June 19, 2017
Choosing the right minivan is a decision that affects the happiness of the entire family. Consequently it is imperative to understand the ins and outs of every 2018 minivan model.
Let’s consider the 2018 Honda Odyssey versus the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica to evaluate where things stand between each model. In the end, the comparisons are exceptionally close. However, the 2018 Odyssey edges out the Pacifica when taking a holistic approach and considering all aspects of the vehicle.
Simply put, no minivan drives more sharply and with more punch than the 2018 Odyssey. Often times the handling and acceleration are zippy enough to conceal the fact that you are driving a minivan – and conversely it feels more like a crossover. The Pacifica is certainly no slouch, but the Odyssey offers a 10-speed transmission and accelerates from 0-60 a full second faster than the Pacifica.
Both minivans are exceptionally well-equipped with all of the modern technologies. Similarly, the roominess, seating flexibility, and comfort all rate very highly for both. Both vans offer incredibly comfortable and quiet rides and there are virtually no negatives for either model. However, with the seats removed, the Odyssey offers the most interior space of all vans on the market with 144.9 cubic feet of cargo space. For that reason, we give a slight edge to the Odyssey.
Though minivans are not typically known for exterior boldness, the Odyssey boasts a unique and sporty shape to its midsection which has come to define its body style. Its curves scream “take notice”, and while that may not be an exciting benefit to every driver, we like to reward boldness as opposed to those who play it safe.
Of all 2018 minivans on the market only the Pacific offers a plug-in hybrid model. The hybrid delivers a 30-mile electric driving range – ideal for the suburban lifestyle and for accomplishing around-the-neighborhood chores without sinking extra money into the fuel budget. The Odyssey fails to offer anything quite as game changing, so we give the edge to the Pacifica in this category.
Both models will provide the standard crash-prevention technologies including automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings, active lane control, road departure mitigation, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and more. However, official crash test data has not yet been released, so we have to abstain from declaring a winner just yet.
Historically, the Odyssey has consistently been the most fuel efficient minivan on the market with 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway. However, it cannot compete with the Pacific hybrid model which clearly offers the best fuel economy on the market. The Odyssey might be the historical winner, but the Pacifica hybrid model now takes the crown.
Our final score reveals that the Odyssey edges out the Pacific by a final score of 3 to 2 (with one draw). However, it is a clear victory for the Odyssey if you prefer a traditional fuel vehicle, and conversely it is a clear victory for the Pacifica if you prefer a hybrid.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.