Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna

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Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


, Automotive Editor - September 23, 2022
2022 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna represent the two heavyweights within one of the most practical and thoughtfully-engineered vehicle segments. While the Odyssey is getting long in the tooth, it’s received regular updates that have kept it at the front of the pack, neck-and-neck, with the recently refreshed Sienna which applies a unique approach to its powertrain and interior layout. These two may not have created the minivan segment but they have long dominated its retail space. Let’s highlight their key features and point out their differences to help determine which is best for you.

Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna Prices

2022 Toyota Sienna

The Honda Odyssey has an MSRP of $38,635 compared to the Toyota’s slightly less expensive starting price of $36,720. The Odyssey dropped the base LX trim for 2023 — however — real-world prices may depend on vehicle availability and brand-loyalty discounts. The Sienna offers six different trim levels — each with its own optional feature packages — whereas the Odyssey's five trims are much more feature-regimented.

Neither of these vehicles is offering strong lease deals, although if you must, the Odyssey offers a better value. Still, it is limited to 10,000 annual miles vs the Sienna’s 12,000 which may be overly restrictive for these well-suited road trippers. Because of the tight supply chain, there are no financial rebates being offered.

Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna Reliability

2022 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey and Sienna uphold their respective brand’s tradition of strong reliability ratings that surpass the competition although the Kia Carnival’s five-year (ten-year powertrain) warranty is reassuring and unmatched. Ultimately, these two USA-developed and built minivans earn similar scores and it’s unlikely that one will experience any significant trouble spots.

According to Consumer Reports, the 2023 Odyssey ranks #1 overall among minivans, with a 3/5 score in predicted owner satisfaction and a 3/5 rating in predicted reliability. The 2022 Sienna ranks #3, with a higher predicted owner satisfaction score of 5/5 and the same 3/5 reliability rating. Even though the Sienna has a higher satisfaction rating, the Odyssey manages to be the organization's top pick because of a higher road test rating.

Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna Interior

2023 Toyota Sienna Interior

The older age of the Odyssey is most evident in its interior design. The Toyota carries a much cleaner design with simple lines, flat surfaces, and two-tone interior panels (on higher trim levels) and it has had a few years to implement features first seen on the Odyssey such as cabin-talk and a built-in vacuum and to add other technological advances that are more integral to the development process such as a digital rear-view mirror, hands-free power sliding doors, and a four-zone climate control system.

Still, the Odyssey features a large eight-inch touchscreen with all of the latest infotainment connections, an interior rear-seat camera, and adaptable second-row seats that can slide laterally and be removed - a contrast to the Sienna’s seats which can recline (and even offer an ottoman) but are fixed.

Both minivans can handle a family’s (and dog’s) worth of gear for an all-day road trip without much complaint or a packaging blueprint. Both can seat up to eight and adults can comfortably fit in any of the three rows while over 30 cubic feet of stuff can still fit in the back. Once the seats are folded, however, the Odyssey holds a clear capacity advantage.

Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna Fuel Economy

2023 Honda Odyssey Display Screen

The Odyssey’s familiar V6 is equipped with the latest drivetrain technologies but its EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 combined ratings can’t hold a candle to the Sienna’s also-familiar four-cylinder hybrid powertrain that helps it achieve 36 mpg combined (35 mpg when fitted with all-wheel drive).

The Toyota’s motors and continuously-variable transmission help it hit peak power quickly but its overall power deficit to the Odyssey is noticeable, especially at higher speeds, where the Honda’s 10-speed automatic can easily keep the larger engine within its power band. If stopping for gas stations isn’t your thing, you will appreciate the Sienna’s range of over 600 miles or might want to consider the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid that can deliver 32 miles from its battery pack. Also, the Sienna and Pacifica are the only minivans offering all-wheel drive.

Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna: Which is Better?

The Odyssey and Sienna are both a tour de force in the automotive spectrum. Their packaging efficiency, user-focused design, excellent safety scores (and notably standard active safety suites), and proven reliability work to create a worry-less ownership experience.

Despite the Sienna’s newer interior styling and superior fuel economy, the Odyssey’s practical layout will never go out of style and its power advantage is reassuring - and dare we say satisfying - whether slogging through stop-and-go suburban traffic or surging past slow-moving traffic on the way to grandma’s house. With a narrow margin, the Odyssey gets the nod.

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, Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


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