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2009 Honda Odyssey

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2009 Honda Odyssey Review

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Dads will tell you the best vehicle to transport the wife and kids is a big, burly SUV, but Moms know better. Despite its less-than-macho image, the minivan is still the best family transport ever invented. Large sliding side doors make for quick and easy entries and exits, while a low and level cargo floor means minimal muscle is required when loading. If a minivan is in your future, there are a number of makes to choose from, and at the top of that list is the 2009 Honda Odyssey. Renowned for its spacious interior, powerful engine, comfortable ride and exceptional safety rating, the Odyssey leaves little room for criticism. About the only deterrent to purchasing an Odyssey may be its high price and limited ability to pick and choose stand alone options.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you'd rather be driving a nice sedan but you have a family, a dog and a load of luggage to haul on vacation, the 2009 Honda Odyssey makes for a livable compromise. With all its nifty features, some of your friends may even think it's cool.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't like the traditional minivan look, about the only choices left are Nissan's spacey Quest or the sporty Dodge Grand Caravan. Bargain shoppers put off by the high price tag should look toward newer competitors, such as the Hyundai Entourage.

What's New for 2009

The EX-L trim receives the Touring's power rear lift gate, while the optional satellite navigation system gains Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Driving the Odyssey

Driving Impressions One of the goals of every minivan is to deliver a car-like driving experience. If the car in that comparison is a large sedan, the 2009 Honda Odyssey succeeds on...

some levels and comes close on others. With plenty of horsepower and usable torque, the Odyssey moves quickly from a stop and easily merges with traffic. Once moving, the ride is smooth and well-controlled, even if rougher roads don't go unnoticed. While few will call its performance inspiring, the Odyssey brakes and corners with a capability some may find surprisingly good for a vehicle of its proportions, and the strong engine can get you quickly back to cruising speed.

In-Floor Storage
A carpeted panel in the floor in front of the second-row seat lifts to reveal a compartment big enough to swallow the available eighth seat. When you need the room for something else, an optional Lazy Susan makes it easy to access items that might otherwise require a reach.

Comprehensive Safety Features
From Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution, Anti-Lock Brakes and Tire Pressuring Monitoring (to help keep you out of trouble), to the Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure, Active Front Head Restraints and a full complement of airbags (to help protect you if trouble should occur), the Odyssey offers its occupants an extremely comprehensive set of safety features.

2009 Honda Odyssey Details
2009 Honda Odyssey photo Interior

There are plenty of innovations worth noting inside the Odyssey, as well as a couple of surprises. Honda engineers have made the third-row seat more accessible, thanks to sliding second-row seats. The third-row seat is also split on a 60/40 bias and very easy to fold flat into the floor. The second row features power windows plus optional twin captain's chairs and a clever in-seat storage compartment (dubbed the PlusOne Seat by Honda). There are three sets of LATCH child safety seat anchors: Two on the outboard second-row seats and one in the middle third-row seat.

Exterior

Rather than pushing beyond the expected limits of minivan styling, the 2009 Odyssey emerges as a refined version of its former self. Honda's designers have conceived an Odyssey that is both sleeker and more sophisticated than previous generations. The Odyssey's wide stance gives it a more secure visual stance. Appealing features such as available power sliding side doors and a power rear liftgate bolster the Odyssey's desirability.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2009 Honda Odyssey (LX, EX, EX with Leather and Touring) includes the disappearing third-row seat, in-floor storage, CD player, dual-zone air conditioning (tri-zone in EX-L and Touring), power windows, keyless entry and cruise control. Standard safety features include frontal and side airbags up front, three-row side-curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control. The standard 3.5-liter VTEC engine gives way to a similar, higher-mileage i-VTEC engine with variable cylinder management (VCM) in the top two models.

Optional Equipment

Features available only on select trim levels or as stand-alone options include the stowable eighth seat, leather seating, power sliding doors, four-way power passenger seat, six-disc in-dash CD player, 360-watt stereo, Bluetooth hands-free communication link, memory-linked tilt-down side view mirrors (standard on Touring), more fuel-efficient i-VTEC engine with VCM, power moonroof, nine-inch rear DVD entertainment center, plus a navigation system with voice recognition and an integrated rearview camera (models without navigation display an image in the rearview mirror). Available only on the premium Touring model are a memory driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals, front and rear parking sensors and a run-flat tire system.

Under the Hood

Until someone drops a V8 into a minivan, the Odyssey's 244-horsepower V6 is the most powerful engine in the class. The Odyssey's 3.5-liter V6 is a solid piece of work. Strong, quiet and fairly fuel-efficient, its performance attributes are only enhanced by its bulletproof service and repair history. On EX-L and Touring trims Honda adds its Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) which, depending upon load, deactivates some cylinders for improved fuel consumption.

3.5-liter V6
244 horsepower @ 5750 rpm (LX and EX)
244 horsepower @ 5700 rpm (EX-L and Touring)
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm (LX and EX)
245 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm (EX-L and Touring)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (LX and EX), 17/25 (EX-L and Touring)

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2009 Honda Odyssey Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 709 Ratings for the 2005 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Highly reliable. Excellent maintenance.

By on Thursday, February 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable reliable great road car"

Cons: "Too much vehicle as we grow older"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My Odyssey has been a joy to won and drive. Extremely reliable w/ very minor repairs needed while under warranty. I have maintained the recommended service schedule and have always, w/ one exception, taken this van to Honda service. Would love to keep it but as we grow older we desire a smaller vehicle which is easier to maneuver and park. With the exception of a few very minor, mostly interior blemishes, the vehicle is in practically new condition. It has been garaged 99 percent of the time."

Great Family vehicle!

By on Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Power, Handling, Convenience and Reliability."

Cons: "Paint peeling badly and Uncomfortable driver seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"pros: For a 3.5 V6 its got power, handles well, and it is very comfortable and convenient for the whole Family. Cons: it is a little uncomfortable for the Driver; mainly the seat. it doesn't form that well to the body. Lastly, there seems to be a major problem with the exterior paint. My vans color is dark blue I have seen other vans; same color; with the exact same peeling; hood, roof, and now starting on the sides."

Extra Vehicle, Driven < 5000/yr, Tires 1.5 yrs,

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great vehicle, Total Comfort, Great Price"

Cons: "???? Interior clean up, Alignment"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"No body damage. Never in accident, No rust etc. Needs carpet cleaned, front end align (we live rural-bad roads). Its our second Odyssey. We love them, but have no use for it now. Our daughter is headed to college and we all have other cars."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I will buy yet another,never dissappointed

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "love it"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2ND Odyssey, i will buy the next new one. I only avoided 10 out of ten for everything because that would not appear realistic, but 10 out of 10 is how I feel. Keep it serviced and it's flawless. We even stuffed a new king size mattress in the back.It carrys more than my truck."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very reliable and comfortable

By on Monday, August 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable for multiple riders, lots of space"

Cons: "a little noisy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"After my brand new Mercedes SUV left me stranded with kids many times, I decided to give in and buy the ultra reliable Honda Odyssey. We have all loved it! It is so spacious and comfortable for everyone in the family! I've taken multiple kids to camp, taken my daughter to college (van PACKED) 3X, and have been on multiple trips with my tennis team. Everyone always wants me to drive bc my van can fit so many people comfortably! Great investment!!!! These vans don't depreciate like other brands do! Go ahead and pay extra and get the HONDA. Your family and all the kids in your life will love it!!"

11 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best automobile I have ever owned.

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 209,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, size"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an excellent vehicle for road trips. Comfortable and lots of room for luggage, bike, golf clubs and whatever else you need to take. I removed the 2nd roll passenger seat and the child seat and when the bench is folded down its like a cavern. The only problem i have had was a noisy wheel bearing, Other than that I have only replaced normal wear items, the tires, battery, brakes and windshield wipers. I have Honda do all the required maintenance. This is the EX-L with Nav and DVD."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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