2020 Toyota Sienna vs. 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

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Safety

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The Sienna Limited Premium FWD’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Pacifica doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Sienna has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Sienna offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Pacifica doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Sienna and the Pacifica 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Sienna’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Pacifica runs out after 100,000 miles.

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sienna for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Pacifica.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Sienna’s reliability 62 points higher than the Pacifica.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sienna third among minivans in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Pacifica isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chrysler is ranked 24th.

Engine

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The Sienna’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 36 more horsepower (296 vs. 260) than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 9 more horsepower (296 vs. 287) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 262) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Sienna is faster than the Chrysler Pacifica:

Sienna

Pacifica Hybrid

Pacifica V6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7.8 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.1 sec

19.7 sec

19.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

8.1 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

90 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

112 MPH

107 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sienna has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (20 vs. 16.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Sienna has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Pacifica’s standard fuel tank (20 vs. 19 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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The Sienna stops much shorter than the Pacifica:

Sienna

Pacifica

70 to 0 MPH

177 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Sienna L/LE/XLE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pacifica’s standard 65 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Pacifica doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Sienna AWD’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Pacifica’s (37.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet). The Sienna’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Pacifica’s (37.5 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Sienna SE is 3.5 inches shorter than the Pacifica, making the Sienna easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Toyota Sienna amounts to more than styling. The Sienna has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is lower than the Pacifica (.298 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sienna get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Sienna has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room and .8 inches more third row hip room than the Pacifica.

Cargo Capacity

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

Sienna

Pacifica

Behind Third Seat

39.1 cubic feet

32.3 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

150 cubic feet

140.5 cubic feet

Towing

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While the Pacifica Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any Sienna can tow a minimum of 3500 pounds.

Ergonomics

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The Sienna’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Pacifica’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

Consumer Reports rated the Sienna’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Pacifica’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Sienna 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 automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Pacifica L.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Sienna owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sienna will cost $785 less than the Pacifica over a five-year period.

The Sienna will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sienna will retain 45.34% to 51.03% of its original price after five years, while the Pacifica only retains 39.92% to 43.27%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sienna is less expensive to operate than the Pacifica because typical repairs cost much less on the Sienna than the Pacifica, including $418 less for a muffler, $125 less for front brake pads and $133 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sienna, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chrysler Pacifica isn't recommended.

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