Comparison: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica vs 2017 Toyota Sienna


Safety typically comes first when shopping for a family car like a minivan, which is why so many Boston area drivers inquire about the Pacifica, the highest-rated minivan in terms of safety. But how does it stack up to the competition when you look past ratings to features and tech?

Our one-to-one comparison of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2017 Toyota Sienna reveals some expected and unexpected differences between these two popular minivans. Read on to find out what they are, then visit our Newton location for a test drive:

Safety Features and Ratings

Chrysler Pacifica

The 2017 Pacifica was the first minivan to be awarded the Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning best-possible scores in all crash tests. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating. It earned five stars in all areas except rollover, where it earned four stars.

The Pacifica comes standard with the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera and Uconnect Voice Command. Additionally, it’s available with Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Path Detection, Surround-View Camera, and security alarm.
Toyota Sienna

The 2017 Sienna did not earn a title from the IIHS, but did receive top scores in all areas except small overlap front impact, where it was given an Acceptable rating. The NHTSA awarded it a 5-Star Overall Rating, earning five stars in side crash tests but just four stars each in frontal crash and rollover categories. The Sienna’s body has not been updated since 2010, so it lacks some of the more modern structural safety features.

The Sienna is available with a Pre-Collision System, front and rear parking sonar, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It also comes standard with an integrated backup camera. However, it is not available with any lane-keeping alert or assist.

Interior and Tech

Chrysler Pacifica

The Pacifica is available with three-zone climate control, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Remote Start, premium leather-trimmed seating, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second- row seating. Additionally, it comes with the option for the Stow ‘n Vac in-car vacuum cleaner, power- folding third-row seats, and hands-free sliding doors and liftgate. The Uconnect Theater Package includes 13 Alpine speakers and rear-seat entertainment system with two 10-inch seatback touchscreens, wireless headphones, video remote control, HDMI input, USB port, and Blu-ray and DVD player.

Toyota Sienna

The 2017 Sienna also features three-zone climate control and the option for dynamic cruise control, remote engine start, leather-trimmed seating, and heated front seats. However, it does not come available with ventilated seats or heated rear seats. The Sienna features available power sliding doors and liftgate, and the Dual-View Blu-ray Disc Entertainment center in the rear, but does not have an in- car vacuum system.


Chrysler Pacifica 

Starting at $28,995 MSRP

Toyota Sienna

Starting at $29,750 MSRP
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