The Honda Odyssey is a minivan that was originally conceived only for the Japanese market. The design was the result of the restrictions enforced by the Japanese government during its economic crisis. The end result was a smaller minivan that met with positive reception in the Japanese domestic automotive market. With the 1995 launch, the Japanese automaker looks to replicate the same success in the U.S. as well.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX
The 1995 Honda Odyssey minivan has been introduced this year in the United States. It has a unique five-door design with four car-like doors. The LX and EX come with dual airbags and anti-lock brakes as standard.
The 1995 Honda Odyssey has a wheelbase of 111.4 inches and a length of around 187.2 inches. Its total width is around 70 inches. The minivan has a unibody construction, and a height of 64.6 inches. The EX model in particular differs from other models in that it has its own alloy wheels, roof rack, body-colored mirrors and side moldings, and a power sunroof.
The 1995 Honda Odyssey is a good three to five inches narrower when compared to most other minivans in the market at present. In order to preserve cabin space, the minivan loses some of its cargo space. Despite the sacrifice, the cabin lacks walkthrough room. Nevertheless, the rear bench can be folded down completely flat if there is any need for extra cargo space. Even though it seems to offer very little interior space, it comfortably accommodates six people. There is an abundant amount of legroom and headroom inside for six passengers. An optional seven-passenger accommodation is also available, although seven passengers may find themselves a little cramped. Despite the car-like doors, entry and exit in the rear is a little more difficult because the rear doors do not open wide enough. On a positive note, the driver is comfortable positioned and enjoys good visibility in all directions. The dashboard up front is also well laid, easy to use, and attractive.
Performance & Handling
The 1995 Honda Odyssey is only available with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 130 horsepower, which offers enough power to keep the minivan going. However, despite the presence of adequate power, it begins to get very loud when throttled hard, and it feels underpowered on the highway while passing or merging with traffic. The unique suspension gives it surprisingly good stability. The minivan features fully independent suspension instead of the usual rear axle suspension used in most other minivans. As a result, it corners confidently with little body lean.
The 1995 Honda Odyssey gets a full five-star rating for passenger and driver safety during frontal impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Odyssey: 20/24 mpg city/highway
- Stable ride
- Spacious interior
- Responsive steering and handling
You Won't Like
- Noisy engine
- Lack of power in demanding situations
A tough minivan competitor.
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