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Minivan Face-Off: Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna

These three popular minivans haul it all in distinctive ways

A composite image of the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna in a minivan face-off.

The minivan—often derided as a staid, soccer mom mobile—has its loyal fans. In fact, the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna are some of the most reader-researched vehicles on ConsumerReports.org.

These minivan rivals are close in price, and they're separated by just a few points in our road-test scores. They're also nearly identical in size, performance metrics, and even fuel economy.

It’s challenging to choose from among these three vans—staffers at CR’s test track in Connecticut have strong opinions on each one. It’s the details that separate them and might make all the difference as you make a buying decision.

MORE ON MINIVANS

To help you with any car shopping decision, Consumer Reports tests cars, SUVs, trucks, and minivans at our test track and on public roads. We evaluate ride comfort, handling capability, seat comfort, and quietness, among our 50 tests. We also look at how well a minivan converts from a passenger configuration to cargo use, such as whether the seats fold flat or if they have to be removed using tools. 

Our Overall Score (available to CR members) includes points if a vehicle comes with certain safety features as standard.

Below we take an in-depth look at details from CR’s testing and surveys related to the three minivans. And we crown a winner.

The Case for the Chrysler Pacifica

Pros
Don’t confuse the Pacifica with the second-rate Chrysler vans of the past. The clean-sheet redesign for 2017 resulted in an incredibly competitive van that achieves a higher road-test score than its rivals.

Both the Pacifica and its Hybrid version use a 3.6-liter V6. The Pacifica got 21 mpg overall in our tests, on par with the other minivans. The Pacifica Hybrid plug-in adds a lithium-ion battery and two electric motors. These give it the ability to drive solely on electric power, 29 miles in our tests. After that, it reverted to gas-hybrid operation, and we got an impressive 27 mpg overall. It took 2.5 hours to charge on a 240-volt connection, and 12 hours on a standard household power outlet. This means it can charge overnight and be ready for an all-electric commute by morning.

The Chrysler handles like a well-designed car, rather than the "living room on wheels" its shape and size suggest. The suspension insulates the cabin from impacts and prevents the van from bobbing up and down like a boat in a storm.

Both versions are quiet inside, any noise from the kids or the carpool notwithstanding.

We are fond of Chrysler’s Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system, which is the industry benchmark. The base system has a 7-inch display, and the optional one gets an 8.4-inch display. Both versions have clear text, are very easy to use, and have knobs for volume and tuning.

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