The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey have been leaders in the minivan segment for years, each with their own strengths. The Odyssey has impressive interior touches, but the new Sienna is an all-hybrid lineup with significant fuel efficiency advantages and was awarded the Kelley Blue Book® 2021 Minivan Best Buy award.
When you get down to it, you'll discover the 2021 Sienna offers features that you didn't even know a minivan could have. With available AWD, you will have added confidence when driving through inclement weather and adverse road conditions, plus the hybrid engine provides better EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings to help you go farther with less. On the other hand, the Odyssey does not have available AWD and doesn't offer a hybrid model.
Aside from the above key advantages, we'll take you through the ins and outs of the 2021 Sienna vs. Odyssey. See what else these two competitors have in store when it comes to safety, performance, and interior features fit for the whole family.
Published Date: 01/21/2021
The newest advanced safety technologies can provide a welcomed reminder or correction from time-to-time. With advanced driver-assistive technology that comes in the Sienna and Odyssey, you can feel more confident during your drive.
The 2021 Sienna comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) which includes a whole list of active safety features. You can expect a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
The Odyssey's Honda Sensing Safety and Driver Assistive Technologies include similar features like the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow (ACC), Auto High-Beam Headlights, and Traffic Sign Recognition System (TSR).
However, in a base-grade comparison, the Odyssey LX does not come standard with the Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor while Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard on the all Siennas.
Additionally, the Sienna has notable passive safety features as well. The Sienna LE 8-Passenger has five LATCH positions which include Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. Lower anchors are on all three second-row seats, and passenger-side and center third-row seats. The Odyssey has Lower Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row Passenger-Side) and Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All, 3rd-Row All). You get the extra center third-row anchor with the Sienna.
Although a minivan offers a more sensible way to haul around lots of passengers, it can still be fun to drive. The Sienna has different driving modes and optional AWD to keep your adventures going.
Depending on your drive, the Sienna has Normal, ECO, EV, and Sport modes. The Odyssey only has Snow Mode as an additional driving option.
While the Odyssey's Snow Mode may help to improve performance when it begins to flurry, the Sienna has available AWD on all trim levels. The Odyssey does not offer AWD. With four wheels gripping the road instead of two, you'll be better equipped to handle inclement weather.
Adding to its performance on the road, all Sienna models have a hybrid engine. The Sienna FWD has an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating and the AWD versions have an EPA-estimated 35/36/35 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The competition doesn't even come close with an EPA-estimated 19/28/22 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating across every engine option in the Odyssey lineup.
From connectivity options for everyone to spacious seating and other unique interior touches, the 2021 Sienna has it all.
With the super-long-slide feature, get easy access to third-row seating in the Sienna XLE 7-Passenger. Or, slide the second-row seat all the way back to get the kids from their car seats without having to strain to get them out. The Sienna’s 25 inches of seat travel also allows for versatility in sharing additional leg room or storage in the Sienna. The Odyssey has no such feature.
Beyond seating, the Sienna keeps everyone comfortable with standard three-zone automatic climate control with air filter, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers, and a separate rear digital control panel. Plus, four-zone automatic climate control is standard on the XLE and higher. Comparatively, the Odyssey comes standard with an Automatic Climate Control System. The Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with 2nd-Row Controls, Humidity Control and Air Filtration is only available on the Odyssey EX or higher.
Once you're comfortable you can sit back and listen to some tunes, or turn on entertainment for the kids. When it comes to connectivity, you can expect hands-free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology and SiriusXM® with a 3-month All Access trial subscription standard on the Toyota Sienna. You also get Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility on all grades. Looking at the Honda Odyssey, drivers get Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Streaming Audio standard, but Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ Integration, and SiriusXM® Radio are only available on the higher-end Odyssey EX and higher.
On long road trips or short commutes to work, keep your devices fully charged with 7 USB ports across all three rows, which are standard in the Sienna. The Odyssey LX has one center console USB Charging Port and one center console USB Audio Interface. Even on the Odyssey Elite, which includes the most USB ports available for the Odyssey, there are only five.
A matchup between the 2021 Sienna and the Odyssey shows strengths for each minivan, but the Toyota is a clear winner for several reasons. The Sienna offers drivers and families a spacious ride with great safety features, better fuel economy, and interior options that deliver a comfortable driving experience.