The model is a tall passenger 4-door station wagon, in which three people can sit on the first and second row of seats. Total, the cabin is designed for 6 seats. You can, however, say otherwise: this is a 5-door hatchback that seats 6 people. Outside of Japan, the minivan is known as the Honda FR-V (Family Recreation Vehicle). Its Japanese name is derived from the words Edit and Six. Thanks to the slide and the independent design of each of the seats, you can easily "edit" the interior for different tasks. The front middle seat easily turns into a table or armrest. For the domestic market, the Honda Edix 2004-2006 minivan was equipped with 1.7 liter (130 hp) and 2.0 liter (156 hp) gasoline engines in combination with an automatic transmission, front-wheel drive or full drive.
Such a concept of a family minivan, where the number of seats is determined by the “3 X 2” formula, has already been tested on the European market by Fiat by the Multipla model, and, it should be noted, was quite appreciated there. In Japan, Nissan was the pioneer in this area, and in 1998 it launched the Tino. What has the new Honda Edix introduced in this regard? The fact is that in the Edix cabin, the middle part of the rear and front seats can actively move back and forth on the sled, which makes it possible to arrange the seats with the letter V. In this case, communication between all 6 people in the cabin becomes much easier, therefore, the benefits of such an innovation are obvious. Moreover, the enhanced sound insulation of the cabin, which provides good audibility of the words of the interlocutor, helps active conversation. The car has good equipment, and in 2005 the navigation system with a hard disk (HDD) was included as standard, responding to voice and working together with a rear-view camera. In addition to this, of the new options, one can also note the Honda Smart Key System contactless access system and the new discharge type headlights with the automatic adjustment of the light beam. Additional equipment includes fog lights, a roof spoiler, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and other options.
The model is equipped with 4-cylinder engines with a displacement of 1.7 (SOHC VTEC) or 2 liters (DOHC i-VTEC). Depending on the working volume of the cylinders, either a 4-speed (in the first case) or 5-speed (in the second case) automatic transmission is set. For both engines, an option is provided for operation in combination with an all-wheel drive system such as “Real time 4WD” - in this combination, the gearbox is 4-speed. If we talk about power density, then the best indicator for a 2.0-liter unit is about 9.23-9.49 kilograms per horsepower; for the 1.7 engine, this figure is 10.46-11 kg / hp. The manufacturer achieved fuel efficiency of 12.2–13.8 kilometers per liter, which roughly corresponds to 7.2–8.2 l / 100 km.
The chassis of the car is borrowed from cars of the Civic and Stream series, which means using the independent MacPherson strut in the front, and the independent suspension on the double wishbones is also installed at the rear. Honda Edix was equipped with 15 or 16 inch discs, it has disc brakes (front ventilated), but the basic front-wheel drive model is equipped with drum brakes at the rear. Vehicle dimensions: approximately 4.3 meters in length and 1.6 meters in height, width 1.8 m. The wheelbase is 2680 mm, and the minimum turning radius is 4.9-5.2 meters. Interior dimensions: 1875 x 1535 x 1230 (L x W x H). Trunk volume is measured at 450 liters, and if the rear seats are folded, it more than doubles - up to 1049 liters. Thanks to various methods of transforming the position of seats in the passenger compartment, the car can be used with equal benefit both for carrying luggage when only one person remains in the passenger compartment - the driver - and with full passenger loading.
Excellent safety is one of the important advantages of Honda Edix. The car is equipped with two front airbags, Isofix mounts for installing child seats, three-point seat belts for all seats. Its body complies with stringent passenger protection requirements in a collision. The list of options included side airbags and curtain airbags. Active systems include ABS with EBD and BAS assist braking system. Xenon headlights (option) better illuminate the road at night.
Honda Edix has many positive aspects. This is Honda's characteristic dynamics, maneuverability, and high driving performance. Plus roominess, excellent interior transformation capabilities, its comfort. But, despite the silence declared by the manufacturer, the car is actually noisy. Among the shortcomings, the owners also called problems with visibility, low ground clearance, an inconvenient window control panel.