Searching for the ideal family vehicle? While a minivan might seem the stereotypical choice, there are reasons these multi-passenger rides are so popular among drivers with kids – they’re affordable, comfortable and spacious. Many segment leaders also come very nicely equipped, even on the base trims. If you’re in the market for a minivan, you’re essentially obligated to check out both the 2016 Toyota Sienna and 2016 Honda Odyssey.
The Odyssey is offered in no fewer than seven trims (LX, SE, EX, EX-Res, EX-L Res, EX-L Navi and Touring) and each is powered by a 3.5-litre V-6 making 248 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are paired with this engine on every Honda Odyssey trim. Every Odyssey can also tow up to 1588 kg. Exterior features on the base LX include: front splash guards, LED taillight bars, auto-off projector-beam halogen headlamps, rear privacy glass and a chrome tailgate garnish.
|2016 Toyota Sienna||vs||2016 Honda Odyssey|
|3.5L V-6||Engine||3.5L V-6|
|4,248L||Maximum Cargo Volume||4,205L|
|Automatic Temperature Control||Available|
Inside the 2016 Honda Odyssey you’ll find: seating for seven, two 12-volt power outlets, dual-zone manual air conditioning, a battery management system, cargo area bag hooks, ten cup holders, a HandsFreeLink bilingual Bluetooth wireless mobile phone interface, a theft-deterrent system, Honda’s Maintenance Minder system, an information display, full power accessories, a rear-view camera, remote entry, remote fuel-door release and a tilt-and-telescopic steering column.
The overall more affordable 2016 Toyota Sienna offers more standard engine power and more cargo space for whatever life throws your way. Five trims complete the Sienna family (base, LE, SE, XLE and Limited), and each houses a 3.5-litre V-6 rated at 266 horsepower and 245 lb.-ft. of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but the Sienna line offers two trims, LE and XLE, that can be fitted with all-wheel drive – a class exclusive. Exterior standard features include: 17-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable, colour-keyed heated mirrors, blind spot convex mirrors, roof rails, front and rear splash guards and automatic, projector-style halogen headlamps. Inside the Sienna, you’ll find seating for seven passengers, middle captain seats that tip-up, slide, recline are removable, a rear bench seat that splits, folds and stows away completely, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with a CD player, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input jack, USB port and four speakers, a 3.5-inch LCD driver information display, a backup camera, a conversation mirror, cruise control and three 12-volt accessory power outlets – and those are just the highlights.
For more information about the highly-equipped and capable 2016 Sienna, contact Truro Toyota today!