The Honda Stream debuted in Japan in 2000, and in less than a year the model was introduced in Europe. According to the creators, Stream was supposed to fill the gap that formed after the Shuttle and Civic Aerodeck was discontinued. The compact seven-seater minivan is built on the elongated platform of the new Honda Civic.
Honda Stream – a new word in the class of monocabs, said this time by the Japanese manufacturer. Not yet a minivan, no longer a passenger car – Stream is balancing somewhere on the edge, offering customers the best features of both classes. The car combines the possibility of multipurpose use, ease of control and maneuverability.
Honda cars are always distinguished by their relatively low body height and low driver and passenger seating, which is not just a tribute to the “sportiness” of the image, but also an effective way to lower the center of gravity and, therefore, improve driving performance. Now it has helped to fit into the dimensions of a standard station wagon a multi-seat saloon and provide excellent handling.
The relatively small height gives Stream an attractive and fast-looking appearance, but does not affect the comfort of passenger accommodation: a well-thought-out arrangement of parts under the bottom and a fairly low floor allow passengers to feel free and comfortable in any of the three rows of seats. The cabin has great transformation capabilities, the third row of seats folds up, freeing up space for bulky cargo. For rear passengers, special containers and even vents of the ventilation system are provided.
It is equipped with gasoline engines of 1.7 and 2.0 liters. The all-aluminum two-liter unit received a new “intelligent” system of dynamic control of the gas distribution phases and the valve lift i-VTEC (intelligent-VTEC). Its lightning-fast promotion, in second gear, accelerates a one and a half ton car to “hundreds” in less than 9.5 seconds. By the way, the second of the engines proposed for Stream was also updated: it retained the previous VTEC system, has a volume of 1.7 liters and migrated here from the American Civic Coupe. Transmissions – a five-speed manual and two “automatic machines” – a four-speed for a 1.7 liter engine (not supplied to Russia) and a five-speed for a two-liter, moreover with a “sequential” mode. The selector “machine” is located on the center console, which is very convenient.
The automatic transmission shifts through the gears gently and almost inaudibly, providing a smooth and calm ride. If desired, in the left position of the selector, the manual control of the box is activated.
The design of the car attracts attention. A spindle-shaped body with a red ribbon of lanterns encircling the rear window looks original. Salon is striking in its harmony. Here, in a very limited space (length 4550 mm), the designers managed to create an incredibly convenient and comfortable interior, where all the necessary little things are present.
The interior is Japanese aesthetic minimalism: simple lines reign here, dark gray plastic, and in secluded places there are many boxes and shelves for small items. Revive the overall picture of the insert under the titanium and the fluorescent orange graphics of the scales of the climate control knobs. At a traditional height, the quality of fitting and fastening of panels.
Stream equipped with independent suspension of all wheels, disc brakes, anti-roll bars front and rear.
Honda Stream is equipped with many safety and comfort elements: central locking, immobilizer, ABS, belts with tensioners, four airbags, air conditioning, electric sunroof, windows and mirrors, heated mirrors and front seats, musical training with four speakers, as well as fog headlights and alloy wheels.
During 2002, a sports version of the Stream appeared with a more powerful engine. In Japan, the all-wheel drive version of the Honda Stream is also available.
In December 2003, Honda Stream Absolute went on sale in Japan – a 7-seater front-wheel drive minivan with a body of increased stiffness, a sports-tuned suspension, a 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC I engine and an automatic transmission with a CVT and 7-speed tiptronic.
In 2004, the Stream model was changed. Designers have worked on the exterior and modernized the interior. In the front of the car, all body elements were redesigned, a more aggressive radiator grill with one cross member and “transparent” headlights appeared. The new bumper with a large air intake has circular fog lights, which have now become standard equipment for all trim levels. The rear bumper has also changed, and the reversing lamps and fog lights have moved to the rear door.
After restyling, Stream became a six-seater. Instead of a three-seater sofa, two separate armchairs appeared in the passenger compartment in the second row, separated by an armrest with cup holders.
An excellent view opens up from the driver’s seat, which is especially important and convenient for traveling in a fast city stream.