Which is the best family minivan in America?
The perks of owning a minivan can’t be counted solely by your phalanges—the human body has a total of 56 phalanx bones while minivan-owning perks float somewhere in the “gazillion” range. Three rows of seating. Flexible cargo space. Various errand-running and trip-taking solutions. The possibilities, as they say, are endless.
Yet the merits of buying a minivan aren’t in question here; even as SUVs get crowned as road royalty, the glorious, glorious family minivan is still lovingly adored across America, from Miami, Florida, to Miami, Arizona. Which model’s the hands-down best—now, that’s the question.
Two of the most popular minivans, the Honda Odyssey and Chrysler Pacifica, have been staples of the industry’s soup de chaque année (soup of every year) menu. Honda’s 2020 Odyssey is like a hearty stew, filled with everything families need to grow big and strong. Chrysler’s new model is certainly a tasty and substantial tummy-filler that’s even nabbed a few awards. But does it deserve its self-awarded “best minivan in America” medal? Well, Odyssey’s got a bone to pick with Pacifica.
“Affordable” is Odyssey’s Middle Name
You’ll spend more pennies buying the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. The base Pacifica Touring features an MSRP of $33,745. If pinching pennies sounds like a better option, buy the 2020 Honda Odyssey LX, which starts at $30,790*.
The 2020 Honda Odyssey is also a better long-term investment; after 60 months, the Odyssey has an expected 35% ALG Residual Value, compared to Pacifica’s 21%. In this Odyssey vs. Pacifica comparison, Honda’s minivan is the best value.
This is Your Parental Captain Speaking.
For parents, the choice between Odyssey and Pacifica comes down to which minivan simplifies the task of raising a kid. While Pacifica’s rear entertainment system is up to par, Chrysler’s van lacks some of the “one eye in the back of my head” features that Odyssey has in droves.
For instance, the 2020 Honda Odyssey is available with Honda’s innovative CabinWatch and CabinTalk systems.
CabinWatch, as its name suggests, allows parents to watch all those shenanigans play out without pulling a neck muscle. Simply activate the CabinWatch feature on Odyssey’s touch display and identify culprits in the act. CabinWatch also works at night because not even the cover of darkness can stop moms and dads from just knowing something sinister is afoot.
CabinTalk is Odyssey’s in-vehicle PA system that enables parents to tell everyone to knock it off—even those in the way, way back. Voices are projected through the cabin or any connected headphones.
Got a little baby that just got to napping? Odyssey’s multi-zone audio settings help it stay that way. Mute the speakers and restrict audio playback to any pre-set section of the minivan. One zone will remain quiet while the others get thumping bass.
Turn up the (Cargo) Volume
Behind the first row, the Odyssey offers a ridiculous 144.9 cubic feet* of standard cargo space. That’s more than enough room to store all your glamping gear for that romantic couple’s retreat. Cargo space expands even further—to a maximum of 158 cubic feet*—when all seats are in their forward-most position. Plus, there are clever cargo bins in the very back, which are perfect for knick-knacks you pick up when antiquing.
Chrysler Pacifica does well enough in the segment, but its 140.5-cubic-foot cargo area doesn’t hold a candle to Odyssey’s.
Comfort is as Comfort Does
Larger families, take note: With seating for up to 8, the new Honda Odyssey is more accommodating than the 7-seater Pacifica. (See—one person can make a difference.) Best of all, Odyssey’s Magic Slide 2nd-row seat literally slides from side to side, front to back, offering an incredible amount of convenience across the board. The second-row can even be removed, and the special 3rd-row Magic Seat folds completely flat into the floor for added cargo room.
Stop those refrains of, “Daddy, I’m cold,” with Odyssey’s tri-zone automatic climate control. Honda’s system is a step above Chrysler Pacifica’s rear HVAC, keeping everyone as cozy and comfy as they’d like.
What about the “HondaVAC vs. Stow ‘n Vac” comparison? Both minivan vacuums suck—in the good way—but Honda’s is the O.G., now and forever. It’s the industry’s first-ever in-vehicle vacuum and utilizes a powerful Shop-Vac motor, filter and canister bag to zip up those Cheerios, 4-year-old fries and Miami sand. HondaVAC operates on Odyssey’s 12V system and can even run for a short time while the engine’s off. Everything, including the 12-foot hose, nozzles and attachments, can be stored neatly in the side compartment.
Buy or Lease a 2020 Odyssey in South Florida
Now that it’s 2020, it’s time to invest in your family’s comfort. Make the upgrade to a 2019 or 2020 Honda Odyssey by visiting your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers store today. We have amazing Odyssey lease offers in Miami to keep your budget intact. Contact any of our Honda dealerships in South Florida to get a quote, request a test drive or learn more about financing.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
*Cargo Volume based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard.
*Max Cargo Volume based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.