Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Toyota Sienna VS 2014 Honda Odyssey Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Toyota Sienna

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2014 Honda Odyssey

Safety Comparison

The Sienna Limited FWD’s optional front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Odyssey doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Sienna Limited offers optional Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to detect an immediately impending crash and automatically apply the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Odyssey has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature which could reduce stopping distances.

The Sienna offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Odyssey doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Sienna (except L/SE/LE) offers optional Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Sienna and the Odyssey 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, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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

Sienna

Odyssey

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

38%

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

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 Toyota Sienna is safer than the Honda Odyssey:

Sienna

Odyssey

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

157 G’s

205 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

49 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

638 lbs.

713 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

311

423

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

640 lbs.

799 lbs.

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

The Toyota Sienna has a better fatality history. The Sienna was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 17% lower per vehicle registered than the Odyssey, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

The Sienna comes with free roadside assistance for 2 years 25000 miles. Toyota will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Odyssey.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sienna for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Odyssey.

There are over 19 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Sienna’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Sienna’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Odyssey’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Odyssey’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Toyota Sienna AWD’s reliability will be 9% better than the Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna 2WD will be 22% better than the Odyssey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 8th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota third in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 7th.

Engine Comparison

The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 18 more horsepower (266 vs. 248) than the Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Sienna is faster than the Honda Odyssey:

Sienna

Odyssey

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.5 sec

13.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.4 sec

20.3 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.6 MPH

89.1 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Sienna’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Odyssey:

Sienna

Odyssey

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.6 inches

The Sienna stops shorter than the Odyssey:

Sienna

Odyssey

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Sienna L/LE/XLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Odyssey’s standard 65 series tires. The Sienna SE’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite’s 60 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sienna SE has standard 19-inch wheels. The Odyssey’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Odyssey doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Sienna has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sienna flat and controlled during cornering. The Odyssey’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sienna’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Odyssey (119.3 inches vs. 118.1 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Sienna has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 1.9 inches more third row hip room and .2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Odyssey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Sienna

Odyssey

Behind Third Seat

39.1 cubic feet

38.4 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

150 cubic feet

148.5 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sienna easier. The Sienna’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 23.6 inches, while the Odyssey’s liftover is 25 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Sienna Limited FWD’s third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Odyssey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Sienna (except Base/SE/LE) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Sienna and the Odyssey have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sienna is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Odyssey prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Sienna’s front and rear power windows all 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 Odyssey’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Sienna Limited’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Odyssey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sienna has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Odyssey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Sienna’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Odyssey’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sienna Limited detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Odyssey doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sienna has standard extendable sun visors. The Odyssey doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Sienna Limited has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Odyssey offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Sienna has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sienna Limited FWD offers an optional Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Odyssey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Sienna owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sienna with a number “8” insurance rate while the Odyssey is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Sienna will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Sienna will retain 51.5% to 60.01% of its original price after five years, while the Odyssey only retains 48.26% to 50.32%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sienna is less expensive to operate than the Odyssey because typical repairs cost much less on the Sienna than the Odyssey, including $226 less for an alternator and $14 less for front brake pads.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Sienna will be $1459 to $4955 less than for the Honda Odyssey.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its December 2010 issue and the Toyota Sienna SE won out over the Honda Odyssey EX-L.

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