Multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) are so useful and come in all shapes and sizes. In this article, we are going to take a look at two vehicles in this category by comparing the Honda Elysion vs the Toyota Estima. MPVs are cars that are suitable for families with these two making part of those that are famous in the automotive industry. People often get confused when it comes to making a choice on which one to go for. Here, we are going to familiarize you with these two cars hoping by the end you will be in a position to make an informed decision.
Honda Elysion vs Toyota Estima Series Side-By-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of March 2021)
Honda Elysion Toyota Estima
Generations 2 ((RR1/RR2/RR3 – 6), RC1/RC2) 3 (XR10/20, XR30/40, XR 50)
Production Year 2004 – Present 1990 – 2019
Performance 185 HP – 255 HP 160 HP – 280 HP
Fuel Consumption 9.6 KM/L – 12.82 KM/L 9 KM/L – 9.4 KM/L
Drivetrain 2WD & 4WD 2WD & 4WD
Key Features Radio, CD Player, Airbag, Power Steering, Power
Window, A/C, ABS, Keyless Entry, Back Camera,
Radio, CD Player, Airbag, Power Steering, Power
Window, A/C, ABS, Keyless Entry, Back
Seating Capacity 7 or 8 Passengers 7 or 8 Passengers
BE FORWARD price US$ 2130 – US$ 15,340 US$ 580 – US$ 32,070
Honda Elysion has a spacious and state-of-the-art cabin designed to accommodate 7 to 8 passengers comfortably. The Elysion features some of Honda’s most advanced technologies with the highest level of luxury, comfort, legroom, headroom, foot room, and shoulder room for all passengers.
The Elysion comes with an 8-inch widescreen display, DVD/CD player with TV/AM/FM tuner, and 6 speakers. It also includes a voice-operated Honda HDD navigation system with a rearview camera and Progressive Commander as standard in some models and optional in others. Rear passengers are treated with a 9-inch widescreen display and a DVD/CD player with a TV tuner.
The innovative low-floor platform of the Elysion yields sufficient cabin space. The dual power-sliding doors are so wide, making it easy to board and alight, but also ease of access to the second and third-row seats. The front and rear passengers are afforded some spacious, flexible, and configurable seating arrangements for maximum passenger or storage space. The second-row seats have a rotating mechanism that enables second and third-row passengers to sit facing each other by just pulling a single lever.
The Elysion has plenty of small storage spaces such as cup holders, front seat jacket pockets, bottle holders, door pockets, and a glove compartment.
The front fascia of the Elysion features a large, horizontal grille with chrome plating adorned by slim-profile headlights to the sides, giving the front finishing a nice roundish look. The stretch from the front bumper to the fenders conveys a sense of volume and strengthens the car’s low-center-of-gravity. At the rear, the rear bumper design harmoniously blends with the gleam rear fenders and tailgate.
The Elysion features an advanced compatibility engineering body designed by Honda that increases self-protection and reduces aggression towards the other vehicles. Other safety features include i-side airbag for front seats, curtain airbags on all three rows, Vehicle Stability Control (ABS, TCS, and sideslip control), adaptive front lighting system, Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMS), e-pretensioner, which assesses collision risk, and alerts the driver to take preventive action, and mitigate injury should a collision occur.
The Estima’s interior is posh and neatly designed. Sitting in the plush, roomy, and comfortable driver’s seat is like getting into your favorite armchair. Older models had a centrally located instrument panel, while recent models have their part-digital, part analog instrument panel moved towards the driver’s side.
The absence of a center console gave room for the gear selector which is located at the top of the center stack, where you also find a set of climate control and a touchscreen multimedia system.
The second-row seats are captain seats with extendable footrests. Occupants in the second row get captain’s chairs with generous legroom and extendable footrests. The third (last) row seats can be electrically folded into the floor creating a large, wide, and flat space for cargo.
With rear sliding doors on both sides, enormous legroom, a flat floor, and several cup holders, storage compartments, and rear headphone jacks, the Estima considers all occupants!
With all seats occupied, the Estima doesn’t offer much room for cargo, but with the third-row seats folded flat, you get 549-liters of cargo volume. The length can also be adjusted depending on how far fore or aft the middle-row seats are set. With all rear seats folded the cargo area expands to 1780-liters of usable space.
The Estima is edgier and features an integrated style, with balanced and contemporary looks.
It features a deep front bumper with a spoiler, fog-lights, and low-set air intake at the front. At the rear, there is a roof spoiler as well making the Estima highly aerodynamic.
The Estima comes fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels that add a sporty touch.
The ANCAP awarded the Estima 5 out of 5 stars for safety. It comes with a host of safety features such as electronic stability control, front row and second-row side curtain airbags, front airbags, drivers knee airbag, mid-row ISOFIX child seat mounts, ABS, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, a rear-view camera, traction control, front seatbelt pretensioners, lane-keep assist, radar cruise control, and pre-collision braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection function.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
The Honda Elysion comes fitted with one of the listed engines below.
- The 185 HP 2.4-liter 4-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine with average fuel consumption of 12.82 KM/L
- The 240 HP 3.0-liter 6-cylinder SOHC VTEC petrol engine with average fuel consumption of 10 KM/L.
- The 255 HP 3.6-liter 6-cylinder SOHC VTEC petrol engine with average fuel consumption of 9.6 KM/L
These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 5-speed automatic or CVT transmission.
The Toyota Estima comes fitted with one of the listed engines below.
- The 160 HP 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine with average fuel consumption of 9.26 KM/L
- The 210 HP 3.0-liter 6-cylinder DOHC petrol engine with average fuel consumption of 9 KM/L
- The 280 HP 3.5-liter 6-cylinder DOHC petrol engine with average fuel consumption of 9.4 KM/L
These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 4-speed and 6-speed automatic or 7-speed super CVT-i.
The Honda Elysion and Toyota Estima offer a dazzling combination of design finesse and reputable engineering. Both cars feature engines that are outstanding units that have been tested and proven time and time again.
These two MPVs are so equal pound for pound, but we suggest the Elysion if you want to experience the exhilarating Honda VTEC engine and the Estima if you prefer luxury interior luxury on the cheap.
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Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya