Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - April 14, 2021

If you’ve spent time in school parking lots, you’ve likely seen your fair share of minivans. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are both time-tested classics that remain among the most popular choices on the market. There’s good reason: both are spacious, reliable, and safe. Which is the better minivan? We put the two head-to-head to find out in a comparison based on key specs and features to help you make an informed decision.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Honda Odyssey & the Toyota Sienna »

What the Odyssey Gets Right

The Odyssey’s first advantage is price. In LX form, the Odyssey is nearly $2,500 cheaper than a base Sienna.

Both vans come with a single powertrain option, and the Odyssey’s has more grunt. While the Sienna has moved to a hybrid-only setup, the Odyssey keeps things simple with a 280-horsepower V-6. It’s a tried-and-true engine also found in the Honda Pilot, and it does a good job motivating the Odyssey’s bulk.

Both vehicles will fit plenty of cargo, but the Odyssey sets itself apart with some practical perks. In all except the base trim, nifty sliding captain’s chairs allow for multiple configurations. The seats are supportive, and unlike the Sienna, the Odyssey has a removable second-row to maximize cargo space.

Finally, the Odyssey has a few tricks up its sleeve in upper trims. EX-L models add a PA system to save the driver from shouting, and the Touring trim includes an in-car camera system so that you can keep an eye out for misbehavior.

What the Sienna Gets Right

While the current Odyssey has been around for a few years, the Sienna received a full redesign in 2021. In addition to the new hybrid powertrain, the Sienna uses a new platform and wears a new exterior look. We think the new design is a good one — to our eye, the Sienna looks sharper.

Although it’s more expensive, the Sienna comes with a better set of standard features. Its nine-inch infotainment system is bigger than any you’ll find on the Odyssey, and it comes with no fewer than seven USB ports to charge everyone’s devices.

The hybrid powertrain is down on power, but it delivers excellent fuel economy. The EPA estimates that the Sienna will do 36 mpg combined, which is phenomenal for a minivan. The Odyssey manages only 22 mpg combined. As an added bonus, the Sienna is available with all-wheel drive, while the Odyssey is FWD-only.

Variations on a Theme

Both of these minivans fulfill their basic missions, and both will haul more passengers and cargo than an SUV. Still, their priorities are slightly different.

The Odyssey is more traditional. Its gas engine gives it more oomph than the Sienna, and its versatile interior is easy to live with. In most trims, the Odyssey is slightly better value.

The Sienna offers a modern twist thanks to its hybrid powertrain and updated tech. It’s astonishingly efficient, and we think it’s better looking, too.

Our Verdict: Honda Odyssey

This duel is closely matched. The Toyota Sienna deserves plenty of fans for its hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive. For our money, the Odyssey’s value and features put it ahead by a nose. Along with the Chrysler Pacifica, these are among the best minivans on the market.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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