Minivan royalty isn’t an inherited gene; it’s earned through years of innovation and best-selling success. That’s the Honda Odyssey to a T. Having been a fan-favorite van for what seems like forever, the Odyssey is built for the throne. As the Odyssey’s biggest rival, the Chrysler Pacifica is certainly alluring, but can it hold a flame to the newest 2018 iteration of Honda’s queen?
Honda vs. Chrysler model comparison, engage!
The 2018 Honda Odyssey is available in five trims: the base LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite.
Having taken over the Town & Country nameplate, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is available in six trims: the base LX, Touring, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited (whew).
Let’s move on to something more exciting.
The Haves & Have-Nots
Each of these minivans can brag about their respective features until they’re blue in the grille, but it’s the Odyssey that comes away as the smack-talking champ.
Comparing LX trims, the Odyssey comes standard with a premium 7-speaker sound system, front and rear overhead lights, 18-inch steel-aluminum wheels, a luminous glovebox light, and a CD player (yes, that’s right). The ’17 Pacifica can’t boast about its CD player because there isn’t one, nor are there any added interior lights. It also comes standard with a simpleton’s 6-speaker version of a “premium sound system,” as well as smaller 17-inch wheels. While subtle, these differences certainly put the Odyssey ahead of Chrysler’s minivan.
At the top of the pyramid—we’re now comparing the Odyssey Elite vs. Pacifica Limited—the differences are far more obvious. With the Odyssey, you can program your headlights at will, remove the floor console, and reorganize the cabin as needed thanks to Honda’s Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seat. That Magic Slide seat is also what gives the Odyssey an 8-passenger capacity, a feature only available on the Pacifica with an optional CYF 8-Passenger Package.
Other Odyssey vs. Pacifica differences include the following:
- Standard Adaptive Cruise Control vs. Optional
- Leather gear shift vs. metal-like
- Separate digital in-dash radio and clock vs. single in-radio display
- Three 12v DC outlets vs. two outlets
- Four rear storage pockets vs. two
- 19-inch machined aluminum wheels vs. 18-inch polished aluminum wheels
- 7 cu.ft. vs. 140.5 cu.ft. of maximum cargo space
- CabinWatch and CabinTalk vs. N/A
Fruit from the Odyssey engineers’ labors has grown plump and juicy indeed.
Visit Our Phoenix Honda Dealers & Test Drive Royalty
When comparing the all-new 2018 Odyssey to the Pacifica, it’s obvious which set of wheels deserves a crown and a seat at the head of the table. And that head-of-the-table minivan is now available for sale across the country and right here at our Honda dealerships near Phoenix! Find your perfect Honda deal and schedule a test drive in the ’18 Odyssey today by contacting your nearest Valley Honda Dealers location. Go ahead—give your family a mobile palace like no other.
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