How does the 2021 Toyota Sienna compare to the Pacifica and Odyssey?

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  • Toyota last week unveiled the 2021 Sienna, the latest minivan to receive a 21stmakeover of the last century.
  • We compared the Sienna’s feature availability to its closest competitors, the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. Spoiler alert: They all have lots of cup holders.
  • Toyota hasn’t released all of the Sienna’s specs, so it’s too early to tell how it compares to interior space.

    A dispatch from van country, for those of you whose experience with family haulers is limited to occasional trips in your aunt’s 10-year-old Kia Sedona: things have gotten totally out of hand. Brands that were building minivans in the heyday of the genre got away with it. Those who remain are engaged in an arms race, and no one is talking about disarmament. When Toyota launched the fourth-generation 2021 Sienna this week, the automaker unveiled its new weapon: second-row captain’s chairs with 25 inches of sliding space and integrated leg rests. There aren’t many cars with built-in leg rests. The $203,545 Maybach S650 is one. Do you see what we mean? Totally uncontrollable.

    Second-row seats aren’t the only battle raging in the minivan wars. However, if we keep track, neither the Chrysler Pacifica nor the Honda Odyssey (the Sienna’s newest and best competitors) have a flip-up ottoman. The Pacifica’s mainstay in the seating department is its Stow ‘n Go system, in which the two rear rows fold into wells in the floor to create a completely flat cargo area. Honda’s innovation in seating is a second row in which the captain’s chairs can slide sideways, allowing them to be positioned next to each other or on opposite sides of the cabin with an aisle (or armrest/removable seat) between them.

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    Toyota Sienna 2021

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    the 2021 chrysler pacifica is the only vehicle in its class to offer all-wheel drive as well as stow 'n go seats
    2021 Chrysler Pacifica

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    Screens and Ports

    All three minivans are equipped with rear-seat entertainment systems. The new Sienna is an 11.6-inch 1080p display; the Pacifica offers two 10.1-inch screens mounted on the backs of the front seats; and the Odyssey has a roof-mounted 10.2-inch center screen. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance these screens are all bigger than the TV you grew up watching, and they’re almost certainly higher quality.

    Screens are just the opening volley in the fight against infotainment; USB ports are another area of ​​contention. The Odyssey can have up to eight. The Pacifica has 12. The Sienna has seven, leaving open the possibility that a passenger in a full Sienna could find themselves without their own personal charging port (these three vans can accommodate seven or eight people, depending on the seating configuration ).

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    Chrysler Pacifica

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    Nice excess inside

    Counting the cupholders reveals the rococo nature of the minivan wars. The Pacifica lags the competition with 13 cupholders, or 1.63 per possible passenger. The Odyssey’s 15 cup holders can hold 1.88 drinks per passenger. The 2021 Sienna will have 18 cupholders, or 2.25 per passenger in a fully loaded car. Even for the seven million American families with three or more children, 18 cup holders is an unnecessary excess. With so many drinks open, you’ll need to make a pit stop on the way to football practice.

    While we’re on the subject of unnecessary excesses, you may find an in-built vacuum cleaner available in any of these three vehicles. The Sienna also has an in-car cooler, in case you’re carrying center console-sized perishables on a long trip, but don’t feel like lugging freezer packs.

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    Powertrains

    All three minivans are based on a front-wheel-drive platform. The Sienna and Pacifica have optional all-wheel drive. The Sienna won’t be hybrid until 2021, but the 243-hp powertrain is a version of Toyota’s Hybrid System II, which has been around since 2016. The Pacifica comes standard with the 3.6-liter V6 engine from 287 hp from Chrysler, which has powered FCA products since 2011. The Pacifica has its own hybrid powertrain available, but this one is a plug-in with 32 miles of electric range. The Odyssey is the only one in this group with a single powertrain to its name. It is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine developing 280 horsepower.

    Driver assistance technology

    The only apparent truce in this conflict (apart from the necessary respect for the principle of double sliding doors) is at the level of active safety, where these three vehicles all offer a high level of standard equipment. The Pacifica and Sienna come standard with forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Odyssey has all three in all but its base LX model. .

    Toyota has yet to release full specs for the new Sienna, so we can’t compare it to rivals in terms of cargo space or legroom, but minivans in general are roomier. in both measures than SUVs in general, thanks to their low-load floors. The Sienna’s $35,000 to $45,000 price range puts it in the same airspace as the Pacifica, which starts at $35,540 for 2020. The Odyssey tops out at $48,540 but starts off much cheaper than the Pacifica or Sienna at $31,910. No matter the price, the battle for minivan supremacy means you’ll end up with a car that has more standard features than some apartments, and might even be cheaper from month to month.

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