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So i have owned a honda odyssey for the last 13 years- have loved it. However, seeing that the Sienna is a hybrid has me really intrigued. My odyssey is near the end of its life. The reason I love the odyssey is the v6 and it drives like a car. I wanted to get people's input on the 2021 hybrid AWD and how it drives and accelerates? my honda has some nice power when needed in passing other cars - Was curious about how it drives.
 

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If I'm not mistaken, the 2021 sienna is about 1.5 seconds slower 0 - 60 than the Odyssey. So being a 4 cylinder hybrid with exceptional fuel economy, it's really not that much slower than the v6. I think people are mislead from the sound of the hybrid. It doesn't sound powerful, and the 4 cylinder can be a bit loud while under heavy acceleration which gives it the illusion of being slow.
 

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Hard acceleration is a bit noisy but the speed is actually not bad (even better if not in eco mode which feels a bit sluggish at times). The excellent fuel economy you get in return is a reasonable trade off for me. Suggest you go for a test drive to see if it's a compromise you can live with.
 

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Probably not by much. That TFL youtube video where they compared the Sienna to the Odyssey was AWD and it wasn't that far behind the Odyssey.
 

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I'm in the same situation as OP, with a 2008 Odyssey that I've been satisfied with and happy enough to keep driving until now. I've been watching the market for the past few years and took a long hard look at both the Chrysler Pacifica and new Honda Odyssey. Neither of them really did it for me. The new Sienna is not perfect either, but it has enough good things going for it that I just took the plunge and signed a deal for a XSE FWD.

Compared to the 2008 Odyssey, total HP is almost exactly the same but the power delivery on the new Sienna is very different (much better)! It feels very responsive from a dead stop and also at speed, which is nice. I like not having a conventional automatic transmission, which can be a problem area and which might not always choose the right gear. I'm also looking forward to the fuel economy, which will be about twice what I'm getting in city driving and a good bit better on the highway too. I also like the exterior design, especially the XSE trim!
 

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I was surprised as to how well the XSE AWD accelerated and handled on the highway and on (exit) turns. I previously had a 2G MDX and the handling was comparable. I have no issues with the power, especially in sport mode. I can easily maneuver through traffic, even with a full load. I do, however, wish the brakes were better. Bigger brakes could make stopping smoother.
 

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Yes I should have added I'm really impressed with the handling of the XSE. The chassis and suspension tuning is top notch, it can really take a corner and stays flat.

I've seen some Youtube reviews that complained about inconsistent brake feel from the regen braking. I didn't feel that on my test drive, it felt fine. I didn't do any hard stops to really test the brakes, but would rarely do so in everyday driving. Those discs look like a healthy size to me.
 

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thx for the feedback so far! What we also really liked about 09 ODY EX-L was the spacious cabin and the seat comfort (we have leather). our good friends recently got a pacifica and it felt a little cramped when in there. Plus the seats didnt feel as comfortable as the ODY's - how do both feel in the Sienna?
 

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I had the 08 ODY EX-L so I know what you mean. Honda did a really good job maximizing interior space and seat comfort was also really good. I think the current crop of minivans are all a bit smaller inside, including the Sienna. I would have liked a little bit more headroom and a little more cargo room behind the third row. Also the third row windows are really small on the Sienna, which makes it feel a bit tighter back there too.

In terms of seat comfort, I find it's comfortable and on par with the 08 ODY. My wife is shorter and says she wishes the driver and front passenger seat bottom cushion was shorter. We measured it and it's about half an inch longer than the 08 ODY. The Pacifica had the same problem, a little bit worse actually. I wish there was leather on the XLE/XSE trims, but I think the synthetic leather is going to be fine. One thing I've noticed is that "real" leather in new cars has gotten worse over the years. In my 08 ODY the leather was still in excellent condition, better than in some much newer cars.
 

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I've seen some Youtube reviews that complained about inconsistent brake feel from the regen braking. I didn't feel that on my test drive, it felt fine. I didn't do any hard stops to really test the brakes, but would rarely do so in everyday driving. Those discs look like a healthy size to me.
I didn’t notice it on my initial test drive either, but now I’m acquainted with it. It’s a minor annoyance that I’m sure will grow more tolerable with time.
 

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So i have owned a honda odyssey for the last 13 years- have loved it. However, seeing that the Sienna is a hybrid has me really intrigued. My odyssey is near the end of its life. The reason I love the odyssey is the v6 and it drives like a car. I wanted to get people's input on the 2021 hybrid AWD and how it drives and accelerates? my honda has some nice power when needed in passing other cars - Was curious about how it drives.
I am often reading a similar chat for Honda Odysseys like and decided to buy a new 2020 Toyota Sienna LE, it was the last year with a V6, I know all new Siennas are hybrid, so be it, our 2001 Honda Odyssey EX V6 is still very STRONG! it sits alone in a garage hooked to a Battery Tender till I can figure out either give it away to homeless or vets or relatives?

Our new 2020 Toyota Sienna LE now have a tad over 1000 miles on it and I still don't know all the stuff it can do, but slowly[we never drive anywhere this last year[covid19]. I'm glad I bought Toyotas last V6, it runs stronger than my Honda and it was flawless!
 
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