Two of the most popular minivans on the market today are the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. They both perform well and offer plenty of features, but which one can you really trust when deciding to purchase?
Comparing the Odyssey and Pacifica, you might think either one could be the right choice. Let’s see which one you can depend on more.
2021 Chrysler Pacifica at a glance
One of the Chrysler Pacifica’s most useful features is its cargo/storage area, the perfect amount of space for a family. You can fit plenty of personal items, such as cell phones, loose change, and sunglasses, in several nooks throughout this minivan. There’s also tons of cargo space for storing large items, especially if you use the Pacifica’s handy Stow ‘n Go feature to store the rear seats in the floor.
When it comes to saving money on gas, the Pacifica earns a 3 out of 5 in fuel economy from Consumer Reports. It gets a disappointing 13 mpg on city roads. For highway driving, it performs much better with 33 mpg.
A 287 hp, 3.6-liter V6, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, powers the Pacifica. CR’s model took eight seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
The Chrysler Pacifica is also great at braking. It can stop in fairly short distances in both wet and dry conditions. Its brake pedals operate smoothly too. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of the hybrid version, which takes longer on dry stops.
2021 Honda Odyssey snapshot
The Honda Odyssey’s interior scored well. It offers comfortable seats and limited road noise. Trunk space isn’t bad either. Like the Chrysler Pacifica, the Odyssey boasts a lot of room to haul items in. You gain even more space when you fold the rear seats down into the storage well.
With the Odyssey, you’ll get a 280-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, according to Consumer Reports. This minivan completed the 0-to-60 run in 8.1 seconds when CR road-tested it. The Odyssey performs well with braking distances in both wet and dry conditions.
Consumer Reports explains that the Odyssey drives much like “a luxury sedan.” That’s thanks to its suspension system, which absorbs road imperfections and bumps well, making them almost unnoticeable in the cabin.
So which minivan can you depend on more?
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey are neck-and-neck in features and performance. And the same is true for their predicted reliability. Consumer Reports gives each a rating of 2 out of 5. Why so low? It’s too early to tell which 2021 model will ultimately rank better in dependability. So, for now, CR looks at problems in past model years.
Consumer Reports began gathering information on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which turned out to be a less than stellar model year. It saw issues with the climate system, suspension, paint/trim, power equipment, and in-car electronics.
Some of these problems persisted in the 2018 model. However, there were far fewer complaints about the 2019 and 2020 Pacificas. It earned an owner satisfaction score of 50 out of 100, which might not seem great, but it’s better than the Odyssey’s.
The Honda Odyssey has also experienced its share of issues. But most of its problems have been more serious than the Chrysler Pacifica’s. The Odyssey struggled with climate system concerns from 2004 to 2009. The engine caused problems from 2011 to 2013. But two issues seemed to have cleared up.
The main issues the Odyssey has seen in recent years are from the electrical system and in-car electronics, which aren’t exactly cheap to fix in most cases. The electrical system caused problems from 2017 to 2019, and the electronics had issues from 2018 to 2020. When it came to owner satisfaction, the Honda’s minivan scored a dismal 38 out of 100.
The 2021 Odyssey performed as well as the Pacifica, but the Chrysler minivan has experienced fewer reported trouble spots. So, according to Consumer Reports, put your trust in the Pacifica.