Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Odyssey VS 2017 Kia Sedona Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Kia Sedona

Safety Comparison

Both the Odyssey and the Sedona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Kia Sedona:

 

Odyssey

Sedona

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

107

236

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

52 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/225 lbs.

18/876 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

39%

Neck Stress

108 lbs.

196 lbs.

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

60 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Odyssey’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sedona runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 61 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Odyssey’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Sedona has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Odyssey is faster than the Kia Sedona:

 

Odyssey

Sedona

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

16.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Sedona SX (19 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Sedona doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Odyssey’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Sedona’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sedona doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey has .5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear shoulder room, 7.6 inches more third row legroom and 1.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sedona.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sedona.

 

Odyssey

Sedona

Behind Third Seat

38.4 cubic feet

33.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

93.1 cubic feet

78.4 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

148.5 cubic feet

142 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Odyssey’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sedona’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Sedona EX/SX/SXL’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Odyssey the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Sedona can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Sedona doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Odyssey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Odyssey will cost $440 less than the Sedona over a five-year period.

The Odyssey will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Odyssey will retain 45.69% to 47.74% of its original price after five years, while the Sedona only retains 43.32% to 45.54%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Sedona because it costs $450 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Sedona, including $3 less for front brake pads, $243 less for fuel injection, $164 less for front struts and $899 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Odyssey has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Odyssey

Sedona

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its March 2015 issue and they ranked the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite higher than the Kia Sedona SXL.

The Odyssey is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Sedona is not ranked.

The Odyssey was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The Sedona has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Kia Sedona by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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