Choosing a vehicle can be a daunting task, particularly when you know the style of vehicle you want but you still have a ton of different options to choose from. If you’re looking for a good minivan choice, both the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey could easily fall into the top options.
They’re similar in overall body design and comfort. Both vans are built to drive your family with convenience and comfort in mind. But how can you choose which one is right for you?
We’ll break it down just a bit for you here. Let Lake Charles Toyota help you find your new ride.
Both the Odyssey and the Sienna have some great features. The Toyota Sienna amps it up with safety features thanks to their hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive design. That combination provides you with a reliably safe ride and efficient fuel economy. You might not have as much get-up-and-go compared to the Honda, but you do have good gas mileage and consistency.
What you will find that makes the Sienna stand apart in features is the luxury style inside. It’s really all about comfort for the whole family from the setup to the ergonomics and even the seats throughout the entire vehicle.
In comparison, the Honda takes power features to the next level with a V6 engine and precision steering. You could easily take other minivans in a street race. You have lots of space and simple technology built to last.
The interior is where you will likely start to notice some differences between the two models. The Honda Odyssey is just slightly larger with a total of 158 cubic feet of space compared to the Toyota Sienna’s 101 cubic feet.
The overall features are similar, but each style takes on unique features from the brand.
The Toyota Sienna has an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, while the Odyssey has 12-way adjustment. Passenger seats adjust 4 ways and all rear seating is adjustable as well. The Sienna does utilize more advanced technology while Honda keeps it simple and convenient.
The difference in the engine will certainly impact your results when it comes to fuel economy. As mentioned earlier, the Honda Odyssey uses a V6 engine and it’s built for speed. It gets up to speed quickly and almost feels like a turbocharge, although it’s not.
In comparison, your Toyota Sienna also uses a V6 engine but it produces slightly less HP and torque. The result does improve the gas mileage just slightly for the Sienna.
Ratings show the Honda Odyssey getting just slightly less fuel economy, with about 18 MPG in the city and up to 24 MPG on the highway. In contrast, the Toyota Sienna rings in at 19 MPG city driving and up to 28 MPG highway driving.
The Sienna does have an updated transmission. If you’re looking for towing capability, the Toyota Sienna definitely wins on this one.
Safety is often one of the core elements in choosing between two vehicles. If you’re considering a minivan there is typically a family involved, and you want to keep all your passengers safe and sound every time you are on the road.
Toyota Sienna certainly knows how to stand out when it comes to safety features. They use more advanced safety technology and incorporate many of the modern things that allude to increased safety measures.
Honda has always been known for keeping things simple and reliable. While you might not have the latest and greatest technology, you do have trustworthy safety features.
The Honda Odyssey offers several standard driving features, including emergency braking and forward collision. You will find things like lane keeping, although Honda creates their own version of these things rather than following the path created by other manufacturers.
One new feature you can find in the Honda Odyssey is the rear seat reminder system to help prevent children accidentally being left in the car. This has just recently become a standard on all models.
The Toyota Sienna has all of those same drive assist features, but they add a couple of additional technology pieces to the mix. You can appreciate cyclist and pedestrian detection, stop and go capability, lane centering, and traffic sign recognition capabilities. The base model does not have rear automatic braking, but all other models of the Sienna do.
Much like the Odyssey, the Sienna also has the rear seat reminder technology to prevent children being left in the car.
The Toyota Sienna was also voted the IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2021.
Which Vehicle Should You Choose?
In the end, it will primarily boil down to your own preferences. The Odyssey’s interior looks very modern but is also very simple, while the Sienna is designed to look more luxurious and comfortable overall.
The Sienna also has some technological advances that give it a boost over the Odyssey in some ways. When it comes to power and performance, the Honda has a bit more speed and power but both are reliable here. You will also find that the prices are comparable on these two minivans.
Our pick is the Toyota Sienna based on luxurious style, a bit more leg room, and the latest technological features even in the base models. However, both minivans have a lot to offer.When you’re ready to find your new ride, come see us at Lake Charles Toyota!