2009 Honda Odyssey vs. Its Competition

2009 Honda Odyssey EX
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

If maximizing value is the priority, and you’re willing to sacrifice a little refinement, TheCarConnection.com recommends the Hyundai Entourage.

It does not offer every feature the Honda does, but the Entourage may have enough for you.

Otherwise the closely related Kia Sedona feels slightly sportier than the Entourage.

For storage and seating options, the Chrysler Town & Country (and its Dodge sibling, the Grand Caravan) are still the ones to beat; they offer in-floor storage and seating options not available on the Honda, and for keeping kids happy while on the road they’re a good choice.

The Toyota Sienna doesn't drive with the same enthusiastic personality exhibited by the Honda—its ride isn’t as smooth either—but of all the minivans listed here, only the Toyota Sienna can match the 2009 Honda Odyssey in terms of refinement and polish.

Finally, Ford doesn’t make a minivan anymore, but the Ford Flex, with its MINI-esque styling and seven-passenger interior, might be worth considering.

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8.4
The 2009 Honda Odyssey doesn’t just have the practicality that’s expected in a minivan; it’s fun to drive, too.
9.0
The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
8.2
If you’re shopping for a practical family hauler, the Chrysler Town & Country needs to be on your “must drive” list if only for the features it offers.
7.6
You'll find the 2008 Hyundai Entourage at the intersection of Practical St. and Value Ave.
7.4
The 2008 Kia Sedona is one of the least expensive minivans on the market, but inexpensive is different than cheap.
7.6
The 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan does almost everything right for the family, with a roomy, functional interior and great ride comfort, but there’s not a lot of personality.
MSRP From     
$26,355$28,550$23,415$23,995$20,695$24,440
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans
Style Name     
5-Door LX4-Door SE FWD4-Door Wagon LX4-Door Wagon GLS4-Door SWB5-Door 7-Pass Van CE FWD (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
777777
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door4 Door4 Door5 Door Minivan4 Door5 Door Reg WB
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic