Honda Odyssey vs Chrysler Pacifica

    By Autolist Staff | February 1, 2019

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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    Our User's Take

    What owners think


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    Would Buy Again

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    Would Buy Again

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    What’s better about the Honda?

    Better interior tech. Honda got creative with this generation of Odyssey and offered a wide variety of unique interior features (most of which are optional). These include a back-seat camera to monitor your passengers, an in-car PA system so even kids with headphones won’t be tuned out from mom and dad and a built-in shop vac in the rear cargo area to clean up those pesky messes.

    Better driving. Though subjective, we enjoyed driving the Odyssey more than we did the Pacifica. The Honda feels like it has a bit more pep in its step (though the two models have virtually the same amount of horsepower and torque) and its handling is a little tighter and more responsive.

    Middle-row seats. Ok, so they don’t magically fold into the floor like the Pacifica’s, but the middle seats in the Odyssey do have some tricks of their own. Namely, they can slide fore and aft (to bring a child seat closer to the front passenger seat, for example) and they slide from side to side as well, giving you plenty of options for seating configurations.


    What’s better about the Chrysler?

    Stow ‘n Go seats. For more than a decade now, Chrysler and Dodge minivans have offered this ingenious feature that no other brand can match. They’re essentially individual middle-row seats that flip and fold in the floor beneath them when you need more interior space. Other minivans have removable seats but they’re very heavy and awkward and you need a place to keep them.

    It’s cheaper. The Pacifica starts at $28,390 (including destination) whereas the Odyssey starts $2,795 higher at $31,185. Granted, the base Pacifica is pretty sparse in terms of amenities (no Stow ‘n Go seats for example) but if you’re shopping purely on a budget, the Chrysler is the way to go.

    Available plug-in hybrid. Chrysler is currently the only minivan that offers a hybrid alternative...and it’s a plug-in model at that. The Pacifica Hybrid is pricey -- starting at $41,490 -- but it would also be eligible for various state and federal incentives that could drop the price significantly (California residents could get a $7,500 federal credit and up to $1,500 in state rebates, dropping the price to a very reasonable $32,490). You just have to give up the Stow ‘n Go seats too.


    Autolist’s take:

    We’re big fans of Honda and the Odyssey in particular. It’s a practical, safe and comfortable family hauler that we have no problem recommending. But the Pacifica is that and more: better features (the Stow ‘n Go is a huge plus) and better styling plus the optional Hybrid model. So if we’re forced to choose, we say Buy the Chrysler.


    Cost of Ownership

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    2018 Chrysler Pacifica

    Annual Fuel Costs

    $1,954
    15k miles at $2.866/gal
    $1,954
    15k miles at $2.866/gal
    Fuel Economy

    19 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    18 mpg (miles per gallon)
    City
    28 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway
    28 mpg (miles per gallon)
    Highway

    Safety

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    2018 Chrysler Pacifica

    NHTSA Crash Test Results

    5 stars
    Overall
    5 stars
    Overall
    Safety Features

    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Autonomous Braking
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Available
    Blind-Spot Warnings
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Standard
    Adaptive Cruise Control
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Lane-Keep Assist
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert
    Available
    Cross-Traffic Alert

    Interior

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    2018 Chrysler Pacifica

    Interior Features

    -
    Leather
    Available
    Leather
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Moonroof
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Heated Seats
    Available
    Keyless Entry
    -
    Keyless Entry
    Standard
    Climate Control
    Available
    Climate Control
    Technology

    Available
    Apple Carplay
    Standard
    Apple Carplay
    Available
    Android Auto
    Standard
    Android Auto
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Available
    Satellite Radio
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Standard
    Bluetooth
    Available
    Navigation System
    Available
    Navigation System

    Under the Hood

    2018 Honda Odyssey

    2018 Chrysler Pacifica

    Powertrain

    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    9-Speed Shiftable Automatic
    Transmission
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    FWD
    Drivetrain
    Drivetrain

    280+ HP @ 6000 RPM
    Horsepower
    287+ HP @ 6400 RPM
    Horsepower
    262+ lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
    Torque
    262+ lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
    Torque
    V6
    Cylinders
    V6
    Cylinders