2017 Chrysler Pacifica vs Honda Odyssey

June 13th, 2017 by
2017 Chrysler Pacifica vs Honda Odyssey

Minivans are not sexy vehicles, and they’re not bought out of burning desire. Minivans are the place where practicality reigns supreme, but that doesn’t mean that buyers don’t have a wishlist for what a minivan should do well. In fact, minivans have to do many things incredibly well–and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and 2017 Honda Odyssey are two of the very best models currently on the market. Let’s pit them against each other to see which wins the Battle of the Vans.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica vs Honda Odyssey

Styling

Although the Pacifica has stepped in to take over for the aging Town & Country, it’s a new vehicle from the ground up and that includes the styling. The Pacifica presents a sleek, fresh interpretation on the classic one-box shape of the minivan, with a rounded fascia and nearly flat liftgate. You can see Chrysler’s genuine attempt to take the inherently practical and make it beautiful, and we like where the Pacifica is headed with that effort.

The Odyssey is one of the bestselling minivans on the market, and Honda has made an honest effort to make the Odyssey look good. However, the Odyssey in its current version has been around for a while and its age is showing. This round easily goes to the new, fresh Pacifica.

Interior

The exterior styling of minivans matters, but it’s the inside where the minivan battles are won or lost. Chrysler leads the class with fold-away seating in two rows, something that turns minivans into cargo vans at the push of a button or pull of a lever. The Pacifica embraces that freedom and flexibility, making it standard across all models in the Pacifica lineup. They’ve even added a few extra touches to make it even easier to convert from passenger to cargo duty on the go.

Despite its advancing years, Honda has kept the interior of the Odyssey right up to date. Its spacious interior are right on par with Chrysler’s impressive proportions. The Wide-Mode second row is a step above the Chrysler, though, allowing outboard seats to be moved more than an inch to offer more room. This offers car seats and adult passengers more freedom, and it gives the Odyssey the (small) win over the Pacifica in this category.

Standard and Available Features

We expect lots of standard features and equipment in our vehicles these days, and that’s especially the case with minivans. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica definitely doesn’t disappoint. Entry level LX models come with standard power features, 17-inch tires, active noise cancellation, air conditioning, touchscreen audio with AM/FM and Bluetooth audio streaming. Meanwhile, the top Limited trim goes as far as a power liftgate with hands-free control, hands-free sliding side doors and all the connectivity and tech you can imagine.

The Honda isn’t utilitarian or sparse by any stretch of the imagination, but we wish there were more differences between the trims. Of course, you’ll find slight upgrades as you go up the trim levels, bu it’s hard to see how they justify the price increases at each level. This round also goes to the Chrysler Pacifica.

Safety

What we expect in terms of safety from such overtly family focused vehicles saw the previous Chrysler minivan struggling to keep up, but the Pacifica has more than addressed those shortcomings. All you really need to know is summed up by the NHTSA giving the Chrysler a full five star rating for overall safety and the IIHS making it a Top Safety Pick Plus.

The Honda doesn’t do badly in safety, but it’s not a match for the Pacifica. It does get the full five stars from the NHTSA, but it falls short of the Chrysler by missing out on the IIHS’s top “Plus” rating.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica vs Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey is a solid minivan, but compared to the Pacifica it can’t keep up. Chrysler has designed what could well be the ultimate minivan in the Pacifica, beating out the Odyssey in styling, safety, and features.