Just passed 25,000 miles on our EX-L. So far we have had zero issues. Love the comfort of this minivan. The handling and agility is quite impressive for a minivan. Road noise can creep through on occasion. Not the perfect minivan, but a very good one.
Comfy leather seats, sporty handling, the center tray console- we put everything on that thing! Built in sunshades, power tailgate,
Radio, Road Noise, Compass. Radio and HVAC controls should be angled towards driver. Not enough 12V outlets for chargers
We had a 2000 Odyssey LX and kept for nine years. My wife replaced our 2000 model with a new EX-L in July '09 - when Dealers were practically giving them away. The most annoying thing about the van is how harsh it rides. It crashes over the smallest bumps. Potholes feel as if the van has no suspension as everything seems to shake and vibrate. The vehicle is way over sprung and over damped in bump and rebound. A road can look smooth, but the ride will be jiggly, nervous and harsh. I have had ridden in Pick- Up trucks that do a better job of isolating road irregularities than a 2009 Odyssey EX-L. I wish we could take it back and get a model with a softer ride. Go for a long test drive folks.
Plenty of cup holders and air-bags. The button to close the rear hatch is a great idea. Rear luggage space is huge as the third row seats fold into the floor. Cylinder deactivation saves a tiny bit of gas when cruising. The side door dashboard activation buttons are a nice touch.
Please offer a model with a more comfortable suspension. We don't all want to take our vans to the race track. Wish I did not have to put it in park to open the side doors - which is real annoying at the school drop off line and anywhere else for that matter. Offer a 4cyl version with 30mpg city.
Have driven 18K in a year. From the midwest, have gone to NYC, Chicago, Disney, and many other few hour trip. Awesome vehicle, 2nd one owned, traded in Pilot when family became 5. The use of space is terrific. MPG is as expected. The only downside is the features and innovation have seemed to plateaued. Also, to make space for the Ipod jack, they took away a lighter/power point. This leaves two for the EX-L. And when you have 3 kids, all who want to watch or play some form of entertainment on a 8 hour trip... recipe for fighting. Other than that, Odyssey is the best family vehicle going.
Driving position, seat comfort on long trip (I'm 6'0"), XM, and plenty of space for 5 and luggage.
More powerpoints --- at least 2 more or 4 for the entire vehicle. HONDA - if you have to take something out as a cost feature, dump the 6 changer CD or go back to manual HVAC.
This is my first mini van and I love it. Have all the nice features. Haven't experienced anything bad. A few changes both cosmetic and technical which would cost a penny to Honda can make it even more fun. Cosmetic like: on the driver/passenger side when the seat belt is released, the hook that is retracted is making scratches on the plastic and it is looking ugly after a few months. Maybe a softer plastic can be used like Toyota. And technical, VCM. And the child seat, if that can be stowable it will be great.
Back up camera, sliding doors, all windows going down at the same time just with a punch of a key...awesome.
Love the Odyssey BUT -- don't get the VCM model. There is a low growl/drone vibration you can feel and hear when it kicks into 3 cyl mode. Especially in cold weather. HONDA WON'T disable it and claims that the noise is normal! VCM doesn't activate when the engine is cold during the first 5 min of driving so there must be a way to disable it programmatically. There also is a loss of power that is noticeable during VCM cruise on slight inclines. This causes the mph to drop well below your cruise setting. I prefer to eat the fuel savings (if any) than put up with this annoyance. It is extremely noticeable at 40 and 70 mph and when fully loaded. Must be at just the right rpm's.
Backup camera is addicting, performance is very good when the VCM isn't engaged, seating arrangements are excellent although the steering needs another inch or two of telescoping for long leg people (I feel I have to reach when the seat is set correctly for my long legs). Nice exterior style/colors.
NEEDS a VCM OFF SWITCH or disengage at the dealer upon customer request. Improve the interior plastics. The XM radio is one of the cheapest on the market with limited display since the text is HUGE. Road and wind noise is HONDA typical and needs soundproofing, why hasn't this been addressed yet?
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