Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey

    By Autolist Staff | October 19, 2018

    2018 Toyota Sienna

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    Automotive Website Analyzed


    70%

    Satisfactory

    Maybe buy it

    90%

    The Best

    You should buy it

    Our User's Take

    What owners think


    100%

    Would Buy Again

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    Would Buy Again

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    What’s better about the Sienna?

    All-wheel-drive. This is the Sienna’s ace-in-the-hole: it’s the only minivan on the market that offers all-wheel-drive. This is a key asset for families looking to haul people and stuff in winter weather.

    More power. The Sienna has 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, compared to the Odyssey’s 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. While it’s not a huge advantage, the numbers help give the Sienna a nice extra punch in daily driving.

    More reliable. Consumer Reports gives the Sienna a higher “Predicted Reliability” score than it gives the Odyssey. It’s not a wide margin – but it’s nice to know the Sienna keeps up Toyota’s longstanding tradition of reliable excellence.


    What’s better about the Odyssey?

    Safety & child seats. The independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Odyssey a “Top Safety Pick” for 2018; it didn’t give the same rating to the Sienna. The key differentiators were the front overlap crash results and the ease of installing car seats; the Odyssey was superior in both areas.

    It’s newer. Honda introduced this generation of Odyssey in 2018 whereas this Toyota Sienna was first on sale in 2010. That means the Honda will generally offer more modern amenities and safety, and better style and comfort levels (though Toyota has done a good job of keeping the Sienna current).

    Amenities. An intercom to the back-seat passengers. A vacuum cleaner for the cargo and passenger area. A cabin-facing overhead camera to monitor passengers. Yes, some of these features are optional — but at least they’re offered in the Odyssey.

    More passenger room. Though the Sienna technically has more passenger space inside than the Odyssey (164.4 cubic feet in the Toyota versus 160.1 cubic feet in the Honda), the Odyssey makes better use of it: there’s noticeably more legroom and headroom – particularly in the third row. This adds up when you’re regularly packing the van full of people.


    Autolist’s take:

    Toyota’s Sienna is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a reliable, practical — and crucially — all-wheel-drive family hauler. If AWD is a must-have in your minivan, then the Sienna is your only choice but a good one. But if you can live with front-wheel-drive only — as many families do in cold climates — then the Odyssey is a better choice. It’s newer, quieter, safer and offers a host of (yes, optional) features and space that make it easier to travel with a brood. Thus, we say Buy the Odyssey.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Toyota Sienna

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,525
    15k miles at $2.237/gal
    $1,525
    15k miles at $2.237/gal
    Fuel Economy

    19 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    19 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    27 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    28 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Toyota Sienna

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

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

    Interior

    2018 Toyota Sienna

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    Interior Features

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

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

    Under the Hood

    2018 Toyota Sienna

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    Powertrain

    8-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    296 HP @ 6600 RPM
    Horsepower
    280 HP @ 6000 RPM
    Horsepower
    263lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
    Torque
    262lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
    Torque
    V6
    Cylinders
    V6
    Cylinders