Used Honda Odyssey vs Used Toyota Sienna – Which is more reliable in these model years?

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The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are legendary family vehicles that are highly sought after in the used car market. These two super minivans have a lot of advantages. Many families place great importance on reliability, durability and quality when considering the purchase of a used vehicle. Toyota and Honda have a good reputation for reliability. However, we found differences between these two vehicles when we did some research that buyers might want to know about.

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Used Vehicle Owner Reports
We looked at two sources of owner-reported reliability data to analyze used Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey minivans. The first data source is consumer reports. This consumer advocacy group pulls no punches when compiling data reported by its member-owners. We did not include any editorial commentary from Consumer Reports staff in our analysis – only data from vehicle owners.

The second source of data is CarComplaints.com. This is a site that compiles issues reported by the owner and then sorts them by year, make, and model. This site is a good place to look for larger, more frequently reported issues. CarComplaints editors make a judgment based on owner reports. They sometimes issue stamps of approval or disapproval depending on the volume of vehicles sold and the number of breakdown reports. We will include a note on these stamps where they are made.

Three years to consider for the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey – 2017, 2015, 2010
We looked at three specific model years of used Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey minivans. The 2017 model year is convenient because it’s aimed at young three-year-old minivans that are still covered by the manufacturer’s powertrain warranty in many cases. These three-year-old used vehicles have also gone through the steepest part of the depreciation curve, making them attractive used minivan purchases. The 2015 pickups are now five years old and have around 60,000 to 90,000 miles on the odometer and are in their prime. The 2010 model year Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey minivans are now ten years old and average 150,000 on the odometer. These are low-cost family vans that may need some work. Let’s see what owners say about these pickup trucks.

Used Toyota Sienna Reliability Analysis
The Toyota Sienna gets excellent reliability scores from CarComplaints. The 2017 and 2015 model year vehicles have almost no owner reported complaints and there are no trending issues. For 2010, the Toyota Sienna gets the “Seal of Awesome” from CarComplaints. At Consumer Reports, the Sienna gets a reliability verdict of 3/5 for 2017 and 4/5 for 2015 and 2010. One of the top complaints 2017 Sienna owners reported was difficulty using the on-board electronics. Overall, the Sienna has a good reliability record.

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm

Used Honda Odyssey analysis
The Honda Odyssey gets mixed reviews at CarComplaints and the model year matters. For 2017, no problems to report. For 2010, the Honda Odyssey joins the Sienna in earning CarComplaints, the “Seal of Awesome” stamp. However, the 2015 Odyssey is labeled with the “Beware of Clunker” stamp due to reports of transmission issues.

One owner wrote: “In August 2015 I had my car in the shop for a litany of issues. One of them was a jarring feeling – like the gears were hooking up when I started to accelerate. The dealership came back and said everything was “normal”. My pickup still jerks when accelerating.” At Consumer Reports, the Odyssey gets a reliability verdict of 2/5 in 2017, 4/5 in 2015 and 3/5 in 2010.

Used Honda Odyssey vs Used Toyota Sienna Reliability Verdict
The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna minivans make good used family car buys. If you’re buying a 2015, you might want to steer clear of the Odyssey based on owner reports we’ve read. Other than that, there are plenty of good years of both models to choose from. If you have one of these two vehicles, please let us know in the comments below how well they treated you.

John Goreham is a lifelong car nut and salvage engineer. John’s areas of interest are technology, safety and green vehicles. In the 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric vehicle from scratch. His role was that of designer of the thermal control of the battery. For 20 years, he applied his talents as an engineer and salesman in the world of high technology and published numerous articles in technical journals such as Chemical Processing Magazine. In 2008 he retired from this career and dedicated himself to pursuing his dream of being an automotive writer. In addition to Torque News, John’s work has appeared in dozens of US newspapers and provides reviews for numerous vehicle buying sites. You can follow John on Twitterand check his credentials on LinkedIn.

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