2018 Honda Odyssey vs 2017 Toyota Sienna Comparison
Specs at a Glance
2018 Honda Odyssey vs 2017 Toyota Sienna
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The 2018 Honda Odyssey is such a sea-change that Kelley Blue Book’s headline declares it as the Best Family Car in the World. How does this new entry compare to the 2017 Toyota Sienna? Let’s take a look.
Focus on the Family Driver
The new Odyssey now enjoys 280 horsepower, an increase of 30 horses, bringing it more in line with the Sienna. Furthermore, Honda has worked on its drivability to the point where it’s hard to determine which would be easier: this big minivan or a smaller sedan. Changes made to the minivan’s architecture, suspension, and steering have made this vehicle much more responsive to the driver. The Kelley Blue Book reviewers write that it is the best minivan they’ve ever driven. Quiet and comfortable at highway speeds, the minivan won’t react to driver input by oversteering. In slow speeds, you’ll notice a better pedal feel and more responsive steering. When you are parking, this is especially evident as the minivan makes maneuvers with much greater ease.
Focus on the Family
New Odysseys have 3.5 inches more second-row legroom and one inch more third-row legroom than the 2017 Siennas. New Magic Slide seats give Honda vehicles another advantage. These seats can slide side to side, changing how kids enter and where they sit in relationship to other riders. The new back row has a better view of the road, helping to combat boredom and/or car sickness. To help parents, there is a built-in microphone. Like the Toyota’s microphone system, this Honda feature lets drivers talk to the kids on the back row. Only Honda is offering CabinWatch. This unique feature can show you what’s happening with the children via a camera that broadcasts to the touch screen. It has infrared vision to illuminate the scene at night. Still one of the only minivans with a built-in vacuum, Honda helps you keep the van cleaner. Of course both have a dash entertainment system, but Honda now has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These systems greatly expand the entertainment and information apps you can access from your phone. You can send maps and directions straight to the touch screen. Speaking of this, if you have the navigation system on board, the rear entertainment system can provide a special How Much Farther App. This feature can help children understand how far they’ve gone and how they must go to reach the final destination. This 10-inch screen now accommodates streaming video, giving your restless bunch many more entertainment choices.
While the 2017 Sienna offers crash avoidance features, the 2018 Honda Odyssey has a whole suite of standard safety systems on the second-tier EX and above models. This starts with adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation. The autobrake may lessen impact or help you avoid a crash altogether. A lane keeper assists you with the van’s trajectory. On the Honda, this feature makes constant corrections, relieving the driver of stress on the highway. Furthermore, the Honda, unlike the Toyota, offers a road departure mitigation system that may prevent the van from running off the road.
Come see the 2018 Honda Odyssey. More accommodating and more powerful, this minivan earns a test drive at Bosak Honda.