When you've got a larger family to move from place to place, these two options are both up to the job.
With crossovers and SUVs attempting to steal the spotlight these days, minivans had to step up their game to remain competitive in the family-mover market. Both the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna rose to the occasion by offering an ideal combination of performance, comfort, and features modern drivers want. If you’re currently in the market for the a minivan, it’s worth your time to weigh the virtues of the Odyssey and Sienna. As you’ll quickly see, Honda and Toyota are out to win over the masses with these two impressive minivan offerings. Here’s how these two vehicles stack up to the competition.
Toyota Sienna Overview
While browsing for a used Toyota Sienna for sale, you’ll notice its recent facelift. The restyled headlights, grille, and bumper give the Sienna an aggressive, low-slung appearance. The rear bodywork remains largely unchanged, likely due to the way the sporty taillights perfectly complement the front-end upgrades.
Late-model Siennas have a powerful 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic as well, though the Sienna engine is good for 296 horsepower. To further increase performance, especially in hazardous weather conditions, you can switch on the Sienna’s all-wheel drive system. Use of AWD can increase overall fuel consumption, which could make Toyota decidedly less fuel efficient than its competitor.
The Sienna makes passenger comfort a priority with the inclusion of reclining lounge seats for up to eight passengers. This arrangement remains highly customizable through the use of sliding mechanisms for the two rear rows. By moving the seats forward and back, you can free up legroom or create walk-through aisles for improved passenger access and comfort. All of the rear seats are removable to free up a huge amount of cargo space.
Both the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are loaded with convenience and entertainment features. With its automatic high beam dimmer and 180-degree panoramic view backup camera, the Sienna is no slouch in this area. Convenience and entertainment features abound as well, as the Sienna comes equipped with:
- 16.4-inch LCD screens
- Wireless headphones
- Push-button-open rear liftgate
- Smart key and push button start
Honda Odyssey Overview
The Honda Odyssey’s upgrades, on the other hand, are an improvement on the classic aerodynamic look that has won over its followers for the last two decades. While it might lack the sportier attributes of the Sienna, the Odyssey’s lines and bodywork give the vehicle an air of sophistication. The shift from rounded to boxy lines does give the overall design balance and poise.
As with all Honda vehicles, the Odyssey offers ample performance thanks to its 248 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 powerplant. The six-speed automatic transmission puts the power to the ground smoothly, without unnecessary theatrics. An innovative cylinder deactivation system allows this minivan to remain highly fuel efficient without sacrificing too much on power.
In the Odyssey, there’s room to let up to eight passengers ride in comfort while spread across three rows of seats. Passengers up front can remove the middle console for a little extra breathing room during long trips. The third row, 60/40 bench seat folds down to free up cargo room for shopping bags and gear.
Both the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are loaded with convenience and entertainment features. The Odyssey offers convenient features designed to make the ride enjoyable for all. Features like:
- Chilled cooler
- DVD entertainment system
- Onboard vacuum
- Voice-activated GPS and navigation system
The Odyssey also comes equipped with a forward collision warning system, blind spot camera, and backup camera.
Making the Choice
Since personal preferences vary considerably across each of the above categories, there’s no clear winner in the battle between Honda and Toyota minivans. Each offers a unique combination of features designed to exceed expectations. As long as your preferred van offers the styling cues, comfort, and features you prefer, you can’t lose with either of these options. If neither of these vans fits your needs exactly, you can expand your search to include other key brands in this realm.
Other used minivan options include:
As you weigh your options, consider your current and future needs to find used cars for sale that will perform as expected for years to come.