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Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Car Comparisons, Van
#2091 of 5511 2005 Honda Odyssey Over The 2005 Toyota Sienna
Apr 11, 2005 (7:00 pm)
Hey everyone I just bought a 2005 honda Odyssey over a 2005 Toyota Sienna. I own a 1998 Accord EX-V6 also so I was always kind of leaning towards Honda. Before the Odyssey, I had a 1993 GMC Safari and I liked the room of the van but I hated the van its self so I decided maybe it was time to get a new one. Well here is my 2 cents worth. In my opinion, I find the Odyssey's seats more comfortable. I find that the Sienna's seats are just way too soft and it is hard on my back. I think I just need a bit of a stiffer seat but not too stiff just perfect like the Odyssey's. I have road and drove both for a long time, seeing how my aunt had a 2004 Toyota Sienna. (as far as I know there is no difference between the 2004 Sienna and the 2005 Sienna). I bought the EX and was also looking at the Sienna LE which is what my aunt has. I really like the leather in my Accord and would of liked it in my van, but no only do I go through bottles and bottles of Armorall a year, but I will have kids sliding in and out of the van and I dont want the leather to look like crap. I would of really liked the sunroof and thought the VCM was cool. The only complaint is that maybe the Odyssey is abit too low. I always like the look and feel of lower vehicles, I feel more safe in them, but when I was backing out of my brothers driveway at night, my front tire just slipped off the curb and my bumper hit. I was not going fast so it was just because it was too low. I think it looks good like that, but they could of made it just a little bit higher. The Sienna is very high on the other hand and dont think I will ever have to worrie about the bumper o that van hitting anything. I find Toyota went cheap with the saftey features. If I were to get a Sienna, I wouldnt of got the AWD LE, but I would of wanted traction control. I like the idea of all 3 rows curtin air bags with rollover sensors, and also the front side airbags with sensors. I think it is stupid that you have to pay extra for all of that and why cant the Sienna just come standard with traction control for the FWD Sienna? All of thoes saftey features come standard on the lowest level of the Odyssey, the LX. Dont get e wrong though, I really liked the sienna too. I just found the steering aswell to be wayyyyy too lose on the Sienna. You could barelly even tell you moved the tires. I like the feel of the odyssey's sporty handeling and ride. Now on the downside for the odyssey, I found when the two middle seats were slid together, there was much more passage room in the sienna for the back row. From pictures, I would of thought the sienna's 8 passenger middle row would be more comfortable, but then again there is no arm rest and all 3 seats are smaller. The +1 seat is actually very comfortable for such a small seat. I was very surprised when I sat in it. Sure you take up some of the other 2 seats, but they are HUGE so there is enough for 3 grown adults in the middle row with no problems or uncomfort. Eather way I would of been very happy with eather van, because I know Toyota is a very reliable company as well. But this is my third Honda (1985 Prelude, 1998 Accord, and 2005 Odyssey) and they have all been extreamlly reliable with very few problems. And for thoes few problems, none of them were major. I have always like Toyota too, actually with the Accord I was also looking at a Camry as well as a Maxima, but Honda somehow always has exacally what I am looking for. The Odyssey just has what I wanted moreso then the Sienna. Thats just my 2 cents worth.
#2092 of 5511 Re: 2005 Honda Odyssey Over The 2005 Toyota Sienna [gtthebstvan]
Apr 12, 2005 (1:56 pm)
Hard to read a one paragraph post that long....
I would lay off the Armor-all if I were you for a number of reasons.
#2093 of 5511 Re: 2005 Honda Odyssey Over The 2005 Toyota Sienna [isellhondas]
Apr 12, 2005 (7:07 pm)
Yeah sorry about that I shoulda spaced. Why not clean the leather with armor-all?it shines it up
#2094 of 5511 Wrong forum for this...
Apr 12, 2005 (7:18 pm)
That stuff will dry out your leather and give it a shiny, artificial greasy feel.
Ask any professional detailer, they hate it. I've seen dashboards crack a week after Armor All was applied...mine!
#2095 of 5511 Re: Wrong forum for this... [isellhondas]
Apr 13, 2005 (5:22 am)
That was the Armor All they made 10 years ago. The new stuff has the anti-crack guarantee. So, should not be a problem.
#2096 of 5511 Re: wrong forum but...[05ody]
Apr 13, 2005 (5:44 am)
Apr 13, 2005 (10:05 am)
And it won't leave that shiny greasy feel to the leather.
#2098 of 5511 Re: Lexol is good stuff [isellhondas]
Apr 13, 2005 (2:26 pm)
Alright thanks for everyone's input! ill try Lexol but ive been using armor-all for 7 years not and I have no cracks in my leather or dashboard. But I find it doesnt shine the leather for very long. Thanks again
#2099 of 5511 Re: Lexol is good stuff [05ody]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Apr 14, 2005 (12:33 am)
This topic is for discussing Honda Odyssey vs. Toyota Sienna. If you'd like to continue talking about cleaning leather interiors, you can do so in the Cleaning Leather/Cloth Interiors discussion.
#2100 of 5511 Re: Why we (3 kids) chose the Odyssey over the Sienna [joecb128]
Apr 14, 2005 (4:40 am)
Curtain airbags have nothing to do with "keeping unbelted passengers inside the vehicle during roll-overs". They have everything to do with keeping your upper body from smacking the inside of your vehicle at a high rate of speed during a side impact. They significantly improve your chances of surviving a side impact, even by an SUV. See item 2 at http://www.iihs.org/safety_facts/qanda/airbags.htm#2 .