Today it’s hard to imagine a world where any other minivans are considered in the same league as the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. Neither company invented the minivan, but they have done well enough to outlast almost all other minivan models. Both the Odyssey and the Sienna deserve their longevity, but which one should someone buy today?
The 2021 model year sees both Honda and Toyota working hard on the X factor to make their minivan more appealing than the other. This has lead to each van becoming more unique as the model years have gone by. Since both are still minivans at heart, the comparison isn’t apples and oranges, so you can use the table below to compare these vehicles and get a little closer to finding out which is the right vehicle for your family.
2021 Honda Odyssey
2021 Toyota Sienna
|3.5L V6||Engine||2.5L Inline 4-Cylinder|
|10-Speed Shiftable Automatic||Transmission||Continuously Variable-Speed Transmission (CVT)|
|Configurable||Second Row Seats||Immobile|
|Gasoline||Fuel Type||Gas/Electric Hybrid|
As a hybrid, the Sienna is sure to draw in enough of its own crowd, but there are many reasons to expect the Odyssey to succeed more overall. The engines are in different realms in terms of power in favor of the Odyssey. The Honda offering also boasts a configurable second row of seats, making it far more useful for carrying passengers of different heights and for converting the interior to haul cargo. Many drivers would be disappointed with the feel of the CVT in the Sienna, which serves to further emphasize the advantage of choosing the V6 in the Odyssey.