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Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Car Comparisons, Van
#4202 of 5511 Re: Sienna vs Odyssey: Do I really DISLIKE the Sienna that much? [gotoyota]
Jul 09, 2007 (6:35 pm)
VERY DISAPPOINTED would better describe my feelings toward our 2006 Sienna LE. First of all, the right side 2nd row seat had been installed WRONG at the factory and could not be moved or folded for access to the 3rd row.
After reading Edmunds and CR, I expected it to be better than our 2002 T&C LX....but sadly, it is not. The 02 T&C was just as quiet, just as smooth riding, had a superior radio/stereo, had separately controlled temperature for the driver and front passenger. The 2nd row Quad seats and front passenger seat of the T&C were more comfortable than those of the Sienna.
However, the Sienna has a MUCH more comfortable driver's seat and twice the cargo area behind the 3rd row seat which is very nice when 6 of us go on long trips (680 miles one way). The 60/40 split "fold into the floor" 3rd row seat of the Sienna has been very convenient. The Toyota dealer has a VERY convenient facility for Oil and Oil Filter change. I do not dislike the Sienna sufficiently to trade it in for the low trade in value it now has and I like it better now that I have taken out the fold down tray between driver and front passenger.
#4203 of 5511 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package
Jul 09, 2007 (11:20 pm)
Hi Odyssey & Sienna Owners,
I am looking to buy either a new 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package(DVD included). I would like to get the experience from the owners of these vehicles including both pros and cons, so that I can make a effective decision. Any information related to comparison of these two models are also welcome.
Please send me your valuable feedback or inputs.
Does Odyssey engine makes more noise than Sienna?
#4204 of 5511 Re: Sienna vs Odyssey: Do I really DISLIKE the Sienna that much? [hansienna]
Jul 10, 2007 (7:43 am)
Sorry to hear that you have had so many troubles with your Sienna... Having had a similar experience (different problems though) with our Ody, I know how it can throw a wet blanket on an otherwise good thing. My wife is now saying she wants to look at the Sequoia, because she can't get the 8 passenger Sienna with all the amenities she wants and doesn't think the Ody 8 passenger is a true 8 passenger (and I would agree - it's more like a 7.3 passenger). So... I am just throwing my hands in the air at this point. I may have to change forums soon, ha ha.
#4205 of 5511 Re: Sienna vs Odyssey [gotoyota]
Jul 10, 2007 (11:14 am)
I'll share a couple of thoughts...
First, keep in mind you drove a loaded up, more expensive Odyssey, and are comparing to a mid-line Sienna. Of course the Ody was nicer. Probably $7 grand nicer.
I understand why you drove that particular Sienna - you wanted 8 seats. So did I. I bought package 3, like you're considering.
Are you open to the aftermarket? We got a giant 12.1" Jensen DVD player for the kids. It's huge!
They watch movies and when we arrive after a 3 hour trip, THEY DON'T WANT TO GET OUT!
I have to scold them, get out now or you'll get time out! NOOOO, PLEASE DADDY LET THE MOVIE FINISH!
You also have more options - you could get dual head rest screens if the kids have different tastes. The Sienna LE8-3 costs about $24.8k now, and a similar Ody EX costs $26.8k. (source for prices: fitzmall.com, Browns Honda)
That $2 grand could buy the massive 12" LCD screen plus the leather you want. Katskins makes some good stuff.
And before people say you can't get leather in 3 rows for $1100, remember that the 3rd seat in the Odyssey is entirely vinyl, no leather at all.
Sienna XLEs do have a leather 3rd row, but alas, no 8 seat model, so forget that.
Think about this - don't your kids sit in booster seats anyway? Leather may not be as important as you think, given they're not sitting on them anyway. Out of the 4 of us, 3 actually preferred cloth.
Is my van perfect? No.
I wish you could get the JBL sound system seperately. This also allows you to fit the Solara's GPS NAV system right in the dash. That's Toyota's best and most modern GPS, better than what comes as OE in the Sienna.
If you get the JBL, you can add NAV for $1700 stand-alone. Pay less for a better system.
#4206 of 5511 Re: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package [samautobuy]
Jul 10, 2007 (2:36 pm)
A test-drive will reveal all of this to you, and let you know the extent of what I'm about to say, but here's the short version on how they drive/ride from my perspective...
Odyssey: Handling like an Accord, ride like an Accord (firm, car-like). Best handling minivan on the market.
Sienna: Handling more truck-like/more numb steering, smoother ride. Best riding minivan on the market.
#4207 of 5511 Re: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package [thegraduate]
Jul 11, 2007 (5:23 am)
I'd have to agree. The Ody does handle better. Ride was just higher on my priorities list for the mission this vehicle will have.
One nice thing - the Sienna has an incredible turning radius. It actually turns a tighter circle than the Subaru Forester it replaced, and that was a compact!
#4208 of 5511 Re: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package [thegraduate]
Jul 11, 2007 (5:45 am)
I completely agree with everything being said. Ody wins for handling and crispness, while suffering slightly in ride comfort. Sienna wins for ride comfort - AND power, espcecially in the low end, and generally feels more solid to me, plus it has a better rating in Consumer Reports which seems to be validated by most of the owners. It's a tough choice. Sienna is very nice, but somewhat plain in 8 seat configurations. Wish they made the XLE/Limited in 8 passenger, but I doubt that's going to happen. There is the option of adding leather through the aftermarket, it's just nice to be able to find what you want on the lot. Honda does that better. The Ody is very classy looking inside and out, and it's easy to find exactly what you like; but in my mind, it's a lower quality vehicle and from what I've read in blogs and in CR, I can expect more of what I've had with my '04 model if we go that route. Does anyone have an inside line on the changes coming to the Sienna for '08? I haven't been able to find anything in my search and the dealer did not know anything either. We're in a holding pattern until something tips the scales as far as the wife is concerned. We plan to keep whatever we buy for a long time, so we want to make the best choice possible. She wants to drive a Sequoia now, just to see what it's like. As much as I like them, it's hard to think about $90 fill-ups.
#4209 of 5511 Re: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package [gotoyota]
Jul 11, 2007 (6:28 am)
She wants to drive a Sequoia now, just to see what it's like. As much as I like them, it's hard to think about $90 fill-ups.
Oh dear! Remember, the Sienna will be faster, better handling, and most likely more comfortable. The obvious benefit of the Sequoia is towing ability and off-road capability. Coming from an Odyssey, however, I can't see that you have needed either of those two truck characteristics in the past. Maybe you can remind your wife of that next time y'all are out shopping!
#4210 of 5511 Re: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package [gotoyota]
Jul 11, 2007 (6:44 am)
The 08 Sienna won't have any significant changes, IMO. The 06 model got a face lift and the 07 model just got a new engine.
I don't think we'll see any major change until the next model, to be honest. Maybe a Symphony model, like they had for the outgoing 2002-2003 years (previous generation).
The Ody is getting a face-lift by the end of this year, but the changes look pretty minor. There was nothing wrong with the current look. Check the Edmunds blogs.
#4211 of 5511 Re: 2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L With DVD or 2007 Sienna XLE with FP package [thegraduate]
Jul 11, 2007 (6:49 am)
LOL... I think she will draw that conclusion on her own. She likes BIG when it comes to cars (she wanted a minivan even before we had any children ) but she is also very frugal. I think in the end, the Sequoia is going to lose the battle in her head, even if it wins the one in her heart