2011 Honda
Odyssey EX
vs. 2012 Kia
Sedona LX

2011 Honda Odyssey EX

9.6

starting from

$32,035
"Readily adaptable to cargos."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's storage
"Onboard entertainment systems are attractive."
popularmechanics.com | talking about the Odyssey's stereo

Reasons to buy the Honda Odyssey EX

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Spacious back seats
56.8 ft3
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Comparable turning radius
36.7 ft
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Average cargo space
148.5 ft3
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Power seats
Standard
2012 Kia Sedona LX

9.4

Runner-up

Kia Sedona LX

starting from

$25,700

Reasons to buy the Kia Sedona LX

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Average-sized front seats
62.4 ft3
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Roof rails
Standard
Cost 7.6 vs 10.0
2012 Kia Sedona LX Winner: Sedona LX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • The best price we've seen is $6,335 cheaper (around 20% less), $25,700 vs $32,035
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Odyssey EX's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX has 9 more cupholders, 15 vs 6
  • Room for 1 more person, 8 vs 7
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 567 miles vs 528 miles
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda Odyssey EX Winner: Odyssey EX
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  • The Odyssey EX needs around 10% less space to turn, 36.7 ft vs 39.6 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have electronic stability control
  • Child door locks come standard
  • Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 9.4

Cost

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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MSRP $32,035 vs $25,700 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 18 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Sedona LX's basic warranty is fantastic, and the Odyssey EX's warranty is OK, too
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Sedona LX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, and the Odyssey EX's warranty is OK, too

Luxury Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Odyssey EX's power seats; not available on the Sedona LX
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Entertainment System

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Number of speakers 7 vs 8 The Sedona LX has more speakers and the Odyssey EX is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Odyssey EX's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Sedona LX does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Odyssey EX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Sedona LX; but it's not available at all on the Odyssey EX

Practicality

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Passengers 8 vs 7 The Odyssey EX has lots of passenger seats and the Sedona LX is OK, too
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Highway driving range 567 miles vs 528 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 148.5 ft3 vs 141.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 60.5 ft3 vs 62.4 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Sedona LX's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Odyssey EX cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 15 vs 6 The Odyssey EX has an absurd number of cupholders, 3 extra in front and 6 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Performance

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Horsepower 248 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 271 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Sedona LX is fairly powerful, but the Odyssey EX is not far behind
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Sedona LX has more gears and the Odyssey EX is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Sedona LX's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.8 lb/hp vs 16.1 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.7 ft vs 39.6 ft The Odyssey EX is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Sedona LX is quite bad

Safety Features

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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0-60 mph 8.7 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Sedona LX has a good 0-60 time, but the Odyssey EX is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 143 ft vs 144 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.7 s s @ 87.0 mph mph vs 16.5 s s @ 88.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Odyssey EX
2011 Honda Odyssey EX
2012 Kia Sedona LX Kia
Sedona LX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Toyota Sienna Odyssey EX vs Sienna
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Odyssey EX vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Honda CR-V Odyssey EX vs CR-V
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2012 Mazda 5 Sport Odyssey EX vs 5 Sport
2011 Honda Odyssey EX 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Odyssey EX vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2011 Toyota Sienna Sedona LX vs Sienna
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2012 Kia Sorento LX Sedona LX vs Sorento LX
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Sedona LX vs Santa Fe
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Sedona LX vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
2012 Kia Sedona LX 2012 Mazda 5 Sport Sedona LX vs 5 Sport

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