2020 Honda Odyssey vs. 2019 Kia Sedona

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Safety

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The Honda Odyssey has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sedona doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Odyssey Touring/Elite has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sedona doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Odyssey and the Sedona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Kia Sedona:

Odyssey

Sedona

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

176

236

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

196 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

52 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

95/82 lbs.

18/876 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

32%

39%

Neck Stress

101 lbs.

196 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Kia Sedona:

Odyssey

Sedona

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

83 G’s

98 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

125

131

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

15 inches

Hip Force

472 lbs.

619 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Odyssey the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sedona was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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The Odyssey’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sedona runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 35 percent more Honda dealers than there are Kia dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Odyssey’s warranty.

Reliability

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The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Sedona has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine

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The Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (280 vs. 276) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 248) than the Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Odyssey is faster than the Kia Sedona:

Odyssey

Sedona

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

89.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Odyssey gets better fuel mileage than the Sedona (19 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Sedona doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Odyssey’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sedona doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Odyssey has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sedona doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Odyssey, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Sedona.

Tires and Wheels

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The Odyssey’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sedona L/LX’s standard 65 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Odyssey has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Sedona L/LX.

The Odyssey has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Sedona doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Odyssey uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sedona doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sedona doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Odyssey has .9 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.3 inches more third row legroom and .6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sedona.

Cargo Capacity

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The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sedona.

Odyssey

Sedona

Third Seat Folded

88.8 cubic feet

78.4 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

144.9 cubic feet

142 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Odyssey easier. The Odyssey’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 22.5 inches, while the Sedona’s liftover is 26 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Odyssey’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sedona’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Odyssey’s standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Sedona’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches.

If the windows are left open on the Odyssey the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sedona can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sedona’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Odyssey’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Sedona’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Odyssey owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Odyssey will cost $445 less than the Sedona over a five-year period.

The Odyssey will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Odyssey will retain 47.39% to 51.03% of its original price after five years, while the Sedona only retains 37.07% to 41.51%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Sedona because it costs $455 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Sedona, including $126 less for fuel injection, $72 less for front struts and $397 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Odyssey will be $970 to $2773 less than for the Kia Sedona.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Honda Odyssey, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Kia Sedona isn't recommended.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Odyssey first among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sedona isn’t in the top three.

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Kia Sedona by almost six to one during 2018.

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