“I hate shopping and changing cars; it's a waste of time and it's expensive. I therefore keep my vehicles for a long time. I want a practical and spacious van. Considering that I drive 25,000 kilometers per year, I want a product that is fuel efficient, reliable and inexpensive to maintain. As long as you change, you might as well go green. I remember the Toyota Sienna 2021 and the Chrysler pacifica in their hybrid form. What is the best option? "
– Jean Labonte
Hello. The van segment has shrunk considerably in recent years, but the ones that remain are more capable than ever. Chrysler made a serious offensive in 2017 with the launch of its plug-in hybrid version, and Toyota will be putting all of its hybridization expertise as standard in the new Sienna. Both vehicles are clearly to be taken seriously; you are at the right address in terms of low fuel consumption in connection with your green shift.
Let's start with Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. At the moment, she is the one offering the most innovative engine. It remains the only product in the category to offer plug-in hybridization. In his case, we are talking about an engine consisting of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and an electric drive. Combined, this engine develops 260 horsepower. What sets it apart is undeniably its electric range of over 60 kilometers. Just on this point, it’s impressive. Once the battery is "depleted", the Pacifica switches to traditional hybrid mode, which helps maintain low fuel consumption at all times.
On paper and on the practical side, the Pacifica really has it all to impress. On the other hand, considering the fact that you will be doing about 250,000 kilometers with the vehicle, this is where our reservations are manifested. Since its introduction, the Pacifica has failed to deliver convincing reliability. There have been and still are significant hitches in the programming of the electrical system. In addition, there are problems with doors, infotainment and electricity of all kinds. Despite its presence in the market for four years, Chrysler has yet to resolve or even stabilize many of these predicaments.
After a very long career of 10 years, the Toyota Sienna is finally completely renewed. The manufacturer is adopting an interesting strategy by switching entirely to hybridization for the entire vehicle range. As a result, the V6 is no longer part of the equation, we only find a 243 horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. This is less than the Pacifica, but still adequate for the vehicle. In this regard, whether we are talking about the Pacifica or the Sienna, the contribution of electrification gives a good zest of power under acceleration. Unfortunately, Toyota doesn't give the Prime (plug-in) treatment to the Sienna. Even so, the manufacturer maintains that the average fuel consumption will be around 7.1 liters / 100 kilometers.
Generally speaking, we are cautious when we talk about the first model year of a new generation of product. However, at Toyota, the mechanics have been tested for a few years. In addition, we already know the vast majority of mechanical components under the vehicle. Another fact that should not be overlooked is that you can have all-wheel drive with the Sienna, a lack on the hybrid version of the Pacifica. Depending on the expected mileage, this is a definite advantage.
Although the Pacifica offers the most attractive all-electric range, we prefer to play it safe and suggest the 2021 Sienna. It remains fuel-efficient while offering the possibility of having an all-wheel drive. In addition, its resale value, even at 250,000 kilometers will be significantly higher than that of the Chrysler.
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