Thursday, November 7, 2013

Honda Odyssey Lauded for 1999 Redesign

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” insinuating that people who stubbornly stick to the status quo are doomed to live pretty unrewarding and uninteresting lives.

Automakers like Honda understand this all too well, which is why they put their best and most dynamic minds to work every year to update the cars, trucks, and SUVs most in need of major changes. Honda pours millions of dollars into these redesigns, so when a publication like calls out the Honda Odyssey as one of the most improved automobiles of the last fifteen years, we can’t help but feel a little proud.

Obviously, the 2014 Honda Odyssey is one of the coolest minivans on the market today, but all the way back in 1999 it underwent an even more dramatic generational update than the one we saw with this most recent generation of Odyssey.

Before the 1999 model year, the Odyssey was unrecognizable from what you know and love today. Its doors swung out instead of sliding, it was thinner than the current iteration, and it packed a four-cylinder engine that that didn’t always cut it when hauling lots of stuff or lots of people (or lots of both).

The update changed all that, packing a new V6, sliding doors, and a longer body. It was such a good vehicle that it finished second for the 1999 North American Car of the Year award. As points out, no minivan has been on that list in the years since.

Linda Vista Certified Honda dealerships have always loved this vehicle, but we have a lot to thank for the 1999 redesign. We’re hoping future changes are just as influential.

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