Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna

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Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.


, Automotive Editor - May 21, 2018

Minivans aren't as popular as they once were, but the body style has a lot to offer consumers. Vans like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna have also ditched their old school styling for more modern blueprints. If seating eight passengers and being able to hold a large amount of cargo appeals to you, few vehicles can compete with minivans. Both the Odyssey and Sienna should entice families that are looking for something safe, reliable, and spacious, but which one is superior?

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What the Sienna Gets Right

With an available all-wheel-drive system, the Sienna is the more versatile and capable minivan of the two. Honda doesn't offer an all-wheel-drive system on the Odyssey, which makes the Sienna the obvious choice for consumers that live in states that get a decent amount of snow. Sure, you'll lose on fuel economy, but the option is a must-have for those that have to deal with wintry conditions.

Performance is also in the Sienna's corner. The minivan received a new 3.5-liter V6 engine in 2017, which increased the output for the vehicle. The V6 produces 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The Odyssey's 3.5-liter V6 is rated to make 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Sienna's engine not only makes it more powerful than the Odyssey, it makes Toyota's offering one of the more powerful minivans on the road.

What the Odyssey Gets Right

Minivans were kings in the past because of their safety ratings and that's something the Odyssey continues to excel at. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Odyssey as one of its Top Safety Pick's for 2018 – something Toyota missed out on.

Cargo capacity, one of the segment's main draws, is another one of the Odyssey's high points. The van is rated to hold up to 38.6 cubic feet behind the third row. Fold the rear seats down and the space opens up to 92.3 cubic feet. With all of the rows folded away, the Odyssey has a maximum cargo capacity of 150 cubic feet. The Sienna can match those figures – it even offers more cargo space behind the third row (39.1 cubic feet) – and has a similar maximum cargo area. It falls behind with cargo capacity behind the second row, which is rated at 87.1 cubic feet.

Lastly, and probably the most obvious difference, is pricing. The 2018 Odyssey starts at $30,985 (including destination), while the 2018 Sienna has a starting price of $31,745. It's not like Honda skimped out on features, either, as the minivan comes with a multi-angle rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth as standard.

How Valuable is All-Wheel Drive?

Consumers living in northern states that get snow on their roads for nearly half of the year will benefit greatly from the Sienna's available all-wheel-drive system. Besides that glaring difference, both vehicles can trade punches with one another all day long when it comes to features and nifty ways to make the most of the available space.

Our Verdict: Honda Odyssey

For the majority of drivers, the Odyssey is the better option. It costs less, got the nod from the IIHS in regard to safety, and has features that make having a full car a little easier to handle – like CabinWatch that gives you a look at what's happening in the back, even in the dark.

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, Automotive Editor

Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia, but now calls Detroit home. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new food, wrenching on his car, and watching movies.