Should I buy a Honda Odyssey or a Toyota Sienna?

Which is a better minivan, a Toyota Sienna or a Honda Odyssey? What is the best price I could get on a new ’07 eight-seater in the two models?

Yaakov B., Chicago

You’ve without a doubt identified two of the most refined minivans out there, and you can’t go wrong with either, as each has excellent safety, reliability and quality ratings. Both have repeatedly made the Best Bet lists. With that being said, we picked the Honda Odyssey as our Family Car of the Year for 2007, as explained below:

“The Odyssey is one of the highest-ranking of's Best Bet models, exhibiting good to excellent performance in many areas: reliability history, crash tests, quality, drivability, refinement and resale value. It has all the important safety and convenience features of its competitors, some of which Honda invented. Power doors that reverse at the slightest obstruction and an optional rearview camera make the Odyssey as kid-friendly as any car you'll find.

“What puts the Odyssey over the top is engine technology that gives it the best gas mileage for long family trips, even in a model loaded with options like a video entertainment system. Within the driver's reach are every necessary control and the most ergonomic touch-screen navigation option sold.

“Starting with its large, bright headlights, this is a meticulously well-thought-out van. The Odyssey is simply one of the best-executed vehicles of any type that we've ever driven.”

As for finding the least-expensive 2007 minivan, we recommend paying close attention to’s listings of incentives. Right now there aren’t any on the Odyssey, but the Sienna has a $2,000 cash-back offer, as well as zero percent financing available to qualified buyers.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on August 17, 2007 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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