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#5374 of 5511 2011 Sienna/2010 Odyssey
Apr 01, 2010 (7:37 am)
I recently totaled my 2007 Odyssey. Once again my mind started the age old hassle of Honda vs Toyota.
I thought I had no choice but to go with the 2011 model ( since I could not wait on the Ody) but after going to the dealer-- I had to think again.
I had been on trip with a friend who had a 2008 Sienna EXL and some of the features I really liked over my 2007 Odyssey were missing in the 2011 and to me the leather and carpeting and headliner just did not seem to have the same quality and I cringed when I saw those greatly touted tracks to slide the second row up and back so much.
I kept thinking how long before my grandkids had junk stuck down in those tracks and could not put a barrier over them or lose the option. I wqaws excited about the one hand 3rd row seat manuever but as the salesman and I kept trying to do it-- it was NOT all that different . So for me I went back to the Odyssey for this current purchase.
#5375 of 5511 Re: 2011 Sienna/2010 Odyssey [lyndapyr]
Apr 01, 2010 (7:52 am)
See if you can find any bargains on leftover 2010 Siennas, too. It's the last van to have 8 true seats.
#5376 of 5511 Re: 2011 Sienna/2010 Odyssey [ateixeira]
Apr 01, 2010 (9:45 am)
Oh yeah, I forgot about the 8th seat-- that seems like a really bad design to me on the 2011. that bolt holding the center seat to the captain chair and when it is removed it leaves that base for everyone to stumble over.
#5377 of 5511 Re: 2011 Sienna/2010 Odyssey [lyndapyr]
Apr 03, 2010 (10:14 am)
Absolutely right (re: bolt and center console left on the ground.)
in the 2011 Sienna I test drove that had been in the dealer for 2 DAYS the rubber "gasket" on the drivers side seat whether that bolt attaches was already ripped....looked horrible....this big rubber gasket over a slot and its dirty and ripped.
Try again, Toyota-san engineer
#5378 of 5511 Odyssey ride and comfort?
Apr 07, 2010 (8:24 am)
I have a deposit down on a 2010 Honda Ody. I took a test drive while I was there and have a question. All the reviews are pretty accurate in what I experienced. It had great handling but I am concerned about the ride. It seemed like it drove stiff as a board compared to the cloud like feeling of other minivans.
For those that have an Ody what is thr ride like on long trips. Is it comfy? What about 2nd and third row passengers? Are they comfortable on long rides?
#5379 of 5511 Re: Odyssey ride and comfort? [geckoman]
Apr 07, 2010 (8:29 am)
The Odyssey has always ridden nicely, if stiffer than its competitors. It rides softer than an Accord; a family sedan.
I've driven an Odyssey from B'ham, AL to OKC, OK on more than one occasion. Once was helping my family relocate, so the van was very loaded down. It was then I appreciated the buttoned-down feeling of the Odyssey, it wasn't bouncy but instead felt very controlled. It didn't beat us up, either.
I'm an Accord driver but I'm not "brand-loyal." I just helped my parents buy a Taurus, and I'm eyeing the new Sonata.
#5380 of 5511 Re: Odyssey ride and comfort? [geckoman]
Apr 07, 2010 (8:35 am)
The Sienna's smoother ride is one of the reasons we bought it.
We stayed with some friends in Tucson just before we bought ours, and they have an Ody. When I sat in the back, over the rear axle, I ended up feeling a bit of nausea, though it could have been because I wasn't looking out at the horizon. There's also more road noise.
I felt it handled better (they let me drive it once), but you definitely sacrifice ride comfort and road noise for it.
Ody = better for the driver
Sienna = better for the passengers
I was outnumbered, so we got a Sienna.
#5381 of 5511 Re: Odyssey ride and comfort? [geckoman]
Apr 07, 2010 (8:36 am)
Are you coming from a Toyota? If so, it might take some adjustment since Hondas have much stiffer suspensions than Toyotas. That being said, I just took a 4 hour ride over the weekend and I and my passengers felt plenty comfortable.
#5382 of 5511 Re: Odyssey ride and comfort? [geckoman]
Apr 07, 2010 (3:43 pm)
I owned a 2007 Ody and just bought the 2010.
When I test drove the Toyota in 2007 I thought it was great but then when I drove the Honda just seemed to hold the road better.
My best friend has a 2008 Toyota Sienna ( she liked the cup holders better than the Ody)
I recently took a trip with my 7 year old grandson and her 2 grandsons from Arkansas to Gulf Shores Al.in her Sienna. My grandson was sitting in the back seat and within about 3 hours he was complaining of his back hurting and he had never said anything about discomfort in the Ody.
I just like the firmer feel myself- feels like I have more control- I have post polio syndrome and have lots of muscle pain and spasms and the Ody ride has never been a problem at all- maybe the firmness helps.
#5383 of 5511 Love my 2011 Sienna XLE
Apr 07, 2010 (6:29 pm)
I had a 2002 Honda Odyssey EX and was ready to trade it in for the '10 Odyssey EXL, but I decided to drive the Chevy Traverse and the 2011 Sienna XLE. I liked the Traverse but wasn't ready to give up the rear cargo space and sliding doors of a mini-van, and I was vvery surprised at how much I liked the Sienna! To me, it drives and steers effortlessly and is very comfortable. I like the position of the buttons to open the sliding doors and sunroof much better in the Sienna over the Odyssey...they are up by the rearview mirror so both the driver and passenger can get to them. I like the controls on the dash, leather steering wheel feel, back-up camera (very clear), the compass, storage bins, the sliding door buttons on the walls next to the rear door (very easy for kids), cargo space behind 3rd seat, and stowing of the 8th seat. Dislikes are the unremovable cupholder/tray between second row like everyone else (my kids have no problem stepping over), passenger seat manual position setting, and I can't figure out how to disable the rear AC controls--kids keep turning it back on to max heat and cold after I turn it off or sync it--manual shows how to do it with manual AC but not auto AC. Overall, I am very pleased with the smooth ride and quiet cabin.