This two MiniVan or also can be categorized as medium MPV are popular in Malaysia except for Toyota Sienna that comes in CBU but still fill-up the Malaysian heart. Here we show you 2011 model of both MPV. Make your comparison on the design.
2011 HONDA ODYSSEY
The 2011 Honda Odyssey will continue with a V-6 engine, though final specifications were not released in time for this report. Sources say, however, that the 2011 model will use the same basic 3.5-liter V-6 that has served well in the outgoing Odyssey as well as in other Hondas, such as the Pilot SUV.
Horsepower will again be around 250 and torque around 245 pound-feet (think of torque as the force that you feel when you accelerate and horsepower as the energy that sustains your momentum). However, all versions of the 2011 Odyssey will have Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology. This saves gas by automatically switching to three or four cylinders in low-demand situations.
Previously, only the top to Odyssey models, the EX-L and Limited, got VMC, leaving the entry-level LX version and midline EX model without the fuel-saving feature. The 2011 Odyssey’s sole transmission is likely to be a six-speed automatic, which would replace a less-efficient five-speed automatic. This fourth-generation Odyssey will remain front-wheel drive, leaving the Sienna as the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. Honda points buyers looking for all-wheel drive and three-row seating to the Pilot SUV.
2011 TOYOTA SIENNA
By adding the alternative of a four-cylinder engine, the 2011 Toyota Sienna is the first minivan in years to stray from the V-6-engine-only formula. Luckily, the four-cylinder powertrain is a good one: the same 187-horsepower 2.7-liter and six-speed automatic transmission that provides likeable performance in the Venza. In the 2011 Sienna, however, it’s saddled with several hundred additional pounds of vehicle weight. The four-cylinder is available in the 2011 Sienna base and LE models. The V-6 is available at extra cost in those models and is standard in the 2011 Sienna SE, XLE, and Limited. This 3.5-liter V-6 is a slightly revised version of the one in the second-generation Sienna. It’s rated at 266 horsepower, one more than before, but now works through a more efficient automatic transmission with six speeds instead of five.
Both 2011 Sienna transmissions have the same flick-of-the-wrist manual-gear-selection capability that enhances drivability in the Venza. V-6 Siennas can pull trailers weighing up to 3,500 pounds. Sienna returns with front-wheel drive, the layout used in all minivans. This locates powertrain components in the nose for compact packaging and concentrates their weight over the tires that propel the vehicle, which enhances wet-surface traction. Sienna, however, repeats as the only minivan to also offer the added security of all-wheel drive (AWD). The 2011 Sienna’s AWD system is not intended for off-roading, but instead senses tire slip and automatically shuffles power between the front and rear wheels to optimize grip. It does not change ride height or external appearance. AWD is available on the 2011 Sienna LE V-6 models and on XLE and Limited trim levels.
Every 2011 Sienna comes with an enhanced version of Toyota’s Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). This is designed to coordinate the response of the antilock brake system (ABS), traction control, and electric power steering in an emergency maneuver. Optional on the 2011 Sienna Limited model is Toyota’s new Vehicle Dynamic Integrated Management. This is designed to anticipate an impending collision and respond by cinching seatbelts and triggering early VSC engagement. All 2011 Siennas come with alloy wheels. Base models and front-wheel-drive LE and XLE models have 17-inch tires. Limited and AWD models have 18s.The 2011 Sienna SE has 19-inch wheels and tires that compliment a lowered, sport-tuned suspension.