1998 Honda Odyssey

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$23,810

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1998 Honda Odyssey

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $23,810

  • EX

    $25,800

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1998 Honda Odyssey review: Our expert's take

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At what age do you start to feel old?

Is it when you stop recognizing the songs in the Top 10? When you enjoy a bit of piece and quiet? Suddenly, a noisy, smoky bar isn’t your idea of a night on the town.

Or maybe it’s when you discover, to your ultimate shock and horror, that minivans really are handy for hauling people and stuff around.

But just because you feel old doesn’t mean you’re ready to wear your pants hiked up to chest level. So check out the minivan for those who hate minivans — the Honda Odyssey.

Why it works so well is that it looks more like an oversized station wagon than a bread box on wheels. None of the doors slide, making it look more car-like. Indeed, this van is car-like because it is, in fact, a car. Those clever engineers at Honda took the Accord drive train, including its sophisticated four-wheel double wishbone suspension, and stuck it under a wagon-like skin.

Power is courtesy of the Accord’s 2.2-liter, 16-valve single overhead cam four-cylinder engine. Hitched to a column-mounted four-speed automatic transmission, this mill is good for 140 horsepower and 145 foot-pounds of torque. It motivates this van adequately. Just don’t try to look cool by doing smoky burnouts leaving the local Laneco.

The engine gets noisy when pressed, yet still delivers good fuel economy.

Handling is decent for a front-driver, with that quick, tossable feel so typical of Honda. It’s not sporty, but it’s not truck-like, either. Braking is courtesy of four-wheel discs with anti-lock. Braking in the test car was largely uneventful, with minimal dive in hard stops.

But when you get older, space for the squirts and their juice boxes overrules the need for speed.

Interior packaging is great. Considering the car is only 187 inches long, there’s a lot of space. Step-in height is low, an indicator of its car-based heritage. The two front bucket seats are chair-high and very comfy. There’s no center console, so one could conceivably walk through to the back. The column-mounted transmission was odd for a Honda, and it was too easy to select the wrong gear.

Rear passengers are well-treated. The center row of the test van had two bucket seats. The back row was a bench seat with headrests. The center seats are removable and the back row stows cleverly into the floor. This allows for more than 102 cubic feet of cargo space.

There are separate ventilation ducts for rear seaters, as well as the appropriate number of cup holders. Yet there aren’t separate audio controls, a common option in most minivans. But remember, this is a wagon as much as a van. Wagons don’t have separate audio controls.

Still, there’s so much goodness here, it would be hard for a family to resist. And with a price of $24,490, this isn’t any more costly than a nicely equipped family sedan.

So if you can appreciate the virtues of this vehicle, you’re probably older. Look on the bright side — because you’re older, you also can afford it.

That’s more than you can say for your younger siblings.

1998 Honda Odyssey LX Standard: 2.2-liter single overhead cam four-cylinder, four-speed automatic transmission, power steering, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, dual front air bags, dual air conditioning, power door locks, power windows, cruise control, cup holders, removable second-row bucket seats, foldaway third-row seat, rear defroster, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, AM-FM cassette four-speaker stereo, remote fuel filler release, power mirrors, intermittent wipers, rear wiper-washer, 205-65R15 tires. Options: Floor mats Base price: $23,970 As tested: $24,490 EPA rating: 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 3.5
  • Value for the money 3.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

2.4

Worse van ever

I loved the fact it had regular doors instead of sliding ones but the vehicle sucks in reliability. I had to Jimmy rig the air conditioning to work and heater also. The transmission was a pile of junk and for a four cylinder it got the fuel mileage of a f150 v8 from the 1970s. The engine was the only solid thing it had going for it other than the door design. The alternator had to be rebuilt I couldn't even get one from any parts store because nobody made them anymore and apmost every part on it has to be from a 1998 only. I will never want another one. Even the suspension was so bad the bushings went out and the rear control arm ate the inside of the rims.

4.9

Very good mini van

car rides great, handles well and has get up n go when needed, meets all my need and have room to haul if needed. over all great car

3.9

checked this van

I was able to look at this car. The color was too dark for me. The rest seemed in good condition for a car of its age. Stereo and aircon worked fine.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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