In 1995, Honda unveiled the Odyssey to Americans. In 2005, Kia followed suit with its Sedona. Both minivans have come a long way to the top, promising world-class traveling comfort to families and road-adoring groups. However, with a decade of extra experience strapped to their belt, Honda shows that Kia’s van can’t hold a candle to the 2020 Odyssey.
If you’re treating your family to a new minivan this summer, these are the top 5 reasons why the 2020 Honda Odyssey should be invited to your driveway, not the 2020 Kia Sedona.
2020 Honda Odyssey vs. 2020 Kia Sedona
CabinWatch & CabinTalk
Sedona boasts that it offers all “the benefits of the ultimate passenger vehicle.” Well, hold the phone, says the Honda Odyssey. While the Sedona certainly has enough room and modern features to please most families, it lacks one critical piece of the puzzle for parents: Monitoring.
The 2020 Kia Sedona comes with a unique Conversation Mirror, allowing drivers to keep track of the back two rows without contorting their spine in an inhuman manner. That’s certainly better than a standard rearview mirror, though it’s no match for Honda Odyssey’s incredibly unique CabinWatch and CabinTalk systems.
With Odyssey’s CabinWatch, front-row occupants – that’s you, parents – can monitor everyone in the back using the high-definition display on the central stack. CabinWatch even works in the dark thanks to a nifty Tom Clancy-inspired night-vision setup.
Need to get their undivided attention? CabinTalk, the Odyssey’s in-vehicle PA system, allows you to give the morning announcements like a true principal. Tap the CabinTalk button from the display and it’s “go time”; your voice will echo throughout the cabin and interrupt anything playing through the minivan’s rear entertainment system.
Third Row Comfort
America’s top retail-selling minivan for a decade straight, Honda Odyssey puts a premium on comfort – especially in the very back. Offering a third-row seat that grants occupants 60 inches of shoulder room, 38.1 inches of legroom, and enough cushioning for long trips, the 2020 Odyssey is the idyllic minivan for equally idyllic family vacations.
While the 2020 Kia Sedona offers similar rear headroom and hip room, it lags in comparison to Odyssey’s legroom and shoulder room. Families with a Sedona will only get 59.4 inches for their shoulders and a questionably inferior 34.8 inches of legroom.
Minivans are meant to haul around people, but they’re certainly versatile enough to haul a large inanimate object or twelve, including plywood, loveseats and bicycles. Kia Sedona and Honda Odyssey put their cabin to good use when it comes to haulin’, though Honda’s van is the clean winner.
Removing the second-row seat in the Honda Odyssey, you get 158 cu. ft.* of maximum cargo space, which is a stark contrast to Kia Sedona’s offering of 142 cu. ft. With Honda’s impressive 60/40-split 3rd-row Magic Seat® folded into the floor, the Odyssey can accommodate 92 cu. ft. of space to the second row; comparatively, the 2020 Sedona only offers 78.4 cu. ft.
Equipped with Honda Sensing and its complementary safety features, including items like rain-sensing wipers, the 2020 Honda Odyssey is among the safest minivans in America. It’s earned a TSP award from the IIHS – one of just two mainstream minivan models to do so – and a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The Kia Sedona, on the other hand, failed to achieve such praise from the IIHS. Its LATCH anchors and passenger-side small overlap front crashworthiness were inadequate compared to the Odyssey, and its headlights were deemed to be extremely poor and ineffective.
Unless you’re a Stepford living in a Pleasantville-type paradise, your kids are going to make straight-up messes in your minivan. You’ll discover the most extra-terrestrial, downright filthy items under car seats, including old hamburger buns, extraterrestrial dirt, and things that may or may not have been alive at one point.
Only the new Honda Odyssey offers the convenience of a built-in vacuum. The industry-first HondaVAC system makes it simple to pick up those messes thanks to its long hose and removable trash bin, which ought to be incentive enough to choose the Odyssey over the Sedona
2021 Odyssey vs. Sedona
The 2021 Honda Odyssey and 2021 Kia Sedona are seeing some changes for the model year, though Kia’s minivan is mostly a carryover. For 2021, Odyssey will see the following updates:
- New LED headlights
- Refreshed exterior styling across all trims (LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite)
- Industry-first Rear-Seat Reminder system via CabinWatch
- Standard Honda Sensing on all models
- Updated climate controls
- Second-row seatbacks with fold-flat functionality
- Illuminated USB ports
To learn more about the upcoming 2021 Odyssey or to schedule a test drive with the current 2020 Odyssey, reach out to your local Honda dealership.
Serving all of Dayton, Ohio, and Richmond, Indiana, our Miami Valley Honda Dealers would be glad to set you and your family up in one of the best minivans in the world. Locate and speak with someone from our Honda dealerships near Dayton today to book a time and check on our Odyssey special offers.
*Cargo Volume – Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.