The Honda Stream is a compact MPV manufactured and marketed by Honda since October 2000. The carmaker released the model's first generation in 2000 and the second generation in 2006.
History of the Honda Stream
Honda Stream First Generation (RN1–5; 2000–2006)
On October 27, 2000, Honda began selling the first generation of the Stream model in Japan. It was an MPV, not a station wagon, that Honda launched with its seventh-generation Civic: the Stream. The Japanese automaker was well aware of the worldwide significance of the MPV segment. It wasn't just popular in the United States; it was also popular in other nations. Since the early 1980s, Honda has offered many generations of minivans on the market before deciding to make a bold move and build one on a stretched Civic base.
The engines for this generation were:
- 1.7L D17 VTEC I4
- 2.0L K20A i-VTEC I4
- 2.0L K20B i-VTEC I4
Honda offered two different transmissions for this model: a 5-speed automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission. When the Honda Stream Absolute was launched in December 2003, it was equipped with a CVT-equipped DI 2.0 L K20B engine with enhanced fuel economy. Although only available in Japan, the K20B was Honda's first direct-injection lean-burning petrol engine. The Earth Dreams engines were the first Honda cars that featured direct injection innovation in the United States in 2012. The bodywork of the Stream got only minor revisions during the 2003 facelift to improve ride quality. Five-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions were the only options available. A 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission was available for the 2.0L engine, whereas the 1.7L engine was only available with the manual. In Japan, Honda engineers tested a CVT-equipped 2.0L engine with gasoline direct injection for a limited time.
Honda Stream Second Generation (RN6–9; 2006–2014)
While Honda's first generation was a timid attempt to enter a crowded market, the second generation proved that the Japanese automaker was here to play and didn't want to waste a hard-earned status.
Available engines for the second generation were:
- 1.8L R18A i-VTEC I4
- 2.0L R20A i-VTEC I4
Honda installed three different transmissions for this generation: a CVT transmission, a 7-speed paddle-shift function (FWD), and a 5-speed automatic transmission (AWD). This model was discontinued for Japanese and Singaporean markets at some point in 2014. Until 2015, it was still being sold in Malaysia until they eventually withdrew it. But the Honda Jade has taken its place in Japan and Singapore, where they're both popular.
Honda retailed the Honda Stream with a starting price of $12,495 for the base model and could go up to $21,637 for the top-of-the-line variant.
The interior of an MPV must be just as impressive as the outside to be considered worthwhile. In this regard, the Stream achieved its goal with the launch of the seven-seat configuration. The Stream provided an easier transit from left to right by relocating the gear selector on the dashboard next to the center stack.
However, avoiding the center console's pair of cupholders may prove challenging. All save the front seats could have been folded, leaned forward, or even eliminated to change the Stream into a furniture carrier, except for the front seats. The exterior design was a considerable improvement over the previous model's. The chrome strip between the swept-back headlights drew even more emphasis. Even though it is an MPV, the Stream appears sportier with its standard 17-inch light-alloy wheels and roof spoiler. Taillights sat close to the tailgate, resembling the CR-V design at first view. Depending on the model's trim level, the car's door handles came in chrome or body color.
Specs and Performance of the Honda Stream
Honda used a 2.0L R20A i-VTEC I4 engine that delivers 150 hp (110 kW) at 6,200 rpm and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque at 4,200 rpm. This Honda Stream accelerates from 0-60 mph (97 kph) in 9.3 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph (204 kph). The car's curb weight is 2,994 lbs (1,358 kg). Honda manufactured the Stream model with a CVT transmission and a front-wheel-drive (FWD) drivetrain.
Honda manufactured and sold the Honda Stream between 2000 and 2014.