1 Jun 1995
Responding to the then burgeoning multi-purpose vehicle (MPV – or “people- movers”) segment defined by the Toyota Tarago and Chrysler Voyager, Honda rolled out its homely Odyssey in the middle of 1995.
Based on the Accord of the time, the front engine, front-wheel drive, double wishbone suspended Odyssey drove like the fine handling car it was based on.
Its quality packaging included an easy access walk-through cabin, two removable centre bucket seats, a rearmost bench that cleverly folded or reversed into the floor, panoramic views all-round and a car-like driving position.
All Odysseys feature dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, power steering, power windows and power mirrors, while cruise control and an immobiliser were fitted from early ’96.
At the same time a seven-seater option was added to the range.
Performance from the four-speed column shift auto-only 104kW 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine was only adequate, in contrast to the refined handling, roadholding and ride attributes.
Sales have been strong, owners loyal and resale residuals firm.
Think of it as a fat five-door Accord hatch and you’re right on the ball.