2009 Honda Odyssey Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Honda Odyssey doesn’t just have the practicality that’s expected in a minivan; it’s fun to drive, too.

The minivan experts at TheCarConnection.com have studied a range of road tests of the 2009 Honda Odyssey to put together this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com's editors also drove the Honda Odyssey to help you decide what is best for you and point out where opinions might differ.

Honda’s minivan model, the Odyssey, was introduced in its present form in 2005 and saw some significant changes last year. For 2009 only the EX-L trim level receives additional upgrades, including a power tailgate and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink.

The Honda Odyssey’s fresh look isn't startlingly good or bad to TheCarConnection.com, but it doesn't matter because people don't typically buy minivans based on looks and emotion. They buy minivans simply because they are practical.

The 2009 Honda Odyssey LX and EX models come standard with a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a vigorous-feeling 244 horsepower and fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg highway. The EX-L and the Touring are fitted with cylinder deactivation technology, which raises the highway rating to 25 mpg. This technology shuts down half of the cylinders at cruising speeds for added fuel efficiency; the only consequence is that it produces 241 hp instead of 244 hp, but you'll never notice the difference—except at the fuel pump. Neither version is very efficient in city driving, with EPA figures of either 16 or 17 mpg. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.

TheCarConnection.com editors continue to be impressed with the handling of the Odyssey. The 2009 Honda Odyssey uses a four-wheel-independent suspension that helps this minivan handle really well. What makes Odyssey stand out in this respect is that the crisp handling does not come at the expense of a smooth ride.

The interior design is clean and functional. However, the center stack of controls are scattered around and it takes some time to get used to the arrangement. The Odyssey uses heavy, second-row seats that are difficult to remove; the Chrysler Stow 'n Go system is much easier. The third-row seat on the Odyssey does fold into a deep well in the rear of the van. When the seat is up, this is an ideal location for grocery bags or other cargo.

The four trim levels available on the 2009 Honda Odyssey are the seven-passenger LX and eight-passenger versions of the EX, EX-L, and Touring. Honda groups options by trim level, so while the base LX is well equipped, more equipment becomes standard as you move up in price. The 2009 Honda Odyssey Touring is downright luxurious, trimmed in leather and fitted with a navigation system and rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The quality of the interior is high in terms of fit, finish, and materials.

The Odyssey has performed well in government and IIHS crash tests, and like all other Hondas, the 2009 Odyssey comes standard with stability and traction control, in addition to side and curtain airbags.

To keep things lively, the 2009 Honda Odyssey offers a DVD entertainment system with wireless surround-sound headphones and a voice-activated navigation system that incorporates both a rearview video camera and XM Satellite Radio as options. An MP3-capable CD player and an auxiliary jack for MP3 players come standard. Bluetooth is available on Touring editions; a rearview camera is now standard on EX-L models, and memory side mirrors are now standard on the Touring. A power front passenger seat is also standard for 2009 on the EX-L and Touring models.

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May 12, 2015
2009 Honda Odyssey 5-Door EX

great van

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Great van for hauling camping equipment & packing fleamarket items so i use it alot.Quiet smooth riding glad I own one.
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April 16, 2015
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We feel like a million bucks in this car, and it comfortably seats our family of 5, plus cargo.

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This car makes our family feel safe, cool, and happy.For so long, I wanted a brand new car, with navigation, tv, automatic doors, 3rd row seating, and from a reliable brand that I can trust. Thus the reason to... + More »
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June 3, 2016
2016 Honda Odyssey 5-Door Touring Elite

If you start the car remotely, it will shutoff when you open the door.

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I had a Honda Remote Engine Start II installed on my new Honda Odyssey 2016 because in my 2013 Odyssey the battery quit after about 2.5 years. My thinking was the sliding doors use a lot of battery, but if the... + More »
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March 2, 2016
2016 Honda Odyssey 5-Door EX-L

Great car but should have rear seat removal option

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The EX-L should have a 2 seat option with rear seat removed to be used for cargo space and wheelchair lift - ideal for two people.
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January 26, 2017
2015 Honda Odyssey 5-Door EX-L

Good Functional Vehicle

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A minivan will never be the most stylish, but for my use of this Odyssey, it is perfect. I have one kid, but really like the space the Odyssey provides. I have hauled sheets of plywood, 24 2x4s at one time. I... + More »
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September 23, 2016
2015 Honda Odyssey 5-Door EX-L

Worst Car ever

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I owned a 2015 Honda Odyssey, is the worst car that I had ever owned. When driving it has so many noises coming from the sliding doors, the front of the car and from the rear that it feels like I am driving a... + More »
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April 6, 2015
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A nice vehicle, but:

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I have driven Toyota's for the last 20 years, but decided to try an Odyssey van this time. I traded in my Toyota Sienna van for a 2015 EX-L Odyssey. First the plus features: Seats are very comfortable and the... + More »
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February 4, 2015
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A good van.

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Drove Toyota vans since '99--this is my first Honda (EX-L). Some big differences right off the top--want fog lights on your Honda, $500; roof rack, $500; venting rear windows, not available. All are standard... + More »
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August 22, 2016
2014 Honda Odyssey 5-Door EX-L

A well done vehicle

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43000 mi and no problems. Easy to work on. A pleasure to drive on all variety of trips. Handles very well. Like my 2003 Odyssey, it's "Bullet proof"
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April 28, 2015
2014 Honda Odyssey 5-Door EX

Really like this van

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So far so good. I like the look exterior and interior. Ride is great MPG isn't bad. (25 MPG on road trip with 5 adults luggage and roof carrier.) I am a big guy so seats are a little narrow and could have a... + More »
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