The Honda Odyssey is classified as a minivan and is built by Japanese carmaker Honda. Production of this vehicle started in 1994 and has been marketed in a number of countries around the world, currently in its fourth and fifth generation in North America and Japan. The Odyssey was initially conceived and engineered in Japan in the early 1990s following the country’s economic crisis at the time, and as a result had a direct impact on the size and concept of the vehicle. This lead to a small minivan which is in the Compact MPV class and it was very well received in the Japanese market, but not so much in North America. The first generation of the Odyssey was also marketed in Europe with the Honda Shuttle name.
A plant in Lincoln, Alabama was built for the specific purpose of manufacturing larger model Odysseys. Since the 1999 model of this vehicle, Honda has since marketed a larger version of the Odyssey in North America as well as a smaller version in Japan along with various other markets. This automaker also made a larger North American Odyssey available in Japan with the Honda LaGreat nameplate from 1999-2004.
This vehicle was a raised wagon from Honda and officially launched in Japan and North America in 1994. The Odyssey was made available with optional 4WD (with RA2 and RA4 chassis) as well as a 3.0 liter J30A engine with the RA5 chassis, which came with the Prestige version. There were also L and Aero models which came with a sunroof. The JDM models came with double-air conditioning systems, divided between the front and rear seats. All of the models of this vehicle have come in six or seven seat versions since the first generation was launched. The Odyssey won Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference Car of the Year award in Japan and competed with the Toyota Gaia, Nissan Bassara, and Toyota Ipsum in Japan.
The second generation Odyssey was a new and larger version that was made available with Left hand Drive in Japan, Austraia, and China. This new version of the Odyssey was a significant improvement on the previous model rather than being a completely new model. As a result of this, the overall shape of the vehicle was similar to that of its first generation predecessor. This vehicle was, however, 85 mm longer and 10 mm wider than the previous model, and the saloon’s length was shortened slightly.
The third generation Odyssey was completely redesigned and went on sale in Japan in 2003 as well as Australia and a number of other countries in 2004. This newly designed Odyssey still used a 5-door body style but with a much sleeker design that resembled a car more so than a mini-van. Cruise control also became a feature with the JDM Odyssey, which is something that was not available in the past. The 4WD version of this vehicle received the new DPS system, and the seat folding mechanism received some changes as well.
The fourth and most recent generation Odyssey went on sale in Japan in October of 2008 and comes with a 2.4 liter engine and CT with a torque converter. There are two different engines offered with the Japanese version of this vehicle, one of which has an output of 173 PS and the other with an output of 206 PS. The fifth generation, which is also still being produced in various markets, launched in late October of 2013 and went on sale in November of the same year. This vehicle was made larger than its predecessors for the seven seat designs and uses Honda’s new 2.4 liter i-VTEC direct injected engine.