Comparison: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica vs 2018 Toyota Sienna

Drivers in the greater Boston area who need a new minivan that will suit the whole family have a few options at hand, making comparison shopping a smart move.

Below, we’ll highlight the differences between the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2018 Toyota Sienna so you can make an informed decision. Read on, then visit us in Newton to test drive a brand-new Pacifica.

Safety Ratings and Technology

Chrysler Pacifica

The Pacifica earned top scores from both major safety testing organizations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, while the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2018 Top Safety Pick.

All models of the 2018 Pacifica come equipped with a Blind Spot Monitoring system with Rear Cross-Path Detection, ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop, and the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera. Upper trims add the option for Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning Plus, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, ParkSense Front and Rear Park Assist, and a Surround-View Camera.

Toyota Sienna

The NHTSA has not rated the Sienna since 2011. At that time, it had a 4-Star Rating, 12 reported recalls, and almost 500 complaints. Additionally, the IIHS did not name the Sienna a top pick, deducting points for driver-side small overlap front impact.

The Toyota Sienna features a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and rear parking assist sonar. The Sienna is not available with an equivalent to the Surround-View Camera.

Powertrain and Towing

Chrysler Pacifica

The 2018 Pacifica has two gas engine options and one hybrid powertrain. The base model is equipped with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that makes 287 horsepower, while upper trims feature the same engine with Stop/Start. Both gas options have a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica Hybrid has a 3.6-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 combined with an electric motor, with an electrically variable transmission.

One of the overlooked benefits of the minivan is the towing capacity, which is useful for drivers with recreational equipment or small trailers to haul. The Pacifica has best-in-class towing, at 3,600 pounds, when fully equipped with the Trailer Tow Group. The Chrysler minivan’s payload capacity is 1,675 pounds.

Toyota Sienna

The Sienna has one engine option, a 3.5-liter V6 with an 8-speed automatic transmission that produces 296 horsepower. The Toyota minivan can tow up to 3,500 pounds and has a maximum payload of 1,245 to 1,565 pounds.

Visit us today in Newton, Massachusetts to test drive a Chrysler Pacifica.


Chrysler Pacifica

Starting at $26,995 MSRP

Toyota Sienna

Starting at $30,750 MSRP

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