2021 Sienna vs. Pacifica Comparison

The Sienna and Pacifica go beyond the expected, offering an all-hybrid engine lineup for the Sienna and a plug-in option for the Pacifica, adding to already versatile vehicles. For those that want to go the extra mile and a little more wiggle room, the Sienna and Pacifica are perfect. But one of these minivans has a little more.

The 2021 Sienna with standard second row captain's chairs starting on the XLE FWD offers 7 and 8-person seating options. The Pacifica has second row captain's chairs on all trims, but only offers a max of 7 seats.

Not only does the Sienna have great interior options, this hybrid Toyota Sienna also has all-wheel-drive options on all models including the base model Sienna LE AWD which starts at $36,460. The Pacifica has available AWD as well, but the base model Touring AWD has a slightly more expensive starting MSRP of $38,040. Available AWD is not an option on the Pacifica's Plug-In variant, however.

With similar starting prices, this head to head will go into a closer look at the specs of the Sienna vs. Pacifica that matter most, like safety, performance, and interior features.

Published Date: 01/29/2021

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Performance

Where the Toyota Sienna takes the edge in this minivan showdown is in performance with its available all-wheel drive and hybrid engine.

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Performance

  • While both the Toyota and Chrysler have AWD, the Toyota model is less expensive.
  • The Sienna LE FWD offers impressive fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.
  • The Sienna has Normal, ECO,EV, and sport mode. The Pacifica does not list such features.
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Safety

Safety is an important part of your drive. That's why car makers continue to make improvements to safety features included in their vehicles. Not all manufacturers include the same features, however.

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Safety

  • All Toyotas come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • The Pacifica has some comparable safety features but it's unclear which models have those features standard.
  • The Sienna comes standard with ToyotaCare, a factory-scheduled maintenance plan. Chrysler's maintenance plan from Mopar® costs extra.
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Interior

Interior features complete any vehicle, and the Sienna is one complete vehicle.

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Interior

  • The Sienna has more available cargo space than the Pacifica.
  • The Sienna also has seating for up to eight, something the Pacifica lacks.
  • If you're looking for ease getting in and out of the back, the Sienna XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum super-long-slide seat feature will help you do just that.
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Conclusion: Sienna vs. Pacifica

When comparing apples to apples, the Sienna beats out the Pacifica in miles per gallon. The base trim LE FWD boasts an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The base trim Pacifica Touring FWD has an EPA-estimated 19/28/23 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.

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Conclusion: Sienna vs. Pacifica

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard on the Sienna. The Pacifica has lots of active safety features as well, but it's unclear on what trims they're standard.
  • All Sienna trims have impressive EPA-estimated ratings with its hybrid engine.
  • The Sienna was awarded the 2021 Minivan Best Buy award from Kelley Blue Book®.
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