2020 Chrysler Pacifica
Features & Specs
2020 Toyota Sienna
V6
Engine Configuration
V6
3.6-liter
Engine Displacement
3.5-liter
19 / 28 / 22 mpg
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined)
19 / 26 / 21 mpg
41.1 / 39.0 in
Leg Room (Front/Rear)
40.5 / 37.6 in

2020 Chrysler Pacifica vs 2020 Toyota Sienna

Whether you're hauling people or cargo, you need a vehicle that can keep up with your busy lifestyle and get your family where they need to go. The competition is fierce in the minivan segment, but Chrysler and Toyota seem to have a firm grasp on the market with their popular minivan models. Both brands offer safe and affordable vehicles with optional features so you can pick the model that is best suited for your needs. While both brands have respectable options, only one offers the better minivan. We're breaking down both models so you can make an informed decision and find the minivan that is perfect for your family. On the left, we have the fuel-efficient and feature inclusive 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, and on the right, we have the 2020 Toyota Sienna. Which minivan is the best family vehicle? Keep reading and find out!

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Power & Handling

The Pacifica has a lot to boast about when it comes to power and handling. This model is the first minivan to offer a plug-in hybrid variant that provides a smooth and competent electrically variable continuously variable transmission. This V6 engine is supplemented by battery-fed electric motors with the ability to travel up to 32 miles on electric power alone and 500 miles with the gasoline engine. If hybrids aren't your thing, the standard 287 horsepower V6 engine is respectable in its own right with 28 mpg on the highway. The 9-speed automatic transmission that's paired to the engine provides enough oomph to get up to freeway speeds smoothly and with ease. The Pacifica also utilizes an engine start/stop system for increased fuel efficiency and handles better than most in its class. This model has praiseworthy ride quality with well-managed body roll and stability. The 2020 Pacifica even boasts a tow rate of 3,600 pounds, 100 more than its competitors!

2020 Toyota Sienna Power & Handling

The Sienna only offers one engine, which is a 3.5-liter V6. It's capable of 296 horsepower and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Although this engine is decent enough to get you where you need to go, it isn't in the running for best-in-class for fuel-efficient engines. In cold temperatures, the V6 tends to surge, and the transmission is a bit fickle when it comes to downshifting on uphill grades. When it comes to handling, the Sienna has noticeable body roll, meaning you have to be extra careful around turns if you want to keep your passengers happy. Any comfort provided by the Sienna is hindered by the unexpectedly loud wind and road noise. What the Sienna does have going for it is adequate braking performance thanks to the soft pedals and linear response which aids its predictability. Otherwise, there's really nothing spectacular or enticing about the Sienna's power train or handling capabilities.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Features & Design

When it comes to design, the Pacifica is dominating the segment. It comes with loads of safety and convenience features standard in the base of four trim levels, a simpler lineup that makes it easy to find the model that's right for you. The Touring comes well-equipped with a power liftgate, an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and tri-zone climate control. There is a standard power sliding rear passenger door that offers generous space for getting in and out with easy access to the 3rd row. Stow 'n Go seats are also standard, making it easy to shift from a people hauler to a cargo carrier and also provides under-floor storage. The entry-level infotainment system is a 7-inch touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is even an available 8.4-inch upgrade. Standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a system that will apply the brakes if it detects something behind the vehicle as you're backing up. The affordability of the Pacifica means you can afford to add the available Advanced SafetyTec Group, which adds frontal-collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and more! Other upgrades and optional extras include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and steering wheel, 3rd-row sunshades, Alpine or Harman Kardon premium audio, panoramic sunroof, navigation, rear-seat theater entertainment, and a built-in vacuum cleaner.

2020 Toyota Sienna Features & Design

The 2020 Sienna offers five main trims, three of which also provide Premium versions, but no matter which model you go for, you have fewer available features than its rivals. Standard features include tri-zone climate control, which is unpleasantly noisy at higher fan speeds. There is also a 7-inch infotainment touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but the controls are a bit harder to operate and arranged inefficiently. The standard safety features include forward-collision mitigation, intelligent cruise control, road-sign recognition, and lane-keeping assistance. Higher trim levels get you features like power-sliding doors, easy-clean seating fabric, a power-adjustable driver's seat, an upgraded infotainment setup, all-wheel-drive, a power tailgate, and other features. A dual-screen Blu-ray/DVD rear-seat entertainment system, heated steering wheel, and dual moonroof are also available on the more expensive trims. Although some of these amenities seem good on paper, the controls are complicated and unintuitive with poor arrangement. If you are using the front cupholders, you can expect some difficulty accessing some of the convenience features. The Sienna's overall design is a bit outdated and lacking with awkward layouts, uncomfortable seating, and large, bulky second-row seats that are difficult to move so passengers can access the third-row. There is also limited headroom for most of your passengers because of the Sienna's tapered roofline.

Conclusion:

No matter how you look at it, it's clear that the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is the winner of this standoff! The Pacifica offers a smooth, roomy, and comfortable ride quality that the Sienna can't match. The Pacifica also offers a suite of standard safety and convenience features that the Sienna reserves for more expensive trims. Whether you're hauling people or cargo, the 2020 Pacifica makes it easy and convenient to get you where you need to go, all with a reliable and fuel-efficient engine. There is even a plug-in hybrid variant and towing capacity that is unavailable in any other minivan on the market! Want to learn more about the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica? Check out our full online review and come on down to the dealership today!


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