Minivan Challenge: 2016 Honda Odyssey vs. 2016 Toyota Sienna

Posted Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 by nhtwpprod

As few as 5 years ago, minivans were the ultimate family vehicle. There was plenty of room for kids, groceries, and sports equipment. In the past few years, though, crossover SUVs have kind of edged minivans out of the rankings in popularity. That hasn’t deterred manufacturers from continuing to offer the minivan.

Both Toyota and Honda have evolved and continued to create family friendly minivans. Space, comfort, easy handling and performance are all qualities that minivans offer today. Los Angeles Toyota dealers want you to be informed about what is available, so we’re offering this up-to-date comparison of the 2 leading minivan models in 2016.

Honda Odyssey

When you look at the Honda Odyssey, you’ll see that while it is clearly a minivan, it offers some styling and design features that give it a little more rugged look, like a crossover, with sculpted sheet metal in the front. Visibility has usually been a drawback to driving a minivan, but the new Odyssey gives drivers and passengers a clearer view due to a dropping beltline, so everyone gets to see. Handling and performance has improved over the years, as well. There’s a great deal of space available in the Odyssey, making it a great choice for a large family or for hauling stuff. The Odyssey offers a 248 horsepower, V-6 3.5 liter engine that has a great deal of power and gives the family a smooth ride.

Toyota Sienna

When it comes to appearance, the 2016 Sienna features a sleek and smooth design that looks downright streamlined. There’s no bulky rugged edges or SUV posturing. Easy fold-down third row seating and a great amount of leg and headroom makes the Sienna your best bet for space and comfort. The main selling point of the Sienna over the Odyssey is that, throughout the Sienna model lineup, drivers can choose all-wheel drive! The 3.5 liter V-6 and 266 horsepower engine gives a bit more oomph than the Odyssey, and the interior features are a bit more luxurious and generous than the Odyssey. If comfort and style are your goals, it’s a hard choice, but the Sienna does edge just in front of the Odyssey in nearly every area.

When the time comes to choose between these two modern-day minivans, there are quite a few similarities and not a lot of significant differences. One major aspect of purchasing a vehicle is the pricing. If your goal is not only the fuel efficiency of a minivan, compared to a crossover SUV, but the purchase price, then the 2016 Toyota Sienna is the winner in this competition. Both minivans offer good gas mileage in both city and highway driving, but the base model Sienna is priced lower and offers more features than the base model Odyssey.

If you’re in the market for a minivan, clear your mind of expectations based on minivans 5 years ago and visit Los Angeles Toyota dealers to test drive the 2016 Toyota Sienna today. You’ll be surprised at how much minivans have changed and how much better a choice the Sienna is than the more popular crossover SUVs.