2018 marks the minivan’s return to popularity as more and more people turn to vehicles that offer the utmost in convenience and reliability. There are no two better examples of the minivan gold standard than the 2018 Toyota Sienna and the 2018 Honda Odyssey. Both represent the best in their class, which makes it a tough choice when it comes to choosing between them.
It’s no mystery what Westbury Toyota’s top pick is going to be, but we want to make sure that everyone finds the vehicle that fulfills all the requirements they have. To that end, we’ve put together short list of comparisons between the Sienna and the Odyssey so you can see for yourself just how Toyota's flagship minivan accelerates right past the stiffest of competition.
When you hear the word “minivan” you tend to think of things like cargo space and passenger room. While those are both true of the Sienna and the Odyssey, these two also bring something extra to the table. Both have some solid potential under the hood. The Honda Odyssey has a 3.5 liter (L) V6 engine capable of 280 horsepower (hp) and 262 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque, whereas the Sienna boasts the same engine type but has a noticeably higher output of 296 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. The Sienna outshines the Odyssey in the trailering department as well, as the staff at Car Connection have pointed out in their own comparison. The latest Sienna has a trailering capability of up to 3,500 pounds (lbs). In comparison, the Odyssey has a max trailer rate of only 3,000 lbs.
In terms of mileage in front-wheel drive, these two minivans are pretty much neck and neck. However, the Sienna does have the option of all-wheel drive (AWD) which the Odyssey does not. With AWD, the Sienna gets an impressive 18 miles per gallon (mpg) when driving in the city, 34 mpg while cruising the highways, and 20 mpg combined.
Every vehicle should offer its drivers and passengers at least some level of comfort and convenience, and the Sienna and the Odyssey deliver in that area, too. The clear winner here is the Sienna however, because according to Andrew Wendler of Car and Driver, the Sienna’s bucket seats are the most comfortable to be found in the minivan class. To address the ever-increasing need for more USB outlets, Toyota also included four of those for front and rear passengers and added three 12-volt outlets as well.
Infotainment has become a standard sought-after feature in all cars, and these minivans have enough to keep even the most demanding passengers happy. Both have color touchscreens, but where the Odyssey’s base screen size is five-inches, the Sienna’s is 6.1-inches, making it easier to access and view. The same can be said for the rear high-resolution entertainment screens, as well – the Odyssey’s measures in at 10.2-inches, whereas the Sienna’s comes in at a considerable 16.4-inches.
Toyota’s infotainment software suite, Entune 3.0, seamlessly blends features like app connectivity (to both Apple and Android). Siri Eyes Free, Scout GPS Link, and WiFi Connect, just to name a few. It’s intuitive and far less distracting to use while driving than the alternative found in the Honda Odyssey.
Both the Sienna and the Odyssey have undergone a bit of a facelift this year, giving them both sleek silhouettes. If you’re the kind of driver that prefers a vehicle that makes people take notice (even if it is a minivan!) the Sienna is probably going to be more to your liking. It has a far more aggressive front end than what you’re used to seeing on vehicles of this class, and it’s definitely a standout feature that will turn some heads as you make your way around Westbury and the rest of Long Island.
When it comes down to it, both the 2018 Honda Odyssey and the 2018 Toyota Sienna are miles ahead of every other vehicle in their class. As the saying goes, however, “there can be only one,” and the winner here is the Sienna. With more power under the hood, better trailering capabilities, AWD, and greater comfort and convenience, the Sienna is a minivan suited to meet the needs of even the most discerning car buyers here on Long Island. If you think the 2018 Sienna is going to be the right fit for you and your family, come on over to Westbury Toyota so we can show it off to you!