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2000 Honda Odyssey Review
Perfect for soccer moms or family men.
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The 2000 Honda Odyssey is an innovative minivan with very good ergonomics that was designed to answer the consumers' need for daily transport. It was built to challenge the American-made minivans that are considered as benchmarks in their segment. The Odyssey is known to be convenient, roomy, easy to handle on the road, and safe.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX
The 2000 Honda Odyssey receives an optional navigation system for the EX.
The 2000 Honda Odyssey gets design lines that are far from the looks of the pre-1999 minivan. The designers prioritized function over form, which left the outside aesthetics pretty utilitarian and the overall look quite ordinary. There was an attempt though to give it a corporate identity with some classy touch on the grille. Like its other minivan counterparts, it comes with four big doors and a tailgate. The rear doors slide instead of swinging open so parking in tight spaces will not compromise comfort when exiting.
The 2000 Honda Odyssey boasts of a roomy interior. The floor is quite low, so getting in and out will never be an issue. The doors have comfortable and large handles, so it can easily be opened, and the tailgate can be swung open when loading cargo. The LX trim comes standard with air-conditioning, adjustable steering column, cruise control, and power windows, doors, and locks. The EX adds an upgraded entertainment system, automatic climate control, power side doors among others to the features of the LX.
The Honda Odyssey EX is equipped with power rear sliding doors that are very easy to operate. The door will slide close or open with a press of a button, which has an override switch on the steering wheel for safety purposes. There is a generous amount of space in terms of measurement, which can fit six adult passengers. The front seats are very comfortable. The side support of the front seat is not that good, but flat seat bottoms come useful when the adults need to attend to or manage energetic kids. A deep recess at the rear lets the third seat fold down into the floor for more cargo space; otherwise, the bench seat is built for comfort. There is a good number of cup holders, map pockets, and other provisions for creature comfort.
The 2000 Honda Odyssey's second row can easily be converted to a bench from a two bucket seat layout, which allows easy access to the third row. The seats on this row are also removable, which means it can have a whole floor devoted to cargo when the third row is folded. The second row can also be adjusted to provide optimal comfort. The occupants on all three rows have access to fan and temperature controls, and overall, the materials in the interior are of high quality. The color scheme is also very attractive with a mediocre radio and speaker system.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Honda Odyssey sports a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with 24 valves that can produce 210 horsepower. This engine is paired with a four-speed automatic gearbox. The engine maybe very potent, but it's also quite heavy. Acceleration, on the other hand, is quite good and can be compared to sport utility vehicles. The V-6 engine performs smoothly and quietly, but it has an aggressive groan when drivers step on the throttle. The automatic gearbox also works well but shifting it manually through the different gears on the column is quite funky. The seats and the glass give the driver a good amount of vision on almost all directions; however, the rear visibility might be hindered a bit by the headrests of the third row.
The 2000 Honda Odyssey is equipped with a driver and passenger airbags. It receives five stars for the frontal driver, side driver, frontal passenger, and side rear passenger crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Easy entrance and exit
- Very spacious
- Comfortable ride
You Won't Like
- Rearward visibility
Perfect for soccer moms or family men.
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