2020 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2020 Toyota Sienna

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Safety

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Forward Collision Warning Plus optional in the Pacifica as “Superior.” The Sienna scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

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 Sienna doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Pacifica and the Sienna have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chrysler Pacifica is safer than the Toyota Sienna:

Pacifica

Sienna

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chrysler Pacifica is safer than the Sienna:

Pacifica

Sienna

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

71

119

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

20 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.2/.8 kN

4.3/.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

2%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pacifica the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sienna was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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There are almost 2 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pacifica’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Pacifica has a standard 730-amp battery. The Sienna’s 582-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Sienna FWD (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Sienna FWD (29 city/30 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica gets better fuel mileage than the Sienna:

MPG

Pacifica

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

Sienna

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The Sienna 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 Sienna doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pacifica’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sienna doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Pacifica has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sienna doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chrysler Pacifica higher (7 out of 10) than the Toyota Sienna (5). This means the Pacifica produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Sienna every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chrysler Pacifica, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Sienna.

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 Sienna doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Pacifica stops much shorter than the Sienna:

Pacifica

Sienna

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Pacifica’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sienna (245/50R20 vs. 235/60R17).

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Pacifica offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Sienna’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Chrysler Pacifica has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Toyota Sienna has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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 Sienna 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 Sienna doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pacifica’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Sienna (121.6 inches vs. 119.3 inches).

Chassis

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Pacifica has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Sienna uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The front grille of the Pacifica uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sienna doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Pacifica uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sienna doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Pacifica has .6 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more third row headroom, .2 inches more third row legroom and .1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sienna.

Cargo Capacity

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The Pacifica’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sienna.

Pacifica

Sienna

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

87.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

117.8 cubic feet

The Pacifica’s cargo area is larger than the Sienna’s in almost every dimension:

Pacifica

Sienna

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

23.2”/57.5”/92.5”

23.5”/54”/74”

Max Width

49.3”

51.5”

Min Width

48.8”

47.5”

Height

47.6”

45”

The Pacifica has standard Stow ‘n Go™ second and third row seats (except second row on Hybrid), which fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sienna only has a third row Split & Stow 3rd Row seat which folds into the floor. The Sienna’s second row seat has to be removed for maximum cargo room.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pacifica’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sienna doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Pacifica’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sienna’s (3600 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 Sienna does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Pacifica’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sienna’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Pacifica’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Sienna’s power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Pacifica’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Sienna LE/SE/XLE/Limited.

Both the Pacifica and the Sienna 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 Sienna.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Pacifica Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Sienna doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Pacifica (except Hybrid Touring)’s optional ParkSense Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, steering and operating the brakes. The Sienna doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pacifica is less expensive to operate than the Sienna because it costs $618 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pacifica than the Sienna, including $206 less for a water pump, $87 less for a starter, $236 less for fuel injection, $190 less for a fuel pump, $490 less for a timing belt/chain and $85 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its September 2017 issue and they ranked the Chrysler Pacifica Limited first. They ranked the Toyota Sienna Limited third.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Pacifica second among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sienna isn’t in the top three.

The Pacifica was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Sienna has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Chrysler Pacifica outsold the Toyota Sienna by 35% during 2018.

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