It’s a new year, and competition in the minivan market is heating up as families look to use their tax refunds on a new ride. Two of the most popular vans on most families’ radars are the 2019 Honda Odyssey and 2019 Kia Sedona. Both vans come from highly regarded manufacturers, but which one is better? Should you put your tax refund into the award-winning Odyssey or the rival Sedona? Let’s explore these the differences between these family vans.
If you are like most people shopping for a minivan, you’re looking for a combination of utility and style in for your family cruiser. Today’s technology allows for both, so deciding to buy a minivan means you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. However, you’ll make some sacrifices if you choose the Sedona over the Odyssey—and that’s just a fact.
Space and Comfort
Sorry, Kia, but Honda Odyssey wins the “Space and Comfort” category, hands down. Max cargo volume in a Honda Odyssey LX is 144.9 sq. ft., while the 2019 Kia Sedona only offers 142 sq. ft. With the Odyssey, you’ll have more storage space for all those golf clubs, camping gear, and tailgating equipment.
Furthermore, the Honda offers a great deal more in the comfort department, as each row of seats offers more room for heads, shoulders, hips, and legs—a lot more. For instance, in the Odyssey’s third row, you’ll get 25 inches (0.64 m) more space compared to Kia’s back seat. As for headroom, the Odyssey provides a full inch more than the Sedona.
Features and Convenience
Drivers of minivans need extra flexibility, mostly because they are usually driving loads of people or heavy, cumbersome gear from one place to another. So, little conveniences can make the day a lot easier.
Again, the Honda Odyssey exceeds the Kia Sedona in this category. The Odyssey includes standard climate control and additional equipment that the Sedona doesn’t even offer as an option. Standard in the base Odyssey LX are features such as:
- Dual-Zone automatic climate control
- Anti-theft sound system
- Floor mats
- Active head restraints
- Paddle shifters
- Roof rack
- Power driver’s seat
Aside from optional floor mats, all the above features are not even offered in the entry-level Sedona L. (Additionally, the Honda Odyssey does offer an optional electronic parking assist, which the Sedona doesn’t have.)
There are some additional optional features of the higher-trim Honda Odyssey models, which aren’t shared with the Sedona:
- Active noise cancellation
- Snow mode smart traction
- Remote engine start
- HD/Sirius XM Radio
- 115-volt power outlets
- Apple CarPlay
Really, the list of options for all four of the different Honda Odyssey trims goes on and on, and, by far, exceeds the Kia Sedona.
Safety is important, especially since the majority of minivan owners are traveling with their family. There is no question as to which minivan is safer, as Honda has a reputation for producing reliable vehicles.
The Honda Odyssey is a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick thanks to its “superior” rating in frontal collision protection tests. This is due, in part, to Honda Sensing, a suite of safety features that help protect you as you navigate traffic. It includes:
- Collision Mitigation Braking System
- Road Departure Mitigation System
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Keeping Assist System
The Kia Sedona failed to receive a Top Safety Pick designation with the IIHS.
Sedona is Good. Odyssey is Way Better
“The Honda Odyssey is an excellent minivan. The well-built interior has three rows of spacious, comfortable seats, and it offers many user-friendly tech features, including handy items like a built-in vacuum. This Odyssey is a terrific vehicle that makes a great choice for minivan shoppers.” – U.S. News.
This Odyssey vs. Sedona minivan comparison is pretty clear. The Honda Odyssey is a far better vehicle and, according to outside experts, safer. Plus, the Odyssey returns 28 mpg on the highway compared to the Sedona’s 24 mpg, so you’ll be able to cut out a few additional trips to the gas station if you opt for Honda.
Ready to treat your family to a modern, spacious, and extra-versatile minivan in Arizona? Head to one of our Phoenix Valley Honda dealerships to test drive the 2019 Odyssey! We have numerous special Honda lease offers available on the Odyssey and many other new Honda models, including the Pilot and CR-V. Find your nearest Valley Honda Dealers location around Phoenix, Tempe, or Scottsdale, and let us show you the perks of buying a new or even used Honda Odyssey.
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