Honda Shuttle - car review

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Originally produced for the US market. The car was collected in the overseas branch of Honda and sold under the name Odyssey. Spacious and roomy, it won widespread popularity in the New World. Such a success is the feat of Honda mastering the European market.

Note that the name Shuttle was coined specifically for Europe. Although this name is quite an interesting story. In the 80s of the last century, the so-called 5-door station wagon Honda Civic, which due to the high roof resembled mikroven. In 1991, the wagon was excluded from a number of modifications Civic, and the name Shuttle almost 3 years remained unclaimed. In 1994, the Japanese decided to revive this name, assigning it to their new minivan.

Photo Honda Shuttle

The Shuttle model of the last generation is a volume five-door all-terrain wagon with front-wheel drive. The body has rounded corners and a large glass surface. Salon perfectly transformed, so it can be used as two-, three-, four-, five-, six- or even seven-seater, depending on the configuration. For greater comfort of passengers, the seats are arranged in three rows, โ€œamphitheaterโ€.

What does the third row, if desired, can be easily removed in a niche located in the floor, thereby increasing the trunk volume to 738 liters. The cabin provides: high noise insulation, air conditioning, comfortable chairs with a solid supply of space. For Europe, the Shuttle is equipped with an automatic hydromechanical gearbox and transversely located, upgraded 4-cylinder 16-valve petrol engines of 2.2 and 2.3 liters with the same power of 150 hp, which allows it to reach speeds of up to 183 km / h, accelerating car to "hundreds" for 12 seconds. Although fuel consumption is not small - in the city of about 14 liters per 100 km.

Photo Honda Shuttle

The first was installed on the Shuttle, released before 1998, and the second - after. The 2.3-liter unit is more modern - it is equipped with the famous Honda VTEC system, which changes the time and degree of opening of the valves depending on the engine speed. By the way, the creators timed a light restyling to the appearance of the new engine - the grille received a chrome edging and the emblem was slightly modified. Independent multi-link front and rear suspension energy-intensive and provide a minivan high comfort while driving. In conjunction with a powerful engine and automatic transmission make the Shuttle one of the best cars in terms of dynamics in its class.

All Shuttle equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission. At the same time, the so-called 2-shaft M47A gearbox was fitted with a 2.2-liter engine, and a 3-shaft MDMA with a 2.3-liter engine. The gearshift lever in the Shuttle is placed on the steering column, so this car has an important advantage compared to most competitors - it has a flat floor and you can easily pass through it from the front to the rear seats. Depending on the configuration Shuttle offers: central locking, power steering, โ€œbagelโ€ with height adjustment, electric windows, electric exterior mirrors and their heating, air conditioning, automatic gearbox, cruise control and driver airbag.

Photo Honda Shuttle

The braking system of a minivan is very effective. It is equipped with all disk mechanisms and the ABS system. Shuttle is a great car for both business and leisure. And yet there was no such demand as overseas in Europe for Shuttle, therefore in 2000 deliveries to the European market were stopped, and the vacant place was taken by a more compact model Honda Stream.

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