The Toyota Sienna debuted in North America in 1998. In this minivan head-to-head comparison, we will compare how the "Camry of minivans" stays ahead of the Honda Odyssey which debuted just a few years before it in 1995. Both minivans come backed by excellent reputations and awards. Toyota was named Best Resale Value Brand in 2018 by Kelley Blue Book®, and Honda was named Best Value Brand for 2018 according to Kelley Blue Book®. When looking at pricing, the Honda Odyssey starts with an initially lower MSRP at $30,090 than the Toyota Sienna L at $31,315, but the base model of the Odyssey misses out on many key features of the Sienna such as Apple CarPlay® compatibility.
Published date: 04/04/2019
Every 2019 Toyota Sienna comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P). This system includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Automatic High Beams (AHB).
Honda's safety suite, Honda Sensing® shares some comparable features to TSS-P. However, it is not available on the base grade Honda Odyssey LX. Additionally, Smart Stop Technology® (SST) is standard on the Toyota Sienna but is not available for the Honda Odyssey.
While both of these competing minivans received 5-Star Overall Safety Ratings by the NHTSA, Sienna is the only one of the two with available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with added torque control to help with vehicle control in challenging conditions. Plus, Toyota backs the Sienna with ToyotaCare. All leases and purchases of 2019 Toyota vehicles receive no charge 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles, plus no-cost scheduled factory maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. The 2019 Odyssey also comes with Roadside Assistance for three years/36,000 miles.
A convenient interior is one of the most sought-after aspects for minivan drivers. Looking at the interiors of both the 2019 Toyota Sienna and the 2019 Honda Odyssey, the Sienna takes a clear win for comfort and convenience without extra costs.
Every 2019 Sienna boasts a large 7-inch touch screen, while the Honda Odyssey LX features a much smaller 5" LCD display. Odyssey also does not come with Apple CarPlay® integration which is standard on Sienna.
Drivers looking for luxury minivan trims will be happy to find that when looking at the comparable Sienna Limited trim and the Odyssey Touring trim, the MSRP of the Sienna Limited comes out lower at $44,210 than the Odyssey Touring at $44,660. Both of these vehicles feature comparable luxury items such as Odyssey Touring's Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats® and Sienna Limited's removable premium leather-trimmed second-row lounge seat captain's chairs with a long-slide feature.
Additionally, Toyota Sienna comes standard with 5 USB ports while Honda Odyssey comes with only 3.
Sienna stays ahead of its competition in the performance category of this head-to-head comparison with its available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with added torque control. Also, Sienna beats out the Honda Odyssey in horsepower and torque with a 3.5L V6 engine and 8-speed Electronically Controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i).
Both the Sienna and Odyssey have a similar fuel economy. Odyssey's EPA-estimated MPG comes in at 28 MPG for highway driving, while Sienna's EPA-estimated highway MPG is 27. Even considering the comparable fuel economy, Sienna features greater horsepower at 296 compared to Odyssey at 280.
Drivers who enjoy a sporty drive will appreciate the unique design of the Toyota Sienna SE. This performance-driven trim includes a front and rear body kit, sports grill and instrument cluster, lower ride height and 19" wheels with gunmetal finish. Plus, unique sport driving dynamics with sport-tuned suspension and sport-calibrated Electric Power Steering (EPS).
For its added driving confidence and performance features, the 2019 Toyota Sienna proves itself by staying ahead of the competition in this head-to-head.
Since the 1990s, both the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey have pushed the envelope for sought-after minivan features. For 2019, only the Sienna comes with available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with active torque control to help drivers keep in control when driving conditions are not ideal. In the name of safety, the Toyota Sienna is our choice in this minivan head-to-head. Every Sienna trim comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P), whereas Honda’s similar package, Honda Sensing® is only available on the Odyssey EX grade or higher.
Plus, Sienna boasts better performance with 296 horsepower vs. Odyssey's 280 horsepower while retaining comparable fuel economy. Add in the impressive comfort and convenience features available on Sienna, such as a large 7-inch touch screen and 5 USB ports, and it becomes clear why the 2019 Sienna is our top minivan choice.