2021 Kia Sedona vs. 2020 Honda Odyssey

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sedona are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Honda Odyssey doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

The Sedona (except LX) offers an optional Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Odyssey only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Sedona (except LX)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Sedona and the Odyssey 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 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 Kia Sedona is safer than the Honda Odyssey:

Sedona

Odyssey

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

27%

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

207

247

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Compression

60 lbs.

63 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

464/103 lbs.

324/302 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 Kia Sedona is safer than the Honda Odyssey:

Sedona

Odyssey

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

29

66

Hip Force

253 lbs.

321 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

70 G’s

Hip Force

660 lbs.

709 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

256

369

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

41 G’s

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

Warranty

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The Sedona comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Odyssey’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sedona 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Honda covers the Odyssey. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Odyssey ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Sedona’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Odyssey’s camshafts. If the Odyssey’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sedona’s reliability 36 points higher than the Odyssey.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sedona first among minivans in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Odyssey was rated second.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 41 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 3 places higher in reliability than Honda.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sedona has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Odyssey (21.1 vs. 19.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sedona stops much shorter than the Odyssey:

Sedona

Odyssey

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Sedona EX/SX has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Odyssey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sedona’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the Odyssey (120.5 inches vs. 118.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sedona is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Odyssey.

For better maneuverability, the Sedona’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Odyssey’s (37.7 feet vs. 39.6 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sedona has .7 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom and 1.6 inches more third row hip room than the Odyssey.

Cargo Capacity

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

Sedona

Odyssey

Behind Third Seat

33.9 cubic feet

32.8 cubic feet

The Sedona’s available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Odyssey doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Towing

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The Sedona’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Odyssey’s (3500 vs. 3000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Sedona and the Odyssey have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Sedona is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Odyssey prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Sedona has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Odyssey has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Sedona (except LX) has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Odyssey doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sedona has standard extendable sun visors. The Odyssey doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sedona owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Sedona with a number “5” insurance rate while the Odyssey is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sedona is less expensive to operate than the Odyssey because typical repairs cost much less on the Sedona than the Odyssey, including $159 less for a water pump, $106 less for a muffler, $2 less for front brake pads, $318 less for a starter, $99 less for a fuel pump and $323 less for a power steering pump.

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