- The Honda Odyssey is one of the most highly rated minivans on the market.
- The Toyota Sienna is a family-focused people hauler.
2021 Honda Odyssey
Base Price: $31,790 / Read our 2021 Honda Odyssey Review
What we like: Standard V6 engine; tons of family-friendly features; comfortable ride; standard safety tech; optional vacuum.
What we would change: Second-row seats don’t have tons of travel; fewer USB ports; no AWD option.
Overview: The 2021 Honda Odyssey is the newest version of an award-winning minivan. It has often received accolades for things like best family vehicle and best resale values. The 2021 Odyssey retains those qualities and improves on them for this model year. With seating for up to eight, stow flat second-row seats, and an optional vacuum, this people mover is a solid bet. While it only comes equipped with one engine option, a 3.5-liter V6, it’s more than enough to make the Odyssey comfortable to drive.
What’s new for 2021: This model year brings more standard safety equipment to the entry-level LX trim, LED headlights for every model, and a new rear-seat reminder feature is standard. In the top Elite trim, this reminder can work together with the CabinWatch camera. So stressed parents (is there any other kind?) need not worry about leaving a child behind.
The 2021 Odyssey expands its standard HondaSensing array of advanced safety features to the lowest trim level. A styling revision front and back brings LED headlights to the whole range, and the climate system’s controls have been updated.
The second row’s seats can now be folded flat, making them less cumbersome for removal and storage. A rear-seat reminder feature becomes available. And the top Elite trim has its alloy wheels redesigned while gaining self-dimming side mirrors and perforated leather upholstery for the first and second rows.
Features and technology: The 2021 Honda Odyssey comes in six different trim levels; LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The Elite gets pretty pricey at the top of that list, topping out close to $50,000. At the base LX, you get 18-in wheels, LED headlights, rear privacy glass, automatic climate control, push-button start, power-adjustable front seats (8-way driver, 4-way passenger), cloth upholstery, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a convex “conversation mirror” for keeping an eye on rear passengers, two USB ports (both in the front) and a 7-speaker sound system with a 5-in color display, auxiliary audio jack, and Bluetooth.
At the EX level, you get power sliding doors, proximity entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, second-row sunshades, heated front seats, 4-way powered lumbar support for the driver’s seat, CabinControl remote-control app, and an 8-in touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite/HD radio and customizable feature settings.
If you want the nav, you’ll need to step up to the Touring (above the EX-L, which adds things like more USB ports, a sunroof, and a powered liftgate). At this level, you’ll also get WiFi, CabinWatch rear-row camera system, and the CabinTalk in-car communication system that pipes the voices from the front row into the back.
The Elite version gets a hands-free liftgate operation, HondaVac integrated vacuum cleaner, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding/self-dimming side mirrors, acoustic front/rear door glass, heated steering wheel, heated/ventilated front seats, perforated leather for the first and second seating rows, wireless charging, and an 11-speaker/550-watt audio system.
The Odyssey scores a 5-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. It comes with Honda’s suite of safety equipment including anti-lock brakes, stability control, front-side airbags, and 3-row side-curtain airbags, plus the Honda Sensing driver assistance tech array that includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and steering assist blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.
What does the future hold: The Odyssey gets a light refresh for 2022. See the 2021 Honda Odyssey models for sale near you
2021 Toyota Sienna
Base Price: $34,460/ Read our 2021 Toyota Sienna Review
What we like: Fantastic fuel economy; available as AWD; long-slide second-row chairs
What we would change: Slightly overstyled; slower than last year’s Sienna; rear visibility isn’t great
Overview: The 2021 Toyota Sienna comes as standard with a hybrid powertrain, making it incredibly fuel-efficient, returning 36 mpg combined. The Sienna is one of those vans that’s focused on family-hauling first and foremost. Until the 2021 model, the Toyota Sienna had kind of fallen behind. If you’re a minivan shopper, the wait may have been worth it. The new Sienna is attractive and is clearly influenced by the popularity of SUVs. It has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, available all-wheel drive, and a factory-optional 120V power outlet, and it’s built with aftermarket accessories in mind. In addition, the new 2021 Toyota Sienna has a few compelling features and options that enhance the way the van drives.
What’s new for 2021: Designed, engineered, and built in the U.S., the 2021 Toyota Sienna minivan is all new. It’s a gas/electric hybrid with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine supported by two electric motors. Fuel economy is outstanding. The 2021 Toyota gets 36 mpg combined, which is significantly better than the 21 mpg of the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2020 Sienna. All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional on the new Sienna, and a blind-spot monitor is standard.
Features and technology: There are five different trims of the Toyota Sienna; the LE, XLE SV, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. The Platinum version tops out around $50,000, like the Odyssey. You can get AWD at all levels, except the XLE SV. In all cases, only the hybrid engine is available.
The 2021 Toyota Sienna LE comes with 18-in wheels, LED headlights, dual power sliding doors, privacy glass, three-zone climate control, fabric seats, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, 16 cupholders, and a 6-speaker audio system with a 9-in touchscreen.
The 8-passenger Sienna XLE SV, which is not available with AWD, adds power front seats, a moonroof, 4-zone climate control, upgraded seat fabric, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a smart key, and an 8-speaker audio system with six USB charge ports and Apple CarPlay. The 7-passenger Sienna XLE (FWD: $39,750; AWD: $41,750) is equipped similarly but with second-row captain’s chairs.
A sportier Sienna XSE gets 20-in wheels, a black mesh grille, and heated black rearview mirrors, along with sport-trimmed seats, Driver Easy Speak, satellite navigation, and a premium sound system. Available as a 7- or 8-seater.
The Limited Toyota Sienna gets 18-in wheels, color-keyed side mirrors with puddle lamps, chrome roof rails, wireless smartphone charging, leather-trimmed seats (heated and ventilated in front), and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. The Limited also gets adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, a 7-in multi-information display, dynamic navigation, and a 12-speaker audio system.
At the top of the Sienna lineup for 2021 is the Platinum (FWD: $49,900, AWD: $50,460). A 7-seater available with FWD or AWD, the Sienna Platinum gets bi-LED headlights, 20-in wheels, rain-sensing wipers, an overhead 360-degree camera system, heated second-row captain’s chairs, and a 10-in head-up display (HUD).
What does the future hold: The Toyota Sienna got a big (and much needed) update in 2021. See the 2021 Toyota Sienna models for sale near you
Odyssey vs. Sienna: Strengths comparison
Honda Odyssey Benefits: Great resale; V6 engine; HondaVac
Toyota Sienna Benefits: Hybrid powertrain is more efficient.
2021 Honda Odyssey vs. 2021 Toyota Sienna: Which is better?
If you need AWD, your only option in this competition is the Sienna. If you are looking for something with tons of features, excellent reliability, and a family favorite, go for the Odyssey. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale or Find a Toyota Sienna for sale
|Popular Powertrains||2021 Honda Odyssey||2021 Toyota Sienna|
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||2.5-liter I4 hybrid|
|Horsepower||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||296 hp @6,600 rpm|
|Torque||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 9-Spd||Automatic, 8-Sped|
|Fuel Economy||22 mpg (19 city/28 hwy)||36 mpg (36 city/36 hwy)|
|Also Available||Automatic, 10-Spd||All-wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Star||5 Star|
|Max Seating Capacity||8||8|
|Wheelbase||118.1 inches||119.3 inches|
|Overall Length||203.2 inches||200.6 inches|
|Width||78.5 inches||78.1 inches|
|Height||69.6 inches||70.7 inches|
|Turning Diameter||39.6 feet||37.5 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.7 inches||41.0 inches|
|Headroom, Middle||39.5 inches||39.7 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.3 inches||38.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||40.9 inches||40.5 inches|
|Legroom, Middle||40.9 inches||37.6 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||38.1 inches||36.3 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||63.1 inches||65.0 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Middle||61.6 inches||64.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||60.0 inches||61.1 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||163.6 cu. ft.||164.4 cu. ft.|
|EPA Cargo Volume||158.0 cu. ft.||150.0 cu. ft.|