2018 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2018 Honda Odyssey

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Minivans have undergone a revolution this decade, turning them from outlier offerings to center stage in the showroom. Companies these days are offering all the luxury and comfort in minivans along with cutting-edge stylish designs. If your primary motivation is to transport people, the minivan is the most versatile form factor. Few vehicles on the road offer the comfort and amenities of a minivan. These minivans have everything from Blu-ray players to vacuum cleaners. It is safe to say that there is a completely new world inside a minivan these days.

Two of the best in the market are the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey. Let us have a look how these compare against each other. The new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is available for sale in Belton at Landmark South Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, near the communities of Raymore, Hickman Mills, and Martin City.

Introduction

When it comes to popularity, the Chrysler Pacifica comfortably beats the Honda Odyssey. This is primarily because Chrysler has made young buyers completely rethink the image of a minivan. It is no more just a family-oriented practical vehicle. Instead, minivans can be classified as the ultimate hipster vehicle. The Pacifica drives well, looks good, and offers plenty of amenities inside.

Conversely, the Honda Odyssey continues to be a family van. It is an all-rounder but the high tech and looks of Pacifica are too much to beat. It's as if we were comparing a current-generation vehicle to a previous-generation vehicle.

Exterior

Comparing the exteriors of a minivan is like comparing two books by their covers. What is inside the vehicle generally matters more. Nevertheless, the Pacifica has a cool design, considering its profile, sharp nosedive, and body that does not look too boxy. The windows are huge and framed in a chrome finish. In addition, their positioning slyly covers the door railings, which makes the overall look seem smooth. The chiseled design adds an athletic and imposing personality to the Pacifica.

The nose of the Odyssey looks like a Civic modified into a van, which may look odd to some. The hood's creased finish looks OK and it has a descending grille and daytime running lights. Nevertheless, there is a feeling that the van has been repurposed from something else.

Interior

It is the inside of a minivan that can be a deal breaker. Thankfully, both vans are flooded with exotic materials and durable surfaces. While the Odyssey is practical enough, the Pacifica is a bit more user-friendly.

Features that are standard on the Pacifica include a compass, voice recognition technology, a blind spot monitoring system, parking assist, delay-off headlights, and heated side mirrors. Of these features, only parking assist technology comes available as an upgrade to the base trim of the Honda Odyssey, while the rest are not offered.

As for cargo space, the Pacifica offers 140.5 cubic feet to store your goods against the 138.5 cubic feet available in the Odyssey. What makes this all the more impressive is the standard three rows of seats, which are comfortable for taller passengers. These seats are foldable when you are in need of more space. The Pacifica's Stow 'N Go system is easy to use. It tumbles the second row flat on the floor. What's more, there are optional touchscreens mounted on the seats with navigation. Infant car seats can be used in the second row while other passengers can be seated in the third row, allowing them access to touchscreens.

As for the Odyssey, it has a unique feature that projects the driver's voice to the third-row passengers via speakers fitted in the back seats. Then there is an in-car camera that allows the driver a peek at the third row. Thankfully, both minivans have an in-car vacuum and a surround-view camera system.

The Pacifica's sliding doors open with a touch of a button while the Odyssey's doors can be opened only by pulling a handle. As for the Odyssey, the driver needs to engage the lane keep assist every time you start the vehicle while the Pacifica remembers the last setting by default. On a daily basis, both vans get the job done but the Pacifica gives you no headaches compared to the Odyssey.

Engine & Performance

At the heart of the Pacifica is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 287 horsepower driving the front wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The nine-speed transmission offers the smoothest of shifts. There are no problems on long highway rides, especially with cruise control engaged.

The Honda Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower mated to a 9- or 10-speed automatic transmission. The current model year of the Odyssey is stiffer this time. However, it has less torque compared to the Pacifica. Honda's 10-speed fades out and powers the front wheels alone. Both minivans will sprint around town, but the Odyssey is clumsy when it comes to parking. At the same time, it lacks 360-degree outward visibility.

Conclusion

Overall, both the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey have a sleek design and are loaded with practical functions along with powerful engines and good ride quality. However, the Pacifica scores more points in power, safety features, tech features, convenience and design style. Also, all of these come at a significantly lower price against the Odyssey, making it the ideal choice for buyers overall.

Consider spending some time in the new Chrysler Pacifica before you decide to buy it. Bring the family down to Landmark South Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM and we'll go for a test drive. We're sure you'll agree that the new Pacifica from Chrysler lets you travel in style and luxury, and it's available for an excellent starting price. With great finance offers and a team of dedicated sales staff who can run you through all of the features, you may quickly decide that the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica from Landmark South Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM is the perfect vehicle for you.


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