SUV vs minivan head to head: 2010 Honda Pilot vs 2010 Toyota Sienna


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Ever wondered which is a better all round family vehicle: minivan or SUV? The 2010 Honda Pilot vs 2010 Toyota Sienna challenge helps you decide. Read on!

SUVs and minivans have always topped the chart when it comes to choosing a vehicle that provides comfort, traveling dependability, and adventure for the entire family. Are you one of those car enthusiasts that can't quite decide which vehicle type rules in the family sweepstakes?

The 2010 Honda Pilot SUV and 2010 Toyota Sienna minivan are prime examples of their different segments. Both brands have consistent good ratings in popularity and performance in Nigeria. However, which vehicle would you say is better? Check out the expert comparison review now!


Both of these vehicles are family winners

1. Overview of 2010 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is a midsized SUV from the Honda family, which was introduced in the year 2002. This Honda vehicle is one of the largest SUVs with a three-row seating. Honda Pilot has continued with refurbished models till date. It is also without doubt one of the most popular SUVs in Nigeria. Showcasing the 2010 Honda Pilot model, it’s a full-size crossover SUV classified into the Honda Pilot’s second generation of production, and a total, comfortable family driving experience.

>>> More details at: Honda Pilot Price in Nigeria & Expert advice on which gen and trim you should go for (Update in 2019)


2010 Honda Pilot is  a favorite SUV in Nigeria

2. Overview of 2010 Toyota Sienna

The 2010 Toyota Sienna belongs to the Toyota Sienna minivan’s third generation. It is a vehicle that has a more extensive look; relating to the necessity of its manufacturer's desire to give its customers a more powerful family van with an improved appearance. The 2010 Toyota Sienna minivan debuted at the December 2009 Auto Show in Los Angeles. It is built with a high-tech roomy design that spells complete overall comfort for families.

>>> Check out the exciting history of the Toyota Sienna: The history of Toyota Sienna, Nigeria's most popular minivan (1998-2020)


2010 Toyota Senna, the Sienna is Nigeria's highest selling minivans

3. Comparison of 2010 Honda Pilot vs 2010 Toyota Sienna

Thinking of acquiring any of these vehicles? Here are some features to be considered before making that choice.

3.1. Engine and performance specs

The 2010 Honda Pilot SUV has a smaller horsepower compared to the 2010 Toyota Sienna that is propelled by a 266-horsepower engine. The two vehicles come with same transmission. The Honda Pilot’s fuel tank capacity is slightly higher with a lower EPA rating than the Toyota Sienna, which has a smaller tank capacity with a higher EPA rating. The Toyota Sienna too is modelled on an all-wheel/ four-wheel drive design while the 2010 Honda Pilot packs only four-wheel drive.  


2010 Honda Pilot SUV

2010 Toyota Sienna


250-horsepower, 3.5 litre V-6 engine with VCM

266 horsepower. 3.5-liter V6 engine


5-speed automatic transmission

5-speed automatic transmission

Fuel tank capacity

21.0 gallons

20.0 gallons

EPA rating

16 mpg city and 22 highway driving

17 city and 23 highway driving

Wheel drive design

Four-wheel drive

Four and all-wheel drive


Both models 3.5L V6 engines output similar horsepower at 250hp and 266hp

3.2. Interior and exterior styling & design

Take a look at the table below for basic specifications of 2010 Honda Pilot and 2010 Toyota Sienna!


2010 Honda Pilot SUV

2010 Toyota Sienna


4 trims

  • LX, EX, EX-L and Touring

4 trims

  • CE (front wheel drive only), LE, XLE, and Limited

Wheel Base









253 @ 4,800 rpm





245 @ 4,700 rpm

Seat capacity



Seats arrangements design

  • Two rows of foldable seats in the back for storage;
  • Upgraded leather upholstery;
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Three-row side curtain airbags
  • Active head restraints for the front seats;
  • The third-row seats can be folded into the floor to provide more storage space when needed;
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, side airbags for the front seats and front airbags;
  • Premium clothing for the seats;


Navigation systems

  • Bluetooth hands-free interface,
  • USB audio plug,
  • Rear-view camera
  • Backup sensors
  • Rear DVD entertainment system;
  • Bluetooth,
  • Back-up camera,
  • Power-sliding rear doors,
  • Power liftgate,
  • Heated front seats
  • DVD entertainment system;

Steering wheel

Tilt telescopic steering wheel

Tilt telescopic steering wheel

Safety techs

  • Antilock brake,
  • Electronic stability system;
  • Keyless entry
  • Antilock braking with driveline traction control;
  • Keyfob (all doors) remote keyless entry;

Air condition controls

  • Rear air condition cruise control
  • Manual/ automatic front air conditioning and rear air conditioning with separate controls

>>> Common question from our readers: SUV vs Minivan: Which car should I buy to have more space with less money?


7-8 sitting capacity come standard for both 2010 Honda Pilot and 2010 Toyota Sienna

It can be seen that, the 2010 Honda Pilot SUV shares near similar features with the 2010 Toyota Sienna in terms of safety tech, navigation systems, seating capacity, steering wheel and trims. Talking of air condition controls and seating arrangement designs, the 2010 Toyota Sienna comes with separate controls whereas the Honda pilot comes with a cruise control system. Comparing heights, wheelbase, width, length and torque, the two vehicles can be rated on low-high and high-low ratio.  


The Cockpits of the Sienna and Pilot are alike tech, and roomy

Also, it can be seen that while the 2010 Honda Pilot tends to provide comfort for employer/ employee road trips; the 2010 Toyota Sienna provides comfort for long and adventurous family road trips owing to its spacious interior.

4. Pricing comparison of 2010 Honda Pilot vs 2010 Toyota Sienna

These prices are price comparisons for 2010 Honda Pilot and 2010 Toyota Sienna minivan: Clearing costs inclusive of new car prices. 

   2010 Honda Pilot vs 2010 Toyota Sienna price comparison
Model  2010 Honda Pilot  2010 Toyota Sienna
Brand new  ₦5.3m - ₦6.6m  ₦3.9m - ₦5.3m
Tokunbo ₦2.99 million - ₦8 million ₦3.3 million – ₦5.5 million
Nigerian used ₦1.9 million - ₦4.2 million ₦1.4 million – ₦3 million

>>> Details of Sienna price can be found here: Toyota Sienna prices in Nigeria – the most wanted van of all times (Update in 2019)


Cargo space is an important feature in a family car; cargo holds of both vehicles are adequate

5. Verdict

It's incredible how alike these two vehicles are, especially considering that they are of different segments. However, in one aspect, which is price, the minivan has the advantage. This is a very important consideration in Nigeria, and may just be the edge the Toyota Sienna needs to come out on top. Of course, you may one of the lucky few for which price is not s important. In that case it's a wide open field.

Now you have all the information that you need about 2010 Honda Pilot and 2010 Toyota Sienna, you can go ahead and choose which of these amazing vehicles suits your fancy. Happy adventure!

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Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Joshua-Philip Okeafor

Car buying & selling

Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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