Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Odyssey VS 2017 Toyota Sienna Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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2017 Toyota Sienna

Safety Comparison

The Odyssey EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Sienna doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Odyssey and the Sienna 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision 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 Toyota Sienna:

 

Odyssey

Sienna

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

107

201

Neck Stress

202 lbs.

260 lbs.

Neck Compression

33 lbs.

50 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

43/225 lbs.

330/307 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

245

413

Neck Injury Risk

29%

35%

Neck Stress

108 lbs.

218 lbs.

Neck Compression

42 lbs.

80 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Sienna:

 

Odyssey

Sienna

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

4 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

2%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Toyota Sienna:

 

Odyssey

Sienna

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

381 lbs.

391 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

140

143

Hip Force

713 lbs.

746 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

17 inches

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

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Odyssey is 1.2% less likely to roll over than the Sienna.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Odyssey the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 102 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sienna is not a “Top Pick” for 2016.

The Honda Odyssey has a better fatality history. The Odyssey was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 27% lower per vehicle registered than the Sienna, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Reliability Comparison

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

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better highway fuel mileage than the Sienna FWD (19 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).

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

The Odyssey has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Sienna (21 vs. 20 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Odyssey stops shorter than the Sienna:

 

Odyssey

Sienna

 

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Odyssey has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Sienna has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Odyssey has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Sienna doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the Odyssey’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Sienna AWD’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Odyssey’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the Sienna’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Odyssey has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Sienna uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Odyssey has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sienna (172.6 vs. 164.4).

The Odyssey has .4 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more rear legroom and 6.1 inches more third row legroom than the Sienna.

The front step up height for the Odyssey is 1.7 inches lower than the Sienna (15” vs. 16.7”). The Odyssey’s rear step up height is 2 inches lower than the Sienna’s (17” vs. 19”).

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Sienna 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 Sienna 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 $410 less than the Sienna over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Sienna because it costs $576 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Sienna, including $13 less for a starter, $301 less for fuel injection, $636 less for a fuel pump, $105 less for front struts, $1401 less for a timing belt/chain and $316 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Odyssey will be $300 to $1313 less than for the Toyota Sienna.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Odyssey

Sienna

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its May 2011 issue and they ranked the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite first. They ranked the Toyota Sienna Limited fourth.

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

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

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