Honda Stepwgn is a mid-size minivan that stands out for its capacity and height. Unlike the Honda Odyssey and Honda Stream, it can accommodate up to eight people. The first generation of this car appeared in May 1996. This one-room car immediately gained high popularity thanks in large part to the flexible pricing policy of Honda and the large interior space with a flat floor through the use of front-wheel drive. Initially, the car was offered exclusively for the Asian market.
The first generation Stepwgn featured an almost rectangular body. The simple no-frills design had a positive impact on the overall image of the car. The minivan received two doors, a passenger sliding door and a rear wing gate. Salon could be 5-seater in two rows of seats and 8-seater in three rows of seats. There were two options for using the middle row of seats: either rotating, allowing passengers to be facing each other, or comfortable, comfortable chairs for relaxing. The heart of Stepwgn was a 2-liter inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine with 125 or 135 hp, which was paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Drive: front or full.
In 1999, the design of the front of the body changed slightly, the driving characteristics and operational qualities improved.
Five years later, in April 2001, the second generation of the model was released, which lasted on the assembly line until April 2005. Stepwgn II began to look more modern, but still “square”. Initially, this generation was also equipped with only one 2.0-liter engine, a 4-speed automatic and two types of drive. But the engine was already new with 160 hp. The power unit successfully combined very decent dynamic performance and high fuel efficiency. But two years later, in June 2003, Stepwgn received another engine: a 2.4-liter engine with 162 hp. This engine was mainly installed on the top version of Stepwgn Spada, which, in addition to a more high-torque motor, also received a different design for the front and rear parts of the car with reduced headlights and taillights with new diffusers. Salon version of Stepwgn Spada was made in strict dark colors.
The third generation of this automotive family was born in 2005. The design remained all the same charming, but became much more elegant and faster. A friendly mood is given by the “smiling” radiator grill and the headlights in an oriental way. And swiftness is brought by the ascending window sill line, coupled with an even steeper belt punching, as well as the “combined” door handles. Elongated back boomerangs of headlights visually conceal the massiveness and height of the short hood. In order to give Stepwgn more attractiveness in terms of everyday driving, it was decided to reduce its length and height to make it possible to bring the minimum turning radius to 3.5 meters.
The new car no longer has the constriction inherent in the first generation Stepwgn. Here, the cabin is more spacious and even more comfortable. Over the front panel a narrow dark stripe stretched the dashboard. On a kind of center console, depending on the configuration, there can be either a screen of a large two-track radio, combined with a navigation system, or a full-fledged color monitor, which allows not only to receive data on the state of the main components of the machine or its location in space, but also to watch DVDs or television programs . And in the most expensive versions under this screen and the air conditioning unit is a multimedia controller that controls all the electronic options of the machine. All this looks very stylish and modern.
Another highlight of the interior – the optional flooring, very similar to laminate flooring – makes the interior a kind of living room. At the same time, the floor itself turned out to be perfectly flat throughout its length – largely due to the fact that the fuel tank was moved to the rear of the body. But that is not all! The Japanese were able to make out even with respect to the ceiling: inside it seems taut along the entire perimeter. And in the center are three hatches with central “partitions” and side-curtains that can be removed sideways. Together with additional ceiling lighting, ordered separately, all this even at night gives the interior more light, space and comfort. A number of very useful options are provided. For example, the IHCC system, that is, an autopilot device that allows you to monitor the distance to the vehicle in front. Or a 6-fragment sunscreen, which turns out to be, by the way, on an elongated (1.68 m) and translucent roof.
Engines, as in the previous generation, two are provided: 2.0 and 2.4 liters. Thanks to the modernized i-VTEC variable valve timing system, the first reaches 155 hp and the second 200 hp. The transmission on all cars without exception is automatic, but with a different number of gears. So, on a 2-liter car with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.