2020 Honda Odyssey vs 2020 Toyota Sienna
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2020 Honda Odyssey vs 2020 Toyota Sienna

By Autolist Staff | July 17 2020

2020 Honda Odyssey

2020 Toyota Sienna

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2020 Honda Odyssey score: 7

Highlights:
  • Good safety/crash test scores with widely available driver assistance features.
  • Spacious interior.
  • Strong engine/transmission combination.
  • More modern and updated than the aging Sienna.

2020 Toyota Sienna score: 7.3

Highlights:
  • Refined ride and solid handling.
  • Powerful V6 engine.
  • All-wheel drive makes bad weather driving a breeze and isn't available on the Odyssey.

How they stack up:

Safety Features:

Honda Odyssey: 8

  • The 2020 Honda Odyssey was awarded a top five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the identical 2019 model its Top Safety Pick award, the second-highest honor. It outscored the Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, and Toyota Sienna, and essentially tied the Chrysler Pacifica in the tests.

  • All but the base LX model come with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance features, which include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

  • Every Odyssey gets a backup camera with dynamic guidelines, but a 360-degree camera isn’t offered, and it lacks front and rear parking sensors unless the dealer installs them. Toyota makes driver assistance features standard on every Sienna, while Chrysler offers them as an option even on the least-expensive Voyager model, while the Pacifica models can be equipped with a surround-view camera.

Toyota Sienna: 8

  • The 2020 Sienna comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts with steering assist, and automatic high beams.

  • The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sienna mixed ratings in crash tests. The minivan earned an Acceptable rating for small overlap front crashworthiness on the driver’s side and Marginal for the passenger side. The Sienna was rated as Good for other crashworthiness categories, except its headlights and LATCH system ease-of-use, which were both rated Acceptable. The standard Toyota Safety Sense system earned a Superior rating for its ability to prevent crashes.

  • Available safety equipment includes a birds-eye view camera, rear cross-traffic alerts, park assist sonar, blind-spot monitoring, and a driver’s easy-speak system that lets the driver communicate more easily with people in the back of the vehicle.

Value:

Honda Odyssey: 7

  • The base LX model starts several thousand dollars higher than the Chrysler Voyager, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Kia Sedona. At least it comes with almost all of the essentials, such as alloy wheels, power front seats, and rear privacy glass.

  • The EX gets the driver assistance technology package, as well as seating for up to eight passengers.

  • Only the mid-grade EX-L model offers options, which restricts features such as leather upholstery and a power liftgate to models that cost nearly $40,000 – or more.

  • Built-in navigation and a rear entertainment system also require an EX-L or higher trim. That’s not the case on most rivals.

  • Honda traditionally doesn’t offer many incentives on the Odyssey. That leaves bargain hunters to shop Dodge and Kia dealers for steep discounts on those vans. And while a Chrysler Pacifica can sticker for thousands more than an Odyssey with options, incentives could make that vehicle fall more in line with the Honda’s price.

Toyota Sienna: 6

  • The 2020 Toyota Sienna is more expensive and less feature-rich than its competition.

  • Standard safety equipment and available all-wheel drive were previously big value draws for the Sienna, but the competition has updated their vans to the point that Toyota no longer has such an edge.

  • The base L model has plenty of creature comforts and standard safety features, but it misses out on many of the things that make the Sienna so useful, such as available captain’s chairs in the second row, push-button start, power sliding doors, and more. Buyers have to step up to at least the LE to get some features, and the SE trim to get the rest. That adds thousands to the Sienna’s price tag, which may put it out of reach for some buyers.

  • The Sienna has received solid reviews for its quality and reliability, which should make it more affordable to own over time.

Efficiency:

Honda Odyssey: 8

  • The EPA rates the 2020 Odyssey at 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. That’s tied with the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Voyager models for best-in-class fuel efficiency. It’s also better than most three-row SUVs with similar numbers of seats, making the Odyssey relatively fuel-efficient, given the amount of space it offers.

  • What the Odyssey doesn’t have is a hybrid version. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid that’s rated at 30 mpg combined by the EPA, and also boasts a range of 32 miles on electricity only.

  • Buyers looking for the most efficient people mover on the market should be swayed by the Pacifica Hybrid’s fuel economy numbers and eligibility for federal and state tax incentives.

  • Toyota will introduce a Sienna Hybrid in 2021, too, further eroding the Odyssey’s fuel economy standing.

Toyota Sienna: 7

  • With front-wheel drive, the Sienna is rated at 19/27/22 mpg city/hwy/combined, and with all-wheel-drive, the numbers change to 18/24/20 mpg.

  • The Sienna aligns closely with other vans in the segment, mainly the Pacifica and Odyssey, and all rate better than the Kia Sedona. The Sienna does not have an available plug-in hybrid or hybrid powertrain, which gives the Pacifica an edge in most cases.

  • The Sienna’s fuel economy numbers aren’t as good as some of the newest crop of SUVs, many of which are available with hybrid powertrains. Then again, none of those vehicles can match up to the Sienna’s space and capabilities.

Driving Experience:

Honda Odyssey: 7

  • The 3.5-liter V6 and 10-speed automatic work to provide responsive acceleration. Most find the Odyssey more responsive than the Kia Sedona, and while not as powerful as the Toyota Sienna, the Honda has a more refined driving experience.

  • It’s also quieter than the Dodge Grand Caravan, although the Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager hold an edge for quietness.

  • Slow steering and a soft ride make highway cruising effortless, but it contributes to making the Odyssey feel its size in tighter spaces. While no minivan is particularly athletic to drive, the Honda can be cumbersome in urban settings. Without a surround-view camera or parking sensors, it can also be difficult to park because it’s hard to tell where the extremities of the vehicle are.

  • The Odyssey is only offered in front-wheel-drive format. Until recently, it’s been unusual for minivans to offer all-wheel-drive, but new versions of the Toyota Sienna and the Chrysler Pacifica offer this option, as do all three-row SUVs that seat seven or eight passengers. It may not be a deal-breaker, but it means the Odyssey can’t compete with these models for drivers who live in harsh weather conditions for much of the year.

Toyota Sienna: 7

  • Minivans typically have a smoother ride than SUVs and crossovers, and the Sienna wows with its refined road manners and calm, confident handling.

  • The Sienna’s V6 makes it decently quick, with the ability to reach 60 mph from a standstill in under eight seconds. The engine and eight-speed transmission can be clunky and feel awkward when it’s cold out, but things smooth out considerably once everything is warmed up.

  • It’s a minivan, not a sports car, so there’s more body roll in corners than even a “normal” passenger car. The Sienna takes curves in stride, but the driver will need to slow down to keep the van in check for the tightest corners.

  • The Sienna SE is a bit sportier than the rest of the lineup, with a sport-tuned suspension, but there’s still a big gap between it and anything remotely resembling a performance vehicle.

  • Braking and steering are both predictable and confidence-inspiring. Brake pedal feel is soft, but braking performance is responsive and solid.

Tech Features:

Honda Odyssey: 6

  • All but the base LX get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. But only EX-L and higher can be equipped with built-in navigation and a rear entertainment system. The latter consists of a 10.2-inch roof-mounted screen, Blu-Ray player, and a pair of wireless headphones. Touring and Elite models also get a wi-fi hotspot. But most models get the minivan essentials, such as power sliding doors and a power tailgate.

  • The Odyssey is also available with its own spin on novel minivan features. The available CabinTalk system is effectively a PA device that lets the driver speak through the vehicle’s speakers to passengers in the third row, rather than shouting in an old-fashioned manner. CabinWatch projects a video of what’s happening in the back of the van to the front passengers, effectively ending kids from hitting each other before anyone has to pull the van over.

  • Unfortunately, the Odyssey’s infotainment system is far more cumbersome to use than equivalent systems on Chrysler and Kia minivans. The menus are confusing, and it isn’t as responsive as other systems on the market. While there are some physical controls for volume and the climate control system, many functions have to be operated through the touchscreen, which can get tiresome and distracting while driving. The system in Honda’s own Accord sedan is more advanced than what’s offered in the Odyssey.

Toyota Sienna: 6

  • The Sienna loses points here, largely because its base model misses out on some of the best features that come standard just one level higher in the lineup.

  • Standard features include a seven-inch touchscreen, AM/FM radio, USB inputs, voice recognition, and Bluetooth audio.

  • Available features include navigation, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, Siri EyesFree, HD Radio, Toyota Apps, Toyota Connected services, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a JBL sound system with ten speakers and subwoofer, a birds-eye camera, a Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system, and Driver Easy Speak. Android Auto is not available.

  • Toyota’s Entune infotainment software can be clunky and difficult to use. Its darkened interface and sometimes small text are hard to read and make it awkward to find what you’re looking for while the vehicle is in motion. Connected apps allow smartphones to supplement the system with navigation and other features, but downloading and updating apps on two separate devices (car and phone) can be annoying and difficult to learn.

Style & Design:

Honda Odyssey: 7

  • Last redesigned for 2018, the Odyssey hasn’t strayed far from the format that’s made it extremely popular among minivans for the last 20 years. Honda’s take on the minivan isn’t as adventurous as the Kia Sedona and its blunt, SUV-like styling. Nor is it as curvaceous as the Chrysler Voyager and Pacifica.

  • Instead, the Odyssey’s look is inoffensive and sticks closely to Honda’s current look across its line. Besides, minivans are about function over form anyway. The Odyssey’s size makes it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces, however, and Honda doesn’t offer a 360-degree camera like some rivals.

  • The interior is generally well-designed, but some drivers might be intimidated by how many buttons and switches are on the center console. While this makes them easy to reach, some controls are small and hard to find by feel. The push-button gear selector will also trip up those used to a conventional lever, although it’s likely no more confusing than the rotary dial on the Chrysler minivans.

  • Quality is generally good, but plastics are more serviceable than plush. Again, the Pacifica does a better job of providing a premium interior experience, especially on higher-end versions.

Toyota Sienna: 8

  • The Sienna is one of the more sharply styled minivans on the market, but it’s still got a family-friendly appearance that doesn’t color too far outside of the lines.

  • The new Nightshade edition darkens body trim and blacks out the wheels to make the Sienna look more aggressive and sportier, though it’s still absolutely a minivan in every way possible.

The front seats are supportive and well-padded, and the fact that each front passenger has their own fold-down armrest makes it even easier for people of all sizes to be comfortable.

When equipped, the second-row bucket seats are as comfortable and well-appointed as the front seats and offer enough room to fit large car seats.

The Sienna’s dash is crowded, and controls are bunched together, which can make it difficult to see and find the right button for the setting that you need.

Practicality:

Honda Odyssey: 8

  • The Odyssey has a reasonably flexible and spacious interior among its rivals. Its maximum cargo capacity falls short of the Toyota Sienna, but exceeds that of the Chrysler, Dodge, and Kia vans. It’s also wide enough for three passengers in the second and third-row seats, with enough legroom in the rear-most area for adults. The seats themselves are more comfortable than those found on Chrysler and Dodge competitors, while there’s a deep well for cargo behind the third row.

  • All models but the base LX seat up to eight passengers. When not in use, the middle “Magic Slide” second-row seat can be removed and the second row turned into captain’s chairs or moved together to provide easier access to the third-row seat. This is a better solution than some rivals have with sliding and folding seats to get people into the rear-most seats.

  • However, the Odyssey doesn’t offer lounge-like captain’s chairs for the second row like the Sedona and Sienna. Those second-row seats are also heavy to remove and don’t fold into the floor as they do on the Chrysler and Dodge minivans – but at least they can be removed unlike those in the Kia. Touring and Elite models are also equipped with the HondaVAC, a built-in vacuum cleaner that can reach pretty much every corner of the Odyssey’s interior.

  • The 2020 Odyssey is rated to tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, which is on par with all other new minivans, and likely enough for a small trailer. However, other three-row SUVs, including the Honda Pilot, can be rated to tow slightly more. But the Odyssey does a better job than three-row SUVs in terms of providing passenger space and cargo space, with a lower loading height and that deep cargo area when the third row is up.

Toyota Sienna: 9

  • There’s almost nothing that can match up with a minivan from a usability and space perspective, and the Sienna’s no exception.

  • Inside, even the base L and LE trims offer superior space and the ability to carry several people and all of their gear. Higher trim levels are available with captain’s chairs in the second row, which makes moving around inside the cabin even easier, and can separate kids’ grabby hands from each other if necessary.

  • It may not be the most advanced minivan on the market, but the Sienna’s interior is full of useful and spacious cubbies, bins, and storage areas. The center console bin is spacious enough to fit a large purse as well.

  • In some trims, fold-away seats make it easy to open up the cabin space to haul larger items. The Sienna is a willing, and able companion for home improvement store runs and can carry much larger and longer items that it would appear from the outside. With all seats down, the Sienna opens up to a massive 150 cubic feet of space in the cargo area.

Cost of Ownership

2020 Honda Odyssey

2020 Toyota Sienna

Annual Fuel Costs

$1,490
15k miles at $2.186/gal
$1,640
15k miles at $2.186/gal
Fuel Economy

19 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
18 mpg (miles per gallon)
City
28 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway
24 mpg (miles per gallon)
Highway

Safety

2020 Honda Odyssey

2020 Toyota Sienna

NHTSA Crash Test Results

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Safety Features

Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Autonomous Braking
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Blind-Spot Warnings
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Lane-Keep Assist
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert

Interior

2020 Honda Odyssey

2020 Toyota Sienna

Interior Features

Standard
Leather
Standard
Leather
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Moonroof
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Heated Seats
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Keyless Entry
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Climate Control
Technology

Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Apple Carplay
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Android Auto
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Bluetooth
Standard
Navigation System
Standard
Navigation System

Under the Hood

2020 Honda Odyssey

2020 Toyota Sienna

Powertrain

Transmission
Transmission
FWD
Drivetrain
FWD
Drivetrain
Drivetrain

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