Minivan duel: 2021 Toyota Sienna vs. Chrysler Pacifica
I'd love comparing supercars and offered monsters but I know some of you just need a practical kid hauler.
So let's take a look at the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna.
Now I'm gonna give you some insight into the hybrid power trains, safety ratings, family features, cargo space and of course price Now keep in mind that this is just a spec comparison and Lord knows there is more to a vehicle than just the numbers, but they can give you a good idea of how a car will perform for you and your family.
The Pacifica is available as a plug-in hybrid, but in front wheel drive, only.
The Sienna goes for a standard hybrid setup available in front or all wheel drive.
So we're gonna keep our numbers here to the front wheel drive version of that Sienna.
The Pacifica sports a 3.6 liter V 6 and two electric motors with a combined horsepower rating of 260.
The Sienna goes for a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine made it to two electric motors although one manages the continuously variable transmission, total power output 245 Horses.
Now when it comes to torque, you can't just add the total from the gas engine and the electric motors and call Call it a day.
In fact, network calculation on hybrids often doesn't exist.
So we're gonna leave it out for this comparison.
As a plug in hybrid, the Pacifica must be well Plugged in, for two hours on a level two charger.
The CNM meanwhile is always ready to go with the electrons in the tank.
Now since the Pacifica is a plugin, you get an all electric range of 32 miles before the gas engine kicks in, as such it has an MPG of 82 combined and a total range of 520 miles.
Sienna doesn't have any all electric range, but it gets a combined fuel rating of 36 miles per gallon and a total range of 648 miles.
Now although the Pacific produces more power, I'm going to give the powertrain point to the Sienna since you don't have to plug it in and incur the extra cost of installing a charger or deal with finding a working public charger.
Now the sienna does hold a gallon and a half more fuel but even if you leveled out those fuel tanks the sienna is still more efficient at the end of the day and as a bonus the sienna can tow 3500 pounds while chrysler doesn't recommend towing but the pacifica hybrid at all mom bob.
I'm sure you're interested in safety if you're going to be hauling around your little darlings all day so let's see what we've got the chrysler has a total of eight airbags the toyota has 10 the international institute for highway safety gives the pacifica an overall rating of good but it deems the driver side structure and safety cage as merely acceptable Meanwhile the Sienna is an iihs Top Safety Pick for 2021 point once again to the Sienna.
Of course if you're going to help kids you're going to need some very specific features.
The Pacific it can be had with the fam cam to get a view of the little monsters in the rear seats.
The Sienna doesn't have any visual aids but it does offer a driver easy speak PA system so parents don't have to yell over the rocket.
But I'm not gonna lie the Chrysler has a dope rear seat entertainment system and it would make me give up shotgun seat in a heartbeat.
Second row kids each get a 10.1 inch screen so they can stream their content from their device or they can play a bunch of games like concentration chess and the license plate game.
The Sienna however just gets 111 point six inch screen that flips down from the ceiling.
No games and brother and sister both have to watch the same content like that is going to happen right?
The Pacifica hybrid doesn't have a vacuum but the Sienna does so throw those Cheerios around little dude Now i am gonna give this one to the Pacifica.
Yeah, a vacuum is nice, but i'd rather keep an eye on the kids through video and keep them busy through that rear seat entertainment system.
Now if you're not hauling kids you're hauling cargo, am I right?
The Pacifica can hold 32.3 cubic feet behind the third row.
The Sienna a little bit more at 33.5 cubes.
Fold those rear seats down and the Pacifica has 87.5 cubic feet of space compared to the Sienna's 75.2.
Overall, there is 140.5 cubes in the Pacifica, just 101 in the Sienna.
Now, I should note that the Pacifica hybrid does not get those awesome stone go seats.
Those are only for the gas powered engine.
I know it's a bummer, but that's where the battery goes.
So what are you gonna do?
You can however remove the Pacific a second row seats.
In the Sienna.
The seats are neither stow and go nor are they removable, point Pacific.
And finally, let's talk price.
The Pacifica hybrid starts at $41,490, including $1,495 for destination.
The Sienna starts much lower at $35,635, including $1,175 per destination.
So there's no question here and it's the no wins on price hands down.
So we've got the Chrysler Pacifica with a total of two points for family features and cargo.
While the Toyota Sienna gets three points for powertrain safety and price so congratulations Toyota Sienna, you win all come pero.
Now, these categories may not be equally weighted for all buyers.
And as I said, there is much more to a vehicle than a simple spec sheet.
However, just looking at the numbers, the 2021 Toyota Sienna takes the crown.
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