Minivan; Built in Japan
  • 4-door van
  • transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive
Good condition price range: $1,500 – $3,100*


1995 Honda Odyssey


1996 Honda Odyssey LX


1997 Honda Odyssey


1995 Honda Odyssey interior


1995 Honda Odyssey interior

Pros:
  • Antilock brakes
  • Entry/exit
  • Ride
  • Steering/handling
Cons:
  • Acceleration (full load)
  • Engine noise
  • Road noise

Well-built, well-equipped, and likely to be reliable, Odyssey is worth a look–provided that it’s big enough to meet your needs. Lack of a V6 and modest dimensions tend to limit its appeal, however, against the league-leading Chrysler minivans and Ford’s Windstar.

Overview

Honda became the last major automaker to issue a minivan, adding the Accord-based Odyssey after the 1995 model year began. About as long as a Mercury Villager or Nissan Quest, the most unique feature was its four sedan-style swing-open side doors–no sliding side door at all. Sole powertrain was a 140-horsepower, 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. Offered in LX and upscale EX trim, Odysseys came with standard dual airbags and antilock disc brakes. Seating for seven was standard on the LX: two front buckets, a 3-place middle bench, and 2-place rear bench. The 2-place rear bench folds flush with the floor.

Yearly Updates

1996 Odyssey
Isuzu began to market a similar Oasis minivan in January 1996, differing from the Odyssey mainly in its grille treatment.
1997 Odyssey
Variable-speed intermittent windshield wipers, body-colored mirrors, and redesigned alloy wheels were among the minor equipment alterations for the upscale EX Odyssey.
1998 Odyssey
Honda replaced the 2.2-liter engine with a larger 2.3-liter unit. Horsepower is up by ten, and automatic transmission remains standard. Other changes include a restyled grille and revised instrument panel with tachometer. Odyssey was completely redesigned for ’99 with a V6 engine and dual sliding doors.

Engines

transverse front-engine/front-wheel drive

Only one Odyssey powertrain was offered: a 2.2-liter, overhead-cam 4-cylinder engine, driving a 4-speed automatic transmission.

ohc I4
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 2.2/132
Engine HP 140
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 145
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

20/24

21.5

dohc I4
Engine Size (liters/cubic inches) 3.2/140
Engine HP 150
Engine Torque (lb-ft) 152
Avail. Trans. EPA MPG (city/hwy) MPG avg. as tested
4-speed automatic

21/26

21.3

Road Test

Odyssey departs from the minivan herd by virtue of its fully independent suspension, versus beam-type rear axles for most of the competition. It corners with little body lean and has good stability. Ride quality is also commendable: steady and firm at highway speeds; smoothly absorbent and comfortable when traversing bumpy urban pavement. Braking is nearly faultless.

Power from either the 2.2- or 2.3-liter engine is adequate, but the engines are loud when flooring the throttle. Also, when passing or engaging in quick sprints onto expressways, the Odyssey can feel underpowered. Gas mileage is great, more than 21 mpg in city/expressway driving. As in the Accord, Odyssey’s automatic transmission delivers prompt shifts that are usually smooth. Full-throttle downshifts, on the other hand, can induce an unwanted lunge forward.

Because the Odyssey minivan is three to five inches narrower than rivals, cargo space is somewhat limited. There’s also little walk-through room. On the plus side, the rear seat easily folds flush, and it’s an easy minivan to park. The interior features plenty of space for six, but an extra person in the center seat of the 7-passenger version could be squeezed. Rear entry/exit is somewhat hampered by doors that don’t open as wide as they should. Driving position in the Odyssey is comfortable; visibility good all around. The dashboard is attractive and well-organized.

Ratings

Model Tested: 1996 Honda Odyssey EX

Ratings values are on a 1-10 scale, with 10 being the best. With the exception of Value, these numbers reflect how the vehicle compares against the universe of vehicles, not just against rivals in its class.

Performance

Acceleration - 3
30%
Fuel Economy - 4
40%
Ride Quality - 5
50%
Steering/Handling - 3
30%
Quietness - 5
50%

Accommodations

Controls/Materials - 5
50%
Room/Comfort Front - 5
50%
Room/Comfort Rear - 5
50%
Cargo Room - 7
70%

Other

Value - 5
50%

Total: 47

Specifications

4-door van
Wheelbase (in.) Length (in.) Width (in.) Height (in.) Weight (lbs)
111.4 187.2 70.6 64.6
Cargo Volume (cu/ft) Payload Capacity (cu/ft) Fuel Capacity (gal.) Seating Capacity
102.5 17.2 7
Headroom Legroom
Front Rear Front Rear
40.1 39.3 40.7 40.2
Safety Ratings

Model Tested: 1998 Odyssey 4-door van

NHTSA

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Impact Test

Driver Injury - 4
80%
Front Passenger Injury - 4
80%

Side Impact Test

Driver Injury - N/A
N/A0%
Rear Passenger Injury - N/A
N/A0%

HLDI

(A score of 100 is average. Lower is better)

Collision 47
Injury 44
Theft 4

Trouble Spots

Engine noise
Description: A problem with the power brakes’ vacuum-booster check valve causes a buzzing noise when idling in gear. (1995)
Fuel gauge
Description: The fuel gauge on some vehicles does not go all the way to “F” because the arm on the sending unit is too long. (1995)
Oil leak
Description: Sudden oil loss and resultant severe engine damage could be the result of front balance shaft oil plug popping out. (1995-97)
Seatbelts/safety
Description: Seatbelts may not retract or may retract slowly. Also, the button that keeps the seatbelt tongue from sliding down breaks. The belts should be serviced under the Honda Lifetime Seat Belt Limited Warranty. (1995-97)
Cupholders
Description: The cigarette lighter/cupholder comes loose. (1995-96)
Glovebox
Description: The glovebox door pops off because the latch assembly falls apart. (1995)
Brake lights
Description: If an aftermarket security system is installed, brake indicator light may come on when the automatic transmission is placed in gear, and go off in neutral or park. (1995-97)

Recall History

1997-98
Description: Certain ball joints can wear out prematurely and, in worst case, would separate, causing front suspension to collapse.

Equipment Lists

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Pricing

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