The 2004 Honda Odyssey offers a huge interior and an innovative seating layout. Not only does the third row of seats fold flat, but the second row of captain’s chairs can be pushed together to create bench seating. Although competition in this class runs high, the Odyssey remains a popular choice, giving passengers a comfortable ride in a surprisingly agile car for its size. Overall, this minivan deserves worth a look when shopping for family transportation.
Since its introduction in 1995, the Honda Odyssey has been a favorite amongst those looking for a reliable and large minivan. It enjoys a reputation for ranking among the best in its class, which it owes mainly to its spacious interior and third row seating that can fold completely flat into the floor, giving a huge amount of cargo space, especially with the second row of seats removed. This extremely family friendly vehicle also proves itself as a pretty nice car to drive and has a reputation for being extremely reliable with reasonable fuel economy for its size.
Body Styles: minivan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Honda Odyssey LX, Honda Odyssey EX
An improved database and a reminder system for seat belts comprise the only significant changes made to the 2004 Honda Odyssey.
The 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan has an exquisite-looking exterior that comes in two trim levels: the LX and the EX. Honda offers multiple options to spruce up the exterior with an array of body paint colors from which to choose. The LX model features 16-inch steel wheels and the EX model uses alloy wheels; both have a rear spoiler and privacy glass.
The base model LX includes traction control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, dual manual-sliding doors, a height-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, anti-lock brakes, and front and rear air-conditioning. The EX model includes features such as automatic climate control, dual power-sliding doors, an eight-way power driver’s seat, keyless remote entry, a CD player, and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel. Optional features for the EX models include a DVD-based navigation system, leather seats, and a DVD-based entertainment system for rear passengers. The navigation and entertainment systems only come with the leather interior option.
One of the main reasons a lot of people choose this minivan concerns its fold-flat, third-row seat. It takes minimal effort to fold the seat out of sight, and this innovative feature has been copied by a number of competitors. The second row of seats can be used either as separate captain’s chairs or as bench seating, and with the third row folded flat and the second row seats removed the Odyssey offers an amazing 146 cubic feet of cargo space, nearly twice that provided by the average SUV.
Performance & Handling
The Odyssey contains a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 240 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission comes standard on this front-drive minivan. With this much power, the Odyssey earns its place as one of the quickest minivans on the road, achieving zero-to-60-mph acceleration in less than eight seconds. The EPA rates fuel economy at 16/23 mpg city/highway and 19 mpg combined.
The Odyssey has independent suspension, and this gives it a very comfortable ride and keeps body roll around corners to a minimum. The Odyssey feels very stable, and thanks to that suspension, the ride feels smooth even on a bumpy road.
As you'd expect for such a family oriented vehicle, the Honda Odyssey comes with a number of safety features. These include headrests for all the passengers and three-point seat belts. All Odysseys’ feature anti-lock disc brakes and front-seat passengers benefit from side airbags. Every Honda automobile now comes with a seat belt warning for safer travel, as well. Government crash tests award the Odyssey five stars for side-impact and frontal-impact collisions. Still, remember that other important safety features like stability control remain unavailable for the Honda Odyssey.
EPA Fuel Economy
Honda Odyssey LX: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Honda Odyssey EX: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Excellent crash test scores
- Entertainment system option
- Navigation availability
- Spacious interior
- Fold-flat seats for third row
You Won't Like
- Stability control and some airbags unavailable
- Mediocre interior materials
Even though the Odyssey has been around for six years, it continues to maintain a top position among today’s minivans.
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