2020 Sienna vs. Pacifica Comparison

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

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Safety

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.

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Safety

  • All Toyota Sienna trims come standard with Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P). Pacifica’s Advanced SafetyTec™ does not come standard.
  • All new purchases and leases of Toyota vehicles come standard with ToyotaCare factory scheduled maintenance and 24-hour complimentary Roadside Assistance.
  • Chrysler’s roadside assistance plan under the Mopar company lasts 5 years and 60,000 miles. Their Vehicle Protection Essential Care plans cost extra.
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Performance

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.

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Performance

  • The Sienna LE trim and above offer All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The Pacifica only comes with front-wheel drive.
  • The 2020 Pacifica and 2020 Sienna have the same EPA-estimated city MPG of 19, but the Pacifica has an EPA-estimated highway MPG of 27.
  • The Sienna beats the Pacifica in horsepower and torque (296 & 264 lb.-ft. vs. 287 & 263 lb.-ft., respectively).
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Interior

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.

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Interior

  • The 2020 Sienna has 150 cu. ft. of cargo volume while the Pacifica has 140.5 cu. ft. cargo volume.
  • The Sienna SE Premium trim 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.
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Conclusion: Sienna vs. Pacifica

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.

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Conclusion: Sienna vs. Pacifica

  • Toyota suite of safety features called Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) comes standard. The Pacifica’s comparable suite of safety features, Advanced SafetyTec™, is not standard.
  • The Sienna has an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available while this feature is not available on the 2020 Pacifica.
  • The Sienna also has more cargo room than the 2020 Pacifica.
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