2001 Honda Odyssey EX 3.5 L V-6 (240 hp) from North America
Best van on the market for any price
Nothing has broken on the van yet. One time, one power door failed to open, but worked after turning the key off and has not happened again.
The only minor issue is that the fuel light comes on with about 6 gallons left in the tank unless the van is heavily loaded down in back. If loaded, it comes on with 2 gallons left like it should. I know of others who have the same issue with their 2002 models.
After spending several months researching and driving various minivans, we decided we wanted an Odyssey. We had taken one (2000 Ex model) on a couple trips and that made our decision easier.
The only thing I did not like about them was that the rear brakes were drums. Then, the 2002 models came out, had rear disks, 35 more horsepower, and another gear to keep the gas mileage up! We were sold. The seats have also been redesigned and are much improved over the 1999-2001.
We knew there would be a waiting list, and went to put down a deposit. Luckily, that night a Granite Green EX came in and was not claimed, so we got to drive it home the next day (December 1) from an excellent dealership.
Now on to the important stuff...
We took the van on a trip over the holidays and averaged over 26 mpg on the 2200 mile trip. We were hoping the mileage would be good since the one (2000 model) we took before got 25 mpg on that same trip over the summer with the air conditioning on.
It handles very well for a 4400 lb vehicle, especially one that can haul as much as this one can. The new independent suspension and larger tire size make it better than the 2001.
We have had no problems and hope not to for quite a while since we paid a few thousand dollars over what a domestic van would have cost. We have also researched resale value and there is nothing that can compare with the Odyssey (used ones are selling higher than new ones right now)!
We have been very fortunate to have friends that own a 2000 EX model with which we can compare our 2002. There are many small improvements that add a lot of value to an already great van.
We have enjoyed the van and hope to have it for several years to come.
Overall, this is a great vehicle and we are very pleased with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th February, 2002