2018 Chrysler Pacifica vs Honda Odyssey

July 27th, 2018 by

2018 Chrysler Pacifica vs Honda Odyssey

One of the biggest rivalries in the minivan class is that between the Chrysler Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey. And for good reason. These class-topping giants have a lot to offer any minivan driver and choosing between them is hard. Even critics don’t agree. Some say the Odyssey is hands-down the best minivan on the road, while others politely push the Pacifica into the #1 spot. In this comparison guide, we’ll get down to brass tacks and see what each of these minivans has to offer.

Pricing: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

One of the great advantages of buying Chrysler Pacifica over the Honda Odyssey is the money you’ll save. The Pacifica starts at $26,995, about $4K less than the starting price of the Odyssey. That’s a price advantage that remains throughout the trim levels. Even the top-trim Pacifica Limited is priced about $4,000 less than the most expensive Odyssey.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey starts at $30,985. But for either the Pacifica or the Odyssey, we recommend getting at least the next level up, the LX in the Pacifica and the EX in the Odyssey. At that trim level, the Odyssey offers slightly more in terms of interior comfort but otherwise they’re comparably equipped.

Interior: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

Let’s get one thing out of the way. They both seat seven, and, yes, the 2018 Honda Odyssey has more cargo capacity than the Chrysler Pacifica. That’s the soundbyte, but look closer and you’ll see how the Chrysler Pacifica uses its space more wisely. After all, how everything is apportioned can make a huge difference in both look and feel. While the Odyssey can technically fit more, the Chrysler Pacifica is hassle-free when it’s time to load cargo. With its Stow n’ Go seating, the second row folds down so seats rest flush to the floor.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Interior

You can’t do that on a Honda Odyssey. Instead, on the Odyssey, you have to remove a 68-pound seat to get all the available cargo space. And even then you are left with an uneven cargo floor. On top of that, surprisingly, the Odyssey is less comfortable for drivers than the Pacifica. In terms of rear seat comfort, the Odyssey might have the Pacifica beat. But that’s where the kids sit anyway. You want comfort where you’ll feel it, and that’s in the Pacifica.

Fuel Economy: Tie

No one buys a minivan because of the fuel economy. Then again, no one wants the biggest gas guzzler in the minivan class either. It’s nice to know that both the Pacifica and the Odyssey are at the top of their game. They both get a combined 22 mpg. They share the award platform.

But if you’re interested in hybrid technology, the Pacifica Hybrid wins the day. The hybrid gets an amazing 32 city and 33 highway miles per gallon. If you’re on a full charge and not going more than 33 miles, you can bump that up to 84 MPGe.

Those wanting a powerhouse of a minivan should consider the Honda Odyssey. All others might want to save a little money and move to the spacious comfortable, and convenient 2018 Chrysler Pacifica.