The 2019 Minivan Shootout!

I have to say in my career of automotive journalism, I never thought I would be writing an article pinning three minivans against each other, but here we are. The competitors for today’s shootout are: The 2019 Toyota Sienna, 2019 Honda Odyssey, and the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica. Let’s get into it!

I’ll start off with the Sienna. The engine is Toyota’s current six-cylinder bread-and-butter. This engine can be found in the Camry, Tacoma, and many other Toyota models. It’s a solid motor that will be reliable for years to come.

 

The Sienna has a solid number of features, but nothing to blow you away. In terms of interior quality, the Sienna ranks third among these three mini vans. That’s not to say it is bad, it just feels more bang-for-your-buck than luxury.

The Odyssey also has a 3.5L v6, which is more of a rarity in Honda’s lineup since the Accord sport dropped the V6 option for a turbo four-cylinder. The transmission is also a nine speed, but an optional ten speed is available for those buyers interested.

 

The interior of the Odyssey is decently high quality given the mid-level trim that I drove. There is a speaker system that allows you to easily talk to the rear seat occupants, which I found very useful. The infotainment system is also very intuitive, and I think that is very important in minivans.

The Chrysler Pacifica has a 3.6L V6 that is, like the Toyota, a very common engine used by FCA. You can find it in literally every Dodge, Jeep, or Ram product that doesn’t have a V8. I like the power offered by the V6, and the transmission gave me 0 issues.

 

The interior of the Pacifica is by far the best of the three. It is luxurious, spacious, and packed with features. Even the third row, often the forgotten row, was a great experience. There are even two sunroofs, one for the front and one for the rear.

 

Of the three, I am stuck between two of them. If you are on a budget, I’d recommend the Odyssey. It has tons of features, and the interior quality is better than a rental car. If you are looking for comfort and luxury, the Pacifica is the way to go. You can sit in the back of a Pacifica and still feel like an adult, which can’t be said about the other two. I don’t think the Sienna is bad, I just think it is due for a refresh at the least, or some memorable feature. If it were me, I would get the Pacifica.

 

Watch my video reviews of these vans:

 

 

Written by Zack Pradel