The Honda Odyssey is a minivan benchmark after debuting in 1999 and stealing the crown away from Chrysler. It makes several changes in 2002 to ensure it remains at the top, and Honda’s reliability, large interior, and useful features have renewed interest. Situated on independent suspension, which is the first time in a minivan class and gives a comfortable ride. Together with the wide track, the suspension provides a stable feel. For an automobile this size, body roll is minimal, and harshness over bumps is almost nonexistent.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter, V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX
The 2002 Honda Odyssey gets many improvements including two new colors, side airbags, more power, disc brakes, five-speed transmission, optional leather seats, DVD system, and minor storage refinements.
The 2002 Honda Odyssey has one of the most luxurious-looking exteriors in the segment and sits on a 118.1-inch wheelbase with a total length of 201.2 inches, which is the equivalent to the Dodge Grand Caravan. The height varies between models; the LX stands 68.5 inches, and the EX model is 69.7 inches high. While every model has dual-sliding doors on the side, the EX model has power doors on both sides. Both models have 16-inch wheels; the LX has steel wheels and the EX has alloy.
The 2002 Honda Odyssey has front buckets, removable second-row buckets, and a folding bench seat in third position. The seating capacity is seven with the standard configuration, and the bucket seats in the middle can slide together forming a bench. Cargo space is big enough to hold a long piece of lumber or home improvement materials with the rear seat folded. Total capacity for cargo is 146.1 cubic feet and the EX edition has a navigation system that leads the competition. The revolutionary system has a touchscreen display situated in the dashboard for getting turn-by-turn directions or maps, which benefits the driver’s continual focus on the road. Standard interior equipment for LX models is power windows, cruise control, air-conditioning in front and rear, power mirrors, and power locks. The EX model adds a CD player, automatic air-conditioning, power driver’s seat, and leather seating. Heated seats and an entertainment DVD system are available options with this upper-level model.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Honda Odyssey offers a 3.6-liter V-6 that generates 240 horsepower, which is a 30 hp gain for the model year. The new automatic five-speed replaces the previous automatic four-speed transmission. It's especially easy to drive and capable around corners and provides a very civilized experience on the road. The steering is more car-like and maneuvers through traffic like a car with a tauter suspension for a smooth ride. It doesn’t feel as big on the road as its large dimensions may suggest, but the impressive utility aspect does not hinder acceleration either. It may take a minute to get up to speed, but once cruising, it is smooth and quiet.
The 2002 Honda Odyssey has its share of safety features that include headrests on all seats, standard anti-lock brakes, three-point seatbelts, traction control, and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). In IIHS and NHTSA testing, it received five stars for all tests, proving this minivan provides good protection of its occupants. With its spacious interior, scores on crash-tests, and modern features, it may be a crucial family vehicle.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Odyssey: 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Large interior
- Optional entertainment system
- Optional navigation system
- Powerful V-6
- Perfect scores in crash-testing
You Won't Like
- Dealer markups still possible
- Power doors are slow sliding
A best-seller in the U.S. that's even better in 2002.
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