Used Car: 2009 Honda Odyssey Review
The 2009 Honda Odyssey combines good performance, excellent safety ratings and a comfortable interior to make it one of the class-leading minivans.
The 2009 Honda Odyssey retains its place among the top minivans on the market, and when it was new, reviewers praised its car-like handling, comfy cabin and ability to seat eight. One reason reviewers thought the Odyssey was a good buy was its long list of standard safety features. It also has class-leading safety scores. This makes the Odyssey an ideal vehicle for moms and dads hauling their most precious cargo: their children. Its reliability rating isn’t great, though the Odyssey is only bested by the 2009 Toyota Sienna.
All 2009 Odyssey models generate 244 horsepower with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Many test drivers liked the powerful engine and car-like handling when the Odyssey was new, which gives it an upper hand against competitors. The spacious and well-appointed interior was also praised for its functionality and quality, but reviewers suggested not getting too excited about the adjustable eighth seat in the second row, which is only suitable for small children. If you’re concerned about seating space, reviewers found that the third row was spacious enough to accommodate most average-size adults. Cargo space and fuel economy are average for the class.
The Odyssey is available in a variety of trims that come with standard and available features that will satisfy children and adults alike. The base Odyssey comes with cruise control, power door locks, power windows, rear-seat air conditioning and a stereo with an auxiliary input. Available features include navigation, a back-up camera, a DVD entertainment system, satellite radio and tri-zone air conditioning.
Other Cars to Consider
Another good minivan to consider is the 2009 Kia Sedona, which also has excellent safety scores. The Sedona sacrifices some interior quality, but it offers slightly more power than the Odyssey with similar fuel economy. The Sedona and the Odyssey both earn similar reliability scores.
The 2009 Toyota Sienna is a good option if you want a comfortable, feature-packed interior that has plenty of room for passengers and cargo. Its safety scores are low for the class, but the Sienna’s outstanding reliability rating should appeal to a number of used minivan shoppers. Thanks to its attributes, the Sienna won our 2009 Best Minivan for the Money award.