2009 Honda Odyssey Consumer Review: NICE but: Don't get the VCM mo

2009 Honda Odyssey - Consumer Review

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EX-L Passenger Minivan (3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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NICE but: Don't get the VCM model
By George on


2009 Honda Odyssey EX-L 4dr Minivan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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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