1st generation Honda Odyssey: Nice SUV alternative  


One of the better car buying decisions I made was when I bought a used 1995 Honda Odyssey. I've had it for about two years now, and it has been cheap and very reliable. This is actually an Accord based van, so it has a 4 cylinder.

Fuel mileage ratings are 18/22, which is just OK for its time, but you can still find clean 1st Gen Odysseys (1995-1998) for under $4,000 that will probably run forever. An interesting note about the 1st Gen Odyssey is that while Honda kept making this smaller, 4 cylinder based van for the rest of the world, North America got the bigger gas guzzling v-6 model starting in 1999.

The van seats 7, has fold down rear seats, and has plenty of cargo space. If I were to get another one, I would probably get a 1996-1998 model with OBD-II diagnostics, so that I could hook up my ScanGauge II to track fuel mileage. If you are looking for a reliable, cheap, no-frills, SUV alternative, consider an Odyssey 1st Gen.

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