While SUVs continue dominating the road, there remains a small albeit recognizable crop of minivans that are still finding their way into family’s garages. Two of those SUV-battling vans are the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, both of which received facelifts for the 2021 model year.
The 2021 Odyssey sees standardized Honda Sensing across all trim levels, as well as a restyled front grille and bumper, updated lighting, and a sporty black trim in the back. An all-new Rear Seat Reminder system is standard and gets integrated with CabinTalk® and CabinWatch® — and it’s also the first such feature to be offered in the minivan class. Additionally, all Odyssey models will now feature second-row seats that fold flat, allowing them to more easily be removed when needed.
The 2021 Pacifica gets a much-needed bump thanks to a slew of updates. It comes with available AWD, an enhanced Stow ‘n Go seating setup, 14 newly standard safety features, a large 10.1-inch touchscreen, a Hybrid model, and an updated Uconnect infotainment system. For the expensive Pacifica, however, those changes undoubtedly raise the price of what’s already the least affordable minivan in the segment.
Below, we’ll cover the approximate cost to own both the Odyssey and the Pacifica, so you can make an informed decision and pick the best minivan for your budget.
Overall Cost to Own
Did you know raising a child is expensive? Like, “$230k expensive”? Those costs invariably increase along with family size, making your job as a fiscally responsible parent an unenviable one on paper. That’s why pinching pennies wherever possible is so crucial.
That won’t be possible with the ’21 Pacifica. In fact, the Chrysler Pacifica is the most expensive minivan in the segment; it’s priced out of most families’ budgets, with a starting cost of over $35,000 (Touring) — an MSRP that balloons to over $53,000 for the top-of-the-line Pacifica Pinnacle model.
The 2021 Honda Odyssey is far more accommodating to your checking account. The Odyssey LX starts at $31,790*, with the range-topping Elite trim coming in at just $47,820* — nearly 10% cheaper than the comparably equipped Pacifica Pinnacle. You’d have to downgrade to the stripped-down Chrysler Voyager to see a similar price point, and that would mean losing some of Pacifica’s bread-and-butter items, including myriad safety features.
Here’s a breakdown of 2021 Honda Odyssey vs. 2021 Chrysler Pacifica prices, separated by trim level:
|Odyssey Trim||MSRP*||Pacifica Trim||MSRP|
|Touring||$42,500||Touring L (AWD)||$41,140|
Depreciation & Resale Value
Three years in a row: That’s how long the Honda Odyssey has won KBB’s Best Minivan Resale Value award. With a predicted 5-year resale value (RSV) of 39.4%, the Odyssey not only fetches more money than the Pacifica at the reseller’s table, but it also beats the Kia Sedona (36% RSV) and Toyota Sienna (36.7% RSV). This trend should hold steady for the 2021 Odyssey, which offers nearly 18 more cubic feet of cargo space than the Pacifica.
Rather look at it in terms of depreciation? It breaks down much the same way over five years, with the base Honda Odyssey LX depreciating approximately $15,000 and the Chrysler Pacifica depreciating over $19,000, according to the good folks at Edmunds.
Repairs & Warranty
You’ll be paying approximately the same to maintain and repair the Odyssey and Pacifica. Both the Odyssey and Pacifica also come with standard 3-year/36,000-mile Limited Vehicle and 5-year/60,000-mile Powertrain warranties. But Honda’s minivan one-ups the Pacifica in one department: Its anti-corrosion coverage. With the Odyssey, you’re covered for up to 5 years, while the Pacifica only offers a 3-year corrosion warranty.
Unfortunately for the Pacifica, it was named one of the least reliable vehicles in America, so the 2-year gap may haunt you.
Car insurance costs for the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica are estimated to be very similar. Expect to pay an average of $130-150 per month for either minivan.
Both the new Pacific and Odyssey are great on gas. Actually, they’re the most fuel-efficient minivans in America.
The 2021 Odyssey, equipped with a 19.5-gallon tank and standard 10-speed transmission, returns 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway*.
Although the gas-powered 2021 Pacifica fuel-economy ratings are not official, the 2020 Pacifica returns 19 city/28 highway mpg. Chrysler’s minivan only boasts a 19-gallon tank and 9-speed transmission, however. The bigger question mark is how the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD does on gas. We suspect at least a 10% decrease in mpg (from 19/28 to 18/26 mpg).
Financing & Leasing
Comparing last year’s Odyssey vs. Pacifica, you’ll spend less financing with Honda. Edmunds calculates the cost to finance the Odyssey LX at $4,800, while the Pacifica would set you back about $600 more (nearly $5,400). The addition of a $1,000 Odyssey Loyalty Offer may increase the cost savings even further.
A Pacifica Touring L lease would cost you nearly $415/month. That’s 20% more than a comparably equipped Odyssey EX lease. Currently, you can lease a 2020 Odyssey EX in Jacksonville for $3,399 down and just $299 per month with our featured Honda Odyssey lease specials. Contact your nearest First Coast Honda Dealers for details.
Find Your Perfect Family Minivan in Jacksonville
If you’re putting all your chips in on a good minivan, make sure you’ve got a winnable hand. When price is a concern – and isn’t it always? – the 2021 Honda Odyssey is the smarter purchase.
Want to learn more about the new Honda Odyssey in Jacksonville? Contact any of our Honda dealerships in northern Florida and southern Georgia. In anticipation of the 2021 model, we have excellent deals on the 2020 Odyssey. So, swing by and get the best family minivan for the money!
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors. $395 charge only applies to 2021 models.
*19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.