2009 Honda Odyssey Performance
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The 2009 Honda Odyssey receives praise for its powerful engine, fair fuel efficiency, and smooth car-like handling. Nevertheless, minor transmission and suspension woes impact its overall driving experience.
- "With plenty of horsepower and usable torque, the Odyssey moves quickly from a stop and easily merges with traffic." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Sharp, accurate steering. A firm suspension and stiff body structure combine for good roadholding. Odyssey's tall build means noticeable body lean in fast turns, but grip and balance are nearly car-like. Stopping control is good even with a full passenger load." -- Consumer Guide
Acceleration and Power
The 2009 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 244 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. While the EX-L and Touring models formerly came with an i-VTEC cylinder-deactivation engine making 241 horsepower, they get a slight boost in power for 2009. According to the EPA, the standard engine achieves 16/23 mpg city/highway, while EX-L and Touring model achieve a higher rating of 17/25 mpg.
- "Until someone drops a V8 into a minivan, the Odyssey's 244-horsepower V6 is the most powerful engine in the class." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "In short, the Honda VTEC V6 is a great engine, and the iVTEC version is just a little bit better." -- Automotive.com
- "For a minivan, acceleration is wholly satisfying, though short of startling." -- Cars.com
- "The five-speed transmission managed shifts smoothly." -- MSN
- "The transmission upshifts smoothly, but doesn't always downshift promptly in passing situations." -- Consumer Guide
Handling and Braking
Test drivers seem generally pleased with the 2009 Honda Odyssey's handling abilities, with most of them saying it drives more like a car than a van. However, a few of them aren't so impressed with the steering feel and the ride over rough roads.
- "The Odyssey almost feels like a sedan behind the wheel." -- Forbes
- "One of the goals of every new minivan is to deliver a car-like driving experience. If the car in that comparison is a large sedan, the Odyssey succeeds on some levels and comes close on others." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It was a snap to get into a supermarket parking space with this van." -- MarketWatch
- "Although the Odyssey nearly meets Honda's Euro-sedan handling claim, its steering isn't quite as precise and requires a slightly heavy touch." -- Cars.com