Despite the rise of crossovers and SUVs over the last couple decades, it's still tough to beat the minivan when it comes to driving a vehicle that is perfectly designed and engineered with families in mind. Your options for a new minivan are smaller than they once were, but in some ways, that only makes the decision harder. Those minivans that have survived the crossover boom could be considered the cream of the crop, so how are you to know which one is better for you? Well, we're here to help with that by comparing two of the top models in the segment with the 2019 Honda Odyssey vs the 2018 Toyota Sienna, as Toyota has yet to revise its minivan for 2019.
One of the first things you'll want to consider when choosing a new minivan is interior space. In terms of overall interior passenger volume, these two models are pretty close. But, when you consider the use of that space, the Odyssey Elite model down below appears to have an edge over the Sienna Limited Premium model, as it not only seats 8 passengers rather than 7 but also has superior legroom in all three rows of seats. That way, your kids have plenty of space at each age as they grow up.
2019 Honda Odyssey Elite
2018 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium
|40.9 / 40.9 / 38.1||Legroom, in. (front, middle, rear)||40.5 / 37.6 / 36.3|
|Starting at $46,970*||MSRP||Starting at $47,335|
|36 months/36,000 miles||Roadside Assistance||24 months/unlimited miles|
|8 passengers||Seating Capacity||7 passengers|
Another thing you'll want to consider is value. A good minivan can be with your family from the earliest stages of childhood through those early adult years when your children start moving out. So, you want to not only consider reliability, but also what types of features come with the vehicle to ensure that the technologies and equipment the vehicle has won't be outdated in a few years. With the Odyssey, that shouldn't be a concern.
The 2019 Honda Odyssey Elite has an MSRP of $46,970*, less than that of the Sienna Limited Premium. Yet, it has some features that the Sienna doesn't, such as a glovebox light, soft carpeted floor mats, a hands-free auto-opening liftgate, LED headlights, a rear armrest and cooled front seats. In fact, the Sienna doesn't even offer the latest in infotainment technology: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
We've only just scratched the surface in this comparison of the 2019 Honda Odyssey vs the 2018 Toyota Sienna, but as you can see, there are plenty of reasons to love Honda's popular family minivan. To learn more or to get behind the wheel, contact us at Hilton Head Honda.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $995.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.