8 Passenger Minivans – Updated for 2014

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Even with the crossover SUVs flooding the market, nothing can beat the minivan’s blend of car-like handling and versatile practicality. Generally built on a passenger car’s platform, the minivan features three rows of seats; both the second- and third-row seats can be removed or folded down into the floor to maximize cargo space.

However, anyone looking for a 2014 eight-passenger minivan will find that the options are limited, but of high quality: the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Below you will find an infographic that provides a quick comparison of these two minivans.
honda odyssey vs toyota sienna comparison

2014 Honda Odyssey

2014 Honda Odyssey

This sleek minivan has been consistently rated highly by the automotive press despite the steep price tag. As a long-time top pick for many automotive editors, it’s especially well-known for its comfort and responsive handling. Five trim levels are available, with MSRP ranging from $28,825 to $44,450. The lowest trim that offers 8 passenger seating is the EX that has an MSRP of $32,125.

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is powered by a 248-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and offers front-wheel drive only. Fuel economy is 19 MPG city/28 highway/22 combined.

Honda is no slouch when it comes to safety, and the Odyssey is no exception. A complete set of airbags, stability control, and traction control are standard on every model. The Odyssey has earned a 5 star overall rating by NHTSA.

2014 Toyota Sienna

2014 Toyota Sienna
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This proven minivan is praised by reviewers for its spaciousness, comfort, and power. The 2014 Toyota Sienna also comes in five trim levels ranging from $26,920 to $40,240. Not all trims offer 8 passenger seating, the “Base” 8-passenger model is the LE that has an MSRP of $30,490.

It is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that produce 266 hp @ 6200 rpm, 245 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is optional on the higher trims. Fuel economy is 18 MPG city/25 highway for the FWD models, and 16 MPG city/ 23 Highway for the AWD models.

Like the Odyssey, the Sienna also boasts a long history of safety and includes all the safety devices on all models: a full set of airbags, stability control, traction control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology. Sienna, has also earned a five star overall rating by the NHTSA.

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