The 2021 Toyota Sienna and the 2021 Honda Odyssey are two great options if you’re looking for a minivan. Here is how they compare.
Toyota Sienna 2021
2021 Toyota Sienna starting price: $ 34,460 | Price yours Where View listings near you
Above average: Standard hybrid powertrain; all-wheel drive available; second row sliding seats; refrigerator available.
Below average: No plug-in hybrid version, can’t remove second row seats
Consensus: The 2021 Toyota Sienna gets new styling for this model year and a new interior design along with the addition of a Platinum trim. The hybrid powertrain delivers exceptional fuel economy across the board.
Honda Odyssey 2021
2021 Honda Odyssey starting price: $ 31,790 | Price yours or see listings near you
Above average: Very comfortable, 5 star safety rating, large resale, integrated vacuum cleaner.
Below average: No hybrid, all-wheel drive is not available, the high-end Elite version is expensive.
Consensus: The 2021 Honda Odyssey gets a slight refresh for this model year, including an interior upgrade. It offers plenty of space across all three rows, a unique approach to its sliding second row, and a high resale value.
Sienna vs. Odyssey: Minivans on a mission
The 2021 Toyota Sienna is a solid option in the minivan space because it offers all-wheel drive and comes with a hybrid powertrain. Horsepower is good from the 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain, but it’s not a V6. If you are looking for this, you will have to shop elsewhere (like Honda). But, that powertrain means the Sienna gets a solid 36 mpg combined, which far exceeds its non-hybrid rivals. On the road, the Sienna is predictable and fluid, and one of our favorite features is the sliding second row seats that move 25 inches front to back. This makes room either behind the front seats or in front of the third row for larger items or tall people.
The Sienna’s front seats and console look more like the Highlander than the traditional minivan. The standard layout offers second-row captain’s seats with a fold-out center seat for eight passengers. Upgraded second row seats are available in XLE and XSE finishes. Sienna outperforms the segment with on-board vacuum and refrigerator options. The Sienna comes with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / Amazon Alexa compatibility, 7 USB ports, Bluetooth and voice control. Power windows, dual power sliding doors, 3-zone climate control, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, fabric upholstery and 2nd row sun shades are also standard.
With space for up to eight passengers and neat features like vacuuming and a smartly functional interior, it’s no wonder the Odyssey continues to rack up awards. On the road, it’s at least as responsive as a full-size SUV, and the stock 3.5-liter V6 pulls well with its smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. On the highway, it gets 28 mpg. Inside, one of our favorite features are the magical sliding seats, which, like the Sienna, slide forward and back to make the most of the space. These seats also fold flat into the floor to make room for larger items you might need to carry.
One of our favorite features, however, is the HondaVac which makes cleaning up children’s spills extremely easy. The instrument panel (in all but the entry-level LX) features a cluster of digital gauges and an 8-inch touchscreen. And all models from EX come standard with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto smartphone integration. The entry-level LX is a 7-seater; all the other Odyssey have eight seats. Two adults and a child can sit in the third row, which folds into the ground. Cargo space ranges from 32.8 to 158 cubic feet.
Both the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey have sliding seats and both come with a host of safety and tech features.
Advantages of the 2021 Toyota Sienna
Standard hybrid powertrain; all-wheel drive available.
Advantages of the Honda Odyssey 2021
V6 engine; Lower price; good resale value.
While the Honda Odyssey has long been a go-to choice in this segment, it faces serious competition in the Toyota Sienna. The Honda has a lower entry price and solid resale. But Sienna’s hybrid powertrain and 36 mpg will make that difference if not more at the pump. Add in the long-slide rear seats and the availability of all-wheel drive, and the Toyota is a winner. It’s also this year’s pick in KBB’s Best Buy minivan category.
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|Toyota Sienna 2021||Honda Odyssey 2021|
|Motor||Hybrid I4 2.5 liters||3.5-liter V6|
|Power||296 hp @ 6,600 rpm||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Couple||263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission||8 speed automatic||10-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||36 mpg (36 city / 36 highway)||22 mpg (19 city / 28 highway)|
|guarantee||3 years / 36,000 miles||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years / 60,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||8||8|
|Wheelbase||119.3 inch||118.1 inch|
|Total length||200.6 inch||203.2 inch|
|Width||78.1 inch||78.5 inch|
|Height||70.7 inch||69.6 inch|
|Turning diameter||37.5 feet||39.6 feet|
|Headroom, forward||41.0 inch||40.7 inch|
|Headroom, middle||39.7 inch||39.5 inch|
|Headroom, aft||38.3 inch||38.3 inch|
|Legroom, front||40.5 inch||40.9 inch|
|Legroom, middle||37.6 inch||40.9 inch|
|Legroom, rear||36.3 inch||38.1 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||65.0 inch||63.1 inch|
|Shoulder, Middle||64.6 inch||61.6 inch|
|Shoulder room, rear||61.1 inch||60.0 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||164.4 cu. pi.||163.6 cu. pi.|
|EPA cargo volume||150.0 cu. pi.||158.0 cu. pi.|