1999 Honda Odyssey Minivan Review | Edmunds.com

1999 Honda Odyssey Minivan

We didn't find any results. You can try changing your zip code, or check another model year.

We found matches for you!

Honda Odyssey Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Honda Odyssey

  • Info is not yet available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    This is the best-engineered, most well-planned minivan ever.

  • Cons

    Leather seats are not available.

  • What's New for 1999

    Honda's latest minivan, the totally redesigned Odyssey, features the most powerful V6 in the minivan segment.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (23 total reviews)  |  Write a Review

1998 odyssey

by on
Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey

I bought it used with 100K miles on it in 2013. Well taken care of and serviced. I expect the transmission to last 250K miles. At that point in time parts may be scarce so I'll enjoy it while I can. Do the drain of transmission fluid, not the flush, with 30K intervals. The car is well built and the seats are very comfortable. I have a bad back and I'm 6 foot 2 but I can still put in a 12 hour drive non stop and feel OK when I step out. It likes the speed interval 80 to 100 miles per hour on the interstate. Too bad American cars are not this good, or the later Odysseys. There is nothing like it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

14 years old and going

by on
Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey

We bought this car 8 years ago when we found out we were having twins. The boys came home from the hospital in the van. Now they are carted around to school, soccer practice, piano lessons. The size for us family of 4 is perfect. The gas mileage is pretty good for a van. We average around 25 mpg, up to 30mpg on long road trips. We wish there were similar sized newer models but the Mazda5 is a bit cramped. All other vans are huge and gas-guzzling. We are keeping this one until they bring over the JDM Odyssey or Honda Stream. One thing to remember is to replace the oil cooler o-ring. Also Honda ATF every 15K would ward off transmission issues.

Great car!

by on
Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey

I bought this car because I wanted a mini van that had four real opening doors- I love the size of it, decent power and gas mileage, very versatile vehicle, super reliable. I have driven mine about 4 years now on a Salvage title- I was hit by a teenage driver and my car was "totalled" due to the costs of the repair- I have almost 180,000 miles on the car and it is still going strong! I bought it with about 88,000 miles on it. i only wish it came in a AWD, and that they still made these cars-- I don't know what I will buy when it finally dies. :(

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Bring them back honda

by on
Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey

After reading numerous reviews on Volvos, Subarus, and old Mercedes diesels, we found out about the 1995-1998 Honda Odysseys. Talk about a car ahead of its time! The 1998 model came with the 2.3L 4-cylinder VTEC, which has excellent V6-like power. These 1st Gens were still made in Japan, and were built from the Accord platform (with the same engine).... because of that, the trannys are much better than what was found in the early 2nd Gen model (1999-2001). We have had ours for a few months, and it has been the best car we have ever owned! I switched to synthetic oil/filter, and get 31+ MPG highway on a tank! No gas car made in '09 that seats 7 can even match that!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Was good but no more

by on
Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey

Ours was a 98 LX. We owned it for 11 years. It ran smooth with conservative look and practical interior design. It was little lack on power and loud when speedup but was just functioning well. However, we are not that lucky as the owners here. Our Odyssey's engine started to make noise a few weeks ago. 2 different mechanics said the same things, transmission was about to die. But it only had less than 90k miles! How could it be? We did all required oil change and timely maintenance. Thought we could drive it for 20 years. Traded in and bought a Toyota Highlander Sport. It's just different in all respects.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best minivan ever!

by on
Vehicle: 1998 Honda Odyssey

I bought this van only 3 years ago, and on average I've driven it 60,000 km/year which is a lot. Right now it has 320,000 km and I've never received a single $5 dollar bulb replacement. I do oil change every 10,000 km (which is late) and it still drives like its brand new. I love the 4 cylinder engine while I save on gas- they should make more of these even though they weren't famous at its time because gas was cheap back then. The 4 cylinder v tech is amazingly powerful

Full 1999 Honda Odyssey Review

What's New for 1999

Honda's latest minivan, the totally redesigned Odyssey, features the most powerful V6 in the minivan segment.


Honda's first attempt at building a minivan came with the 1995 Odyssey -a smallish vehicle that drove like a car but couldn't fit the needs of most American minivan buyers. The Odyssey was misplaced in the minivan market, which favors a huge, comfortable amount of interior space and versatility to tight taxicab ambience and ease of parallel parking.

The new Odyssey can comfortably carry up to seven adult passengers, and it even has room under the seats for easy stowage of hockey sticks or skis. The suspension, engine, and every inch of sheetmetal are all-new, and the new Odyssey is related to the old Odyssey in name only , the car has been completely redesigned.

Starting with the engine, the Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter 24-valve VTEC V6, which produces up to 210 horsepower and 229 foot-pounds of torque, while achieving the environmentally friendly status of a low-emission vehicle. The V6 is based on the Accord's 3.0-liter engine but offers substantially more power, which helps to move a lot of extra girth.

The base model LX includes such standard fare as dual sliding doors, power windows (including power rear-vent windows), power locks, power mirrors, cruise control, a theft-deterrent system, two 12-volt power outlets, front and rear air conditioning, antilock brakes, and, of course, the 3.5-liter V6 engine. That price is actually $800 less than the previous-generation Odyssey LX, and severely undercuts similarly equipped long-wheelbase minivans from the competition.

The step-up EX model is exactly the same price as the previous Odyssey EX. The EX features such niceties as dual power sliding doors, body-colored door handles, a roof rack, keyless remote, an eight-way power driver's seat, alloy wheels, traction control, a CD player and steering wheel mounted radio controls. Plunking down the extra $3,000 for EX trim is worth it, just for the seats, which are infinitely more comfortable than the two-way manually adjustable seats of the LX. Leather seats are not available, so watch for an Acura version of the Odyssey sometime in the near future.

Sitting on a four-wheel independent suspension, a first in the minivan segment, the Odyssey is supported comfortably and it keeps the driver in touch with the road. Combined with the Odyssey's wide track, the suspension adds a nimble feel to this big car. Body roll around corners is well-damped for a vehicle of this height.

Takeoff from a stop is smooth, and gear changing is seamless, even at higher speeds. The front disc / rear drum brakes slow down the Odyssey smoothly and quickly for such a heavy car. All in all, it's a high-powered, smooth-shifting minivan that handles with confidence and doesn't make a powerful racket.

Instrument panel gauges are easy to read and the center controls are logically placed, and all controls are within easy reach. The cruise controls are mounted on the steering wheel, as are remote radio controls on the EX model. The EX is further enhanced with power door controls just left of the steering column. The interior abounds with cubbyholes and map pockets, and the nine cupholders are all functional, unlike some of the indentations other minivan makers are stamping onto seatbacks these days.

The most unique Odyssey feature continues to be its hideaway, or "magic" seat. With a minimum of effort and the use of one set of hands only, the rear seat can be folded out of sight and flush with the floor in a matter of seconds. The second row seats are convertible and can be used as separate captains chairs or as a bench.

A minivan would not be complete without safety features, and the Odyssey comes with its share. All seven passenger seating positions have headrests and three-point seatbelts, both firsts in the minivan market. An Electronic Brake Distribution system (EBD) is also standard. This system senses the placement and amount of cargo, and compensates for it during hard braking to avoid rear-wheel lockup.

The new Odyssey is a marvel of engineering and, if product excellence determines success, it will be the first hugely successful import minivan. Honda has expanded its horizons with the Odyssey, finally creating an epic worthy the name.

Talk About The 1999 Odyssey

Read more about the 1999 Honda Odyssey

Gas Mileage


  • 16
  • cty
  • 23
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs