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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Chrysler Pacifica Named in the 10 Best List of Trucks and SUVs

The images speak for themselves. The minivan is spacious enough for a family of six. Its exterior design and feature make the Chrysler Pacifica the sleekest minivan out in the 2019 market. And parents won’t need to second-guess if their children will be comfortable or “what will they do until we get to our destination?”

This vehicle has it all. Comfort, theater-like entertainment and the ability to detect oncoming danger.

Hazaa for Chrysler’s Pacifica. It has been added (again) to “Car and Driver’s top 10 Best” lists and they are winners (again) in the Van category. This is Pacifica’s third nomination and third consecutive win.

“Pacifica beat its other competitors in a comparison test, against Odyssey, and a Toyota Sienna in 2017 and 2018,” according to caranddriver.com.  

Car and Driver, a magazine published by Hearst publishing and one of the most highly regarded car magazines by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers in the automotive-sphere for its integrity and engineering insights, has a system under which it evaluates its candidates against its perspective peers.

It’s the 100-point scale, where each score is based on how well they do their intended purposes (driving and safety) and how easy it is to operate (technology).  

There are six Chrysler Pacifica trim levels that are offered in the market at the moment, the L, LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited.

Perhaps the fact that this model has made this list time and time again speaks in volume to the same basic design, powertrain and performance level it offers. This years model meet the high bar that previous models have set.  

The saying goes, “why fix something that’s not broken?” and it seems like Chrysler has learned not to mess with something that has worked for them previously.

SEATING:

Pacifica has a way of making people feel comfortable whether in the passengers or driver’s seat. Need to make more room? This model has the capability to quickly convert itself into a three-row vehicle and also store the second and third rows with the aid of Stow ‘n Go seating. There’s no need to worry as you have over 243 possible seating configurations that allow you to convert into the seating of your choice.  

If looking up at the sunny sky is something that entertains the children, or passengers alike, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is available with a Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof.   

TECHNOLOGY:

The all-new 2019 model is a reinvention of the previous model year Pacifica with easy functionality, versatility, and also technology.  

It’s the availability of a full array of 4G Wifi with theater rear-seat entertainment system and with everything, it has to offer this minivan is the perfect vehicle for families who take long trips with their children.

Have your hands full with groceries or other packages? The Chrysler Pacifica is designed with those inconveniences in mind. It’s designed to let you open the vehicle with hands-free power liftgate with the simple kick of the foot.  

SAFETY:

Imagine cruising out on the open road with no worries of accidents happening because of the security that the Chrysler Pacifica offers. The top of the line Advanced SafetyTec featuring Forward Collision Warning With Active Braking, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and a 360° Surround View Camera System.

The Forward Collision Warning With Active Braking will provide you with both audible and visual warnings and apply Automated Emergency Braking if need be.

With Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist the word you are looking for is automatic. This feature will automatically help guide you back into your lane if you’ve drifted outside unintentionally.

The available 360° Surround View Camera provides a bird’s-eye view, using four cameras around the vehicle to fabricate a fully stitched image.

The Chrysler Pacifica was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2019 when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

THE CAR IN NUMBERS:

The 2019 mini-van weighs 4,330 lbs with its dimensions being 204″ L x 80″ W x 70″ H. With the cargo value of 32.3 ft³, 140.5 ft³ (with the seats included), this vehicle has more than enough space for little Jimmy’s soccer team.  

PERFORMANCE:

Going after life’s goals can be challenging that’s why there’s a minivan that can keep up with everything life can throw at it. With the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, the Chrysler Pacifica delivers 287 horsepower and has a 262 pound-feet of torque. It also has one of the Best-in-Class towing capability and delivers 28 mpg highway.

PRICE:

The 2019 Pacifica has a starting MSRP of $26,995 (plus destination fee).

With all of its features and top performances review, it is no wonder that the Chrysler Pacifica was named once again in the ‘10 Best List of Trucks and SUVs’ for 2019.

Check out the Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Chrysler Portal Rumored for 2020 Production Start

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When the Chrysler Portal was first shown off during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the automotive community may have thought the self-driving concept would present itself to consumers in the distant future. Reports are suggesting, however, that the automotive world may be seeing the Chrysler Portal EV entering production as early as 2020.

A Portal to the Future

The 2017 unveiling of the Chrysler Portal EV minivan indicated that Chrysler’s future may lie heavily in autonomous driving. This year we’ve already seen the Chrysler Pacifica launch with Waymo to create the world’s first autonomous ride-hailing service. And while Chrysler does not currently have a self-driving system of its own, the partnership with Waymo will certainly assist in Chrysler’s autonomous efforts. Of course, automotive makers still have a fair amount of research to conduct before a fully autonomous vehicle can enter production. The concept itself is said to have Level 3 self-driving capabilities, meaning that the car can drive itself in suitable conditions for a limited amount of time. Still, this would put Chrysler in an exclusive category of automakers when it comes to offering certain technologies to consumers.


By Millennials, For Millennials

During the design phase, the designers of the Chrysler Portal had specifically asked what millennials look for in a vehicle. They wanted to market the Portal as a vehicle for millennials, by millennials. And with its ultra-modern design and standout features, it certainly screams “the future”. One of these features being a fold-away steering wheel, gives drivers the option to stow it away while the self-driving system is in use. In the 1980s, Chrysler was one of the first automakers to introduce sliding doors on their minivan and history is repeating itself, as the Portal concept also boasts a pair of sliding doors – one for the front row and one for the back row. Additionally, the Portal will carry a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack capable of a 250-mile range and an electric motor driving the front wheels.

There has been a bit of speculation surrounding where the Portal will be built. There was talk in 2018 that may have hinted at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, however that has not been confirmed. And wIth Chrysler’s new Jeep plant that will be opening in Detroit, there’s no telling where the Chrysler concept will call home. Either way, if Chrysler is able to create the necessary components and technologies during the next couple of years, then consumers may get a glimpse of the future a little sooner than they thought.

 

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