The Toyota Sienna minivan rolled first from the production line to the North American market in 1997. It was a successor to the Toyota Previa and got its name from the Italian city of Siena.
In comparison, the Chrysler Pacifica minivan in its current style was first produced more recently in 2016 for the 2017 model year. The Chrysler Pacifica’s first iteration in 2003 was as a midsize crossover SUV, but was reimagined as a minivan in 2016.
One of the Toyota Sienna’s biggest advantages in this comparison is its available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) which can help in variable road conditions. The Pacifica is front-wheel drive only and does not offer this feature on any grade. In this head-to-head we'll compare these two minivans across safety, performance, and interior features.
Published Date: 01/13/2020
All grades of the 2020 Toyota Sienna come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced active safety features. Toyota Safety Sense includes features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD). Pacifica's comparable suite of safety features called Advanced SafetyTec™ does not come standard.
Another standard feature on every new purchase and lease of a Toyota is ToyotaCare. This no-cost factory scheduled maintenance program lasts 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. ToyotaCare also includes 24-hour complimentary Roadside Assistance that lasts 2 years and unlimited miles. Chrysler's Roadside Assistance Program is under the Mopar company. It lasts 5 years and 60,000 miles. Mopar® Vehicle Protection Essential Care plans are available, but cost extra.
The 2020 Toyota Sienna has more horsepower and torque than the Pacifica. The Sienna has 296 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. torque. In comparison, the Pacifica has 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft torque.
The Toyota Sienna has an advantage in available performance capabilities. The LE and higher grade Siennas have available All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The Pacifica does not have an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) option.
The 2020 Toyota Sienna and Chrysler Pacifica are similar in terms of fuel efficiency ratings. They both have an EPA-estimated city MPG rating of 19. However, the Pacifica does have a slight edge in highway MPG. Toyota has an EPA-estimated highway MPG rating of 27, while the Pacifica has an EPA-estimated highway MPG of 28.
Want ample passenger room? The 2020 Sienna SE Premium offers navigation and seating for up to eight. The Pacifica’s 35th Anniversary Touring L trim does offer seating up to eight, but lacks a navigation system.
The 2020 Sienna has the advantage in this comparison when it comes to interior cargo volume. The Sienna’s max cargo volume is 150 cu.ft. while the Pacifica has a max cargo volume of only 140.5 cu.ft.
The Toyota Sienna minivan has been around since 1997, proving itself to be a reliable family minivan for more than 20 years. The Chrysler Pacifica is newer to the market, first produced in 2003 as a midsize crossover SUV.
All trims of the Toyota Sienna come standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced active safety features including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. The Pacifica has comparable features in their Advanced SafetyTec™ but they don’t come standard.
Another feature that Pacifica lacks is All-Wheel Drive (AWD) capability. The Sienna has available All-Wheel Drive (AWD) on all grades LE and higher for more reliable driving in all weather conditions. The Pacifica does not have an AWD option at any grade level. The Sienna also beats out the Pacifica in max cargo volume. The max cargo volume is 150 cu.ft. , while the Pacifica has a max cargo volume of only 140.5 cu.ft. The 2020 Sienna L base-grade starting MSRP comes in at a lower price than the base-grade starting MSRP of the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, $31,640 and $33,745, respectively. Despite the lower starting MSRP, the 2020 Sienna L has standard active safety suite Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P). To get similar features on the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring, drivers will have to select the Advanced SafetyTec™ package upgrade for $995 starting MSRP. It’s for these reasons and more that the 2020 Toyota Sienna is our pick in this minivan head-to-head comparison.