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Honda Odyssey

First introduced in 1995, the Honda Odyssey is an economical minivan consistently ranked as one of the top-selling vehicles in its market segment. However, while the Odyssey has been a preferred choice among minivan drivers for most of its existence, the vehicle was not an instant hit. In fact, it wasn't until Honda released the second generation in 1999 that the Odyssey came into its own with drivers. The vehicle's third generation lasted from 2005 until 2010, and the Odyssey is currently in its fourth generation.

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About the Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is one of the leading models in its class. With a spacious cabin, a generous array of standard features, and the reliability of a Honda, the Odyssey's status as one of the best-selling vehicles in a particularly competitive market segment looks likely to be maintained for the foreseeable future. The Odyssey offers functionality, decent fuel efficiency for a minivan, and a family-friendly interior that's able to accommodate up to eight passengers. With decent ride quality, good handling capability and better acceleration than you'd expect from a family-friendly minivan, it's little wonder that the Odyssey has been a leader in its class since the late 1990s.

Honda Odyssey Features

The 2012 Honda Odyssey is available in five different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. The base model LX is fairly well-equipped and includes standard features such as a power driver seat, air conditioning, a 60/40-split-folding third-row seat, power accessories, a stereo system with a CD player, and an auxiliary audio jack. The EX trim level includes additional features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, power-sliding side doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated exterior mirrors, multifunctional second-row seating, a removable front center console, and an improved sound system. Additional standard features on the EX-L model include a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera and a sunroof. The Touring and Touring Elite models are outfitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, front and rear parking sensors, retractable third-row sunshades, and a fold-down armrest for passengers in the third row. Both versions also feature high tech extras such as navigation systems and rear-seat entertainment systems.

The same 248-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine powers all the various models of the 2012 Honda Odyssey. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard across all trim levels, save the Touring and Touring Elite, which are both equipped with a six-speed automatic. The six-speed automatic transmission offers better fuel economy and more responsive acceleration.

Reviews indicate that the Honda Odyssey offers exceptional drivability for a minivan. The van's powerful V-6 engine provides a smooth ride and the van is said to handle surprisingly well. The interior of the van is spacious with plenty of comfortable seating. It is also reportedly quieter inside than previous generations of the Odyssey.

The 2012 Honda Odyssey also earned high marks for safety in government crash tests. The Odyssey is, in fact, rated as a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety features for the 2012 Honda Odyssey include antilock disc brakes, traction control active front head restraints, front side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags.

The second-row seat in the 2012 Odyssey is wider than what was found in previous generations by some four inches. This enables the second row to accommodate up to three car seats for small children and infants. The 2012 Odyssey also provides more legroom than previous versions of the van. This large row of seating offers more seating possibilities for families than the captain's chairs that are standard for many other similarly sized minivans.

Honda Odyssey Evolution

When the Odyssey debuted in the mid-1990s, it was equipped with conventional swing-open doors and roll-down windows. It was powered by an inline-four that was borrowed from an Accord EX. Still, with VTEC variable timing, even this engine was rated at 140 horsepower.

Select a Honda Odyssey Year

2012 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The Odyssey was redesigned in 2011, and gained new, angular styling as well as more interior room. A 6-speed automatic transmission delivers excellent fuel economy for the class, but it's only available on the more expensive Touring and Touring Elite models. New seating configurations and a removable, sliding second row maximize cargo usability.

2011 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

Odyssey is all new and features a roofline 1.6- inches lower than previous models and track, 1.4-inches wider. The i-VTEC 3.5-liter V-6 is now mated to a six-speed transmission in Touring trim that makes Odyssey competitive with its rivals. This new transmission and Honda’s variable cylinder management system help Odyssey achieve class leading fuel economy numbers. New range topping Touring Elite model makes its debut.

2009 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The world of minivan buyers has evolved and changed significantly over the past few decades.

2008 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The minvan market has evolved significantly over the last few decades.

2007 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

Released in North America during the mid-1990s, the Honda Odyssey was a strong contender in Japan and Europe, but was slower in getting attention in the U.

2006 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 2006 Honda Odyssey continues the model’s tradition as a top pick in the minivan market since its introduction in 1999, with its impressive combination of a spacious cabin, thoughtful list of standard equipment, easy handling, high safety ratings, and an overall reputation for reliability.

2005 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The Honda Odyssey is a high-end minivan designed for comfort and handling.

2004 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 2004 Honda Odyssey offers a huge interior and an innovative seating layout.

2003 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 2003 Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans on the market.

2002 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The Honda Odyssey is a minivan benchmark after debuting in 1999 and stealing the crown away from Chrysler.

2001 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 2001 Honda Odyssey sets a new standard in the minivan market.

2000 Honda Odyssey

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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.

1999 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 1999 Honda Odyssey comes in two models that have the same configuration.

1998 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 1998 Honda Odyssey serves as a high-end minivan designed with comfort and handling in mind.

1997 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 1997 Honda Odyssey serves as a four-door minivan.

1996 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The 1996 Honda Odyssey serves as a minivan manufactured by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda.

1995 Honda Odyssey

Minivan/Van

The Honda Odyssey is a minivan that was originally conceived only for the Japanese market.

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