Ridiculous? Wait till you drive one! This gen Odyssey started with a modest 210 horsepower at its inception, but received a mid-cycle upgrade to 240 horses in 2001. With its five-speed automatic (also a mid-cycle improvement), the Odyssey’s powertrain is as smooth as butter. Throw in quick, responsive steering with feedback (yes, a minivan can have feedback) and a suspension that puts some cars to shame, and you have a recipe for a sports car in disguise.
Driving a 2002 Odyssey down from Big Bear, California, was one of this driver’s most memorable drives (no joke). The Honda’s superior steering transmitted everything the front tires were doing to the helm, instilling much confidence. Turn after winding turn, the Odyssey’s amazing suspension and chassis kept the vehicle firmly planted, exhibiting virtually zero body roll. In contrast, a similar year Toyota Sienna has been driven on a separate occasion. It floated like a boat, rocked, and rolled. The Odyssey blows the Sienna away.
If you’re looking for an old family hauler, but want to have some genuine fun behind the wheel, the second gen Honda Odyssey is your ticket. If you’re lucky to already own one of these, keep it. It’s the ultimate sleeper – and an undercover sports car.
Happy Labor Day!