The 1998 Honda Odyssey serves as a high-end minivan designed with comfort and handling in mind. The large, spacious interior accommodates up to eight passengers with optional seating. The cargo space inside the vehicle, with the seats removed, seems massive. However, despite the large amount of space in the Odyssey, it still handles very well. The difference in performance compared to a car remains surprisingly minor given the large size of the Odyssey.
The Honda Odyssey provides a high-quality family vehicle that gets used for day-to-day driving or long road trips. It is not the cheapest minivan on the market, but all of the extra features make this a worthwhile option for drivers who can afford the higher price tag. Virtually no vehicles provide the same combination of handling, performance, entertainment features, and cargo space. The Honda Odyssey manages to drive like a car.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX
The 1998 Honda Odyssey receives some minor changes to the exterior and interior appearance. Many drivers do not notice them without making a side-by-side comparison. The 1998 Odyssey now utilizes a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that offers more power and torque than the previous year’s model.
The Honda Odyssey looks like a typical. It includes expected features, like a roof rack. One nice aspect of the 1998 Honda Odyssey concerns its rear entry doors on both side of the vehicle, allowing for easy entry and exit. A liftgate provides access to the cargo area in the back of the vehicle. The Odyssey Touring has a power liftgate that opens with the press of a button. All models have a wiper for the rear window. The LX features standard power windows, power locks, power mirrors, and keyless entry. The Odyssey EX also has a power sunroof and a rear window defroster as standard equipment.
The 1998 Honda Odyssey offers a massive interior, with seven-passenger seating as the standard configuration. The entry-level Honda Odyssey LX includes cruise control, an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, and dual-zone air-conditioning as standard equipment.
Performance & Handling
The Honda Odyssey handles much better than expected for a vehicle of its size and class. The 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine feels underpowered, giving the Odyssey fairly weak acceleration. This makes merging into swift-moving traffic difficult. However, the 1998 Honda Odyssey turns very well, to the point that it matches many larger sedans in terms of cornering ability. Overall, driving the Odyssey feels very similar to driving a sedan, albeit an underpowered one.
The Honda Odyssey includes dual front airbags as standard equipment for both models. In addition, four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard regardless of the model purchased. Overall, the 1998 Honda Odyssey seems typical for a minivan released around this time. However, it has less standard or optional safety equipment than found on later models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Odyssey: 19/24 mpg city/highway
- Large interior
- Extensive entertainment system
- Large number of standard features
- Large number of optional features
You Won't Like
- Underpowered engine with no optional upgrades
- Later models offer a better value overall
Minivan comfort with near sedan performance.
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