The rear bench bottom flips forward, allowing the back to fold fairly flat to accommodate large objects. There isn't enough torque for the cruise control to hold highway speeds on some hills without downshifting or losing velocity on the '97-'98 models. Below the window buttons is the hatch release, which can be tricky to locate and impossible to see from inside the vehicle. The leading sales factors cited by owners styling, prior Honda ownership, and overall value seem interchangeable with any Honda product. Not one felt quality was below average. In the home market, this engine provides a good balance of fuel efficiency and around-town acceleration.
Pointing skyward, the steering column creates an awkward buslike wheel angle that can't be altered by the height adjustment. These impressive figures express a rare level of satisfaction, especially for a vehicle that originally came in one flavor with a single factory option. Well-weighted, accurate steering contributes to this high satisfaction. Front buckets and rear split-fold bench hold five passengers in uncanny comfort compared against market peers. Cruising the coast or rolling around town, acceleration is acceptable, but racing up to highway speeds requires a heavy foot, patience, and a crack of the whip.
The power window switches poke out of the lower left dash in a unique, unfriendly manner. Command seating offers good road visibility with minimal ingress compromise. If there isn't enough room inside, an optional roof rack expands capacity, perfect for securing surfboards, skis, and other lengthy items. We'd prefer the power to be routed rearward more quickly, limiting this trait. This setup drives the front wheels, transferring power to the rear only in low-traction situations. Our fuel economy averaged 21.
Even with the tiltable seats upright, there remains 27. In hindsight, we would have passed on the rack, sacrificing the image enhancement for a slight wind-noise reduction. However, not even 1 percent of surveyed owners found handling below average, with 56. This shortsighted dealer group had a change of heart when the product was unveiled. Further down the list, attributes such as versatility, carlike manners, and cargo capacity come into play.
Underneath, the wee drivetrain components the rear diff is so cute! No surprise, really, as the market has shifted, leaving automakers such as Honda devoid of standard-issue family wagon in their lineups. Like- wise, the all-wheel-drive system is similar to that used on the previous-generation Odyssey in Japan. Dash design is clean with an easy-to-read instrument cluster, but the controls were not as ergonomically executed as most late-model Hondas. Sound reproduction was judged mediocre by the staff, and, not surprisingly, the number-one aftermarket modification was to upgrade the stereo system. Surveyed owners reported a 23.
Before questioning their purchase of an all-wheel-drive vehicle, remember that last month we reported 44 percent of surveyed owners never drive on dirt, and 75. . Of the surveyed owners, 91. Also, replacing the street-biased tires with more aggressive rubber would help when traipsing along sandy coastlines. The column-mounted shifter regularly zips past the desired gear due to minimal detents; we experienced the same frustrating trait on the previous-generation Odyssey, as well.
Modest handling limits were measured at the track, pulling 0. Like most owners, we seldom used ours. Our staff found the front wheels would give a hearty spin when accelerating in the wet before the rear tires would grab some pavement. . .
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