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Performance is often the first attribute folks think of when it comes to the minivan segment. You need a model that can confidently make passing maneuvers or easily merge into highway traffic even when your interior is loaded with passengers and cargo. While both the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Odyssey sport V6 engines, Chrysler has tuned theirs to create more power and stability.
The 3.6L V6 of the Chrysler generates 286 horsepower, while that of the Odyssey reaches just 280 horsepower. There’s a slight difference in the transmissions too, with the Chrysler offering a 9-speed automatic compared to the 10-speed of the Honda.
While cabin space is in ample supply for the 2021 Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, you may still need a little extra room once each passenger has settled into a seat. If that’s the case, the V6 engine of each minivan allows you to tow a certain amount of weight. With the V6 of the Chrysler being the more powerful of the two motors, it’s not surprising to see it outperform the Odyssey in terms of towing capacity.
When properly equipped, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica can tow 3,600 pounds, while the Honda Odyssey is able to tow a maximum of just 3,500 pounds.
If power and towing capacity aren’t what you’re after in the performance of your minivan, then fuel economy is likely to be a deciding factor. While an impressive hybrid is offered for the Chrysler Pacifica, the 2021 Honda Odyssey doesn’t provide access to any powerplant other than the standard V6.
With the 2021 Chrysler hybrid engine, you can expect some impressive returns on fuel economy such as 32 miles of all-electric range plus 488 miles of gas driving range. So in all, you’re looking at around 520 miles of total driving range according to EPA-estimates, a very favorable number for such a large vehicle.
The versatility, strength, and efficiency of the Chrysler Pacifica performance gives it an obvious edge over the Honda Odyssey. If you want, you can take the Pacifica for a cruise around Worcester, Auburn, and Shrewsbury. To do so, contact our Harr CDJR team!