Chrysler Pacifica vs. Honda Odyssey – No Contest
There are some good minivans out there, but nothing quite compares to the Chrysler Pacifica and we aren’t just saying that. Plenty of other people and publications have been raving about the Pacifica since its release in 2016. Just to name a few of the awards and titles it has earned, the Pacifica was highest rated in the minivan segment in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Cars.com named it Best of the Year, it received an IIHS Top Safety Pick, Daily News Autos named it the Best Minivan of 2017, and those are just a few of its accomplishments.
However, some people still aren’t convinced the Pacifica isn’t the best minivan for them, so here’s a look at how it stacks up against another minivan, the Honda Odyssey.
Reasons why the Chrysler Pacifica beats the Honda Odyssey
Engine and power are both important. Mom and dad don’t want to be lagging on their way to work.The Chrysler Pacifica has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and it puts out a impressive 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Odyssey has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 248 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.
However, the Chrysler Pacifica is also available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), and no other van on the market besides the Pacifica is available as a hybrid, let alone a PHEV. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a modified version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, and it is paired to dual electric motors and a 16 kWh 360 V lithium-ion battery. The hybrid can go 33 miles on pure electric range and has a fuel economy of 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent), wow!
Storage options are important when it comes to a minivan and having a family. With that being said, it is great to have different options for carrying cargo. Sure, the seats fold down in the Odyssey and allow for plenty of cargo room, but that is really the only storage option. But the Chrysler Pacifica has a couple awesome (and really easy and convenient) storage options with the standard Stow n’ Go seating system. The seats in the back two rows actually fold into the floor of the van leaving 140.5 cubic feet of flat cargo space. Maybe you don’t need all that room? You have your kids in the van and their friends and need space for a few items. The Stow ‘n Go feature also functions as under seat bins.
We know most people don’t think of a minivan as something that is stylish. However, Chrysler changed that with the Chrysler Pacifica. Honda stuck with the old boxer styled exterior, whereas the Pacifica gave a whole new look to the minivan name. The Pacifica is sleek, rounded, and even athletic looking on the outside. Inside the Pacifica, even the standard model has high quality materials and a smooth look. If you want to go up the trim line, the Pacifica interior can actually be just as luxurious as a luxury brand SUV.
Price tends to be the deciding factor for every vehicle. If you are looking for a lower MSRP and potentially lower monthly payments, the Pacifica is your van. The MSRP for the Pacifica is just $28,995 while the Odyssey has a MSRP of $33,860. Which would you rather buy?
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