2001 Honda Odyssey

  • 2001 Honda Odyssey EX Minivan

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2001 Honda Odyssey Review

One of the best minivans that you can buy.

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The 2001 Honda Odyssey sets a new standard in the minivan market. It offers exceptional safety features, and crash tests show that it can withstand impacts while protecting passengers. That's a must for any family vehicle.

The 2001 Odyssey also offers numerous features that will appeal to consumers. Even the base LX model has a range of standard features that are sure to impress.

The Odyssey's engine is its only potential weak spot. The V-6 offers 210 hp, which isn't bad, but is far from amazing. Unfortunately, most of the power hides until you get moving. Starting from a stop will feel a little weak. However, once you hit a couple thousand RPM, you can feel the Odyssey picking up power.

Luckily, the Odyssey offers handling that's good enough to make up for this small deficiency. It handles like a much smaller Honda car, with wonderful suspension and responsive steering.

If you're looking at minivans, put the 2001 Odyssey on your short list of must-drives.

The Range

  • Body Styles: minivan
  • Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Transmissions: four-speed automatic transmission
  • Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX

What's New

There are several changes for the 2001 Honda Odyssey. The second- and third-row seats now have an updated child seat-tether anchor system. The stereo system also gets an upgrade. The rear window wiper now has an intermittent setting. Floor mats now come standard on all trim levels.

The 2001 Honda Odyssey EX comes with a remote alarm feature. The LX gets traction control and a height adjuster for the driver's seat.


Many consumers avoid minivans due to their bland soccer-mom reputation, even though they could benefit from the extra space. The Odyssey works hard to change that impression.

The 2001 Honda Odyssey has a sleek exterior design that will please most buyers. While some manufacturers have leaned towards boxy minivans, Honda has decided to stick with a more traditional look that offers strong aerodynamics without getting in the way of aesthetics. If you're fond of other Honda vehicles, then you'll likely like this one as well.


The 2001 Honda Odyssey comes with plenty of standard features. The base LX model has a theft-deterrent system, air-conditioning for the front and rear, power windows, dual sliding doors, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Bump up to the EX trim level and you also get a CD player with steering-wheel-mounted controls, dual-power sliding doors, keyless remote entry, and an eight-way power driver's seat.

In addition to these features, the 2001 Odyssey also offers a comfortable interior. All of the seats offer good support. You can buy a version with second-row bench seats or captain's chairs. The interior also offers plenty of cargo space, but the third-row seat easily folds down for additional room.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Honda Odyssey comes with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve, VTEC V-6 engine that offers 210 hp and 229 lb-ft or torque. This is a fair amount of power, but it could offer a little more oomph. You'll find most of the engine's power in the mid-RPM range. With the somewhat sluggish takeoff, you might think that the Odyssey doesn't meet your standards. Give it a few minutes, though, and you might change your mind.

The Odyssey has something that no other minivan offers: a four-wheel independent suspension. This offers considerable support and comfort, even on bumpy surfaces. However, it still manages to deliver information to the steering wheel, keeping you in touch with the road.

Drivers will also appreciate the Odyssey's nimbleness. The steering reacts easily, allowing drivers to maintain control of the minivan without exerting much effort. It's the kind of driving experience that can change a person's mind about how a minivan should handle.


It does not get much safer than the 2001 Honda Odyssey. In addition to standard safety features like four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, and child seat anchors, the Odyssey receives glowing reviews from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The NHTSA awarded the Honda Odyssey five out of five stars in passenger, driver, front side-impact, and rear side-impact crash tests. It scores four stars in rollover tests. The IIHS only conducted one test, giving the Odyssey its highest possible rating of ""Good"" in frontal-offset crashes.

Whether you need to stop on a dime or stay safe in an impact, the 2001 Honda Odyssey has your back.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Odyssey: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Navigation system comes as an option
  • Terrific crash test scores
  • Plenty of interior room
  • Second-row seats come as bench or captain's chairs
  • Third-row seat folds flat

You Won't Like

  • Sliding doors are slow
  • On-board entertainment center not offered as option
  • Poor torque on the low end
  • Transmission often hesitates on downshifts

Sum Up

One of the best minivans that you can buy.

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