For people with large families, a vehicle's style often takes a back seat to its function and practicality. Despite a ho-hum image, minivans have plenty to offer, including extra cargo space, entertainment suites, and advanced safety features. Unlike the boxy, boring minivans of the past, modern minivans have improved designs and features as well as the utilitarian appeal that made them the go-to car for parents in the first place.

With these new options in mind, we've taken a closer look at the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. For drivers in the East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Easton, and Jim Thorpe areas, you can continue reading to learn about each attractive model.

Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna: Exterior

Minivans aren't exactly known for their style and design, yet the Honda Odyssey sports a sleek front-end profile, while the Toyota Sienna's blocky design is showing its age.

The redesigned Honda Odyssey is flashier, including a stylish, symmetrical curve indentation that runs along each side with chrome that's concentrated to the headlights and front grille as well as a spoiler that enhances the rear roofline. Gone are the days of the bulky, panel van aesthetic.

After seven years without a redesign, the Toyota Sienna can hardly boast the same appeal. Its aged form does little to disguise its minivan look. In contrast, the Odyssey's sporty appeal and modern sensibility are sure to be eye-catching. Without a much-needed update, the Toyota Sienna's exterior simply pales in comparison. 

Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna: Interior

While both vehicles offer attractive and comfortable interiors, that's not the selling point of a minivan. Spaciousness is the key here, and the Honda Odyssey is more than roomy enough for your large family. Eight adults can be seated comfortably inside, which is a feat that even most SUVs can't achieve.

Add in comfortable, leather-trimmed seats with heating and cooling capabilities, plus the Magic Slide® 2nd-row seats for maximum convenience, and the Odyssey only continues to impress. The Odyssey also has over a dozen cup holders and tons of storage throughout as well as a premium infotainment system that's customizable and easy to navigate.

Unfortunately, the Toyota Sienna offers little to compete, with no heating in the second row and no ventilation offered for any row. That said, the Toyota Sienna still offers the convenience expected of a minivan.

Honda Odyssey vs Toyota Sienna: Performance

In terms of performance, the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna are well matched. The Odyssey is equipped with a 3.5-liter, 280-horsepower V6 engine, giving it plenty of oomph to transport its 4,354 pounds. It also features a smooth and intuitive 10-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire capabilities and paddle shifters. The paddle shifters give you the option to row through your own gears.

The Toyota Sienna is similar, with a 3.5-liter, 296-horsepower V6 engine and a 4,430-pound curb weight. However, changes to its throttle response to accommodate rough roads make the throttle inconsistent and heavy. Plus, the 8-speed automatic transmission lacks paddle shifters and the seamless gear shifts of the Honda's 10-speed transmission.

Fuel Economy Estimates

While power is a vital aspect of any minivan, it's also appreciated to have a model that can travel long stretches of highway without needing to stop for a fill-up. The MPG estimates of the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna are similar, but there is a clear winner.

For the Sienna, you can expect 19 city/27 highway MPG. These are strong figures, yet they're edged slightly by the efficiency of the Honda.

For the Odyssey minivan in any of its five trim levels, you can expect 19 city/28 highway MPG.* Honda also does what it can to boost your efficiency even further by including performance traits, like the Eco Assist™ System, the direct fuel injection system, and the direct ignition system with immobilizer.

Interior Measurements for Passengers and Cargo

When you dive into the specifics of traits like legroom for each row of your minivan, you're looking for a model that can keep everyone satisfied no matter where they're sitting. Space is abundant in the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna, but a couple extra inches here and there go a long way.

For starters, the front legroom for the Toyota Sienna is 40.5 inches, while the Honda Odyssey offers 40.9 inches. If you move to the second row, the Honda Odyssey still offers 40.9 inches, but the Sienna begins to shrink, offering just 37.6 inches.

For those in the very back row, the Honda again edges out the Toyota as the Odyssey offers 38.1 inches compared to just 36.3 inches in the Sienna.

How Much Cargo Can You Fit?

For road trips out of state or drives to and from soccer practice, your minivan should be equally capable of supporting both passengers and their cargo. If you correctly adjust the seats, the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna are both able to swallow large amounts of stuff. Still, Honda has the edge by a solid margin.

Cargo for the Sienna measures 39.1 cubic feet behind the third row, 87.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 150 cubic feet behind the first row. By comparison, here's what you can expect from the cargo volume of the Honda Odyssey:

  • 38.6 cubic feet behind the third row
  • 92.3 cubic feet behind the second row
  • 158 cubic feet behind the first row

Visit Ray Price Honda for a Test Drive

Regardless of their similarities, the Toyota Sienna's outdated design and minimal options can't compete with the revamped style and advanced features offered by the Honda Odyssey.

East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Bethlehem, Easton, and Jim Thorpe drivers can experience the difference firsthand by visiting Ray Price Honda today to schedule a test drive of the Honda Odyssey. We look forward to serving you!


* 19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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