Just when consumers think they have seen the best product Honda has to offer, Honda outdoes itself. This is definitely the case with the 2009 Honda Odyssey, a marvel of comfort, safety and engineering. The Honda Odyssey is available in 4 models, the LX starting at $26,355, the EX starting at $29,455, the EX-L starting at $33,155, and the Odyssey Touring starting at $40,505. The best attribute of all of those models is they are favorable in quality and price to the competition in side by side comparisons.
From a mechanical and performance viewpoint, the 2009 Honda Odyssey is more than capable, and holds a few pleasant surprises. The 244 Horsepower, 3.5 Liter, 24-valve V-6 engine has plenty of zip, probably more than one might expect in a vehicle of this class. Featuring unit-body construction, Macpherson strut front suspension, and power assisted rack-and-pinion steering, the 2009 Honda Odyssey is made with quality and engineering expertise. The front and rear disc brakes are more than adequate, and provide excellent stopping power.
The 2009 Honda Odyssey has enough safety features to calm the fears of any driver. The dual stage front airbags and front side airbags are augmented by three-row side curtain airbags, and strong side-impact door beams. An anti-lock braking system and electronic brake distribution supplies stopping power in all driving situations. Honda tops the 2009 Odyssey off with daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The interior of the 2009 Honda Odyssey is made for comfort, but the aesthetic value holds it’s own also. With a seating capacity of 7 and 13 beverage holders, the Odyssey also allows for in-floor storage. The comfort amenities include cruise control, air conditioning, and a tilt and telescopic steering column. For listening pleasure, the Odyssey is equipped with a Am/Fm/CD audio system with 4 speakers.The 2009 Honda Odyssey also has map lights and programmable power door and tailgate locks.
On the exterior, the 2009 Honda Odyssey is quite stylish, offering 16 inch wheels with covers, halogen headlights, rear privacy glass and a rear roof spoiler. It also features rear window wipers, power side windows and a remote entry system. Overall, the 2009 Honda Odyssey is a rare combination of value, comfort and quality that should please most drivers. If not, the fault lies with the driver, certainly not with the automobile. If there is a shadow of a doubt that exists in a potential buyer’s mind, a short test drive will eliminate those foolish thoughts.