There is no point in trying to hide the fact that minivans aren't as popular as they once were. However, the automotive industry has yet to build a platform that is as comfortable to drive and as efficient for transporting large groups of people or large amounts of cargo. While most minivans are going to perform fairly well in these two categories, some are going to perform better. Examining the 2016 Honda Odyssey vs. 2016 Kia Sedona shows how this can be true. Looking over the spec sheets of the two vehicles, the 2016 Odyssey out paces the 2016 Sedona in almost all important metrics.
Using the most basic criteria for evaluating a minivan, the 2016 Honda Odyssey seems to be among the strongest choices possible versus the current model of Kia Sedona. Looking at the interiors of the two minivans, the 2016 Odyssey has more space to offer when the seats are properly configured than what is offered in the Kia Sedona. Additionally, many of the upper trims of the Odyssey rival even the most well-appointed SUVs with features. A rear seat entertainment system is available for installation as well as the innovative HondaVac. The 2016 Honda Odyssey remains the only vehicle with a built-in vacuum cleaner to help parents stay ahead of a messy interior.
Under the hood of the 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Kia Sedona sits a V-6 engine. Both power plants have very similar displacement figures. Yes, the Kia Sedona does have a more powerful engine than the 2016 Odyssey. However, the difference is much ado about nothing. For extra horsepower available with the Kia minivan, drivers will be at a significant deficit when it comes to fuel-economy scores between the two vehicles. Additionally, both the 2016 Odyssey and 2016 Sedona have the same seating capacity for passengers. Finally, the 2016 Honda Odyssey comes with the necessary equipment pre-installed to be able to tow up to 3,500 pounds. This is the same amount as the rating for the Kia Sedona.