Compared: 2022 Toyota Sienna vs. 2022 Honda Odyssey

One of these two popular minivans gets far better fuel economy than the other.


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Minivans might not be the hottest vehicles on the lot, but they sure are practical. With enormous amounts of interior space for people and their assorted lifestyle accessories, plus the convenience of dual sliding doors and a sizable liftgate, minivans are a strong alternative to SUVs or crossovers.

The 2022 Toyota Sienna and 2022 Honda Odyssey are two of the most popular vans on the market. Despite many similarities, there are several key differences that could sway your decision at buying time. Here’s how they stack up in terms of features, fuel economy, and pricing.


Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey: Features

The base Sienna can handle up to eight passengers, but the entry-level Odyssey is restricted to seven (with an additional seat available on higher trims). If you opt for the Odyssey’s EX trim or higher, you get access to Magic Slide seats that make it easy to reconfigure the middle row of accommodations by moving them forward and backward (for leg room) and side to side (to keep kids apart); the center section is completely removable. Toyota provides a similarly long stretch for its second-row captain’s chairs, but they lack side-to-side adjustability.


While both minivans can be equipped with a surprisingly high level of luxury gear, there are a few novel features each brand can call its own. The Sienna provides an unusual XSE trim level that attempts to channel sporty handling through a more aggressive suspension; Toyota also offers an Easy Speak microphone so the driver can communicate with passengers in the rear. Honda ups the ante in higher trim levels with its optional CabinWatch system, which adds video capability that the driver can use to keep an eye on the third row.


Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey: Fuel Economy

The Sienna and the Odyssey couldn’t be more different when it comes to drivetrain. All versions of the Toyota feature a standard hybrid setup for 2022, which pairs a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with two electric motors to deliver 245 hp. Optional all-wheel drive adds another electric motor to the mix, but power stays the same.


The Odyssey, on the other hand, is motivated by a 3.5-liter V6 that sends 280 hp exclusively to the front wheels. Not only does it sacrifice some foul-weather traction, but the Honda is much thirstier at the fuel pump, with an estimated 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, compared with the Toyota’s 36 mpg city and 36 mpg highway rating for front-wheel models (all-wheel drive subtracts a single mile per gallon from the city figure). That’s a difference of 17 mpg in the city and 8 mpg on the highway between the two vans.


Toyota Sienna vs Honda Odyssey: Price

The Toyota Sienna LE starts at $35,925, which is more than $1,500 over the Honda Odyssey LX’s $34,265 price tag. The gap widens more at the top end, with the Sienna Platinum posting a price of $51,365, compared with the Odyssey Elite’s $49,995.


This might seem like a lot of money to spend on a van, but the market has shifted toward luxurious models as a way to compete with SUVs, and the top trims are loaded with features.

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Benjamin Hunting
Benjamin Hunting is a writer and podcast host who contributes to a number of newspapers, automotive magazines, and online publications. More than a decade into his career, he enjoys keeping the shiny side up during track days and always has one too many classic vehicle projects partially disassembled in his garage at any given time. Remember, if it's not leaking, it's probably empty.