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1996 Honda Odyssey

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1996 LX w/7 passenger Passenger Van
most popular
Price:   -  From $23,560
1996 LX w/6 passenger Passenger Van Price:   -  From $23,970
1996 EX Passenger Van Price:   -  From $25,550


For many years Honda buyers could start with a small Civic, then graduate to a larger Accord as their need for room grew and their incomes increased. But once they began having larger families and required vehicles with even more room, there was no place for them to go within the Honda family. And there were plenty of places for them to go outside of Honda--specifically, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Toyota or Mazda. From a business point of view, this was a situation that Honda could not allow to persist, something that dealers, as well as loyal owners, pointed out regularly to the parent company. To meet their needs, Honda introduced in 1995 its first minivan, the Odyssey, based on the front-wheel-drive Accord platform. Coming late to the party, Honda decided to make its own variations on the minivan theme. Unlike minivans from domestic manufacturers, the Odyssey has four conventional doors, like a sedan. The only other minivan to employ sedan-style doors is the rear-drive, truck-based Mazda MPV. Likewise, Honda took an innovative approach to seating in the Odyssey. The rear bench seat folds flat into a small well in the floor for increased cargo-carrying capability. For 1996, Honda has made no changes in its appealing formula (other than to make the Odyssey available to Isuzu dealers, who will call it the xxxx). The Odyssey continues to be available in two trim levels: The well-equipped LX and fully-loaded EX. Each carries a long list of standard equipment, including front and rear air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, 4-wheel antilock brakes, tilt steering, rear window wiper/washer and an AM/FM/cassette stereo sound system. The EX adds alloy wheels, power sunroof, remote entry and a more powerful stereo with six speakers. The Odyssey price is on the high side, however, particularly considering that it is powered by only a 4-cyl. engine. The base price of the cheapest LX is $23,560 and the base price of the top-of-the-line EX is $25,550. Unless you feel an uncontrollable urge for a sunroof, the LX is probably the best bet, and it was our choice for this review.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.2L I-4 / 130 HP / 139 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Not Available
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 24 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
Not Available
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.2L I-4 / 130 HP / 139 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 24 / 22 Mpg
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
187.2 "
Exterior Width
70.6 "
Exterior Height
64.6 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,472 Lbs.
Wheel Base
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
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Included Maintenance Months
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