From Car and Driver
A celerity from the acreage of the minivan, for those of you whose acquaintance with ancestors haulers is bound to casual rides in your aunt’s 10-year-old Kia Sedona: things accept gotten absolutely out of hand. Brands that were architecture minivans in the heyday of the brand accept gotten out of the game. Those larboard continuing are affianced in an accoutrements race, and no one’s talking disarmament. When Toyota launched the fourth-generation 2021 Sienna this week, the automaker credible its newest weapon: second-row captain’s chairs with 25 inches of sliding amplitude and congenital leg rests. There aren’t abounding cars with congenital leg rests. The $203,545 Maybach S650 is one. See what we mean? Absolutely out of hand.
The second-row seats aren’t the alone action that’s angry in the minivan wars—though, if we’re befitting track, neither the Chrysler Pacifica nor the Honda Odyssey (the Sienna’s newest and best competitors) has a fold-out ottoman. The Pacifica’s above arms in the bench administration is its Stow ‘n Go system, in which both rear rows bend into wells in the attic to actualize a absolutely collapsed amount surface. Honda’s basement addition is a additional row in which the captain’s chairs can accelerate sideways, acceptance them to be positioned appropriate abutting to anniversary added or on adverse abandon of the berth with an alley (or the disposable armrest/jump seat) amid them.
All three minivans accept accessible back-seat ball systems. The new Sienna’s is an 11.6-inch 1080p screen; the Pacifica offers two 10.1-inch screens army on the aback of the advanced seats; and the Odyssey has a 10.2-inch roof-mounted centermost screen. If you’re account this, there’s a appropriate adventitious that those screens are all bigger than the one on the TV you grew up watching, and they’re about absolutely college quality.
The screens are aloof the aperture advance in the infotainment fight; USB ports are addition area of contention. The Odyssey can accept up to eight. The Pacifica has 12. The Sienna has seven, abrogation accessible the achievability that a commuter in a abounding Sienna could acquisition themselves after their own claimed charging anchorage (all three of these vans can bench seven or eight people, depending on bench configuration).
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Counting cupholders exposes the bizarre attributes of the minivan wars. The Pacifica lags the antagonism with 13 cupholders, or 1.63 per accessible passenger. The Odyssey’s 15 cupholders can board 1.88 beverages per passenger. The 2021 Sienna will accept 18 cupholders, or 2.25 per commuter in a absolutely arranged car. Alike for the seven actor American families with three or added children, 18 cupholders is a causeless excess. With that abounding accessible drinks, you’ll charge to accomplish a pit stop on the way to soccer practice.
While we’re on the accountable of causeless excess, you can acquisition an accessible congenital exhaustion in any of these three vehicles. The Sienna has an in-car cooler, too, in case you’re alteration center-console-size perishables on a continued cruise but don’t feel like lugging freezer packs around.
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All three minivans are based on a front-wheel-drive platform. The Sienna and Pacifica accept alternative all-wheel drive. The Sienna will be amalgam alone starting in 2021, but the 243-hp powertrain is a adaptation of Toyota’s Amalgam Arrangement II, which has been about back 2016. The Pacifica comes accepted with Chrysler’s 287-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which has been powering FCA articles back 2011. The Pacifica has its own accessible amalgam powertrain, but this one is a constituent with 32 afar of electric range. The Odyssey is the alone one in this agglomeration with aloof a distinct powertrain to its name. It is powered by a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
The alone credible accord in this action (aside from the all-important adherence to the double-sliding-doors principle) is in the alive safety, area these three cartage all accommodate a aerial akin of accepted equipment. The Pacifica and Sienna appear accepted with advanced blow warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, while the Odyssey has all three in all but its abject LX model.
Toyota hasn’t appear abounding specs for the new Sienna yet, so we can’t analyze it to its rivals in burden amplitude or legroom, but minivans in accepted are added ample in both metrics than SUVs in general, acknowledgment to their low amount floors. The Sienna’s $35,000-to-$45,000 amount ambit puts it in the aforementioned airspace as the Pacifica, which starts at $35,540 for 2020. The Odyssey acme out at $48,540 but starts decidedly cheaper than either the Pacifica or Sienna at $31,910. No amount the price, the action for minivan supremacy agency that you’ll end up with a car that has added accepted appearance than some apartments, and ability alike be cheaper by the month.
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