1999 Honda Odyssey

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$23,000

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1999 Honda Odyssey

Key specs

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Overview

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LX

    $23,000

  • EX

    $25,800

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Our 1999 Honda Odyssey trim comparison will help you decide.

1999 Honda Odyssey review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

In a field crowded with big, blobby minivans, Honda’s Odyssey stood out. It had only a four-cylinder engine, its doors never slid open, but swung open, and it wasn’t as big as other minivans.

It marched to the beat of a different drummer. It was the minivan to drive if you hated minivans.

But the soccer moms and empty nesters who buy minivans don’t have the imagination to try something different, at least, not in sufficient numbers to please Honda’s sales staff.

So Honda went back to the drawing board and has fielded an all-new entry for 1999. It’s still called the Odyssey, but its packaging is a lot more familiar.

If it isn’t quite as blobby as its competitors, thank Honda’s styling department, which has put sharp creases in all the right places.

It’s available in LX and EX trim levels, both of which have dual sliding doors, with the EX having power activation. There’s a lot more room this year, as this vehicle measures in with a 118-inch wheelbase, 201.2 overall length and 66-inch width. That’s 13.6 inches longer and 5 inches wider than before. In fact, it’s the largest vehicle Honda has produced, with 25 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats in place and 163.3 cubic feet of space maximum. That’s plenty of room for all the stuff your offspring might accumulate.

The Odyssey weighs in at over 4,200 pounds, so more power was a necessity. Honda has obliged with a 3.5-liter single-overhead-cam 24-valve V-6. Based on the Honda Accord V-6, this mill produces 210 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. While that sounds like a lot, it’s far from overwhelming given the minivan’s weight. It’s not underpowered, but more ponies are always welcome, especially once this van is loaded up with gear. Honda employs variable valve timing to ensure that this vehicle has decent power, yet it can be classified as a low-emission vehicle.

The V6 feeds its power to the front wheels via a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

Honda’s talent with transmissions is getting better smooth shifting is not something that could always be said about their automatics. Handling is at the top of the pack for a minivan. The ride is firm, with minor road irregularities filtering through, but otherwise it rides well. There’s some body lean, but it handles like a typical family car, which it is, kinda.

Minivans dictate three rows of seats. The Odyssey obliges. Up front is a pair of comfy bucket seats. Although the seat bottom was a little short, it still proved comfortable.

In the center is a collapsible tray table, a unique touch. The center row can be transformed from bucket to bench seats, while the smallish third row stows underneath the floor. While this is convenient for cargo carrying, it necessitates that the compact spare be stowed under a lid in front of the center row of seats.

Each seat has a three-point belt, a headrest and a reading lamp. While the headrests are n ice safety-wise, they limit the driver’s view out. Each passenger can adjust the ventilation to their liking.

The dash is clean, modern, attractive and easy to use. In other words, typical Honda.

The quality of materials is first rate, but the column-mounted transmission lever seemed overly long, a minor annoyance when trying to the tune the radio.

Safety-wise, the Odyssey has dual front air-bags as well as anti-lock brakes on both models. But the brakes are front disc/rear drum only. Traction control, a boon in slick weather, is only available on the more expensive EX.

But even the LX is nicely equipped. Starting at $23,000, the Odyssey comes with dual sliding doors, rear window wiper/washer, air-conditioning, theft deterrent system, power windows and locks, cruise control, AM/FM/cassette stereo, tilt steering column, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors and lots of cupholders. Jumping up to the EX nets automatic climate control, tr action control, p ower driver’s seat, automatic headlamps, CD player and steering-wheel mounted radio controls, among the major features.

So is the Odyssey better than before? If you treasured its previous incarnation, no. But many more buyers have responded to the new one, making it a scarce commodity on most Honda dealer lots. So it is quite a success.

Even though its features mirror those of its competitors, it has enough handling, quality construction and sharp-edged styling to outclass them all.

Even if I do hate minivans.

>> 1999 Honda Odyssey EX

Vehicle type: Large minivan

Engine: 3.5-liter SOHC V-6

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 118.1 inches

Length: 201.2 inches

Cargo volume: 163 cubic feet maximum

Tires: P215/65R16

Base price: LX $23,000, EX $25,800

EPA rating: 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway

Test mileage: 18 mpg

Fuel type: regular >>

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 3.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Love my Ody

My 1999 Odyssey is most practical vehicle ever made. It is quick. It will cruise at 80 mph all day long. It handles well and is comfortable for long road trips. It has tons of space. I get 30 mpg on road trips. Do the 3 tranny fluid drains every summer and you should have no tranny problems. Use Honda transmission fluid only. Liked mine so much, I bought another one with the 255 hp motor!

3.3

2 new transmissions before 100k miles

Love the comfort combined with capabilities. I cannot afford a new transmission every 40 thousand miles. Bought it at 7k miles, traded up for a Chevy Astro at 82k miles. The Astro ran straight through 240k miles and was traded in with a great original motor and transmission. Buy the Chevy or the Toyota.

4.4

Got 207 thousand miles now!

I had to change transmission fluid! Replacement of motor mounts at now 207 thousand miles! Still runs great and doesn't use oil! It's easy to change transmission fluid! The motor mounts still to do! Been a great vehicle with great gas mileage too! Motor mounts not so easy!

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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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