrument cluster that’s strategically positioned near the driver. The entire revised interior layout is user-friendly, as is the new infotainment system, which has a USB port, navigation, and audio controls.  

6. Six-Seater Layout

The 2024 Honda Freed’s cabin has a six-seater layout. The Air model includes the flip-up third row for extra accommodating benefits. Unlike the Air, the Freed Crosstar has a five-seater two-row configuration that prioritizes boot space. 

7. Powertrain Options

Under the hood, the 2024 Honda Freed has a 1.5-liter L15B inline-4 DOHC i-VTEC engine that puts out 96 kW at 6,600 RPM and 155 Nm of torque at 4,600 RPM. 

There are two powertrain options available for the 2024 Freed: a standard 1.5-liter gasoline and a self-charging hybrid (e: HEV) powertrain. Both the Air and Crosstar variants are available with these powertrains.

8. Swift CVT Gearbox

Both models of the 2024 Honda Freed are available with a CVT gearbox that pairs with the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This is among the fastest transmission systems out there. With two clutches, it can swiftly switch between gears, ensuring smooth and rapid transitions.

While one clutch engages a gear, the other prepares the next one based on signals from the transmission control unit. When it’s time to shift, the first clutch disengages, the second engages the next gear, and the first gets ready for the next shift.

Unlike dual-clutch gearboxes, the CVTs maintain the engine at optimal RPM levels for longer durations. This enhances fuel economy.

9. The 2024 Honda Freed Is Fuel-Efficient

The 2024 Honda Freed is fuel-efficient. It is one of the most economical MPVs. It offers drivers impressive mileage both in city driving and on the highway. Depending on the variant and driving style, the 2024 Freed achieves an average of 25 kilometers per liter in the city and 27 kilometers per liter on the highway.

With a fuel tank capacity of 36 liters, the new Honda Freed delivers a driving range of 900 kilometers in the city and 972 kilometers on the highway. 

10. Available Self-Charging Hybrid

Aside from the traditional 1.5-liter engine, the 2024 Honda Freed offers a self-charging hybrid (e:HEV) powertrain. 

This system combines the Freed’s 1.5-liter engine with dual electric motors. The Honda Freed hybrid delivers a similar 96 kW power output. This option gives you enhanced performance and efficiency. 

11. Available In 2WD And 4WD

The Freed comes 2024 with 2WD and 4WD configurations. The 2WD is perfect if you intend to do some simple city driving and the occasional road trips. 

If you plan on going off the beaten path, opt for the Freed’s 4WD setup. 

12. Optimal Performance 

What you’ll admire about the 2024 Honda Freed is the optimal balance of performance and efficiency. The e:HEV system delivers a noticeably enhanced acceleration and responsiveness. On the plus side, you’ll enjoy the fuel efficiency benefits.

13. Smooth Drive Quality

Behind the wheel, the 2024 Honda Freed is a comfortable car for an MPV starter. This 7-seater MPV provides good acceleration power. The brakes are effective and do a great job of stopping the car. 

The Freed carries MacPherson Strut Type suspensions in the front and Torsion Beam suspensions in the rear. 

While the handling is great, the 2024 Freed’s steering is light, so you have to drive with precision. 

14. Affordable Price

Until its official debut, the specs pricing for the 2024 Honda Freed Air and Freed Crosstar are yet to be announced. We expect the 2024 Freed’s pricing to range from  US$ 23,000 to US$ 24,000.

15. Good Safety Features

In the MPV universe, the Honda Freed is one of the safest minivans. And it continues to be safer with every release. Recall that the Honda Freed received a five-star award from the 2015 – 2016 Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP). 

Safety-wise, the Honda 2024 Freed comes with side-impact door beams, a middle row with an ISOFIX child restraint system, and an emergency stop signal (ESS). On top of that, the new Freed’s sliding door has childproof door locks. 

Wilfred Nkhwazi
Wilfred Nkhwazihttps://flagshipdrive.com
🚗 About Wilfred Nkhwazi - Founder of Flagship Drive 🌍 Meet Wilfred Nkhwazi, an automotive writer, and explorer of the open road. 📚 With more than five years of experience in the world of automotive writing, he's the visionary behind Flagship Drive. As a seasoned writer, he brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to Flagship Drive, providing readers with the latest news, reviews, and trends in the automotive world. Wilfred has a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the technology and engineering behind cars, making him the go-to expert for all things automotive. When he isn't behind the wheel, you can find him exploring the latest automotive innovations or attending industry events. He is also the curator of CarReviewHQ.com, where he dissects the finest details of automobiles.
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