2009 Honda Odyssey Interior
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Auto reviewers are pleased with the Honda Odyssey's interior design, which offers plenty of seating and family-friendly utility, along with good materials quality.
- "Padded interior panels are at a premium, even in top-line versions. The grade of materials and assembly quality are top-notch, though one test van exhibited several squeaks and rattles from near the 3rd-row seats." -- Consumer Guide
- "Inside, the Odyssey impresses with an upscale interior comprised of first-rate materials, fit and finish, and ergonomics. The driver is greeted by a tasteful two-tone dashboard with attractive metallic trim, a shifter moved up to the dashboard, and a straightforward instrument cluster with progressive meter illumination. This level of sophistication is easy to appreciate given the lack of noise in the cabin." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Inside, the Odyssey impresses with an upscale interior comprised of first-rate materials, fit and finish, and ergonomics." -- Car and Driver
Auto writers are generally pleased with the Honda Odyssey's versatile three-row passenger seating arrangement. The Odyssey has second-row bucket seats -- but can accommodate three people when its stowable middle seat is raised from its in-floor storage compartment. Reviewers also assert that the third row is large enough to accommodate most average-size adults.
- "With this generation of the Odyssey, all three rows are comfortable and have plenty of space, although the third row is not where you want to relegate any budding basketball players." -- Car and Driver.
- "The driver's seat is designed to hold the driver firmly and is positioned in a car-like setting." -- Automotive.com
- "Comfortable 2nd-row bucket seats have generous headroom and legroom. Available middle jump seat suits only children. The 3rd row has adult-size room, but its seat suffers a short backrest and thin padding." -- Consumer Guide
- "Honda engineers have made the third-row seat more accessible, thanks to sliding second-row seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
Among the many standard interior features inside the Honda Odyssey LX are adjustable second-row seats, a one-motion 60/40-split third-row seat, manual front and rear air-conditioning, front- and second-row power windows, power locks, retractable center tray table, map lights in all rows, and a tilt and telescopic steering column.
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- "The optional navigation system is one of the easiest to operate using it's on-screen menus and includes Zagat restaurant data. The system also responds to voice commands, and we found it responds effectively." -- Automotive.com
- "EX, EX-L, and Touring versions have more complicated controls, with lots of buttons and switches that take getting used to." -- MSN
Every 2009 Honda Odyssey offers 38.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind third row seats, 91.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 147.4 cubic feet behind the first row. In addition to seatback pockets, the Odyssey also comes with garment hooks, a rear storage well, six cargo area tie-down anchors, eight cargo area bag hooks, second row in-floor storage, and for the Odyssey Touring -- a removable second row center console and Lazy Susan.
- "With the seats folded (a fairly easy task) there's more cargo space than in most SUVs." -- Automotive.com
- "A carpeted panel in the floor in front of the second-row seat lifts to reveal a compartment big enough to swallow the available eighth seat. When you need the room for something else, an optional Lazy Susan makes it easy to access items that might otherwise require a reach." -- Kelley Blue Book