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2001 Honda Odyssey Van

5dr 7-Passenger EX

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2001 Honda Odyssey

Source: The Car Connection

For now, the pinnacle of family engineering.

by Dan Carney

When shopping in the family truckster aisle of the automotive supermarket, issues that usually matter when car shopping - style and handling - literally take a back seat to more practical concerns. The Honda Odyssey does not break that rule, but it bends it enough that making the move to minivan ownership doesn’t have to be as emotionally wrenching as, say, buying life insurance, learning soccer schedules, and starting a college fund.

That is because the Odyssey is about as stylish as a large box on wheels can aspire to be. It is about on par with the Dodge Caravan/Chrysler Town & Country vans’ styling, but is a bit more angular and techno-looking than the Mopar’s flowing, organic appearance. Few other vans in the segment even approach the sugar coating that these vans give the sometime bitter pill of van ownership.

What the Honda does not do as well as the Chrysler products is coddle the occupants in luxury. Leather and faux wood panels are not even optionally available in the Honda. While this is fine with many customers, there is a segment that not only likes leather seats, they appreciate their Kool-Aid-repellent qualities. At least that is the rationalization when coughing up the extra dough for the leather on other vans.

Family iconoclasm

The Honda also doesn’t provide the cushy ride found in some of its competitors. What the van does do is handle with a precision and authority unmatched in the class, thanks to its stiffer suspension and independent rear suspension, a class exclusive (aside from the iconoclastic Volkswagen Eurovan, anyway).

While most other vans are available with a "Sport" option package (consisting primarily of stickers for the sides that say, "Sport") the Honda delivers the goods without the audacity to make the claim that a minivan is sporty. The laws of physics preclude a van, any van, from handling like a small, nimble sports car. But Honda has given the Odyssey a surefooted feel, and precise, communicative steering that lets the driver know the van is doing what the driver wants.

For 2001, anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard equipment on all Odysseys. Combined with the traction of front-wheel drive, the traction control system should make the Honda as capable in the snow as needed for a family hauler. Sure, with more ground clearance and four-wheel drive, an SUV might fare better in heavy snow, but in such bad conditions the responsible thing to do is to stay off the road. If ill should befall the Odyssey, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rates it five stars in both front and side impact protection.

Gimmick alert

Unlike the Venture and an increasing number of other vans, the Odyssey doesn’t offer a factory television setup for rear seat occupants. Honda can’t meet the demand for their van, so the company hasn’t had to resort to gimmicks to sell its vans. Gimmick or not, a television system can be a godsend for long trips, and customers can consider having a unit installed by the dealer, or more affordably, by a stereo shop. On the subject of stereos, the optional six-speaker unit with in-dash CD-player is adequate for drowning out the children, but not much more. So if sound matters, plan a trip to the stereo shop. If not, the factory system will suffice.

The Odyssey’s twin power sliding doors (available on the EX) are an increasingly necessary item to be competitive in the market. It is particularly convenient to be able to open kids’ doors with the remote key fob and close them with the button on the dash, if they are old enough to buckle themselves in, with never a fear of fingers being pinched in a slammed sliding door. The kids would like it if those sliding doors included windows that open, like the ones in the Mazda MPV, but that is probably the only practical shortcoming in an otherwise thoroughly equipped family machine.

The Honda’s hottest feature is the third-row seat, which folds into the floor. It gives users a flat load floor for carrying cargo without having to wrestle heavy seats out of the van. This also saves drivers from having to find space for the removed seats in a garage likely to be crowded with kids’ bikes and trikes.

The second-row seats are removable, but they also fold forward. Doing so leaves sufficient cargo space for the Odyssey to carry 4 x 8 sheets of building materials inside with the rear door closed. Those middle-row seats may be configured side-by-side, as an offset bench seat to provide direct access to the rear seat from the right-side door, or the right-side seat can be located close to the door, providing a center aisle between two bucket seats. The middle row seats slide fore/aft and both the middle and third row seats recline, so occupants can adjust the seats as necessary to be comfortable.

The 210-horsepower, 3.5-liter SOHC VTEC V-6 engine is silky smooth, and moves the somewhat porky (4288-lb) Odyssey with reasonable alacrity and efficiency. Day-in, day-out fuel economy is about 18 mpg, equal to the van’s EPA city estimate. Forecast highway mileage is 25 mpg. The four-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, showing Honda is continuing to learn how to build American-style slushboxes. For 2001, the shifter detents have been adjusted so that the handle actually stops in "D" instead of overshooting it and landing in third gear.

Choosing among the Odyssey, the Toyota Sienna and the Dodge/Chrysler vans is a close race. The decision should depend on the price and availability of the van (the Hondas can be hard to get, while the Toyotas and Chryslers are in ample supply), the importance of ride versus the importance of handling (the Honda handles better but the other two ride more smoothly) and brand loyalty.

2001 Honda Odyssey

Base Price: $23,900
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 210 hp
Transmission: four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 118.1 in
Length: 201.2 in
Width: 76.3 in
Height: 68.5 in
Weight: 4288 lb
Fuel economy: 18 city/ 25 hwy
Standard safety equipment: Anti-lock brakes, traction control, dual front airbags
Major standard equipment: Dual sliding doors, fully retractable third seat, air conditioning, AM/FM cassette
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

© 2001 The Car Connection

 

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Used Car Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 182
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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