2021 Honda Odyssey vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna
For years, the Odyssey has topped the charts as one of the most popular and successful minivans on the road today. But there’s always those who would try to knock the Odyssey off its lofty perch. So, let’s take a look at how the 2021 Honda Odyssey compares with the 2021 Toyota Sienna.
Sporty Sophistication vs “Wacky Weirdness”
Who said that a minivan has to be boring? The recently redesigned Honda Odyssey proves that you can enjoy unsurpassed versatility while still arriving in style. The Odyssey’s well-proportioned front end features a sporty grille flanked by a string of dazzling LED headlights. Available LED fog lights add an illuminating flair. New for 2021 are stylish, available 19-inch alloy wheels that enhance the Odyssey’s sporty sophistication.
The Toyota Sienna rolls into 2021 with a controversial new design that accentuates a massive front grille which somehow looks out of proportion with the rest of the vehicle. Motortrend.com calls the Sienna’s design, which is modeled after a Japanese bullet train: “Weirder than anything, but anything but an oblong blob….”
Interior Comfort & Convenience
2021: An Inner-Space Odyssey
When it comes to inner space, the Odyssey simply outmatches the competition for comfort, roominess, versatility, and convenience.
A class-leading innovation is the Odyssey’s exclusive, available Magic Slide® 2nd-row seats. You can configure the 2nd row Magic Slide seats in a number of ways, by moving them forward, backward, or from side to side. They can also be easily removed if you need additional cargo carrying capacity.
The Sienna offers two non-removable, optional 2nd-row captain’s chairs that really limit the van’s level of versatility. Motor Trend’s Miguel Cortina says, “Unfortunately, access to the third row is not as convenient between the captain’s chairs due to the long center console.” He adds, “Once you make it all the way back,” he adds, “the small side windows contribute to a claustrophobic experience.”
The Odyssey is the only minivan on this or any other planet that offers Honda’s uniquely innovative HondaVAC®. It features a long hose that reaches into just about every corner or crevice, making it a snap to tidy up the Odyssey’s interior.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in cargo and people-carrying capacity, then take a voyage in the Odyssey’s cavernous inner space. With seating for up to eight passengers, the Odyssey’s more spacious interior put it miles ahead of the Sienna.
|2021 Honda Odyssey LX||2021 Toyota Sienna LE|
|Passenger Volume||163.6 cubic feet||162.5 cubic feet|
|Front Shoulder Room||63.1 inches||62.4 inches|
|Front Headroom||40.7 inches||40.1 inches|
|Front Legroom||40.9 inches||40.1 inches|
|Rear Legroom||40.9 inches||39.9 inches|
|Trunk/Cargo Capacity||144.9 cubic feet*||101 cubic feet|
Power When It Matters Most
Even when fully loaded, the Odyssey is up to the challenge of freeway merging and passing, thanks to its powerful, 280-hp*, 3.5-liter, i-VTEC V6 engine that delivers a prodigious 262 lb.-ft* of torque at 6000 rpm. Mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, this potent powerplant is available across all trim levels.
For 2021, the Sienna lineup is powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder hybrid engine that generates just 245 hp* at 6000 rpm. You’re basically trading performance for better fuel economy. As Motor Trend’s Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman points out: “The more I drive the Sienna, the more it feels like a big Prius to me. And I mean that in a bad way.”
The Odyssey also gets high marks for ride quality that earns a “perfect 10” from thecarconnection.com (“The 2021 Odyssey rides like a living room on wheels.” By comparison, Motor Trend faulted the Sienna’s “thrashy engine...and unsettling ride.”
Technology & Safety
Welcome to Starship Odyssey
The 2021 Honda Odyssey may not rocket you to the cosmos, but you’ll certainly feel like you’re piloting the most advanced form of terrestrial transportation with the Odyssey’s impressive array of cutting-edge, technology, infotainment, and safety features.
Available Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth® integration puts you in command of your favorite playlists, hands-free calling, and so much more. Plus, the Odyssey’s available Wi-Fi Hotspot* lets the whole family stay connected. The Odyssey also offers its class-exclusive, available CabinWatch® that lets parents view rear-seat passengers, as well as speak to them via connected headphones or rear speakers.
And with the available CabinControl®, passengers can adjust the temperature and control their music playlists from their compatible smartphones. The Sienna’s optional intercom system, however, doesn’t let you view your rear-seat passengers. It’s a bit outdated, to say the least.
Odyssey First in Sensible Safety
Protecting you and your Odyssey passengers takes on a new dimension of safety with Honda Sensing, its advanced suite of cutting-edge, driver-assist and active safety features. Standard on every Honda, these include Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane-Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
In addition, every Honda Odyssey comes with Honda’s exclusive ACE™ Body Structure that is specifically designed to help absorb the impact of a frontal collision.
The Odyssey Gives You More for Less
Honda has always taken the lead when it comes to unbeatable value for the money. And the 2021 Odyssey is no exception. The well-equipped 2021 Odyssey LX’s starting MSRP of just $31,790* is $2,670 less than a comparably equipped Sienna LE priced at $34,460. And, at a starting MSRP of $47,820*, the luxurious and fully equipped 2021 Odyssey Elite model is $2,640 less than the comparably equipped Sienna Platinum’s MSRP of $50,460. Just think of what you could do with all that extra cash in your wallet.
|2021 Honda Odyssey LX||2021 Toyota Sienna LE|
|Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)*||$31,790||$34,460|
|2021 Honda Odyssey Elite||2021 Toyota Sienna Platinum|
|Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)*||$47,820||$50,460|
In just about every category, the 2021 Honda Odyssey rockets past the Toyota Sienna. But that’s not surprising when you consider that savvy car buyers continue to make the top-rated Odyssey one of America’s best-selling minivans year after year. In other words, it’s simply out of this world.
280 hp (SAE net) 262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 6000 rpm (SAE net)
245 hp @ 6000 rpm (SAE net) 176 hp @ 6000 rpm (SAE net)
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Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®. Requires AT&T data plan.
Cargo volume based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard.
MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,175 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge applies to 2021 and newer models.