Honda Odyssey Comes Out on Top Against Toyota Sienna Where It Matters

March 22nd, 2018 by

As the evolution of minivans approaches the cutting-edge, seasoned traveling families here in the Watertown,CT area are more vigilant than ever for the distinctions that make – or break – the right accommodations for the whole gang. Luckily, here at Honda of Watertown, we make it a breeze to evaluate your favorites against their fiercest rivals, most notably the celebrated Honda Odyssey as it stacks up against Toyota mainstays like the new Sienna. So, where does the new Odyssey excel?

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For one, it’s all-new, completely redesigned for 2018 and inclusive of the latest in features, creature comforts, and technologies. Toyota Sienna only receives some safety upgrades for the year, a freshly styled front end, upgraded Entune infotainment, extra USB connectivity, and a Bird’s-Eye View monitor, but the last comes only for the top tier.

Next, both new minivans appear evenly matched on safety, with available Honda Sensing® technology pitted against the comparable Toyota Safety Sense P system. However, where both offer available blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert, you can find each available earlier in the Honda lineup, in the van’s EX trim. Toyota’s van must ascend to the midrange SE Premium.
Odyssey also pulls ahead in crash testing, earning five stars overall front and front-passenger crash testing from the NHTSA.* Sienna? Just four.

For longer road trips and extended vacations, Honda Odyssey is even more flexibly configurable for cargo than Sienna. You can find room for up to eight in both, but the second row in Odyssey slides forward, its available Magic Slide seating is removable in the middle seat, and the outboard seats slide apart, inward toward the middle, and forward as well as tilt for easier access to the third row. In Sienna, second-row middle seating only stows and only in select trims, as well as tips and slides.
You can also count on better overall cargo capacity, up to 38.6 cubic feet behind the Odyssey third row, 92.3 cubic feet behind its second, and a whopping 158 cubic feet behind the first. Sienna reaches only 150 cubic feet maximum.

Looking to stay connected on the go, both to your mobile lifestyle and to your fellow riders? Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard in Odyssey EX and later – a feature not offered in Sienna. Our Honda offering also features an available night vision-equipped CabinWatch Rear Seat Monitor for keeping an eye on back-seat occupants right on the dash’s touchscreen, a feature unique to Odyssey. Just as before, something comparable isn’t offered in Sienna. Nor is an equivalent to the handy HondaVAC built-in vacuum when it comes time to clean up.

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If you’re eager to explore further, you can find out more about where the all-new Odyssey takes the lead against its Sienna upstart here on our website. You’re also more than welcome to stop by our 816 Straits Tpke showroom for a spin. We’ll be glad to take you and the crew on an outing we’re sure you won’t forget!

Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (

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