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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Chrysler Pacifica are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Honda Odyssey doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Pacifica has standard Rear Park Assist with Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Odyssey doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Pacifica (except Hybrid Touring) offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Odyssey only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Pacifica and the Odyssey have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.
There are over 2 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pacifica’s warranty.
A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Pacifica’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Odyssey’s camshafts. If the Odyssey’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Pacifica has a standard 180-amp alternator (220-amp - Pacifica optional). The Odyssey’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
The Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 7 more horsepower (287 vs. 280) than the Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid on full charge gets better fuel mileage than the Odyssey (87 city/76 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).
The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The Odyssey must run its internal combustion engine to move.
Regenerative brakes improve the Pacifica Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chrysler Pacifica higher (7 out of 10) than the Honda Odyssey (5). This means the Pacifica produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Odyssey every 15,000 miles.
The Pacifica Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a CVT.
For better stopping power the Pacifica’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Odyssey:
The Pacifica stops much shorter than the Odyssey:
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For better traction, the Pacifica’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Odyssey (245/50R20 vs. 235/60R18).
The Pacifica’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Odyssey Elite’s 55 series tires.
For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Pacifica offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Odyssey’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Pacifica has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Odyssey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
The Pacifica’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Odyssey doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pacifica’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the Odyssey (121.6 inches vs. 118.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Pacifica is 1 inch wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the Odyssey.
The Pacifica has .2 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, .7 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room, .4 inches more third row headroom, 1.1 inches more third row hip room and 1.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Odyssey.
The Pacifica’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Odyssey doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
The Pacifica’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Odyssey’s (3600 vs. 3000 pounds).
The Pacifica’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Odyssey does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The power windows standard on both the Pacifica and the Odyssey have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Pacifica is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Odyssey prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Pacifica has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Odyssey has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Pacifica has standard extendable sun visors. The Odyssey doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Pacifica’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.
The Pacifica’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Odyssey offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Pacifica and the Odyssey offer available heated front seats. The Pacifica Touring-L Plus/Limited non-Hybrid also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Odyssey.
The Pacifica has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite.
The Pacifica (except Hybrid Touring)’s optional ParkSense Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Odyssey doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pacifica is less expensive to operate than the Odyssey because it costs $36 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Pacifica than the Odyssey, including $133 less for a water pump, $102 less for a starter, $8 less for fuel injection, $2 less for a fuel pump and $105 less for a power steering pump.
Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2018 issue and they ranked the Chrysler Pacifica Limited first. They ranked the Honda Odyssey Elite fifth.
The Pacifica was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Odyssey has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.
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