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2021 Sienna vs. Pacifica Comparison

The Sienna and Pacifica go beyond the expected, offering an all-hybrid engine lineup for the Sienna and a plug-in option for the Pacifica, adding to already versatile vehicles. For those that want to go the extra mile and a little more wiggle room, the Sienna and Pacifica are perfect. But one of these minivans has a little more.

The 2021 Sienna with standard second row captain's chairs starting on the XLE FWD offers 7 and 8-person seating options. The Pacifica has second row captain's chairs on all trims, but only offers a max of 7 seats.

Not only does the Sienna have great interior options, this hybrid Toyota Sienna also has all-wheel-drive options on all models including the base model Sienna LE AWD which starts at $36,460. The Pacifica has available AWD as well, but the base model Touring AWD has a slightly more expensive starting MSRP of $38,040. Available AWD is not an option on the Pacifica's Plug-In variant, however.

With similar starting prices, this head to head will go into a closer look at the specs of the Sienna vs. Pacifica that matter most, like safety, performance, and interior features.

Published Date: 01/29/2021

Several Siennas parked in a town square

Performance

  • While both the Toyota and Chrysler have AWD, the Toyota model is less expensive.
  • The Sienna LE FWD offers impressive fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.
  • The Sienna has Normal, ECO, EV, and sport mode. The Pacifica does not list such features.

Where the Toyota Sienna takes the edge in this minivan showdown is in performance with its available all-wheel drive and hybrid engine.

Hybrid Driving

For driving in adverse weather, the Sienna has available AWD. The Pacifica also has optional AWD. However, the starting price for the base model Pacifica Touring AWD is a little more than the Sienna LE AWD. Get AWD on the Sienna LE for a starting MSRP of $36,460, or $38,040 for the Pacifica Touring AWD.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Sienna is a tough contender. The Sienna features an all-hybrid lineup with road trip ready MPG ratings. The base trim LE FWD has an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, while the Pacifica Touring FWD has an EPA-estimated 19/28/23 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The Pacifica also offers a plug-in hybrid model.

If it's not obvious by now, the Sienna is not your average minivan. It has Normal, ECO, EV, and sport mode for a variety of driving options. The Pacifica does not list any driving modes in its specs.

2021 Sienna using backup sensor to parallel park

Safety

  • All Toyotas come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • The Pacifica has some comparable safety features but it's unclear which models have those features standard.
  • The Sienna comes standard with ToyotaCare, a factory-scheduled maintenance plan. Chrysler's maintenance plan from Mopar® costs extra.

Safety is an important part of your drive. That's why car makers continue to make improvements to safety features included in their vehicles. Not all manufacturers include the same features, however.

Standard Safety Features

For instance, all trims of the Toyota Sienna come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of advanced active safety systems. TSS 2.0 includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Road Sign Assist (RSA). The Pacifica also has Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, LaneSense®, and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist. However, it's unclear which models have these features standard.

To help prevent any issues on the road, ToyotaCare also comes standard on every Sienna. This factory-scheduled maintenance plan lasts 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. ToyotaCare also includes Roadside Assistance that lasts 2 years and unlimited miles. As an added measure, the Sienna also has a 10 year/150,000 mile Hybrid Battery Warranty.

Chrysler’s Roadside Assistance Program is under their Mopar company. It lasts 5 years and 60,000 miles. Mopar® Vehicle Protection Essential Care plans are available, but cost extra.

2021 Sienna with a bike mount driving through the mountains

Interior

  • The Sienna has more available cargo space than the Pacifica.
  • The Sienna also has seating for up to eight, something the Pacifica lacks.
  • If you're looking for ease getting in and out of the back, the Sienna XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum super-long-slide seat feature will help you do just that.

Interior features complete any vehicle, and the Sienna is one complete vehicle.

Cargo Volume

The Sienna offers more room when it comes to cargo volume. The cargo volume behind the third row seats is 33.5 cu. ft., while the Pacifica has an interior cargo volume of 32.3 cu. ft.

Plus, the Sienna LE 8-Passenger has seating for up to eight. All Pacifica models can only seat 7.

Another advantage for the Sienna is the unique super-long-slide feature on the Sienna XLE, XSE, Limited, and Platinum. This allows for easy access to the second row to get the kids out of their car seats or you can create more legroom. The Pacifica does not mention a feature like this.

2021 Sienna driving fast on a highway

Conclusion: Sienna vs. Pacifica

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard on the Sienna. The Pacifica has lots of active safety features as well, but it's unclear on what trims they're standard.
  • All Sienna trims have impressive EPA-estimated ratings with its hybrid engine.
  • The Sienna was awarded the 2021 Minivan Best Buy award from Kelley Blue Book®.

When comparing apples to apples, the Sienna beats out the Pacifica in miles per gallon. The base trim LE FWD boasts an EPA-estimated 36/36/36 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. The base trim Pacifica Touring FWD has an EPA-estimated 19/28/23 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating.

Plus, every Toyota Sienna comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of advanced safety systems. The Pacifica also has comparable safety features, but it's unclear on which configurations they're standard based on the manufacturer’s website.

You can also get AWD for less with the 2021 Sienna LE AWD starting at $36,460. The Chrysler Pacifica Touring AWD will cost you $38,040.

Whether you need more space for the whole family or hybrid fuel economy, the 2021 Kelley Blue Book® Minivan Best Buy Toyota Sienna is the van that will keep everyone comfortable and happy.