The Honda Odyssey is a well-rounded vehicle whose engine and transmission work well together. Handling is agile, secure and aided by a standard electronic stability control. The interior is crafted nicely and is versatile with a split-folding third-row seat. Road noise is somewhat pronounced.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Don't like the way transmission shifts"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Drives great. Good acceleration."

Steven W., OK (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"On the highway I always feel that there is enough reserve power for emergencies"

Edward P., NJ (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"This van handles very responsively. I have avoided a very serious collision because of this. (A car suddenly cut across traffic in an intersection and had I not been able to steer the van rapidly away from the car my passenger side would have been severely damaged. The car was traveling very fast. The brakes are dependable. I travel to my cabin in the mountains in various kinds of weather. I use cables when it snows and the van holds the road."

Dean K., CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"great ride for an 6 passenger vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Acceleration and handling have remained good past 100,000 miles"

Paul A., NY (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Easy steering, good acceleration, easy to drive for a large car, good road vision."

Anonymous, AZ (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It accelerates well. For a minivan it handles well-takes corners well and brakes well."

Troy J., IN (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I have enjoyed the handling in snow/ice."

Don A., MN (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"it does not as much power for acceleration as we would like"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"the engine is very smooth and delivers good power and secure handling"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Not pleased with having to do a complete replace on the air conditioning. it still handles nicely, but would think twice about buying again because of problems with systems breaking down after 8 years."

Deborah S., SC (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Surprising, it has some pep when you step on it merging into traffic. Handles smoothly, ride is comfortable but not floating comfortable. Drive all day and one is not overly fatigued."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The VCM engine is garbage; acceleration is strained and the engine has used oil since new. I add a quart every 2800 miles. Honda call it “completely normal‿. I disagree. Steering is loose; Honda designed the vehicle to “feel the road‿, and the result is a vehicle that wants to drift in whichever angle the road grade is paved. My first and my last Honda. Total xxxx."

Eric F., MD (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It is a very comfortable vehicle and drives smoothly and quietly on long trips. It's performance is good, it offers good views all around. Driving it for long distances does not make me feel tired or worn out."

Ronald S., WI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The only problem I have experienced is a front end shimmy when applying the brakes at speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour. Our Mechanic tells us this is common and there is no remedy."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"acceleration is powerful and smooth. Handling has always been positive."

J P., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Good acceleration and drive ability"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I can easily adjust speed according to changes in traffic. It is responsive to steering needs in many weather situations, (Michigan driving), large ad small animals on the road when traveling, and road conditions."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It handles accurately and efficiently with good acceleration."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Headlight lens became milky and required replacement after four years. Most of the other features are excellent. Especially good acceleration and handling."

Gordon M., GA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"very good acceleration; turns on a dime"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"this van handles ok but does not have the acceleration of our 98 winstar"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"This is my favorite car of all we have had. Love the way it handles."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Performs better than I expected!"

Bonnie S., OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Odyssey drives like a car. Drives way smaller than its actual dimensions and the bumps are well dampened. Amazing trick by the Honda engineers. Makes this a very easy daily driver despite its size."

Sung K., ON (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"nice acceleration"

Roland R., MA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Despite being a minivan, it is the best driving vehicle I have ever driven."

William M., FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Drives well and comfortably, covering miles with ease. We appreciate the "eco" mode to help improve fuel economy, and the vehicle also ably tows a small trailer."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It both handles and accelerates very well. We are quite satisfied with it."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Can take mountain curves and narrow roads at posted speeds + 5-10 mph on some roads without braking thru the corners. I've been driving these roads for over 17 years and know how the car will respond to road conditions. An excellent highway car."

Warren P., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"it drives like a Honda Accord (which is very good)"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"enjoy the very smooth accelerating performance of the engine feels secure on the road"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"GREAT !!!"

GEORGE L., NY (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The handling is tricky when you first start driving the vehicle."

DALE M., VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Overall ride is comfortable, holds large items well in cargo area, handles like a sedan, and still gets reasonably good MPG"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Odyssey)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Front seats are very comfortable, heated. Some wind noise from driver side window, but not bad"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It has rattles in several places."

Keith S., KS (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Love the Odyssey, but front seat bottom cushion support is lacking."

Anonymous, KS (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"comfort of the seats are great. Noise is terrible. Ride is great."

J P., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Drives like a sedan. It has great response for such a large vehicle. Super comfortable Cheap to maintain"

Edward P., NJ (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The seats truly comfortable front to back."

Melvin E., NC (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Very uncomfortable ride"

Stanley W., IA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The front seats are terrible. I either drive or am the passenger. The way the seats are curved at the top make you feel like you are leaning forward and very uncomfortable."

Kenneth K., MD (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The ride and comfort are unsurpassed. I worry about having to replace the vehicle because I may not find one as good."

Roger E., IN (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Very comfortable seating for eight passengers. Third row is spacious enough for average adult on long distance trips."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Bad - Wind noise (through the windows); rattling body noises. Good - comfortable ride, good handling."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"very comfortable van and still fun to drive"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Ride is reasonably good. Seat at times gets uncomfortable on long trips. Can sometimes get alot of vibration in steering wheel. Lots of room for 6 passengers. Have fit up to 8 reasonably well. Taking middle row seats in and out is still difficult for me."

Donald Y., OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Seats are very comfortable for long car rides. Seats are deep enough to support backs of thighs near the knees. They are also plenty wide. Our family takes multiple 750-1500 mile road trips a year."

Emmy J., PA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Driver seat is comfortable; like how you can adjust the tilt of the seat bottom. Ride is a bit noisy; you really have to raise your voice to talk to people in the third row (sometime even the 2nd row)"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It's just a great vehicle when making trips. Comfort for driver, front seat passenger, and 2nd and 3rd row passengers. Road noise is more than I prefer."

Anonymous, OK (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Very comfortable seats and smooth ride. Some road noise on grooved road ways from tires is noticeable on this type of road surface"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"SEATS are very comfortable, easy to adjust to my size and height. I have in the past driven many more miles in an older vehicle of this model, and was very pleased with it for comfort, for visibility, dependability, and cost to own and use."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Very comfortable seats in front and back. Plenty of legroom. Easy for me to get in and out."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The Odyssey is extremely comfortable to drive and ride. It has acceleration power, is quite comfortable, and has many conveniences that cars and SUVs can’t provide. It is a great choice for long trips. We have taken it many times, and others have borrowed it as well. Even at its age, it is still a nice drive."

David C., OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Like minivans in general. Comfortable seats."

Glenn J., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Don't enjoy the transfer of tire-to-road noise. Cannot open windows when external temps are normal, as air comes in vents 6-8 degrees above outside temps. Must use AC when should not be necessary. I'm short, so putting on driver's seat belt requires 2 hands to pull enough belt to connect. Not good when underway."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Car has lots of road noise"

Anonymous, IN (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Loud when driving esp. on the highway"

John P., GA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"the door on the right that holds the maps and other have to have things hits the knee the way it is made."

Anonymous, AL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Honda seats and adjustments are very good for long drives. The ride is also very smooth especially on freeways. Road noise on some multi- grooved road surfaces is an annoyance sometimes. I think this is related to tires mostly"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Seats are basic, without many comfort features. Legroom is great. Great car for traveling."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Like the leather captain chairs, and the space for transporting grandkids."

A C., FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"the seats are comfortable and the ride is good but at high speed it is some what noisy"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Still comfortable after loading with cargo"

Roland R., MA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Car has gotten noisier with time."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"seat is not a very deep bucket and wider than most cars."

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"lots of road noise"

Anonymous, DE (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Road noise a problem. Difficult to hold conversations in car comfortably."

Sid M., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Ride is exceptionally noisy. Air conditioning is is poor at stand still and slow driving speeds."

Gordon M., GA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"very comfortable seats in all the seating areas, with hushed noise levels"

Anonymous, NV (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Have taken many long distance trips and the comfort was exceptional."

Anonymous, KY (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Car is too noisee"

R C., NC (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Why can't they made the heat vents blow warm air on your hands on the steering wheel? And why are the seat belt buckles so rigid that they dig into your thigh?"

B M., MD (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"the biggest gripe i have is the noise in the cabin. the radio has to be turned up high to hear due to the noise and the quality of the sound is very low for the same reason."

CLARA W., NC (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Higher level of road noise than Toyota Sienna"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The drivers seat back arch is odd. I have an 03 Accord and love the seats. This driver seat pushes your shoulders too far forward. Very uncomfortable after more than 1 hour of driving."

KENNETH K., MD (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"very smooth powerful efficient engine handles very well Quiet driving experience comfortable ride"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Wind & road noise are a bit bothersome."

HOMER P., ME (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Seats & climate control outstanding"

JOHN E., VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Road noise is noticeable."

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Displays for radio, climate control, etc. are difficult to read from the driver's seat. They are too small, have poor contrast, and are not located well."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The seats are very comfortable. The climate control cools/heats very well. Road noise is the worst thing about this van."

SUZANNE W., AL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"AC compressor prematurely failed and cost me more than $1500 to repair."

STEPHEN K., PA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The van is very utilitarian, and is great for road trips except for the noisy cabin. At highway speeds you cannot have a conversation without yelling. Also, the A/C diffuser doesn't work properly so the driver gets warmer air than the passenger."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"On a road trip this summer the battery failed. AAA said it was caused by the compressor not shutting down. We did some on line research and called a family member with Honda experience. It was the relay for the conditioner and we were able to get the new relay and easily replace the burnt out one. We were also able to use a recharge kit from the parts store and recharge the system. All was very accessible and took little time to repair. This happened in the desert. It would have been the end of"

DEAN K., CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Too much road noise. Hard to hold conversations or listen to radio on freeways."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Wind noise coming from windshield"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"spacious, car set cargo area"

Anonymous, PR (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I think it is noisier than it should be when driving. The road noise, not wind noise, is a problem when having a conversation."

RICHARD K., WA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I have very serious pain issues with my back and legs. The design of the seats allow me to sit as or more comfortably as any chair I have in my home. The heated seats have made a huge difference in my ability to travel as well."

JOHN C., NH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"road noise noticeable but agreeable"

PETER S., PA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"What I paid for it, seemed fair at the time."

Don A., MN (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Great value. It has 300,000 miles and is still looking good."

Glenn J., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I have had this vehicle for 9 years. I have had few problems with it."

Donald Y., OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Great ride still after a 126,000 miles"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It's a great ride. Comfortable, great handling in all terrain, carries a lot of stuff on trips. This is our 2nd Odyssey and if needed will buy another. We drove our last one over 100,00 miles and gave it to our grandson. Take care of the regular maintenance AND IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU."

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"No major mechanical issues. Good ride and gas mileage."

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The Odyssey was not cheap, but there is no way I can argue it wasn't worth it. We live in Houston and have taken it twice to Massachusettes and 9 times to Estes Park, Colorado. We have done maintenance including having the timing chain/belt replaced, but aside from tires, battery, brakes, and oil changes we have spent less than $2000 on maintenance. It drives and rides good(better than most), handles great for a van, and is 100% reliable."

Michael J., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"We have had no significant problems. We use Honda service for regular fluid changes and preventive maintenance. So far everything has been great."

Anonymous, OK (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"We bought the car new and drove it 9 years and ~177k miles, it was a great car. Reliable and safe, and met all our needs for hauling kids and cargo. Great price for as many features as it had."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Extremely reliable, and especially for a van, handles exceptionally well, is pleasant to drive, responsive and with excellent acceleration. I have owned many of Honda products over the years and have NEVER had any serious problem with the vehicles... even well over 100,000 miles."

David M., NV (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I have owned this vehicle for almost 10 years and have not experienced any problems with it. I have not had any major repairs, just routine maintenance. I think I got my money's worth."

Ronald S., WI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Great value and EX-L model had all the extras I wanted and none of those I did not want"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Very good utility, capability, and features for price paid."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I will NEVER buy another Honda. Terrible paint job. Only 2K over 36K and I had an 80K Maintenance plan! Bunch of no good Honda America main office! Cost 5K for complete paint job!"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I think this was a great value. We've been driving this car for 9 year and see no reason at this point to stop. Virtually nothing in repairs beyond routine maintenance to date."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Great vehicle for the price."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Dependable and good to have for vacations and moving."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Got base model but drive train same as next level up. no power doors or auto temp controls but manual control works well."

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"The Odyssey is hands down the most practical, flexible, comfortable, and dependable auto we’ve owned. And we’ve owned several autos, minivans, and SUVs across many brands. I know many people have an aversion to minivans, but in reality, this vehicle is hard to beat."

David C., OH (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Have EX-L standard model which had nearly all the options that I wanted and none of the ones I did not want. Other manufacturers forced you to buy unwanted packages bundling options that I did not want but were only available in packages. Maintenance costs have been minimal compared to 3 Chrysler-Dodge-Plymouth mini-van that I previously owned."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Does a good job towing the boat from the garage to the marina on a seasonal basis. Combined with the practicality for carrying grandkids, or golf partners, it fits the bill."

A C., FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"This is my 2nd Odyssey. I will definitely buy another. Change the oil, filters, and keep the car mechanically sound and it will provide excellent service. I've had NO mechanical problem with the 09 Odyssey."

Warren P., TX (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"All around comfort, efficiency, space for cargo"

JOHN E., VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"great,can't gt my husband to trade it in"

VIOLET M., GA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"basic touring model, used Edmunds pricing"

JASON A., FL (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Just about everything in this car is great. It's one of the best values for your money. It's one of the best cars I've ever owned. Rarely do I have an issue with the van. The only car I've had that requires less maintenance was my Honda Accord."

LEWIS R., PA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Sticker was about 33k. Got it for 25k. For almost 3 years, I was ahead on the KBB value to what I paid and what it was worth."

KENNETH K., MD (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"I purchased this vehicle and Honda dropped their pricing by about 20% across the board a few months later - so I simply paid more than I should/could have."

MARK R., AB (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"It needed more power ports, for example a USB connection"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"We still have it and use it for a truck on some days. The rear seats come out and I can put a 4X8 sheet of plywood in it."

GEORGE L., NY (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"This auto continually "nickel and dimes" us for parts that should never fail. Wiper motor, transmission, door closer, fuel pump, water pump all failed starting at about 95k miles. Have also had more than seven recalls. Quality of Honda vehicles has gone downhill greatly over the past 10 years."

STEPHEN K., PA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"spacious, comfortable"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"Car has been extremely reliable until recently with some electrical switch issues. Done routine maintenance and still have original front brake pads at 129000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Odyssey)

"We got more satisfaction out of this vehicle than what we paid. Exceptional ride, comfortable, perfect for young kids and traveling."

SCOTT L., VA (2009 Honda Odyssey)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Looks a bit like a boat. The model upgrade in 2011 is a huge improvement."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Odyssey)
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