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2009 Honda Odyssey Minivan

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First minivan and love it
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By Ven
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2009 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX-L 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

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.


Best Features

Back up camera, sliding doors, all windows going down at the same time just with a punch of a key...awesome.


Worst Features

Just the things I mentioned above.


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Best-in-class van
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By FirstOdyssey
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2009 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

New dad with rapidly-growing infant. Reliability, comfort, convenience were top considerations. Like other reviewers, compared Odyssey to Sienna, Quest, VW, as well as against large SUVs. Found Odyssey to be best combination of features/utility/design for the price and for our needs. Purchased end-of-year model with 40 miles on odometer for about $1600 under invoice. Drives more like a car (albeit a Honda, and not a BMW), surprisingly roomy, cavernous cargo space when 3rd row is folded down, intuitive/ingenious fold-down 3rd row, trouble-free through first 500 miles. Solid feel throughout. Plastic dash, but that's what you get for about $25K.


Best Features

Honda-reliable, comfy, easy to use fold-down seats, powered sliding doors, nice exterior look, feels solid.


Worst Features

Louder-than-expected freeway noise (just slightly less than my MB E-class with sports package tires), somewhat awkward heat/AC system (where's the "on" button?), subpar speakers.


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Good intro to minivan ownership
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By dad2be
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2009 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We've had this van for about 6 months now and are very satisfied with our purchase. Just got back from a 3000 mile road-trip to Florida and averaged the EPA stated 23 mpg with a full load. At purchase time, we got almost $6000 off of MSRP (when deals were good prior to cash for clunkers) which certainly influenced our decision and I still think it is a great value. No mechanical problems to date. I read through some other reviews and folks mention the road noise and the way the transmission shifts. Nothing that bothers our family, but do take a long test drive with a mix of city and highway roads before purchasing any vehicle - don't assume you'll love it just because it's a Honda...


Best Features

Homelink, power sliding side doors, mp3 jack, plenty of power for getting on highways and pulling a full load.


Worst Features

Don't force people to upgrade to the "EX-L" model to get the power hatch. Put the cylinder deactivation feature on all models, not just the upper levels. Bumper strength isn't ideal - bumped into something at very low speed (<5 MPH) with the back bumper and was surprised to find damage.


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Soccer Dad
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Alan
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2009 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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A++++ , First ever Mini in my life, looked at Sienna & others stopped once I drove this one. It's not really a van , more like a car. Dealership did an excellent price as well, no others would come this low price wise for less quality. Roomy, classy and you can still look like a cool guy...lol. My boys love it , lots of storage for sports stuff and as my oldest says "wow there are a lot of cup holders".


Best Features

Steering wheel controls for radio/cd player, 6 disc changer, in door sunshades, tri controls for heating/ac, electric driver seat and mirror defrost.


Worst Features

Compass, more interior colors to choose from, dvd player standard for the price on all models.


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NICE but: Don't get the VCM model
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By George
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2009 Honda Odyssey Minivan EX-L 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


Review

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.


Best Features

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.


Worst Features

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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