The death of the minivan has been exaggerated, and the minivan rivalry between the Sienna and the Odyssey rages on. Both are undoubtedly great minivans, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the same. Here’s what Consumer Reports had to say about the two.
The Honda Odyssey
Honda’s premier minivan has a lot going for it according to Consumer Reports. The Odyssey has a more luxurious interior feel than the Sienna does, as Consumer Reports noted that the Odyssey plenty of soft-touch surfaces on its interior.
In terms of ride comfort, it’s also extremely good and Consumer Reports compared the Odyssey’s ride comfort to that of a luxury car. The 3.5-liter V6 that the Odyssey has is also pretty good, according to Consumer Reports. Its engine gets a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg, which is slightly better than what the Sienna’s V6 gets.
In terms of practical features, the Odyssey has plenty too. The Odyssey has plenty of cup holders as well as some optional parent-friendly features. These features will allow parents to watch and talk to their kids or other passengers without having to turn their head around.
However, the Odyssey has several flaws according to Consumer Reports. Smart safety features like automatic emergency braking or blind-spot warning aren’t standard on the Odyssey.
Furthermore, the Odyssey has a worse than average reliability according to Consumer Reports, and that’s especially true for the latest model.
Finally, the Odyssey has some annoying to use interior features. For example, Consumer Reports says that the Odyssey’s buttons are small and, for some reason, you can’t adjust the height of the passenger seat at all.
The Toyota Sienna
Unlike the Odyssey, Consumer Reports praised the fact that most of the smart safety features that aren’t standard on the Odyssey are standard on the Sienna. The Sienna is also available with all-wheel drive, and that’ll provide the minivan with some extra safety during the winter months.
The Sienna’s 3.5-liter V6 is more powerful than the Odyssey’s. Plus, the Sienna has the best acceleration in its class. It can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.7 seconds according to Consumer Reports. The Sienna’s V6 is also fairly fuel-efficient, as it gets a combined 21 miles per gallon.
Although its interior doesn’t feel as luxurious, the Sienna, just like the Odyssey, provides a smooth and comfortable feeling ride to its passengers. Like the Odyssey, it also has optional systems that’ll allow parents to watch and talk to their kids without having to turn around.
Unlike the Odyssey though, Consumer Reports praised the Sienna’s reliability.
However, the Sienna has several drawbacks. Although it has many standard safety features, blind-spot warning is an optional feature that’ll require drivers to cough up almost $4,000.
Furthermore, the headlights on the Sienna didn’t perform as well as the headlights of the Odyssey. The Sienna’s headlights aren’t terrible, to be fair. However, it was clear to Consumer Reports that the Odyssey had the better lamps.
And, if you use an Android phone, you might dislike the Sienna since Androids aren’t compatible with the Sienna. And even if you have an iPhone, Consumer Reports said that the text message read and response feature isn’t available on the Sienna.
The verdict: Sienna or Odyssey?
Consumer Reports didn’t mince its words, the Sienna was simply the superior minivan overall. The fact that the Odyssey didn’t have the same standard safety features as the Sienna did and the fact that the Odyssey was not very reliable was what ultimately gave the Sienna the win.
In terms of Consumer Reports scores, the Odyssey got a 58. Shockingly enough, it was ranked as the second-worst minivan that Consumer Reports tested. In comparison, the Sienna got a score of 78 and it was ranked as the best minivan that was tested.