Minivan Face-Off: Toyota Sienna vs. Honda Odyssey

These popular minivans pack practicality. Find out which one has the edge with CR reviewers and in our testing.

A Honda Odyssey minivan (left) and a Toyota Sienna minivan

The Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey are among our top-scoring minivans each year, often dueling for inclusion in our Top Picks lists. Historically, each has delivered strong performances in CR testing—good fuel economy and good reliability. They’re also quite popular with CR members.

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These well-rounded, easy-to-live-with models also match up closely in features, performance, and price. In many ways, they seem to be almost carbon copies. One of the biggest differences is their age. The Odyssey was redesigned for the 2018 model year, and the 2020 Sienna is the final year of this version, which first went on sale as a 2011 model.

Despite consistently strong test results, these minivans have been diverging in recent years in their test results and how they’ve fared in CR’s exclusive Annual Survey of CR members, which tracks reliability and owner satisfaction.

Is one more reliable than the other? Which is roomier? Does one have more available safety features? Below, we take an in-depth look and declare a winner.

Honda Odyssey

The Case for It
Of all the minivans for sale, the Odyssey has the most premium feel. The Honda’s cabin has far more soft-touch surfaces than the Sienna. Also, owners of past Odyssey’s would quickly notice how quiet the cabin has become compared with older model years. There’s a bit of road noise over coarse pavement, but most sounds from the outside are well-contained.

The Odyssey has a ride that approaches the level of some luxury cars. The majority of pavement flaws are effortlessly snuffed out, and the van serenely cruises on the interstate.

Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers plenty of power, whether it’s in stoplight-to-stoplight situations or out on the highway. We tested the Odyssey with the nine-speed automatic transmission, which offered smooth shifting. This combination returned a strong 22 mpg overall in CR tests. For 2020, a 10-speed automatic, which shifts quicker, is standard.

Honda included plenty of cup holders for all rows, and each door has a large bottle holder. Like mosts minivans, there’s a ton of storage options, including a hidden bin that slides out from under the center console. Parents can keep an eye on the little ones in the back with the handy wide-angle mirror built into the ceiling, or the optional CabinWatch camera system. This provides a view of the shenanigans going on the back two rows and displays a video feed in the center screen. The optional CabinTalk system lets the driver talk with rear-seat passengers via an intercom; no need to turn around to talk to rear-seat passengers.

The Odyssey has a removable second-row center seat, as does the Sienna. Removing it in the Odyssey lets owners push the outside seats together, moving them toward the middle of the van. Without the seat there's a wide path to the third-row seat. Keeping it installed and sliding it forward positions an infant closer to his or her parents up front.