2019 Honda Odyssey vs 2019 Toyota Sienna Comparison
Both the 2019 Honda Odyssey and 2019 Toyota Sienna have
traditional profiles for their category. The reason is that the exterior shape
is pretty much determined by the space-efficient design, which is exactly what
makes it so attractive to families. The dimensions of the Honda and the Toyota
are similar, though the Honda is slightly longer than the Toyota.
Although they have similar shapes, the styling is quite different. The Toyota Sienna features flat exterior surfaces and is starting to look dated, having been on sale pretty much unchanged since 2011. While the Sienna has received a few minor face-lifts over the years, it no longer appears contemporary.
Plainly stated, the Honda Odyssey is arguably more attractive than the Sienna. The Odyssey has sharp, contemporary styling that makes it more appealing than most other minivans, having just been introduced in its current form in 2018.
As you'd expect, both of these minivans have plenty of room inside. With a flat floor and generous seating for up to eight people, along with extra cargo space, the minivan is still the best family-friendly hauler no matter how popular SUVs become.
The Honda's interior, like its exterior, has a contemporary appearance. While both the Honda and Toyota are comfortable for their passengers, the Odyssey treats its driver well. The 7-inch digital driver-information center in the dash presents information to the driver in a manner that's clear, concise, and customizable.
One class-exclusive feature of the Odyssey is what Honda calls Magic Slide. Standard in the Odyssey with second-row bucket seats, Magic Slide provides different seating configurations, allowing seats to slide from side to side. This feature makes access to the third-row of seats much easier.
The Sienna's interior, like its exterior, is starting to appear dated. From behind the wheel, the Sienna almost looks like it did in 2011, especially when compared with the much more modern Odyssey. Despite a less-than-modern design, the Sienna's interior is still functional and comfortable.
So, when you combine the more legroom for both the second- and third-row passengers, a significantly more contemporary design, the Magic Slide seats, along with an available built-in vacuum cleaner, the Odyssey's interior offers a definite advantage over the aging Sienna.
The Sienna and the Odyssey both have only one engine available and they're very similar. In the Honda, there is a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque that achieves fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.* The Sienna also has a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 296 horsepower however the difference between the two is barely noticeable unless you rev the engines to them redlines. Torque is just about equal at 263 lb-ft of torque. What the Odyssey give up in top-end horsepower is made up for by better fuel economy, the Sienna rated at 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.**
The Toyota Sienna is available with a 7-inch Entune infotainment system, while the Odyssey is available with a higher-resolution 8-inch Display Audio screen. Both systems support Apple CarPlay, but only the Odyssey offers Android Auto compatibility.
As for safety, Honda and Toyota both offer their own technology suites to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. Honda Sensing is standard on every 2019 Odyssey except for the base LX trim. It comes with a collision-mitigation braking system, a road-departure-mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. The Sienna offers the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system on every trim, which is very similar to Honda Sensing, and automatic high beams, though the base price is higher.
The Sienna is a good minivan, but we can't ignore that it's starting to look a little old compared to competitors like the Odyssey. With a recent update giving it a more modern look, more customizable seating configurations and more available features that the Toyota lacks, the 2019 Honda Odyssey is the clear winner over the 2019 Toyota Sienna. Come check Mel Rapton’s new Honda models, and make sure you bring the family.
*19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating. Based on 2019 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.
**2019 Sienna preliminary 19city/27hwy/22 combined mpg estimates determined by Toyota. EPA ratings not available at time of printing. Actual mileage may vary.