Honda Odyssey Vs. Toyota Sienna: The Battle of the People Movers

By Justin Cupler | January 16th, 2019

Minivans are the way of life for larger families, but they don’t need to be boring people movers. With models like the 2019 Toyota Sienna and 2019 Honda Odyssey, you have options that include entertaining options and upscale materials to meet your needs. But which if these minivans is best for our Rochester, New York buyers? Keep reading to find out.


Minivans are meant to be pretty, but they have gotten better looking in recent years, The Honda Odyssey went through a redesign in 2018, and it carries on with this same styling in 2019. The 2019 Honda Odyssey is a good-looking minivan, but the 2019 Toyota Sienna, while older, isn’t far behind it.

Both minivans range from relatively simple in their base models to luxurious in their range-topping trims. The latter include large rims, body-color bits, plenty of chrome, and even advanced lighting technology like LEDs and HIDs.

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is 203.2 inches long, 68.3 inches tall, and 78.5 inches wide. It rides on a 118.1-inch wheelbase and tips the scales at 4,354 to 4,498 pounds. The 2019 Toyota Sienna is similar in size at 200.6 inches long, 68.9 to 71.3 inches tall, and 78.1 inches wide. It rides on a 119.3-inch wheelbase and weighs 4,430 to 4,750 pounds. The upper end of the Sienna’s weight range is significantly higher than the Odyssey because of its available all-wheel drive.

Advantage: 2019 Honda Odyssey

  • Brand-new design language

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Sienna

  • Still looks good
  • Higher ride height


Being the latest in design, the 2019 Honda Odyssey has a leg up on the Toyota Sienna. The Odyssey’s cabin is more modern and premium looking than the Sienna’s thanks to its additional shapes and angles. Plus, its push-button transmission and digital dash add some extra modernizing bits. The 2019 Toyota Sienna’s cabin isn’t a turnoff, but it has large flat sections that look like the belong in a minivan of yesteryear.

Inside, both minivans have loads of options to dress them up and make long trips more tolerable, like rear-seat entertainment systems, rear PA systems, and upscale seating, but the Odyssey pulls ahead with its optional rear-seat camera and in-car vacuum that add even more convenience.

The 2019 Honda Odyssey’s front seats have 40.7 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 63.1 inches of shoulder room, and 58.6 inches of hip room. The 2019 Sienna has an extra 0.1 inches of headroom, 1.9 inches of shoulder room, and matches the Odyssey’s hip room. Where the Sienna comes up short is its 0.4 inches less legroom.

In its second row, the Odyssey offers 39.5 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 61.6 inches of shoulder room, 64.8 inches of hip room. The 2019 Toyota Sienna’s second row has an extra 0.2 inches of headroom, 3 inches of shoulder room, and 1.3 inches of hip room, but it comes up short in legroom by 3.3 inches.

The third row in the 2019 Honda Odyssey has 38.3 inches of headroom, 38.1 inches of legroom, 60 inches of shoulder room, and 48.4 inches of hip room. The 2019 Sienna offers 1.1 inches more shoulder room, 1.9 inches more hip room and matches the Odyssey’s headroom. Where the Sienna comes up short is its 36.3 inches of legroom, which is 1.8 inches tighter than the Odyssey.

Cargo room is a big deal in minivans because families often haul around sports equipment and groceries along with their large families. The 2019 Honda Odyssey offers 32.8 cubic feet of room behind the third row, 86.6 to 88.8 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 140.7 to 144.9 cubic feet with the second row removed.

The Toyota Sienna’s cargo hold offers 39.1 cubic feet behind the third row, 87.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 117.8 to 150 cubic feet behind the first row.

Advantage: 2019 Honda Odyssey

  • Extra legroom in all three rows
  • More convenience features

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Sienna

  • More cargo room
  • Wider seats in all three rows


The 2019 Honda Odyssey comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission or a 10-speed automatic in the Touring and Elite trims. Front-wheel drive is the only available platform.

The 2019 Toyota Sienna boasts a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and out to the front wheels. Unlike the Odyssey, the Sienna has available all-wheel drive in the LE, SE, XLE, and Limited trims.

Towing is not a huge deal with a minivan, but some buyers like to tote around a small trailer or camper. The 2019 Odyssey can pull up to 3,000 pounds, but the Sienna beats it by 500 pounds.

Fuel economy is not the forte of any minivan not named the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, but these vans are not terrible. The 2019 Odyssey gets up to 19 mpg city, 28 highway, and 22 combined. The Sienna with front-wheel drive gets up to 19 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined. The Toyota Sienna with all-wheel drive has a small fuel-economy penalty at 18 mpg city, 24 highway, and 20 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Honda Odyssey

  • Slight fuel economy advantage
  • New, more advanced transmission options

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Sienna

  • More standard power
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Higher towing capacity

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Honda Odyssey features five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. Prices range from $30,090 to $46,970.

The 2019 Toyota Sienna boasts eight trim levels — L, LE, SE, SE Premium, XLE, XLE Premium, Limited, and Limited Premium — and its prices range from $31,115 to $44,010.

2019 Honda Odyssey Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $30,090

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch light-silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Auto-off halogen headlights
  • Active grille shutter
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Intermittent front and rear wipers
  • Black door handles
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Black power mirrors
  • Black side sills
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Automatic climate control
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down front windows
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Three-row map lights
  • First- and second-row floor mats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic Seat third row
  • 5-inch color screen
  • 160-watt seven-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 1-amp USB port in front
  • 2.5-amp charging port in center console
  • Hill-start assist
  • Daytime running lights
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines

EX: $34,060

  • All LX features, plus
  • Remote engine start
  • 18-inch dark-silver-painted alloy wheels
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Chrome door handles
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Power-sliding doors
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Fog lights
  • Black roof-mounted antenna
  • One-touch up/down second-row windows
  • Three-row floor mats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Integrated second-row sunshades
  • Magic Slide second-row seats
  • 12-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • 2.5-amp front USB port
  • CabinControl Remote Compatibility
  • 8-inch touchscreen with high-resolution display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic monitoring
  • Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines

EX-L: $37,610

  • All EX features, plus
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Power moonroof
  • Memory-linked mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • HomeLink universal remote
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Two-position power driver’s seat memory
  • Leather seating
  • Two 2.5-amp USB charging ports in rear

Touring: $44,660

  • All EX-L Navi/RES features, plus
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic stop/start
  • 18-inch machine-finished wheels with dark-grey inserts
  • Body-color side sills
  • LED fog lights
  • Body-color fin-style antenna
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • LED headlights
  • Rear-seat entertainment system with 10.2-inch screen
  • HDMI input
  • Blu-Ray player
  • Second- and third-row sunshades
  • HondaVAC integrated vacuum
  • CabinWatch rear-seat monitor
  • In-cabin PA system
  • HondaLink
  • Mobile hotspot

Elite: $46,970

  • All Touring features, plus
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power-folding side-view mirrors
  • Acoustic front and rear door glass
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Blue ambient LED lighting
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 550-watt premium 11-speaker audio system
  • Wireless phone charger

2019 Toyota Sienna Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $31,115

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Projector-beam halogen headlamps with auto on/off feature
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black front grille
  • Color-keyed rear underbody spoilers
  • Black power outside mirrors with integrated blind-spot mirrors
  • 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Laminated acoustic front windshield
  • Black Sienna logo liftgate license garnish
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Fabric-trimmed front seats
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • 60/40 Split & Stow third-row seat with one-motion stow
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and voice-command controls
  • 4.2-inch color multi-information display screen
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with auto up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Overhead console with sunglasses storage
  • Three 12-volt auxiliary power outlets
  • Dual USB charge port in third row quarter trim bin
  • Dual USB charge port in the center lower instrument panel
  • Entune™ 3.0 Audio with Connected Navigation and App Suite
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display,
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3/WMA audio system
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • USB 2.0 port with iPod® connectivity and control
  • Voice recognition
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning with steering assist
  • Automatic high-beams headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control

LE: $33,935

  • All L features, plus
  • Black front grille with chrome accent
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors
  • Dual power-sliding side doors with jam protection
  • Color-keyed door handles
  • 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with P235/60R17 tires (FWD only)
  • Color-keyed license garnish
  • Privacy glass on rear windows
  • Black roof rails
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Eight-passenger seating with removable 40/20/40 second-row seat
  • Manual second- and third-row sunshades
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Overhead console with map lights and dome lights, side door controls, conversation mirror and sunglasses storage
  • Fixed center console with illuminated storage compartment
  • 120-volt outlet
  • Dual USB charge ports
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with Connected Navigation and App Suite
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon

SE: $37,265

  • All LE features, plus
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with smoked sport trim
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Integrated wide-angle fog lights
  • LED taillights with smoked sport trim
  • Unique sport mesh lower and upper grille with smoked chrome garnish
  • Acoustic windshield glass
  • Power liftgate with jam protection
  • Chrome-accented outside door handles
  • 19-inch six-spoke gunmetal-finished alloy wheels
  • Perforated leather seating
  • Multi-stage heated front seats
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Leatherette 60/40 Split & Stow 3rd Row seat with one-motion stow
  • Leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Sport instrumentation

SE Premium: $43,360

  • All SE features, plus
  • Chrome-accented outside door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature
  • Power moonroof
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with blind-spot warning indicators and rear cross traffic alert
  • In-car PA system
  • Dual-view Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system with 16.4-inch display
  • Two wireless headphones
  • Smart Key System on all doors
  • Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and App Suite
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

XLE: $37,265

  • All SE features, plus
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with blind-spot warning indicators and rear cross traffic alert
  • Metallic front grille with chrome ornament on upper grille
  • 17-inch seven-spoke machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Leather-trimmed and multi-stage heated front seats with seatback pockets; 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Power rear quarter windows
  • Fixed center console with wood-grain-style accents
  • Smart Key System on all doors with push-button start
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

XLE Premium: $40,955

  • All XLE features, plus
  • Rear parking sonar
  • In-car PA system
  • Dual-view Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system with 16.4-inch display
  • Two wireless headphones
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and App Suite

Limited: $44,010

  • Acoustic front-row side glass
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto-on/off feature
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Metallic front grille with chrome ornament on upper grille
  • Chrome accent fog bezels
  • Color-keyed heated power auto-dimming power-folding outside mirrors
  • Dual moonroof
  • 18-inch 10-spoke machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Chrome-accented liftgate license garnish
  • Premium leather front seats with seatback pockets
  • Driver’s seat memory function
  • Removable premium-leather-trimmed second-row captain’s chairs
  • Premium leatherette power 60/40 Split & Stow third-row seating
  • Heated leather-trimmed tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with JBL® w/Clari-FI
  • 10-speaker audio system including subwoofer
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Limited Premium: $47,530

  • All Limited features, plus
  • High-intensity discharge headlights with manual level control, auto on/off feature, and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Rain-sensing washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual-View Blu-Ray DVD entertainment system with 16.4-in. Display
  • Two 120-volt power outlets
  • Two wireless headphones

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Odyssey?

The 2019 Honda Odyssey is for buyers who want only the latest and greatest features, like an in-car vacuum, a rear-seat camera, and an are-we-there-yet app.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Sienna?

Buyers in cooler climates where all-wheel drive comes in handy will prefer the Sienna. It is also great for buyers looking solely at cargo room as a deciding factor.

Whether you’re commuting to Rochester or taking the kids to soccer practice in Fairport, the 2019 Honda Odyssey can get you there in style and in peace. Head down to Garber Honda serving the Rochester, Henrietta, and Pittsford areas today for a test drive. If you can’t make it in today, you can also check out our online inventory to see all the 2019 Odyssey models we have in stock and pick the right one for you.


*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.