Honda Odyssey Canada
The Honda Odyssey is a minivan manufactured by Honda based on the Honda Accord platform since 1995, while the first generation was manufactured in Japan in 1999 Honda began manufacturing the Odyssey in Canada at Honda's assembly plant in Alliston, Ontario. The original design was based on a more compact minivan, much like the Mazda5 MPV model which was very popular in Japan, however in Canada and the US the second generation Honda Odyssey grew in size significantly based on popular demand for a larger minivan. The 2011 Honda Odyssey for Canada is currently manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama.
Honda Odyssey 1995-1998
Honda's first minivan the Odyssey arrived in 1999 sharing the Accord platform, like Toyota did sharing the Toyota Camry platform with the Toyota Sienna minivan, which offers a smooth ride and impressive handling. The Odyssey is offered with a 2.2L 4-cylinder engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission and anti-lock ABS brakes. Following the MPV design (multi-purpose vehicle) it used regular swing doors rather than the usual slide doors found in minivans. The Honda Odyssey in Canada was offered in two trim models the Odyssey EX for 6-passengers, which included allow rims and sunroof and the Honda Odyssey LX for 7-passengers which were marketed as 6-passenger and 7-passenger. The 1995 Odyssey won the Car of the Year Award in Japan and in the first two years sold over 300,000 minivans, making it Honda's best selling new vehicle, surpassing Honda Civic's sales record.
Honda Odyssey 1999-2004
While the Odyssey was a big success in Japan, in Canada it received great reviews but one issue was the lack of room compared to other minivans, the second generation Odyssey for North America was manufactured in Canada at the Alliston assembly plant in Ontario. The larger Honda Odyssey was manufactured for the North American market only, while in Japan and Europe they continued using the original MPV style size, the new Odyssey sports dual sliding doors as standard, an upgraded suspension making up for the larger size, the 2000 Odyssey was the first minivan to offer a built in GPS satellite linked navigation system.
The new Odyssey was equipped with a V6 3.5L engine with 210HP with 4-speed automatic transmission, while the 2002 Honda Odyssey received a recharged 240HP engine which it shared with the Honda Accord and Acura CL, coupled with a 5-speed automatic transmission and a new redesigned exterior. The 2004 Honda Odyssey was the first model to received a 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Honda Odyssey 2005-2010
The third generation Odyssey in Canada remained the same size as the previous generation, adding more safety features including side and curtain airbags, plus standard electronic stability control on all trim models. The V6 engine was upgraded to a 3.5L with 255HP, hile the fully loaded trim included Variable Cylinder Management technology found in the Honda Pilot and Honda Civic using the i-VTEC system to monitor and control cylinder use from 6 down to 4 or 3 cylinders when coasting or going downhill, significantly improving overall fuel economy.
The 2008 Odyssey received a mid-generation general facelift and included a premium entertainment system with DVD, Honda's satellite linked GPS navigation and MP3 input. The 2009 Honda Odyssey was the best selling minivan in Canada.
Honda Odyssey 2011-2012
The 2011 Honda Odyssey was unveiled at the Chicago AutoShow in 2010 and arrived in Canada for the summer of 2010, the fourth generation Odyssey received a complete redesign with a slicker and more aerodynamic exterior, modern interior design. It carries over the same V6 3.5L engine rated at 248HP, adding more luxury optional features like a voice activated GPS navigation system, upgraded 16-inch rear DVD screen, while the fully loaded Odyssey Touring in Canada includes impressive 18 inch allow wheels with grade logic, 6-speed automatic transmission and Honda's ultra-wide rear entertainment system with a larger screen, a 15GB hard drive for music storage and HDMI input jack.
The 2011 Odyssey also includes an optional XM satellite radio, USB connector, cool box (mini cooling fridge) available in the Odyssey EX-L leather trim package and the fully loaded Touring trim. The 2011-2012 Honda Odyssey also included more standard safety featuring; 4-wheel anti-lock ABS brakes, with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, third row airbags with rollover sensor, Honda's Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, improving both stability and handling.