Minivan Comparison | Sienna vs Odyssey vs Pacifica vs Sedona

The minivan segment is fresher than in years, possibly decades. The 2021 Toyota Sienna is a completely redesigned model with a bold new look and a hybrid powertrain as standard. Both the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica have been updated for 2021 with updated design, improved technology and, in the case of the Pacifica, with new optional all-wheel drive. Only the 2021 Kia Sedona soldiers continue with no changes; It's still a solid van, despite its advanced age and relatively few people buying it.
Typically, when we put together a comparison like this, we have to choose which vehicles to include (mainly because we can't make a table of 15 cars without using a 4-point font). There are only four on minivans. That certainly makes it easier to research and shop in person without having to worry about missing anything. It also makes it a bit easier to go beyond the usual table and dig a little deeper than normal into the competition. Let's take a quick look at each one.
2021 Toyota Sienna
The Sienna is brand new for '21 after a decade with just updates. Its exterior style is more expressive than before, but it's the new cab that really impresses - it looks a lot more car-friendly but still offers the expected amount of storage space and functionality. Mechanically, big news is that every Sienna is now a hybrid. Though performance is a bit inferior compared to anything else, at 36 mpg (or 35 mpg with all-wheel drive) everything but the Pacifica plug-in hybrid is destroyed. This exceptional fuel economy and its wide-sliding, child-friendly second row seats are the main selling points, but in every other way it is fully competitive.
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2021 Chrysler Pacifica
The Pacifica is receiving its first major upgrades since it was completely new for '17. The front end has been redesigned, all-wheel drive is now an option, and there's a new Pinnacle Range-Toping fairing. The big news, however, is the technology offering. Like Odyssey and Sienna, every Pacifica is now equipped with a full range of driver assistance technologies as standard. Each equipment also includes Chrysler's latest UConnect infotainment system with a larger 10.1-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These are all welcome updates, but the Pacifica's biggest selling point continues to be its plug-in hybrid powertrain, which can travel 32 miles on one charge and then transforms into a regular hybrid with an overall output of 30 mpg. It even handles better than the normal Pacifica. Government tax breaks make it much cheaper than the higher MSRP would indicate. The Pacifica is definitely available.
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2021 Honda Odyssey
The Odyssey receives the least significant updates: a successfully redesigned front end, a new center console, an additional USB port in the upper panels and improved driver assistance technologies. Otherwise, the Odyssey remains the least apologetic minivan. There's been no attempt to add sporty or SUV-like flourishes on the outside, while the dashboard has the visual appeal of a washing machine on the inside. The driving experience is similarly indifferent, characterized by loose steering and a pillow-like ride (unlike previous Accord-like Odysseys). It's about taking care of the kids and from its clever second row seat on Magic Slide to the "spy" camera in the back seat of CabinWatch, it does a masterful job. If there's one objective downside it's fuel economy - the Odyssey just can't compete with the hybrid Toyota and Chrysler.
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2021 Kia Sedona
The Sedona is the oldest statesman here, having received its last makeover in 2015. Not much has changed since then. On the one hand, it's still as spacious as ever, matches the other vans here and is very pleasant to drive. Its design is arguably the tastiest and / or least grumpy of the group, while its interior design is more like an SUV than a minivan. The seat in the second row can even be pushed back and forth considerably for more comfort and versatility of the load, but not to the extent of the new Super Long Slide seats of the Sienna. And that's really the problem: The Sedona doesn't do anything that the others can't. It also doesn't offer anything that really stands out, like the hybrid powertrain from Sienna and Pacifica, the Magic Slide two-row seat from Odyssey, or the vacuum cleaner available in all three models (to name just one such device). The longest guarantee here, a low price point, and generous feature content are ultimately what should keep it on your radar. (Note that a new Sedona is coming soon.)

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2021 Chrysler Voyager
We're not going to discuss the Voyager much. In short, it's a Pacifica with last year's design, less feature content, and a rock-bottom price that makes it the cheapest minivan on sale. The dimensions, the V6 engine and the driving experience are largely the same. Although it has a different name, it's not really a different van. Think of it as mentioned.

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Specifications and dimensions compared
As you can see, the outside dimensions of each minivan are incredibly similar. Sure, there are differences, an inch up here or down there, but they're all so big that it practically doesn't matter. The passenger compartment is basically identical, although actually only the Sienna has a slight disadvantage in terms of head, leg and shoulder room in the third row. It also appears to have a massive cargo space deficit when you start removing seats. However, we suspect that this is actually because Toyota measures cargo capacity differently than the others (possibly only to the top of the seats and not to the roof). The fact that it has similar cargo space behind the raised third row, as well as similar interior headroom, is strong evidence of this.
The biggest difference between these four vans is what's under the hood. As you can see, we've broken the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid out of the regular version for the sake of readability of the table.
The power and curb weight of the Odyssey should theoretically make it the fastest in the group, closely followed by the Pacifica with V6 drive. The Sienna has the lowest power and weighs more than any other except the plug-in hybrid Pacifica. So he's at the bottom of the list. It shouldn't feel that slow though, thanks to its electric motors that give it an initial swing. The same goes for the Pacifica Hybrid, though its oomph lasts much longer with its 32-mile all-electric range.
Seating concepts in the second row
In addition to the design and the functional content, the biggest differentiating feature between the interiors of these vans is the seating concept in the second row. Let's take a look at each one.
Toyota Sienna
The Sienna offers two configurations in the second row to choose from. The eight-passenger model is probably better suited for parents with smaller children as it has a detachable center seat in the second row that you can attach a child seat to while leaving the outboard seats open. The setup with seven passengers in the upper equipment variants has the new captain's chairs of the second row "Super Long Slide", which slide much more strongly than the competition. When pushed back, they offer enough legroom for the NBA to lean back and relax. They also slide forward all the way to the front seats, making them more likely to fit into anything you need without moving the seats (while being more comfortable than the Chrysler Pacifica's Stow 'N Go seats). A second lever folds the seat cushion up and the backrest forwards, either to allow easy entry into the third row or to maximize the load volume even further. The Sedona offers something similar.

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Chrysler Pacifica
The Pacifica (and Voyager) have Chrysler's Stow 'N Go seats in the second row. These captain's chairs fold into the floor, much like the third rows of all these vans. This allows you to quickly transform your van from a people carrier to a freight forwarder without inflicting a hernia that lifts the seats out. The downside is that the seats themselves aren't as comfortable as the second-row captain's chairs found on rivals. The eight-passenger configuration of the Pacifica adds a small seat between the captain's chairs that must be physically removed. This element is similar to what you'd find in the eight-passenger Sienna and Sedona.
The Pacifica Hybrid doesn't have Stow 'N Go, however. Basically, the huge hole under the floor where the seats are stowed is filled with batteries. On the flip side, the sliding and reclining captain's chairs are more comfortable as they don't have to be origami capable.

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Honda Odyssey
The Odyssey also has two concepts in the second row, although the fixed captain's chairs in the second row can only be found on the LX base. Every second Odyssey comes with Honda's clever second row "Magic Slide", which we cover in this particular review. Basically, it's a pair of captain's chairs that slide sideways when removing the middle section. That way, you can move them together to one side (for easier access to the third row) or in the center of the van (which is safer in the event of a side impact). Plus, you can move them around without having to separate the child seats. Of course, you can treat them like regular captain's chairs, although admittedly they don't slide back and forth like the ones in Sienna and Sedona, making them a better choice for parents with younger children than older, larger ones.

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Kia Sedona
The Sedona's second row is quite similar in concept to the Sienna's. It has an eight-passenger version with a detachable middle section and then a seven-passenger version with outboard captain's chairs that slide farther than the Pacifica or Odyssey. These can be further enhanced with comfortable pillow-like headrests and protruding leg rests in lie-down style. They're neat, but you have to be pretty short to take full advantage of them. The Sienna does something similar, but thanks to the "Super Long Slide" seats that live up to their name, the leg supports should be more suitable for more people. If we talk about the relative differences in comfort between La-Z-Boy seats, you are likely in good shape either way.

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Features and prices
It's important to look beyond the base price, as the base model of each van starts out with a different amount of equipment. For example, the basic Sienna LE and Pacifica Touring L have roughly the same features and the same price as an Odyssey EX - their second trim level. Chrysler does offer the Voyager, however, a Pacifica with last year's design, hire equipment, and the lowest price of a minivan (even the LX "upper" trim level costs less than the Sedona's base trim level). The Sedona is an outlier in that its trim levels don't really match the others in terms of price or features. It's also not available with as many fancy comfort and tech features as Honda, Chrysler, and Toyota, which explains why it's never much higher than the $ 41,500 price point for the SX fairing. The others, meanwhile, can easily climb $ 50,000.
Then there's the Pacifica Hybrid (Chrysler makes this really complicated). It clearly has the highest price point, starting at $ 41,490 or nearly $ 5,000 more than the comparable regular Pacifica Touring. However, the all-electric range means you spend an average of $ 550 less on fuel each year than the regular Pacifica, according to the EPA, but even that depends a lot on how much you can hook up. The more you operate with electrons, the more money you save. Then there is the question of government tax breaks. There's a $ 7,500 tax break and many states offer more, which means the hybrid can end up being cheaper than the regular Pacifica (or even the base Sedona). This is just one of the reasons we strongly recommend the Pacifica plug-in hybrid.
The following links provide a breakdown of the equipment variants, functions and prices of the individual vans.
2021 Toyota Sienna trim levels and prices
2021 Honda Odyssey trim levels and prices
2021 Kia Sedona trim levels and prices
2021 Chrysler Pacifica trim levels and prices
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid trim levels and prices
2021 Chrysler Voyager trim levels and prices
Conclusions
Which minivan is the best? Well, it's definitely not the discontented Voyager or the seven year old Sedona, but even those are really good vans. You should check them out, especially if getting the latest gadgets and gadgets isn't a top priority. That said, the actual purchases should be made by comparing Sienna, Pacifica and Odyssey as they clearly form the upper tier. All in all, we'd likely choose the Pacifica Hybrid for its unmatched all-electric range, surprisingly good handling, handsome style, and the family-friendly goodness that makes the regular Pacifica so good. You just need to be prepared to wait for that hefty tax refund.
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