Honda Stepwagon Model Year: Fuel Efficiency and Reliability.

The Honda Stepwagon (also written STEP WGN) is a car that has been manufactured since 1996 by the Japanese car company Honda that falls in the mid-sized Multipurpose Vehicle (MPV). The Step WGN was based on the Honda Civic, which made it affordable to buyers.

First-Generation Honda Step WGN (1996 – 2001)

The first-generation Honda Step WGN white side

The first-generation Honda Step WGN was a four-door MPV with one door on the driver’s side, two doors on the passenger’s side, one in front and a sliding door for easier access at the rear and the fourth door at the rear. In 1997 and 1998 a few changes were introduced on the Step WGN as standard features such as ABS brakes, dual SR airbags, and also had a version that had a pop-up tent made of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) for outdoor fun.

The Interior

The Step WGN can comfortably accommodate 8 passengers; in some models, the middle seat can be folded and converted into a picnic table while the front seats can be rotated to face the table, making a table for five. As standard, the Step WGN comes with AC with vents and controls for front and rear passengers. The Step WGN also offers enough luggage space that can be extended by folding the rear seats if unoccupied.

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The Engine and Transmission

The first-generation Honda Step WGN mostly came with Honda’s 4-cylinder inline K20A DOHC engine that produced 110 KW (150 HP) at 6500 rpm and fuel consumption of 5.6L/100 KM. There were a few models that had the 4-cylinder B20B engine. The transmission offered was a 4-speed automatic.

Second-Generation Honda Step WGN (2001 – 2005)

he second-generation Honda Step WGN gray frontside

In 2001 we received the second-generation Honda Step WGN that was mainly based on the first-generation design. 

The Interior

The interior was designed to accommodate families with children. With several seating arrangements namely Food Mode where people sit facing each other with the option of making the center seat as a makeshift table, the Playing Mode where people sit opposite each other, the Sleep Mode where the seats can be flattened to create a bed-like feel, and the Cargo Mode where the second-row seats are folded creating more space for cargo, making the Step WGN a true MPV. The rear passenger side sliding door has been retained from the previous model.
In 2003 Honda modified the Step WGN – the rear and front looks were changed to fit the looks of Honda vehicles.

The Engine and Transmission

Honda continued using the 2.0-liter K20A DOHC i-VTEC Inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 118 KW (158 HP) at 6500 rpm, but this engine was a bit tuned compared to the previous generation to improve its performance and fuel economy. In 2003 Honda introduced an upgraded Honda Step WGN that came with a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter K24A DOHC i-VTEC producing 120 KW (160 HP) at 6000 rpm and an average consumption of 7.8L/100KM.

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Third-Generation Honda Step WGN (2005 – 2009)

the third-generation Step WGN gray frontside

In 2005 Honda released the third-generation Step WGN, which was a completely new design compared to its predecessor. This model came with 5 doors, unlike the previous models that had only one rear sliding door; this had two on both sides of the car. The car’s dimensions were reduced a bit without sacrificing the interior accommodation space. Although this model still retained the Civic platform, it featured a new low-platform chassis which improved its handling. There was an upgrade on the suspensions as well and Honda made use of the double-wishbone suspension. In 2006 the Step WGN was updated with features such as a power slide on the rear sliding doors, a smart key system, and heated door mirrors.

The Engine and Transmission

This model continued using the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter K20A and the 2.4-liter K24A engines, with the 2.0-liter coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.4-liter (FWD) was fitted with a CVT transmission.

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Fourth-Generation Honda Step WGN (2009 – 2015)

The Fourth-Generation Honda Step WGN black backside

The Fourth-Generation Honda Step WGN model was released in 2009; it came as a fully redesigned model with the dimensions increased, except its width was maintained as the previous model. The 2009 model was available in 7 trim models namely G, GL Package, L, Li, Spada S, Spada Z and Spada Zi.

The Engine and Transmission

In this model, the 2.4-liter K24A was dropped and a new 4-cylinder 2.0-liter R20A engine was introduced with an average power of 115 KW (156 HP) at 6300 rpm and an average consumption of 7.6L/100KM. These generation models were attached with a 5-speed CVT transmission.

Fifth-Generation Honda Step WGN (2015 -2020)

In April 2015 Honda unveiled the fifth-generation Honda Step WGN that came with some new features to make this model a fun-to-use minivan.

Interior and Exterior

Honda maintained the five doors from the previous model on this fifth-generation Step WGN, while the cabin features a functional space much like a home living room. This model comes with upgraded tailgate (the waku waku gate) where there is an option for opening up or a sub-door that opens to the side. This side opening sub-door enables third-row passengers to get in and out of the car without opening the entire tailgate and also loading and unloading cargo has become much easier. This model also came with the magical third-row seat that can disappear on the flow when folded making it easier for passengers to embark from the rear tailgate, but also creating more space for luggage.

The Engine and Transmission

Honda introduced a new 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine with a CVT transmission on this model that delivers a powerful and smooth ride, and excellent fuel economy. This engine offers power equivalent to the 2.4-liter K24A and consumption of 6L/100KM.



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