2021 Chrysler Pacifica vs 2021 Honda Odyssey

April 1st, 2021 by

Two great options for you to consider if you’re in the market for a minivan this year are the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and 2021 Honda Odyssey. Both vehicles are convenient for families, with up to eight seats and powerful V-6 engines to take you around town or go cruising on the highway. But how do you decide which minivan is right for you? Let’s take a look at how the Pacifica and Odyssey compare.


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With a base price of $31,790, the Odyssey is slightly cheaper than the Pacifica, which starts at $36,540. Budget-conscious buyers may prefer the Odyssey, while the Pacifica may appeal to you if you’re looking for better features and accessories with the base trim. For example, a base Pacifica is equipped with power-sliding side doors, second-row sunshades, and a powered liftgate. To get these features with the Odyssey, you’ll need to choose a higher trim.

The Odyssey is available in six trims, with the top Elite trim’s starting price coming in at $47,820. As for the Pacifica, its four trims range from the touring at just over $36,000 to the Pinnacle, which starts at $54,885.

Finally, many drivers emphasize resale value over price. If you plan on reselling your minivan after a few years, the Odyssey outperforms the Pacifica, and you can sell it for something closer to what you paid. This doesn’t mean the Pacifica’s resale value is worse. It’s just that more expensive vehicles have more value to lose as they age.

Safety Features

Both the Odyssey and Pacifica offer a wide range of safety features to give you peace of mind while you’re on the road. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control come standard in both vehicles. You’ll notice some minor differences in standard features between both vehicles. For example, while the Pacifica offers blind-spot monitoring as standard, this is an optional add-on in the Odyssey.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2021 Odyssey the best grade in all six of its crash tests. The 2021 Pacifica received the same rating and also received a five out of five star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2021 Odyssey Trims

The 2021 Odyssey is available in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. All trims are equipped with the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which is capable of generating 280 horsepower. The Odyssey is only available in a front-wheel drive setup. The Odyssey’s engine is good for 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, giving it a combined fuel efficiency rating of 22 mpg.

Moving up to the EX trim will get you an 8-inch infotainment screen, which is larger than the 5-inch screen that comes with the base trim. The EX also gets you access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated front seats, and power sliding doors.

Step up to the EX-L and you’ll have leather upholstery for the first and second rows, a moonroof, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Touring is ideal for second-row passengers because it adds Honda’s rear-seat infotainment system with two 10-inch screens, and a wireless hotspot. The top Elite trim adds a premium sound system and ventilated front seats.

2021 Pacifica Trims

The Pacifica is sold in four trims: Touring, Touring L, Limited, and Pinnacle. All trims are powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 287 horsepower. Front-wheel drive comes as standard in the two lower trims, although you can upgrade to all-wheel drive for an extra charge. In the Limited and Pinnacle Trims, all-wheel drive is standard. The Pacifica’s standard setup has a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, giving this minivan a combined gas mileage of 22 mpg.

The Pacifica’s base trim already includes many useful technology features, like a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. For an extra $495, you can add a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats. You can also add two second-row infotainment screens for an extra $2,395.

The Touring L changes out the cloth upholstery for perforated leather and adds sunshades in the third row. The Limited includes Nappa leather seat coverings, second-row heated seats, and a power-folding third row. As for the line-topping Pinnacle Trim, you get captain’s chairs in the second row, under-floor storage bins, and premium infotainment features.

Interior Differences

The Pacifica is equipped with Stow ‘n’ Go seating in the second and third rows. This means that if you need to fold down the rear rows for extra storage, you can fold the seats into the floor instead of having to remove them. You’ll have 87.5 cubic feet of storage with the third row folded down, and 140.5 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. Even if you have a full cabin of passengers, you still get 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.

In its standard setup, the Pacifica seats eight. However, that is reduced to seven if you replace the bench seat in the second row with captain’s chairs. Families will find the four sets of LATCH connectors on the outward seats of both rear rows especially useful for installing child seating.

In its standard configuration, the Odyssey seats seven, but you can opt for a configuration with room for eight. The Odyssey also offers even more cargo space, with just over 38 cubic feet of space behind the third row and more than 92 cubic feet with the third row folded down. For larger or bulkier cargo items, you can get up to 158 cubic feet of storage by removing the second row of seats.

We hope that our comparison between the Pacifica and Odyssey has helped with your search for the perfect minivan to meet your needs. Do you still have questions about these vehicles’ features or performance abilities? Don’t hesitate to contact us at Oxmoor Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today so our auto sales team can offer you their advice. We can’t wait to help you get behind the wheel of a new 2021 Pacifica from our Chrysler range, or another vehicle from our used or certified pre-owned inventories.