Consumer Reports Recommends These 2 Minivans Over the Honda Odyssey

Consumer Reports is a reliable source for product research, including cars. The Honda Odyssey has usually fared well in CR testing. But while the Odyssey has beaten competitors in the past, that isn’t the case for the 2022 model. Here’s a look at the two minivans Consumer Reports recommends over the Honda Odyssey. 

How the 2022 Honda Odyssey scored

A silver 2022 Honda Odyssey minivan drives past a movie theater
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Consumer Reports ranks the 2022 Honda Odyssey third among minivans, though it was a close race. Overall, the Odyssey received a score of 78 out of 100, largely thanks to its impressive road test score of 85 out of 100. It scored well in the road test for various reasons. 

For example, its performance and comfort and convenience features are good. Its performance is decent for a minivan of its size, and its family-friendly features also fared well. In addition, it comes with several smart safety features. But the Odyssey didn’t score well in every area.

For example, its predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings are mediocre, coming in at 3 out of 5. Also, its 22 mpg overall fuel economy and emissions figures aren’t great — the Odyssey rates 3 out of 5 there, too. Plus, at a starting price of about $33,000, this minivan received a value rating of only 54 out of 100 from Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports ranks these 2 minivans higher than the Odyssey

On the other hand, Consumer Reports’ top two minivans of 2022 are the Kia Carnival and Toyota Sienna. They tie for first place with an overall score of 79 out of 100. In road testing, the Carnival earned an impressive 89 out of 100, while the Sienna scored a decent 80 out of 100. This wasn’t the only area where it was a close race among the three minivans.

Though the Carnival and Sienna scored well in comfort and convenience features, the Honda Odyssey ranks better in this category. That’s especially true for the Sienna, whose cargo capacity is rated lowest of the three minivans. However, one area where the Sienna shines is fuel economy.

The Sienna comes with a hybrid powertrain, and it’s the cleanest of the three. This Toyota model gets 36 mpg combined, and it also has better smog and greenhouse gas rating than rivals. Meanwhile, the Carnival and Odyssey have similar fuel economy and emissions numbers. However, the Carnival’s performance ratings are higher than the others. 

So, which minivan is the best buy?

All three minivans score similarly in most categories, including safety, reliability, and cost. The Carnival starts at about $32,000 — $1,000 cheaper than the Odyssey — and the Sienna, largely because of its hybrid engine, starts at almost $35,000. That makes the Sienna the most expensive option of the three and the Carnival the cheapest.

But while the Kia and the Toyota have the same reliability rating of 3 out of 5, the 2022 Sienna’s predicted owner satisfaction rating is significantly higher than the Carnival’s and Odyssey’s. Consumer Reports gave the Sienna a perfect 5 out of 5 in predicted owner satisfaction, while the Carnival scored a 4 out of 5.

As a result, the Sienna looks to be the better minivan overall. True, it costs a few thousand dollars more than rival minivans, but its hybrid engine should save money in the long run.

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