2016 Honda Odyssey LX vs 2016 Toyota Sienna
- Horse Power 93.23% 93.23%
- Torque 100% 100%
- Fuel Capacity 100% 100%
Honda and Toyota are both automotive giants. Both hailing from Japan means the cross-town rivalry is thick between them. Honda made its minivan debut in 1994 with the Odyssey minivan. It did not take long before Toyota introduced the Sienna to compete against its rival in 1997. If that does not hint at a rivalry, as product development cycles are three to four years, we do not know what is.
The two have been going at it for over two decades now. When one adds a feature, the other quickly follows suit. One grows bigger, offering more space, the other grows too, shortly after that.
But because Honda beat the Toyota to market, it is always slightly ahead of its rival. And that edge is seen when comparing the 2016 Honda Odyssey to the 2016 Toyota Sienna.
A minivan is supposed to provide functionality over styling. But what if there was a minivan that did both. One that could offer uncompromised functionality with styling that would turn heads at the local Minimart?
Honda may get dinged for its conservative aesthetics in some of its vehicles, but it knows when to style and design a car when style and design truly matter, like in the 2016 Odyssey. It has character, design lines and front and rear fascias that exude emotion.
Putting the Odyssey next to the latest Sienna is not even a fair comparison. The 2016 Sienna has a slab-sided profile that lacks any sense of character or joy. Up front is your standard Toyota front grille treatment that is accentuated with a generic minivan rear end.
The design is not the only criteria one focuses on when choosing a minivan. There is more to such a functional purchase than style.
Packing the Power
Front-wheel drive, 3.5-liter V-6 engines and six-speed automatic transmissions. That is what you get with both the 2016 Toyota Sienna or 2016 Honda Odyssey. The differences lie in the power numbers.
In this segment, power is not everything if it does not translate to real-world performance numbers. Horsepower for the Odyssey measures 248 while torque twists at 250. The 2016 Toyota Sienna does pack a bit more punch, 266 horsepower though down five lb-ft of torque at 245. Both can tow 3,500 pounds.
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- City MPG 100% 100%
- Highway MPG 100% 100%
- Combined Fuel Economy 100% 100%
Drinking the Petrol Kool-Aid
Even with similar power and identical engine displacements, the 2016 Honda Odyssey outdoes the 2016 Toyota Sienna in terms of fuel economy. Let us just say it can go the distance.
The Honda gets 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. Compare that to the 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway the 2016 Sienna returns. It may just be a few mpg, but over the long haul that can add up to big money.
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|40.9||Legroom (2nd row)||37.6|
|42.4||Legroom (3rd row)||36.3|
- Power Driver Seat 100% 100%
- Privacy Glass 100% 100%
- Passenger Volume 100% 100%
- Legroom (2nd row) 100% 100%
- Legroom (3rd row) 100% 100%
“There’s a Butt for Every Seat”
The old sale adage rings true when talking about the Honda Odyssey. It checks so many boxes the Sienna does not, that it is hard to pass up running down to the dealerships right now a slamming cash down on the first salesperson’s desk you see. You could just do a drive-by, throwing the cash out the window. They would accept that too.
The 2016 Odyssey packs creature comforts right into its design, from the copious amount of cubby holes for kids to stick action figures to its 240-watt, 7-speaker audio system. The 2016 Sienna only has a 4-speaker audio system. Both offer auxiliary and USB inputs as should be expected in 2016.
Both seat seven or eight passengers depending on if one selects second-row captain chairs, or goes with the full bench. The Odyssey and Sienna have virtually the same cargo space though the Honda has a larger interior capacity overall.
Protection for the Drive Home
Warranties are often convoluted with legalise but provide vital protection after you drive off the dealership lot. Both Honda and Toyota offer a basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty.
Where the two companies differ is with the extra warranty them offer. When you purchase a Toyota Sienna, you get a 2-year/25,000-mile warranty for free service maintenance. With Honda, you get a 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance warranty. Comparing the two may seem like apples and oranges, but one is a better value than the other.
Over the course of Toyota’s two years of free maintenance, one will likely get at least five services and oil changes, which equates to about $250. Not a bad deal. However, Honda’s roadside assistance warranty can come in mighty handy when one i stranded in the middle of nowhere. A handful of tows or a few changed tires can quickly exceed $250. And it comes with an extra year.
- Over all 90.91% 90.91%
2016 Honda Odyssey is the winner!
Toyota v. Honda
If you were to put the two automakers’ minivans in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to make their case, one clearly outmaneuvers the other, legally, of course.
“If it’s a modicum of sportiness that you’re looking for in your family hauler, the Odyssey is still the van to get.” – Car and Driver
“However, in the same review we also noted that its mushy brake pedal didn’t inspire confidence and caused drivers to ‘wonder if the vehicle is going to stop in time.’ Despite the addition of more sound insulation, the Sienna’s cabin remains noisier than its competitors with ‘prominent wind noise around the A-pillar.’” – Motor Trend
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner
Comparing the 2016 Honda Odyssey and the 2016 Toyota Sienna is tough. They have similar powertrains, fuel economy and optional offerings, but there is just something about the spin Honda puts on the Odyssey minivan’s character that puts it above the Sienna in our book. And it should be in your book, too.
Fuel economy estimates and driving range based on EPA test data. Your actual driving distance will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. Based on 2014-2016 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. Complete comparison details can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/tools/compare/models.aspx. Awards and accolade information can be found at https://automobiles.honda.com/awards/
The 2016 Honda Odyssey has been named to the list of 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 in its class of Minivans by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Each vehicle was praised for impressive comfort, driving dynamics and family practicality.  For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. We’re proud to announce that the 2016 Honda Odyssey has been named Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com Best Buy of the Year in its respective class of Minivans.  For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. The 2016 Honda Odyssey has been awarded an esteemed TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its excellent safety performance. Safety matters most, and the 2016 Odyssey earned top marks with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). U.S. News has recognized the 2016 Odyssey as the Best Car for Families in its class of Minivans. This vehicle was recognized for its expansive standard features, spacious interior, and safety and reliability ratings.  View U.S. News Best Cars at www.usnews.com/cars.