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Vehicle Spotlight: Honda Odyssey (Generations 1-5)
Learn About the Evolution of Honda's Minivan
Honda first manufactured the Odyssey in 1994 in response to market demand for an affordable minivan. The Honda Odyssey stands out because it is more compact than other minivans on the market. While not as popular as Honda’s other models, such as the CR-V, the Odyssey has a dedicated following thanks to its reliability and solid performance.
Since its debut in 1995, the Honda Odyssey has gone through five generations. We’ll guide you through the Odyssey’s journey across the decades, showcasing the new features and innovations brought forth with each new iteration.
Trim Models for the Honda Odyssey (1995 to Today)
When it debuted, the 1995 Honda Odyssey only had two distinct trim levels: the LX and EX. The LX could accommodate seven passengers; the EX could only hold up to six passengers but came with trim-exclusive equipment, including power seats, a roof rack, a moonroof, and remote keyless entry.
The LX and EX were the only trims available for the 1999 Honda Odyssey at the beginning of the second generation. In 2002, Honda introduced a third trim option: the Odyssey EX-L. The EX-L had several luxury options for consumers, including leather seating, rear disc brakes, a five-speed transmission, and a built-in VHS/DVD entertainment option.
The RL3 3rd Generation (2005-2010 Honda Odyssey) added another trim level to the lineup: the Touring. The Touring was advertised as a top-of-the-line deluxe package and included all-new features not found on the other trims, such as a center storage console, a power tailgate, power pedals, and memory seats to keep your preferred seat position.
The 2011-2017 Honda Odyssey (RL5 4th Generation) continued this trend and added yet another new trim level: the Touring Elite. The Touring Elite had more brand-new features for customers. It featured a backup camera, a blind spot detector, and even a built-in cooler chilled by air conditioning. All five trim levels (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite) continued into the fifth generation, with no additional trim levels added.
How To Repair Your Honda Odyssey
You can make several small, simple steps to improve the resale value of your Honda Odyssey. Start by washing your car: take special care to clean the interior, glass, wheels, and hubcaps. Even if you are not looking to immediately sell your Odyssey, sticking to a regular cleaning schedule will help preserve its resale value down the line. You can also use a touch-up paint pen to fix minor cosmetic damage to your paint job, like scratches and chipping.
Honda Odyssey Replacement Bumpers, Fenders, and More
Some body damage is too extensive to fix with a simple paint pen. If you have a severely damaged body part, it might be easiest to replace it. Paint A Part sells pre-painted replacement parts that are affordable and come in factory-accurate color options. Our website makes it easy to find Honda Odyssey replacement bumpers, fenders, and hoods that fit your model year. Paint A Part’s fast shipping options bring painted Honda Odyssey parts directly to your doorstep.