Complete Honda S-MX lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

1996 Honda S-MX - Technical Specs, Fuel economy, Dimensions1996 - 2002 Honda S-MX MinivanS-MX4 Trims 130 to 140 Hp

The Honda S-MX is a 3+1 door compact MPV produced and sold by Honda, a Japanese car manufacturer, from 1996 to 2002.

History of the Honda S-MX

In 1995, Honda unveiled the S-MX Concept model at the 31st Tokyo Motor Show. The Honda S-MX resembled the bigger Honda Stepwgn in design but was reduced in length and height. With three rows of seats in the Stepwgn, the S-MX has just two rows of seats for four or five people. RH1 is the chassis code for both the Base and Lowdown models. RH2 is the chassis code for all four-wheel-drive (4WD) variants. Honda began selling the S-MX on November 22, 1996, and it was available in three trim levels: Base trim with front-wheel-drive, Four-wheel-drive (4WD) and Lowdown.

1999 Facelift

In September 1999, Honda slightly restyled the S-MX model. The company made more changes in December 2000, including new trim, refreshed headlights, and a new front bumper. The carmaker eliminated some features, including the CD player and electric mirrors. Honda also removed the tinted rear windows as standard equipment.

Special Edition

  • Aero Style
  • Casual Style

Model Discontinuation

When production of the S-MX came to a close, the Honda Mobilio Spike took its place. Many of these instances were sent out of the country, mostly to the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.


In 2001, Honda retailed the S-MX model with a starting price of $12,531 that could go up to $15,825 for a new vehicle in Japan. When converted at the 2022 exchange rate, it ranges from $20,450 to $25,800.

Features of the Honda S-MX

Standard Features

  • Power Adjustable Door Mirrors
  • Ultraviolet Glass Protection
  • Back Wiper
  • Power Window
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Centralized Door Lock
  • Right Hand Drive
  • Adjustable Steering
  • Tilt Steering
  • Wood Panel
  • Reclining Seats
  • Removable Seats
  • Drivers Airbag
  • Passengers Airbag
  • Side Impact Bar
  • Brake Assist
  • Central Power Window Control
  • Safety Belt Limiter3 Point Safety Belt
  • Child Car Restraints
  • Durable Frame
  • Front Stabilizer
  • Rear Stabilizer

Available options for the Honda S-MX are a tilting sunroof, rear spoiler, automatic air conditioning, blue seat coverings, satellite navigation, remote central locking, rear tinted windows, a sunroof, climate control, truck bed power outlets, rear parking sensors, and a heated steering wheel, along with a wireless phone charger and automatic high beams. More optional features are fog lights, armrest, 3-spoke steering wheel, red carpet (lowdown), wood effect dashboard, and exhaust trim.

Specs and Performance of the Honda S-MX

Honda used a 2.0L B20B DOHC I4 engine that delivers 128 hp (96 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 135 lb-ft (183 Nm) of torque at 4,200 rpm. This Honda S-MX accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 kph) in 11.5 seconds with a top speed of 103 mph (166 kph). The car's curb weight is 2,932 lbs (1,330 kg). Honda manufactured the S-MX model with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Two drivetrains were available for the Honda S-MX model: a front-wheel-drive (FWD) and a four-wheel-drive (4WD).

Release Date

Honda manufactured and sold the Honda S-MX from 1996 to 2002. The Mobilio Spike became its direct successor when Honda discontinued the S-MX model.