2021 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey: Which One is Right For You?

The Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna have been competing with each other for the mini-van segment for over 20 years.

While both still retain a high reputation on the market, there are some changes to the 2021 Honda Odyssey and a brand new redesign to the 2021 Toyota Sienna. Comparing 2021 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey, which one is right for you? Let’s have a look!

Changes To the Honda Odyssey Trims for 2021

Honda has reduced the number of trims available for 2021 and modified the look of the Odyssey. Most noticeably is the small modifications done to the front grill of the vehicle. The 10-speed automatic transmission is now added to all trims, this was previously only available on the Touring grade.

In addition, other trim changes are added such as updated climate control, the use of higher-quality leather on the top model, added ability to recognize traffic signs with Honda Sense, second-row folding improvement, and the addition of piano black interior.

Changes to the Toyota Sienna for 2021

The Sienna has gone through a full redesign for 2021. The new design adds a lot more lines and detail to the Sienna, making it truly stand out among the mini-van options available on the market.  It is now a Hybrid vehicle with no gas-only option available.

Gas consumption has been majorly reduced offering fuel consumption of just 6.5 Liter/100km, significantly lower than any other mini-vans.

Pricing Compare

The Honda Odyssey no longer offers a lower price tier, so prices now start at $42,805 for the EX-RES trim. Here is the full listing:

  • EX-RES – $42,805
  • EX-L RES – $47,805
  • EX-L Navi – $47,505
  • Touring – $54,005

In the Honda lineup, RES refers to units with a rear entertainment system and NAVI refers to units with Navigation System.

Honda was able to achieve a small $300 difference in price between the EX-L RES and EX-L Navi by removing a number of useful features from the EX-L RES while adding navigation to the trim.

Unlike the Odyssey, the 2021 Sienna Hybrid is offered in 5 trims with AWD and FWD options available to every trim. Here is the pricing:

  • LE FWD/AWD – $39,990/$41,990
  • XLE FWD/AWD – $42,990/$45,390
  • XSE FWD/AWD – $45,690/$47,690
  • XSE Technology FWD/AWD – $51,190/$53,190
  • Limited FWD/AWD – $56,190/$58,190

Note there is only $2000 cost to add AWD to most trims. If you want to see all the features are on each trim and the colour options, you can go to this page that I’ve made, it’s very detailed.

What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of the 2021 Honda Odyssey?

The Honda Odyssey has a good reputation on the market and is often one of the top choices for customers looking for a mini-van.  It is powerful with 280 horsepower with 262 pounds of torque.

In terms of safety, it comes with a number of standard safety features on all trims, such as pre-collision system, lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation braking. 

The interior of the Odyssey is flexible with a lot of room. The material used throughout the cabin is generally high in quality.  

Although a number of technology features are available as you move up to the higher trims, it does fall short of offering a lower price grade since Honda has decided to remove the entry trim for 2021.  The entry price for an Odyssey is now $42,805.

The Honda Odyssey is still using a V6 engine to power itself, which will still be very gas-hungry even with the new 10-speed automatic transmission added to all trims.  There is also no hybrid version available, which means you will be stuck filling up fairly regularly.

It is offered only in front-wheel drive, so if you are looking for all-wheel drive option, the Odyssey will not be for you. The extra seat in the Odyssey could also be an issue for some customers as there isn’t a designated storage location for it if you decide to not use it, something that the Sienna does not have an issue with.

There are also other small issues, such as instead of a gear shifter, you have buttons for changing gears which not everyone would be happy with. And due to the way the third row is folded down, sitting comfort is affected by the limited space available to the seat backrest.

2021 Sienna Hybrid Limited (Sunset Bonze Mica, Chateau Interior) touch screen

How do 2021 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey Compare in Efficiency?

On the surface, it looks like the Odyssey is higher in performance with its V6 engine and 280 horsepower vs the V4 engine with 245 horsepower that the Sienna comes with. 

When you dig deeper and take into consideration that the Sienna is a Hybrid vehicle, you will see that the Sienna Hybrid comes with instant torque power powered by its electric motors.

At the end of the day, because the Sienna shares the same powertrain platform with the Highlander Hybrid, you will get great acceleration with the Sienna that is on the level of the Highlander Hybrid.

The Sienna is also a clear winner when it comes to comparing fuel consumption.  The Sienna AWD edition has a 6.5 Liter/100km combined fuel consumption vs Honda Odyssey’s 10.6 Liter/100km.  Doing the math, this is nearly 40% less in fuel consumption if you go with the SIenna Hybrid!

2021 Sienna Hybrid Limited (Sunset Bonze Mica, Chateau Interior) front cockpit

How Comparable are the Technology Features on the 2021 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey?

Both the 2021 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey offers Apple Carplay and Android Auto on all trims.

What is different is the screen size as well as their control. On the Odyssey, it offers an 8-inch touch screen with only physical buttons to control the volume.  On the Sienna, it comes with a bigger 9-inch touch screen with several physical buttons for quick and easy access to often-used functions.

The sound system is also different between the 2 models.  The Honda Odyssey comes with a generic sound system on its highest Touring trim that has only 550 watts of power.

In contrast, the Sienna XSE Technology and Limited trims, it comes with 12 speakers JBL audio system with 1200 Watts. If you are a sound buff, the Sienna should no doubt be the preferred option!

You also get back seat entertainment on a number of the trims with Sienna and Odyssey, which includes a monitor mounted to the roof of the car, as well as HDMI input and headphone output.

The back seat monitor is comparable size-wise, the monitor in the Odyssey is 10.2 inch and the Sienna is 11.6 inches.

On both cars, you also get convenient features such as the ability to talk to headphone-wearing passengers with Honda’s Cabin Talk or Toyota’s Driver Easy Speak, as well as many USB ports throughout the car.

However, with the Toyota Sienna, the USB ports also support USB-C; also, you won’t find a digital display rearview mirror on the Odyssey which comes on on the higher Sienna trims or physical buttons for radio tuning in the Odyssey.

How do Safety Features Compare between 2021 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey?

The Sienna Hybrid comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) which includes a pre-collision system that can also monitor pedestrians and cyclists. There is also Lane Departure Alert with Auto Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that works for full speed, that’s 0 – 180km!

On the Odyssey, the safety features are comparable but you do lose out on a few abilities.  Unlike the TSS 2.0. the Honda Odyssey cannot detect pedestrians and cyclists in low-light conditions, and its lane-keeping system is unable to detect road edges.

You will also get more efficient lane tracing capability and adaptive cruise control is more smooth on the Sienna.

You get just 8 airbags on the Odyssey (Sienna comes with 10 airbags by standard). And one more thing, the blind-spot monitoring system comes on all Sienna trim but you can only get in on the Odyssey with the Touring trim.  Also, rear-cross-traffic braking and intelligent parking sensors are not available on the Sienna.

2021 Sienna Hybrid LE (Celestial Silver Graphite Interior) front right side

Conclusion

 So looking at the 2021 Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey, I hope this has been helping to figure out which one is right for you! Both options are reputable and will offer 7-8 seats and both have rear-seat entertainment and navigation options as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. 

But if you want an all-wheel drive, a newer, modern design, or more importantly, if you prefer to spend less on gas, the 2021 Sienna with its hybrid engine and low 6.5L/100km fuel economy rate is the best and only choice. Check out this page for the full listing of features for all the 2021 Sienna Hybrid Trims!

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