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1999 Honda Odyssey Review
Not a typical mom’s minivan.
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The 1999 Honda Odyssey comes in two models that have the same configuration. Like the CR-V, this is another non-car from a well-known maker of cars. But unlike the CR-V, the Honda Odyssey is a well-designed and successful non-car. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine is more powerful than a car's engine with a horsepower of 210 and 229 lb-ft of torque. Both models also come with a four-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX
The 1999 Honda Odyssey's most significant change is the redesigned 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. However, this minivan has been completely redesigned for 1999. The exterior and the suspension are among the things that are all new. The first Odyssey dates back to 1995 and was smaller and too much like a car, but this year's model has outstanding minivan features.
The 1999 Honda Odyssey had many exterior features that were redesigned. Even the sheet metal used to construct the exterior has been redone. The EX has power sliding doors, but the LX gets manual sliding doors. Both models have 16-inch wheels. It costs a little more to upgrade these to alloy in the LX model. Both models feature the same five bland color choices on the exterior and a wheelbase of 118.1 inches.
The 1999 Honda Odyssey's interior has room for seven adults, and there is storage under the seats for long items like skis. However, only the LX model has bench seats. Normally, the LX has two captain's chairs and the EX has four, but a little extra money adds two more in the LX model. Convenience and power features abound in both models, but the features in the EX that aren't in the LX include automatic temperature control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a garage door transmitter. The entire interior is very functional. It features many cubbyholes and map pockets.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Honda Odyssey provides a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that was based on the very popular three-liter V-6 engine of the Honda Accord. However, this engine has a lot more power than the Accord engine. This is especially true now that it features the 1999 modifications. Unlike other Honda vehicles that just have four-speed automatic transmission as an option, it comes as standard on the Odyssey. The redesigned suspension is a first for a 1999 minivan, and it features four-wheel independent suspension, which improves handling. It also qualifies as green because of low emissions.
The 1999 Honda Odyssey have tons of standard safety features. These shared features include anti-lock brakes, dual frontal airbags, and cruise control. There are some differences between the base LX and the advanced EX, one of them being traction control is only equipped in the EX model.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Roomy Honda interior
- Great Handling
You Won't Like
- LX considerably cheaper than previous generation
- Leather seats only available as an option in EX model
Not a typical mom’s minivan.
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