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2003 Honda Odyssey Review

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The 2003 Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans on the market. This is a large claim, but one that’s backed up by great mechanics, lots of extra features, massive cargo space, and more. Honda was the first to offer a DVD entertainment system, and it is still offered in this new model. It also offers so many different options that many dealerships have a hard time keeping up with the demand.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2003 Honda Odyssey receives a slew of new offerings, including a hard-to-copy key, intermittent rear wiper and washer, and an automatic up and down driver’s window, and intermittent windshield wipers.


The 2003 Honda Odyssey is your standard style minivan, not offering a great amount of innovation in design, but providing ample room. It rides on a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures 201.2 inches overall. This is about the same size as the Dodge Grand Caravan, which is its main competitor. All models come with dual sliding side doors that provide plenty of room for the passengers in the back to enter and exit, as well as plenty of room for the loading of cargo. The back also has a liftgate that allows access to the cargo area behind the back seat of the vehicle–the perfect place for groceries or other items. The standard LX model comes equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, and the upscale EX model receives 16-inch alloy wheels for a touch of add class. Standard exterior features include intermittent windshield wipers and washers, privacy glass, rear defogger, power opening, and a rear liftgate door.


The 2003 Honda Odyssey comes equipped with two bucket seats in the front, which provide ample room for the driver and front passenger. Two removable bucket seats are installed in the second row as well. The third row seat is a bench that seats three people. Best of all, the third row seating is completely foldable. Maximum capacity is 146.1 cubic feet with the third row seat stowed away. An optional factory installed navigation system is available and is one of the best navigation systems on the market. The LX model comes with a standard cassette stereo, front and rear air-conditioning, cruise control, and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The EX model adds an eight-way power seat, a CD player, and automatic air-conditioning. Other standard features include cruise control, front, rear, and third row cup holders, front seatback storage, speed-proportional power steering, tilt-adjustable power steering, interior air filtration, front and rear air conditioning, front and rear floor mats, and dual illuminating vanity mirrors.

Performance & Handling

The 2013 Honda Odyssey uses a stunning 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 240 horsepower. It is wed to a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine makes the Odyssey a quick vehicle; one that is very civilized on the road. The steering is very responsive, not requiring any struggle when moving at slow speeds. In fact, it is almost car-like in every way. The suspension is a bit more solid than some of the competition, but this in no way means the ride is uncomfortable, even when going over bumps. Acceleration is suitable for comfortable passing and inner city driving, although the van doesn’t exactly jump off the line when the gas pedal is pressed. Transmission shifts are pretty smooth.


The 2003 Honda Odyssey comes with side-impact airbags, all-disc anti-lock brakes, and traction control as standard equipment. It received a score of five out of five stars for frontal and side impact collisions, side impacts rear, and a four out of five star rating for rollovers. The IIHS, which is notoriously hard on vehicle manufacturers, gave it a top score of ""good"" for frontal offset impacts.

EPA Fuel Economy

Honda Odyssey: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Great crash test scores
  • Fold-flat third row seating
  • V-6 engine has power
  • Optional navigation equipment and entertainment center

You Won't Like

  • Cheap interior materials present
  • High demand for the vehicle

Sum Up

Best on the market

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See the New 2015 Odyssey.


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