The minivan may not be great, but they are great. In fact. There aren’t many vehicles that can haul up to eight people with all their stuff and take off at a moment’s notice on a cross-country trip, or just tackle the weekly Costco runs with aplomb. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna are two of the most popular, but which one will hold up better to the daily grind?
The Toyota Sienna or the Honda Odyssey are excellent trucks
The 2023 Toyota Sienna looks like an SUV on the outside, but it’s pure minivan on the inside. The 2023 version can only come as a hybrid and gets 36 mpg, seating for seven or eight passengers. It starts at around $37,000, but we recommend upgrading to one of the higher-tier models, like the $44,000 XSE, which comes with navigation and more. All-wheel drive is also available.
The Honda Odyssey is around the same price, starting at around $39,000 for the base model but rising to around $43,000 for the well-equipped Sport trim. While the Sienna’s seats are fixed, the Odyssey’s second row can be moved and the third row can be folded into the floor. That’s helpful if you’re transporting larger items. It has a slightly sportier feel, for a minivan, thanks to its V6 that beats Toyota’s, at the expense of a few MPG. But which is more reliable?
iSeeCars rates the Toyota Sienna at the top (barely)
At iSeeCars, which uses its own proprietary research, the Toyota Sienna stands out. But barely. The Sienna has an overall reliability score of 8.7 out of 10 and an overall score of 9.1 out of 10. The Honda, however, has the same reliability score of 8.7. It scores a 9.0 out of 10 overall due to its slightly lower value retention score, which means that on the used market, it sells for slightly less than its Toyota alternatives.
RepairPal rates the Honda Odyssey at the top (barely)
The Honda Odyssey has a Repair Pal score of 3.5 out of five. Average cost to repair is $547, which puts it in third place. In general though, expect to take your Odyssey in for one of those minor fixes 0.5 times a year, or about once every 24 months.
The Toyota Sienna rates about the same as the Honda. It also gets a score of 3.5 and has an average annual repair cost of $554. However, the owners only see the store about 0.4 times a year.
JD Power Says Honda Odyssey Outperforms Toyota Sienna
JD Power It may be the best known of the rating agencies. JD Power does not rate vehicles, but instead surveys owners and obtains their ratings. On the quality and reliability side, owners report defects, malfunctions, and design flaws. The rating doesn’t just cover the powertrain, but the entire vehicle, so a below-average navigation system, for example, could rack up a rating.
Interestingly, at JD Power, the Honda stands out. The 2022 Honda Odyssey scores an 81 out of 100, or “excellent,” for quality and reliability. Overall, at JD Power, it gets an overall score of 81 out of 100. However, the Toyota only scores “average” for quality and reliability. The Toyota’s driving experience is higher, but overall it only hits a 78 on JD Power.
Should you buy a Toyota Sienna or a Honda Odyssey?
In general, the scores of these two are so close that it’s a roll. The features, power, space, utility, and other factors that go into a minivan could be your deciding factor. One factor to keep in mind, though, is that the Sienna is now in its fourth generation and was all-new for the 2021 model year. The Honda Odyssey platform is a bit older, launching in 2018. Other than that, these two They prove that the minivan segment is alive and well with plenty of fierce competition.
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