Chrysler Pacifica Vs. Toyota Sienna: People and Cargo Welcome

By Justin Cupler | March 5th, 2019

Minivans were once one of the hottest segments in the automotive world. Recently, crossovers have taken over this throne atop the car world, but there are still great minivans on the market. Two great options include the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and 2019 Nissan Sienna, but which one is better for our Saginaw, Michigan buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The Chrysler Pacifica debuted just two model years ago, so it boasts one of the newest looks in the segment. Experts also frequently call it the best-looking minivan on the market, making it a great buy for shoppers who want a van that at least shows off a little style.

 

The 2019 Toyota Sienna is significantly older, as its last redesign came in 2011. That said, the Sienna is still a slick-looking minivan, especially in the sportier SE trim.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is 203.8 inches long, 79.6 inches wide, and 69.9 inches tall. The Pacifica rides on a 121.6-inch wheelbase. The 2019 Sienna’s footprint is smaller at 200.6 inches long and 78.1 inches wide, but it is taller at 70.7 inches tall. The Sienna rides on a 119.3-inch wheelbase.

Advantage:  2019 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Latest minivan styling
  • Experts call it the best-looking minivan

Advantage: 2019 Nissan Sienna

  • Sporty SE model
  • Smaller and easier to manage

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Nissan Sienna shows its age. No, it is not ugly, but its lack of creative shapes and materials make it look just as dated as it actually is. That said, experts often tout the Sienna as one of the more comfortable minivans, and its cargo area is massive. Despite its dated appearance, the Sienna has a full allotment of standard active safety tech to keep everyone safe inside, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and hill-start assist.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica’s cabin boast all the styling buyers would expect from the latest minivan on the market. This styling is enhanced by its two-tone steering wheel, slick touchscreen, and metallic finishes. The Pacifica also has useful options like the in-car vacuum and assisted parking.

 

In its front seats, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica has 40.1 inches of headroom, 41.1 inches of legroom, 63.8 inches of shoulder room, and 59 inches of hip room. The Sienna has an extra 0.9 inches of headroom and 1.2 inches of hip room, but it comes up short by 0.6 inches in legroom and 0.4 inches in hip room.

In its second row, the 2019 Pacifica offers 39.6 inches of headroom, 39 inches of legroom, 63 inches of shoulder room, and 64.8 inches of hip room. The 2019 Toyota Sienna checks in with 39.7 inches of headroom, 37.6 inches of legroom, 64.6 inches of shoulder room, and 66.1 inches of hip room.

 

In its third row, the Pacifica is roomy with 38.7 inches of headroom, 36.5 inches of legroom, 61.2 inches of shoulder room, and 49.5 inches of hip room. The 2019 Sienna also boasts a roomy third row with 38.3 inches of headroom, 36.3 inches of legroom, 61.1 inches of shoulder room, and 50.3 inches of hip room.

 

Passenger room isn’t all minivans are known for. They also need to haul cargo with the best of them. The Pacifica is happy to oblige with 32.3 cubic feet behind third row, 87.5 cubic feet behind second row, and 140.5 cubic feet of max cargo room. The Sienna is also quite capable with 39.1 cubic feet behind third row, 87.1 cubic feet behind second row, and 150 cubic feet of max cargo room.

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Modern look and feel
  • Luxurious in higher trims
  • Useful features like an in-car vacuum

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Sienna

  • Huge rear entertainment screen
  • Massive cargo area
  • Loads of standard safety tech

Performance

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to the front wheels.

The 2019 Sienna comes with a similar base powertrain as the Pacifica with its 3.5-liter V-6 engine producing 296 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs

Eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to the front wheels as standard. Setting the Sienna apart from others in its segment, including the Pacifica, is its optional all-wheel drive.

While towing is not a big deal in minivans, the Pacifica and Sienna are plenty capable in this area with 3,600- and 3,500-pound towing capacities, respectively.  

 

Fuel economy takes a back seat — or maybe even the third row — in the minivan segment, and the Pacifica and Sienna are no exceptions. The Pacifica gets up to 19 mpg city, 28 highway, and 22 combined. The Sienna with front-wheel drive gets up to 19 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined. Adding all-wheel drive drops the Sienna’s thriftiness to 18 mpg city, 24 highway, and 20 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Small fuel economy advantage

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Sienna

  • Available all-wheel drive

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica comes in six trim levels — L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited — and their starting prices range from $26,995 to $44,445.

 

There are eight trim levels that make up the 2019 Toyota Sienna lineup: L, LE, SE, SE Premium, XLE, XLE Premium, Limited, and Limited Premium. These trims’ starting prices range from $31,115 to $47,530.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $26,995

  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 17-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
  • Black door handles
  • Black grille
  • Quad-halogen headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Power, heated, body-color mirrors
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Dual-zone manual climate control
  • 12-volt power outlet in instrument panel
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • 3.5-inch driver-information center
  • Manual six-way driver’s seat
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch up/down
  • Premium cloth seating
  • Deluxe second-row bench seat
  • Stow ’n Go third-row seats
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Uconnect 4 infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Keyless entry
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera

 

LX: $29,795

  • All L features, plus
  • Automatic engine stop start
  • Touring suspension
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Tri-zone manual climate control
  • Front and rear LED lights
  • Front courtesy light
  • Overhead ambient lighting
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • One-touch-down power passenger’s window
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Second-row Stow ‘n Go bucket seats
  • Auto Advance ‘n Return driver’s seat
  • Proximity unlock on driver’s door only

 

Touring Plus: $32,945

  • All LX features, plus
  • Bright door handles
  • Power-sliding side doors
  • Fog lights
  • Black grille with bright
  • Quad halogen projector headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Full body-color mirrors with heat
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • LED interior handle lights
  • Glove box light
  • Rear reading lights
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Remote ignition
  • Second-row sunshades
  • Full-length upgraded floor console
  • Universal garage door opener
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Remote proximity unlock on all doors
  • Security alarm

 

Touring L: $36,295

  • All Touring Plus features, plus
  • Stow ‘n Place roof rack with bright side rails
  • Grocery bag hooks on third row
  • Third-row sunshades
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • McKinley perforated leather trim

 

Touring L Plus: $39,395

  • 17-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Rear ambient lighting
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Super console with illuminated cup holders
  • One-touch-up/down rear windows
  • Eight-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Auto Advance ‘n Return passenger’s seat
  • 13-speaker Alpine audio system
  • Uconnect 4C infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • 8.4-inch touchscreen
  • Uconnect Theater with 10-inch seatback screens and wireless streaming
  • Wireless headphones and remote
  • Blu-Ray player

 

Limited: $44,445

  • All Touring L Plus features, plus
  • Hands-free liftgate and sliding doors
  • LED fog lights
  • LED daytime running
  • Dual HID headlights
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s-side mirror
  • Puddle lights
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Tri-pane panoramic sunroof
  • 18-inch polished aluminum wheels
  • Footwell courtesy light
  • Upgraded steering wheel
  • Integrated vacuum cleaner
  • Memory settings for driver’s seat and mirrors
  • Nappa leather seating
  • Power third-row Stow ‘n Go seating
  • Ventilated front seats

2019 Toyota Sienna Key Features and Pricing by Trim

L: $31,115

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Black power mirrors
  • Dual sliding doors
  • Black Sienna logo liftgate garnish
  • Variable-intermittent wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Tinted rear class
  • Roof-mounted shark-fin antenna
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • 60/40 Split & Stow third-row seats
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows with one-touch-up/down
  • Power door locks
  • Overhead console with conversation mirror and sunglasses storage
  • Five USB ports
  • Three 12-volt outlets
  • Entune 3.0 Audio with App Suite
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Scout GPS Link
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist

 

LE: $33,935

  • All L features, plus
  • Body-color heated mirrors
  • Power-sliding doors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Color-keyed Sienna logo liftgate garnish
  • Black roof rails
  • Rear bumper protector
  • Easy-clean cloth seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Manual second- and third-row sunshades
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Fixed center console with illuminated storage compartment and two illuminated cup holders
  • Second- and third-row charge-only USB ports
  • Entune 3.0 Audio Plus
  • SiriusXM

 

SE: $37,265

  • All LE features, plus
  • 19-inch six-spoke gunmetal-finish alloy wheels
  • Sport-tuned electric power steering
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Wide-angle fog lights
  • LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Color-keyed front and rear underbody spoilers and side rocker panels
  • Sport mesh front grille with smoked chrome surround
  • Power liftgate
  • Chrome-accented outside door handles
  • Perforated-leather front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather 40/20/40 second-row seat
  • Leatherette third-row seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sport instrumentation

 

SE Premium: $43,360

  • All SE features, plus
  • Chrome-accented outside door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock feature
  • Power moonroof
  • In-car PA system
  • Dual-view Blu-Ray entertainment system with 16.4-inch display
  • HDMI inputs
  • Two 120-volt power outlets
  • Media streaming
  • Wireless headphones
  • Smart Key entry on all doors
  • Keyless ignition
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with JBL
  • Dynamic navigation
  • 10-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

XLE: $37,265

  • All LE features, plus
  • 17-inch seven-spoke machined alloy wheels
  • Wide-angle fog lights
  • Power-sliding doors
  • Chrome-accented outside door handles with touch-sensor lock/unlock
  • Power moonroof
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Removable leather-trimmed 40/20/40 split second-row seats
  • Leatherette third-row seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Smart Key System on all doors
  • Wood-grain accents
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

XLE Premium: $40,995

  • All XLE features, plus
  • In-car PA system
  • Dual-View Blu-ray Disc Entertainment Center with 16.4-inch display
  • HDMI inputs
  • Two 120-volt power outlets
  • Remote and two wireless headphones
  • Streaming capability for Android devices
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio
  • Dynamic navigation
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Limited: $44,010

  • All XLE Premium features, plus
  • 18-inch 10-spoke machined alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Puddle lights
  • Chrome-accented Sienna logo liftgate garnish
  • Dual moonroof
  • Premium leather seating
  • Premium leatherette third row
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Sliding center console
  • Cargo area storage compartment
  • Entune 3.0 Premium Audio with JBL
  • 10-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Front and rear parking sensors

 

Limited Premium: $47,530

  • All Limited features, plus
  • HID headlights with manual level control
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Dual-View Blu-ray Disc Entertainment Center with 16.4-inch display
  • HDMI inputs
  • Two 120-volt power outlets
  • Remote and two wireless headphones
  • Streaming capability for Android devices
  • 360-degree camera

 

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica?

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is the best-looking minivan on the market, and it starts about $4,000 cheaper than the Sienna. This makes it great for buyers willing to sacrifice some features to save on price. But it also hit the other end of the spectrum with its fully loaded upper trims.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna is the perfect van for the safety-conscious buyer with its full set of standard active safety tech. The Sienna may look dated, but these standard safety bits tell a different story.

 

Whether you’re running the kids to school in Saginaw or hauling the family to Frankenmuth for a day trim, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica can handle it all. Head down to Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM serving the Midland and Bay City areas to take the Pacifica for a test drive for yourself. Can’t make it in today? Surf over to our online inventory page to see what 2019 Pacifica models we have in stock and choose one that suits you.