Comparison: 2018 Honda Odyssey vs 2018 Toyota Sienna

Comparison: 2018 Honda Odyssey vs 2018 Toyota Sienna

Staunton area drivers who need a new minivan are going to love their current options. But as automakers realize consumers' desire for well-equipped minivans and up their game accordingly, the choice gets harder for buyers.

To help you decide which of Virginia's top-selling minivans is best for you, we've put together a one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Honda Odyssey and the 2018 Toyota Sienna:

Safety Ratings and Technology

Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey was named a 2018 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning best-possible scores in nearly every category, including Superior ratings for crash avoidance and mitigation and child seat anchor ease of use. The 2018 Odyssey similarly aced tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, receiving a 5-Star Overall Rating.

The Odyssey EX trim and higher all come standard equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance tech, which includes a Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Cross Traffic Monitor, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.

Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna struggled to keep up in tests by the IIHS, losing points for small overlap front impact, front crash prevention, and child seat anchor ease of use. Additionally, the 2018 model hasn't been evaluated by the NHTSA, so drivers may be taking a chance with their family's safety when choosing this model.

The 2018 Sienna comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Comfort and Convenience

Honda Odyssey

Odyssey trims include the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Lower trims are ideal for families on a budget who want a comfortable, spacious ride, while upper trims come equipped with luxury touches and features that makes your life easier.

CabinWatch and CabinTalk are specially developed features that let you check on rear-seat passengers in your Display Audio screen and mute all audio for easy in-cabin communication. HondaVAC is a dream-come-true for parents of little ones and pet owners, allowing you to vacuum messes no matter where you are. Other available convenience features include a WiFi hotspot, Blu-ray Rear Entertainment, wireless phone charging, Wide Flat Cargo Management, Magic Slide Seating, and a Hands-Free Power Tailgate.

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated and ventilated seating, multi-zone auto, ambient interior lighting, Satellite-Linked Navigation, and more are also available, so talk to your Valley Honda rep about your wants and needs to find a perfect Odyssey for you.

Toyota Sienna

Sienna trims include L, LE, SE, XLE, and Limited. While the Sienna does come available with a feature similar to CabinTalk, called Driver Easy Speak, it does not feature an in-car vacuum, CabinWatch equivalent, cargo management system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or a hands-free liftgate.

Upper trims come available with multi-stage heated seating, Dynamic Navigation, power third row, Bluetooth wireless, and the option for a Dual-View Blu-ray Disc Entertainment Center.

Pricing

Honda Odyssey

Starting at $29,990 MSRP**

Toyota Sienna

Starting at $30,750 MSRP**

‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2018 Honda Odyssey with Honda Sensing TM and specific headlights.

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.