2018 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2018 Honda Odyssey
The SUV seems to rule the road these days, so it’s easy for many people to forget the comfort, convenience, and utility of minivans. While minivans are best known as family wagons, the minivans of 2018 have to compete with a lot of roomy SUVs for their slice of the road, which means that minivans such as the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2018 Honda Odyssey are going the extra mile to prove that the minivan isn’t obsolete in the 21st century! But which minivan is better? Both are among the biggest names in the world of minivans, but the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is often considered the number-one van in America—and we tend to agree!
When you’re raising a family, every penny counts, so price is often one of the first points of comparison when families are shopping for a new minivan. The 2018 Honda Odyssey has an MSRP starting at $33,860, with a real-time average price paid of around $31,232 according to CarGurus.com. Meanwhile, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica starts at around $26,995 and has been named by J.D. Power as the “highest ranked minivan in initial quality.” Of course, price isn’t just about what’s on the sticker, and the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica also gets the best fuel economy of any minivan in its class. If you really want to get the best deal, it’s a good idea to come see your Chrysler dealer in Kansas City, MO for the latest models, pricing, and incentives.
Styling & Options
There’s no getting around it: minivans are big. Fortunately, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica embraces its size, transforming the boxy minivan of old into a modern and sophisticated driving machine that combines plenty of room with surprisingly graceful accents. Big windows give you lots of visibility, and those same windows kick back to help hide the sliding door rails, giving the whole 2018 Chrysler Pacifica a style to match its utility. Meanwhile, the 2018 Honda Odyssey attempts to bring a little sportiness to the look of its minivan with a lightning-bolt profile that gives the Odyssey a striking shape, but it still can’t compete with the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, especially when you factor in the options available in trim packages such as the Pacifica Touring L, Touring Plus, or LX, to name just a few.
Minivans aren’t exactly known for their performance, but that doesn’t mean you have to give it up when you get behind the wheel of one. Both the 2018 Honda Odyssey and the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica are powered by V-6 engines that can crank upwards of 280 horsepower for the Odyssey and 287 for the Pacifica. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica matches that with a 9-speed automatic transmission, while the Honda Odyssey has 9- or 10-speed automatic transmissions available. In either case, you’re not going to want to take your minivan out to the drag strip, but you also won’t struggle to make it up the hill on the way to school, even loaded down with kids, books, and sports equipment.
Use of Space
When it comes time to buy a minivan, price may be one of the first things on most families’ minds, but space is what got them interested in a minivan to begin with, and it’s where the 2018 minivans shine. When you buy a minivan, you want to be able to haul everything, which means flexibility, and the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica has that in spades. There are 165 cubic feet of passenger space, with 140.5 of those located behind the first row. But the total space inside the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is closer to 197.3 cubic feet, giving you lots of options to fold seats up or down and haul just about anything you can imagine. Plus, the proprietary Chrysler Stow ‘N Go system allows you to turn the second row into a flat floor in no time, and The Car Connection has called it “one of the smartest systems on the planet.” By comparison, if you want to pull out the second row in the 2018 Honda Odyssey, you have to actually remove the seats. The advantage seems pretty clear.
Sure, most minivans will fit all your kids, but how pleasant is the ride going to be? Fortunately, both the 2018 Honda Odyssey and the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica offer more than just space—they offer comfort. Both seat up to eight people, and adults fit comfortably in even the third-row seats. Where the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica pulls ahead of the competition is in its versatility—not to mention quality amenities that will make the ride more pleasant for everyone involved. These include available seat-mounted touchscreens complete with apps to make road trips more enjoyable, such as “Are We There Yet?” which provides fun and informative answers to the most persistent of road trip questions.
We’ve harped on it before, but minivans are big. As such, they’re never going to get the best gas mileage on the road. Still, when it comes to minivans, it’s hard to beat either the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica or the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The Pacifica is ranked as the top minivan on the road for fuel economy, with EPA ratings of 18-miles-per-gallon in the city or 28 on the highway, but the 2018 Honda Odyssey manages to keep pace with either its 9- or 10-speed transmissions. For those who really want to go green, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica offers a plug-in hybrid model. Ask your Kansas City Chrysler dealership for more information.
Safety and Security
There’s nothing in the world that’s more precious than your family, so when you’re shopping for a minivan, you’re looking for a vehicle that will keep every member of your family safe. That’s why both the 2018 Honda Odyssey and the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica focus on keeping occupants safe with near-perfect crash test scores all around. In fact, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and received five stars for overall safety from the NHTSA. From standard rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitors to available technology bundles at many trim levels that include adaptive cruise control, surround-view cameras, and more, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica goes beyond crash test safety to provide some of the latest in safety and security features that will help prevent your family from ever being in a crash in the first place.
Across the board, it’s our opinion that the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica beats the Honda Odyssey. It’s more stylish, better priced, has more economical engines, and, perhaps most importantly, offers an unbeatably versatile cargo and passenger space. The Honda Odyssey is a solid minivan, but at the end of the day, it just can’t keep up with the champion 2018 Chrysler Pacifica.
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is available at State Line Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Kansas City, MO. Come take it for a test drive today!