Honda Odyssey

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American Honda Motor Company, Inc.

Honda's entry in the North American minivan market, the Odyssey, has been around since 1994. Built in Lincoln, Alabama, the new minivan was based on an Accord chassis with a four-cylinder engine, anti-lock brakes, and standard rear air conditioning.

In 1999, Honda began emulating Chrysler's sliding-doors format for its minivans and also bumped up the horsepower; the old four-cylinder was replaced with a 210-horsepower V6. Later, they would offer power doors, fold-into-floor rear seats, and satellite navigation beginning in 2000.

However, the Odyssey models between 1999-2002 had serious automatic transmission problems caused by bad bearings that could shatter. The four-speed transmissions were the subject of first a warranty extension by Honda, then a class action lawsuit. The five-speed automatic introduced in 2002 also had problems, with premature wear of the third-gear clutch pack causing either no shifts or sudden downshifts from fifth to second gear.

The third-generation Odyssey introduced in 2005 came with a standard 244-horsepower engine, a dashboard-mounted shifter, and offered options like rear entertainment systems and run-flat tires. In 2008 the minivan debuted with a redesigned grille, taillights, and dashboard.

The 2015 Odyssey's lone engine offering is a 248-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, turning in a 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds. The eight-passenger vehicle comes with Honda's Variable Cylinder Management which shuts off cylinders for maximum fuel efficiency, power front seats, a third row of seats that folds away, a seven-speaker sound system and a built-in vacuum cleaner. U.S. News and World Report recently named it the 2015 Best Minivan for Families.

All Odyssey Models