The owner manual’s on this page are for the North American version of the Honda Odyssey which is a minivan that entered production in 1995.
Today the Odyssey is in its fifth generation of design and is a much different beast than its original 1990’s version.
Hard economic conditions meant that the Odyssey project needed to be as lesser of a risk as possible so the model was a sensible design in a reconfigured manufacturing plant (compared to one that was custom built).
The car created the classification compact MPV as it had all the features of that sort of car with less weight and smaller dimensions.
This smaller size was ideal for the Japanese auto market as they have tighter restrictions on vehicle sizes and tax based on engine displacement.
Over the years and as the car was redesigned the size did grow along with the power available from the engine.
Isuzu also released the Odyssey but badged it as the Oasis. Honda released their version in Europe but called it the Shuttle.
An important high level of safety for the occupants has been a priority of Honda’s with the Odyssey and this car does not disappoint, only falling slightly back on rollover risk like most tall cars.