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2018 Honda Odyssey VS. Toyota Sienna

  Now in its fifth generation, the Odyssey remains one of the best-selling minivans in Canada and a recognized,
revered name in family transportation. While others brag about being the originators, Odyssey is the one
that perfected the minivan model, taking the best attributes of the quintessential family hauler and offering
unique interpretations of tried-and-true conveniences and technologies.

Odyssey boasts a sophisticated, progressive look that
stands out on neighbourhood streets and in crowded parking lots alike.From its flying wing grille to its signature lightning-bolt beltline,the Odyssey draws all the right kind of attention. Sienna's designers went the safe route, giving the vehicle a smooth, rounded shape that offends no one yet quickly disappears into the crowd.



The inverted and downturned character lines along Odyssey's
bodyside help focus the onlooker's eye on the lower, wider half of the vehicle, and the new "floating" D-pillar design helps "lighten" the roof and adds visual depth and presence to the vehicle's rear quarter panels. Sienna's rather slab-sided appearance does it no favours appealing to buyers who are already averse to the minivan stigma.


Odyssey's LED high/low-beam headlights deliver powerful
illumination for a clear view of the road, and their long-lasting,
mercury-, and lead-free LED design consumes minimal power.
Sienna Limited's High-Intensity Discharge headlights effectively light the way but utilize mercury-vapour bulbs that are expensive and not as environmentally friendly.


The new signature C-shaped LED taillights complement the
wing-shape design of the LED Daytime Running Lights and
add a more luxurious and modern flair to the rear of the vehicle while providing improved visibility to other drivers. Thanks to their LED design, they use less power, last longer, and are more environmentally friendly than the conventional incandescent bulbs found on Sienna's taillights, which are less dramatic.


Thanks to standard remote engine start, owners can preheat or precool their vehicle. Better still, every Odyssey comes with two key fobs, so buyers enjoy its benefits no matter who's driving. Sienna customers enjoy no such convenience unless they cough up more money, as remote start is only available as a dealerinstalled accessory, and it only comes with one fob.

Odyssey's capless fueling system eliminates the fuss of a
traditional fuel cap, including the possibility of losing it or
accidentally emitting harmful vapours. Sienna's conventional
fuel-filler cap is tethered to the fuel door to prevent
misplacement, but it can release noxious fumes or trigger
the check-engine light if not securely tightened.
While Sienna is respectably efficient in its own right, Odyssey simply outperforms it, returning up to 12.2 L/100 km city, 8.5 L/100 km highway, and 10.6 L/100 km combined. The best Sienna can deliver is 12.5 L/100 km city, 8.9 L/100 km highway, and 10.9 L/100 km combined.

Odyssey Touring comes standard with an all-new, Honda-built
10-speed automatic transmission, the first of its kind for minivans and front-wheel-drive vehicles alike. Thanks to its extra gears, it offers a wide ratio spread that helps maximize Odyssey's performance and fuel efficiency. Sienna's standard 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth in its operation, but it still uses a traditional gated shift lever, and it lacks some of the more innovative features that Odyssey offers.
Every Odyssey comes with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that give the driver more complete control over gear selection. Their smart shift logic provides additional direct downshifts from a single tap of the paddle, keeping the engine in the sweet spot of the rev range. While Sienna's 8-speed automatic transmission offers a manual-shift mode, it lacks the tactile feel of the paddles and the intelligent shift logic that makes Odyssey shift so seamlessly.
Odyssey features active grille shutters located behind the grille that open to aid engine cooling or close for improved aerodynamic efficiency. The system helps improve overall fuel economy and reduces emissions levels during cold-engine operation, and Sienna offers nothing like it.

Odyssey's new compact trailing-arm multilink rear suspension features dampers and springs mounted outboard to improve their effectiveness.These revisions, combined with its reduced size and weight, help enhance ride quality - all while maximizing cargo space and allowing larger wheels to be mounted. By comparison, Sienna still makes do with a less sophisticated, torsion-beam setup.

This simple yet effective brake vectoring system uses components of Odyssey's Vehicle Stability Assist to selectively apply the brakes to aid cornering precision, enhancing vehicle stability and helping the driver more easily trace their desired line through a corner. It's imperceptible to the driver but subtly improves the vehicle's initial turn-in response, and Sienna offers no comparable feature.

Upping the luxury ante among minivans, Odyssey's sleek, modern cabin features perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, wood-trim accents, supple, soft-touch materials, and plentiful storage options. Sienna's interior looks disjointed by comparison; an overreliance on hard plastics and lack of practical storage spaces is likely to leave customers feeling cold.
Odyssey's all-new centre stack features an all-new interface with a larger, 8-inch 720p screen for crisper graphics, reconfigurable shortcuts for easy access to frequently used features, customizable app tiles for maximum customization, and Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ compatibility for seamless control of key smartphone functionality. Sienna's infotainment system doesn't offer any of that.


Odyssey has no shortage of options to keep rear-seat occupants entertained. In addition to its Blu-ray® playback capability, its HDMI input allows game-console connectivity, the "How Much Farther?" app allows kids to monitor trip progress in real time, and the embedded streaming media apps bring outside entertainment options right into the vehicle. Sienna's dual-view overhead display offers more screen
real estate, but only a small portion can be used if viewing one source. Plus, it lacks Odyssey's more advanced capabilities.

With Odyssey's Wi-Fi hotspot capability, the vehicle has its own onboard data source, allowing up to 9 compatible devices to be connected for web surfing, video/music streaming, and much more. 3GB or 3 months (whichever comes first) is included, and owners of non-Touring trims can tether their smartphone data to the vehicle. Sienna offers nothing like it.


Odyssey offers a range of innovative features to help keep everyone connected. The CabinControl™ app provides smartphone control over key vehicle features, the CabinTalk™ in-car PA acts like a high-tech intercom, and the industry-first CabinWatch™ rear-seat monitor acts like a high-tech conversation mirror that even provides nighttime visibility. While Sienna's EasySpeak feature is similar to CabinTalk™,
nothing comparable to CabinControl or CabinWatch is offered.

Front-seat occupants are treated to all-weather comfort with
Odyssey's ventilated front seats, which offer three different settings. When conditions are right, they even activate to help precool the vehicle when using the remote engine start. Sienna's front seats are only heated, leaving those seated in front without an easy way to cool their backside.

Odyssey bucks convention, using a fully electronic, push-button gear selector in place of a conventional console-mounted shift lever. Its configuration is intuitive, allows push-button control over shift-position selection, and the system logic engages Park automatically if the vehicle comes to a stop in Drive or Reverse and the driver's seat belt is unbuckled. Sienna's traditional gated shift lever offers no such conveniences.

Thanks to Odyssey's standard EPB, activating the parking brake is as easy as pushing a switch. The brake can be released by pressing the accelerator with the transmission in gear and the driver's seat belt buckled, and its Automatic Brake Hold feature can maintain brake pressure when the vehicle comes to a stop. Sienna's mechanical parking brake pedal lacks the conveniences of Odyssey's EPB, and requires greater effort to operate.

Odyssey's ingenious, uniquely versatile design offers ultimate
2nd-row seating flexibility. It's easily configurable for maximum
occupant comfort, people- and cargo-carrying capability, and
easy 3rd-row access even when one or two front- or rear-facing child seats are installed in the 2nd row. Sienna may tout the lounge-like nature of its long slide captain seats, but they offer no such convenience. Furthermore, they're heavy and difficult to remove, requiring brute strength or another person to get them out of the vehicle.

Honda was the first full-line manufacturer to offer an integrated
vacuum, the HondaVAC. Kid-made messes don't stand a
chance, thanks to its 8-foot hose that extends all the way to the front of the vehicle and a crevice tool that can even reach into the Magic Slide™ 2nd-row seat tracks. Sienna now offers an onboard vacuum as part of a dealer-installed accessory, but a factory-installed version isn't available.

With a simple kick of their foot under the rear bumper,
customers can easily open/close the tailgate to load/unload
Odyssey's cargo area. This convenience comes courtesy of
the handy hands-free tailgate, which has the added benefit
of keeping hands clean if the tailgate and handle are dirty.
Sienna's power tailgate doesn't raise electronically except
when using the key fob.

Odyssey's suite of driver-assist technology includes Forward
Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS®), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). Sienna's standard Star Safety System lacks any comparable features.