2021 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2022 Honda Odyssey
Two of the most popular minivans in the country, the Pacifica and Odyssey, are also two of the best vehicles in the country, period. Both family vans are technologically advanced, stylish – yes, stylish even for a minivan – and spacious enough for parents, teens, and tykes alike. Really, they’re world-class vans that give the segment a good name.

But this is a competition. There has to be a winner, doesn't there? While the Odyssey carries over its “first to [insert accolade here]” appeal from past generations, there’s a new minivan in town that does everything the Odyssey can do, but better.

Here are the main reasons why your family’s better off buying the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica over the 2022 Honda Odyssey.

6 Big Reasons Why Pacifica Beats Odyssey for the “Best Minivan” Title

1. Vacuum

2022 Chrysler Pacifica built-in vacuum cleaner
Did you know that the 2022 Honda Odyssey no longer has a built-in vacuum cleaner? One of Honda Odyssey’s best features is gone. Finito. Kaput. (For now.)

That’s okay. The 2021 Pacifica will take the baton from here. Along with features like Stow ‘n Go Seating and East Tilt Seats, you can also equip your Pacifica minivan with a RIGID Stow ‘n Vac vacuum to hoover up all that filth your kids leave behind. It’s the most powerful built-in minivan vacuum in the segment, as well.

2. More Standard Safety Features

The new Pacifica has more than 115 standard and available features that keep you and your passengers safer. Let’s compare driver-assist and safety systems in the base 2021 Pacifica Touring to those in the entry 2022 Honda Odyssey LX.

Safety Feature

‘21 Pacifica Touring

‘22 Odyssey LX

Forward Collision Warning

Standard (with Active Braking)


Adaptive Cruise Control



Pedestrian Braking



Lane Departure Warning



Lane Keep Assist



Blind Spot Monitoring



Rear Cross Path Detection



Rear Park Assist



 The Pacifica also include exclusive safety features, available on select Pacifica trims, that the Odyssey doesn’t, such as a 360-degree surround view camera, ParkSense Front Park Assist, and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. 

3. Fully Automatic AWD

With a fully automatic all-wheel-drive system, 100% of Pacifica’s engine torque transfers to the wheels that need extra traction. The Odyssey just gets traction control in the front. Not only does the new Pacifica beat the Odyssey here, but it also beats all the other “best minivans” in the segment, as it’s the only family van to have this advanced AWD system.

4. Better Towing Capabilities

The Pacifica offers best-in-class towing capacity of 3,600 pounds. That’s 100 lbs. more than the comparable Honda Odyssey. That may not seem like a lot, but you try carrying 100 extra pounds around.

5. Plug-In Hybrid Available

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in Birmingham, AL
The 2022 Honda Odyssey mpg comes in at 19 city/28 highway/22 combined. Fine fuel-economy numbers for a minivan.

Oh, wait. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica gets 19 mpg in the city, 28 on the highway, and a combined 23 mpg.

Oh, wait again. The Odyssey is completely outmatched by Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, America’s only plug-in hybrid minivan. It gets 82 MPGe, which equals 32 miles of all-electric driving and 488 miles of gas driving range. You’ll make a dozen fewer visits to the gas pump and pay a few hundred dollars less for unleaded than Odyssey owners.

Oh, wait yet again. The Pacifica Hybrid is also eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, making it even more affordable than the gas Pacifica. That’s not a typo, either. If you opt for the Hybrid Chrysler Pacifica, after its tax incentive is applied, you’ll pay approximately $33,120. The standard Pacifica MSRP starts at $35,820.

Contact us to learn more about the buying or leasing a Chrysler Pacifica for sale in Birmingham.

6. Innovative Seating

As a parent, you need flexibility in your minivan. That’s Pacifica’s pseudo name: The Chrysler Flexible. Thanks to its lightweight Stow ‘n Go seats, which stow directly into the minivan’s floor or can be removed completely, you have over 80 mid- and third-row seating configurations.

Buy or Lease a Chrysler Pacifica in Birmingham

2021 Chrysler Pacifica for Sale in Birmingham, AL
Is it the best minivan for families? We like to think so. But we’re not alone. The Pacifica received a Consumer Guide Buy Award, a CarBuzz Family Fun Award, an AAA Best SUV/Minivan award, a Cars.com Family Friendly Vehicle for the New School Year Award, and more.

To find out how you can build, buy or lease a new Chrysler Pacifica near Hoover, contact Jim Burke CDJR at (205) 502-2772. Our Birmingham car dealership has great Chrysler offers available day in, day out! Just ask us to show you how you can save on a new Pacifica.

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