Chrysler Pacifica VS Toyota Sienna – War of The Minivans?

The Pacifica and Sienna minivan models are the latest minivans out for Chrysler and Toyota in the market at the moment. You may be wondering “what can the Pacifica and Sienna offer me?”. Let’s take a look at what both minivans offer.  

SEATING:

Chrysler Pacifica: The 2018 Pacifica seats seven passengers. It includes a feature that allows the second-row seats tilt out of the way to get to the third row without having to remove a car seat. Speaking of seating, the Pacifica also features Stow ‘n Go seating which allows for the second and third-row seats to fold into the floor. Some optional features include leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. If you live up north you won’t have to worry about freezing because the Pacifica has heated everything. Heated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.  

Toyota Sienna: The 2018 Sienna also seats seven passengers. The Sienna also has three rows which, if adjusted appropriately, you can comfortably fit adults in the first two rows and slightly shorter, limber adults in the third row, too. Another interesting feature is you can push and hold a button at the top of the liftgate to make the third-row seats fold away.     

TECHNOLOGY:

Chrysler Pacifica: Entertainment is vital when you have a long trip ahead of you and have children that need to be entertained. But not to worry. The Chrysler Pacifica has backseat entertainment and its appropriately named the Uconnect infotainment system. For quick use, it has physical buttons and knobs on every 4th Generation Pacifica and a new 4G LTE connection.      

Toyota Sienna: The Toyota Sienna is not staying behind in the technology department. Toyota has completely revamped its Entune infotainment system. It has more USB ports and a brand new 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. However, it doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.   

SAFETY:

Chrysler Pacifica: Let’s face it when you’re a driver your top concern is always getting to your destination safely. It’s a relief to see that the Pacifica earned a perfect crash-test score (again) in 2018. The crash-test isn’t the only feature where it scored high. In 2018 Chrysler also moved blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors with rear automated emergency braking from being optional to being standard.  

Toyota Sienna: The Sienna now has standard equipment which includes the Toyota Safety Sense P, a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.

THE CAR IN NUMBERS:

Chrysler Pacifica: With the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, the Chrysler Pacifica delivers 287 horsepower and has a 262 lb-ft of torque. It also has one of the Best-in-Class towing capability and delivers 28 mpg highway.

Toyota Sienna: Toyota Sienna also has a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine and delivers 296 horsepower (slightly higher than the Pacifica) and it has a 263 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy of the Sienna is 22 MPG combined city/ highway.

PERFORMANCE:

Chrysler Pacifica: Most minivans aren’t known to have dynamic handling and this is where the Pacifica steps in. A huge thanks to that is in part to the responsive steering and strong brakes, it remains composed around corners and on winding roads.

Toyota Sienna: Toyota Sienna has a heavier steering wheel. It trades some ride smoothness for quality handling responses. The Sienna also has a tighter turning circle: 37.5 feet.

PRICE:

Chrysler Pacifica: The 2018 Pacifica starts at $26,995 (plus destination fee). It includes a piece of standard equipment, such as a 7- inch in-dash touchscreen; Bluetooth connectivity; a blind-spot monitoring system with a rear cross-traffic alert; and as an added bonus it has a dual-zone manual climate control system.  

Toyota Sienna: The 2018 Sienna has a starting price of $30,850 (plus destination fee). It also includes Bluetooth and a 7- inch touchscreen. Toyota also has three-zone automatic climate control and the aforementioned advanced safety features: a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control; and a lane-departure warning with automatic steering assistance.    

There’s a lot for you to consider when it comes to purchasing the minivan that best suits you.

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s or come see us at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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