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2002 Honda Odyssey

2002 Honda Odyssey

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$1,236 — $6,644 USED
Passenger Van
7 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
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2002 Honda Odyssey Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s front-wheel-drive minivan gained extra power and an additional gear for 2002. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine earns a boost from 210 horsepower to 240 hp, and a new five-speed-automatic transmission replaces the four-speed unit. Side-impact airbags and rear disc brakes have joined the list of standard equipment.

Minor front and rear styling changes have been made, and leather seating is a new option. Honda claims to offer the industry’s first factory-installed DVD rear-seat entertainment system, but several of the Odyssey’s competitors can also be fitted with DVD-based units. Interior refinements include new cupholders, bag hooks, grab rails and a hammock-style cargo net.

Ever since the current-generation Odyssey debuted as a 1999 model — far different from an earlier version that had swing-out side doors — dealers have had trouble keeping pace with demand. In a year when most minivans suffered dramatic sales declines, the Odyssey was one of only a handful of minivans to end 2001 with a sales increase. The Odyssey’s 2001 sales were up 3.4 percent, to 131,041 units, according to Automotive News. Those figures made this minivan the third best-selling minivan on the market, behind the Ford Windstar but a lot closer to Ford than in 2000. Dodge again led the pack in 2001 with its Caravan and Grand Caravan.

Exterior
The Odyssey rides a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures 201.2 inches long overall, which is about the size of the 2001 extended-wheelbase Dodge Grand Cara...

Vehicle Overview
Honda’s front-wheel-drive minivan gained extra power and an additional gear for 2002. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine earns a boost from 210 horsepower to 240 hp, and a new five-speed-automatic transmission replaces the four-speed unit. Side-impact airbags and rear disc brakes have joined the list of standard equipment.

Minor front and rear styling changes have been made, and leather seating is a new option. Honda claims to offer the industry’s first factory-installed DVD rear-seat entertainment system, but several of the Odyssey’s competitors can also be fitted with DVD-based units. Interior refinements include new cupholders, bag hooks, grab rails and a hammock-style cargo net.

Ever since the current-generation Odyssey debuted as a 1999 model — far different from an earlier version that had swing-out side doors — dealers have had trouble keeping pace with demand. In a year when most minivans suffered dramatic sales declines, the Odyssey was one of only a handful of minivans to end 2001 with a sales increase. The Odyssey’s 2001 sales were up 3.4 percent, to 131,041 units, according to Automotive News. Those figures made this minivan the third best-selling minivan on the market, behind the Ford Windstar but a lot closer to Ford than in 2000. Dodge again led the pack in 2001 with its Caravan and Grand Caravan.

Exterior
The Odyssey rides a 118.1-inch wheelbase and measures 201.2 inches long overall, which is about the size of the 2001 extended-wheelbase Dodge Grand Caravan. The Odyssey’s height is 68.5 inches for the LX trim level and 69.7 inches for the EX model. All Odysseys have dual-sliding side doors, and the EX has power operation on both sides. Tires measure 16 inches in diameter and come with steel wheels on the LX and alloy wheels for the upscale EX model.

Interior
Seating for seven occupants consists of front bucket seats, two removable buckets in the second row that can slide together to form a bench seat and a third-row bench seat that folds neatly into a recess in the cargo floor. With the “magic seat” folded, the Odyssey’s cargo space is wide enough to accommodate a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood. Maximum cargo capacity is 146.1 cubic feet.

Honda led the pack by making a factory-installed navigation system available in the EX edition of its Odyssey, and it is similar to the one used in passenger cars from Acura, Honda’s luxury division. The system uses a touchscreen in the dashboard to display a map or turn-by-turn driving instructions; those instructions can also be heard through the speakers.

Standard LX equipment includes a cassette stereo, front and rear air conditioning, power windows (including rear-quarter windows), cruise control, and power door locks and mirrors. The Odyssey EX adds such extras as an eight-way power driver’s seat, a CD player and automatic air conditioning. Heated leather seats and the DVD entertainment system are also available as options in the EX.

Under the Hood
All Odyssey models use a 240-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which gains 30 hp for 2002. The power plant mates to a new five-speed-automatic transmission, which replaces the prior four-speed automatic.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are newly standard. All-disc antilock brakes and traction control remain standard features. The Odyssey has earned the highest rating — five stars — in government crash testing for both frontal and side-impact collisions.

Driving Impressions
The popularity of Honda’s minivan is easy to understand. The Odyssey is quick, capable and easy to drive, and it delivers a civilized on-the-road experience. Steering with a light touch, it exhibits a distinct carlike personality.

Despite its abundant dimensions, the Odyssey doesn’t feel large on the road or even when parking it. In addition to the impressive utility of its easy foldaway third-row seat, Honda’s minivan excels in maneuverability, with a tauter suspension than some competitors. Although the ride is a bit firmer than the norm, it’s by no means uncomfortable, coping effectively with most bumps.

Acceleration is energetic, but the quiet-running Odyssey doesn’t quite leap ahead when you touch the gas pedal — still, it’s eager enough when pushed harder. Transmission shifts are noticeable but sufficiently smooth.

Slipping inside the Odyssey is especially easy, due to its relatively low stance and amply sized door openings. Stereo controls are tiny, but the available navigation system has big clock numerals, unlike the initial version. The seats are comfortable, and the center-row buckets are inviting. Trying out the handy fold-down third seat makes one wonder why all the other minivans haven’t followed Honda’s lead.

It’s a close call whether the Odyssey matches the Chrysler and Dodge minivans and the comparable Toyota Sienna in refinement and overall driving pleasure. Brand loyalty is also a factor. Before purchasing any of the popular models, it would be wise to try out the Odyssey.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
40 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(4.0)

Most reliable car I have owned, sleek and steady.

by Abioye from Duluth GA on September 4, 2020

The minivan is sleek and steady, it has some beautiful effects. A DVD player for the comfort of the passengers. It has a brand new instrument cluster and battery. All the tires are from Discount Tires... Read full review

(5.0)

Owned for over 10years!

by Family Van from LOS Banos, Ca on February 8, 2020

Great car! Just as reliable as Honda could ever be, my second Odyssey, great family van and commuter. Purchased for commute and cargo, smooth luxury drive. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2002 Honda Odyssey currently has 10 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2002 Honda Odyssey LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Other

Bumpers
acceptable
Head Restraint
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Odyssey received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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