The 1996 Honda Odyssey serves as a minivan manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda. It launched in the U.S. in 1994 as the 1995 model, but Honda originally conceived and engineered it for the Japanese market. The minivan underwent development during the economic crisis in the country in the 1990s, resulting in severe restrictions on the concept and size of the vehicle.
The end result of these restrictions culminates in a smaller minivan that not only receives positive remarks from the Japanese market, but also in North America. The 1996 Honda Odyssey marks the second year of production for the vehicle.
Body Styles: five-door minivan
Engines: 2.2-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX
The 1996 Honda Odyssey remains unchanged from its debut model year in the U.S. market. However, Isuzu introduces a similar minivan called the Oasis this year. The Oasis and Odyssey look almost completely identical, except for a difference in their front grille treatment.
The 1996 Odyssey uses a unibody construction and has a wheelbase of 111.4 inches. The length of the minivan reaches around 187.2 inches, while the width totals about 70.6 inches. It stands 64.6 inches tall. The 1996 Honda Odyssey EX shows off its own distinct exterior appearance, with a roof rack, alloy wheels, a power sunroof, and body-colored mirrors and side moldings.
The Honda Odyssey measures around three to five inches narrower than most other minivans in the U.S. market, so it sacrifices cargo space to some extent. Walk-through room inside the minivan also seems inadequate, but the rear seat can be folded down flat on the floor to add some extra cargo space when needed.
Despite the relative size of the 1996 Honda Odyssey, it easily accommodates six people. Legroom and headroom seem abundant for six passengers to sit comfortably. With the seven-passenger configuration, the seventh person may feel a little cramped for space.
Entry and exit proves a little difficult at the rear because the doors do not open wide enough. Up front, the driver enjoys a comfortable driving position with good visibility all around. The dashboard also looks well laid-out and attractive.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Honda Odyssey comes fitted with a 2.2-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 130 horsepower. The engine offers an adequate amount of power, but tends to become very loud when throttled hard. Moreover, the engine feels rather underpowered when passing or sprinting on highways.
One of the most unique aspects of the 1996 Honda Odyssey is that it uses a fully independent suspension, which differs from the rear axle suspension used by its rivals. The suspension gives it good stability, and the minivan seldom corners with a lot of body lean.
The 1996 Honda Odyssey earns four out of five stars in terms of driver and passenger safety for frontal-impact tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Odyssey 2.2-liter I-4, automatic: 20/24 mpg city/highway
- Stable ride
- Good steering and handling
- Adequate space
You Won't Like
- Noisy engine
- Poor acceleration with full load
A true challenger to American minivans.
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