We swapped our Honda Odyssey for a Chrysler Pacifica and are super happy with our choice
Let me start by saying “swapped” is a really positive way of explaining what happened to our old van. Chrysler didn’t call me up and offer to do tradesies.
Our 2006 Honda Odyssey, which I planned to drive into the ground for at least another 100k miles, ended up having a much quicker death than I anticipated. Apparently, gently rear-ending someone on the freeway is more than enough to cause your insurance company to total a 12 year old van and send it to scrap yard heaven.
There nothing that will motivate efficient car shopping more than a mom stranded at home with 3 kids during summer vacation. I scoured the internet for newish Honda Odysseys and headed out the next day to test drive them.
My Honda van love runs deep
I loved my old Odyssey and had zero plans of looking for other brands. My motto is if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I looked at every Honda available in my price range and came up short. They either had too many miles, had been totally trashed on the inside (imagine that) or were older than I thought they should be for the price.
We headed back to square one and in the end bought a Chrysler Pacifica. There were three main factors that helped make the decision easy.
the price of the pacifica was flat out better
The price difference between the Odyssey and the Pacifica is drastic. I just hopped on Kbb.com and found two vans currently for sale in the same city. They have similar mileage and features but the Pacifica is $15,000 less than the Odyssey.
I can think of a lot of things I’d like to do with 15 grand. Paying for a logo on a minivan ain’t one of ’em. From my experience goldfish crackers crush into the carpet of all vans equally.
Paying less will help to ease the sting when that first sippy cup lid pops off and explodes behind you. You know it’s going to happen. While it’s easy to get swept up in fancy features keep in mind the point of a vehicle is to get you from point A to point B safely. I know, a built-in vacuum sounds nice but you can get a dustbuster for like 20 bucks. Both the Pacifica and Odyssey can get you where you need to be so save your money for that Disney trip you’ve been thinking about.
The timing to buy a Chrysler Pacific is great right now.
I am adamantly opposed to buying new cars. They go down in value as soon as you drive them off the lot and continue to depreciate in value at a rapid rate. We try to find cars that are at least 3 years old or more. They devalue at a slower rate so you get more bang for your buck.
At the point when we needed to buy our van a lot of the 2017 Pacificas that people leased brand new were coming back to the dealerships to be sold. I would have liked an even older one but 2017 was the first year the Pacifica was made as a van. You can get an even better deal on a 2017 now and into the future.
The Pacifica has some great features that my Odyssey didn’t.
The Pacifica that we bought has some genius features for families. My absolute favorite thing about our van is the ability to tip the
My daughter is five and she can pull the handle and flip the seat forward all by herself. Moms with multiple kids that can’t buckle themselves you can buckle your babies in back without the contortion skills of a circus performer. It’s the little things in life guys.
The other feature that I love is the stow n go seats. You can fold the second-row
For the crafty construction folks i
If you just found out baby 3 or 4 is on the way and you need a bigger kid carrier or you currently have a van, maybe even an Oddysey, and are researching your options don’t overlook the Pacifica.
Which van do I like best?
If I am being 100% honest I think I liked the Odyssey a tiny bit more but certainly not 15,000 dollars more! Probably not even 1,500 dollars more. I like the Pacifica more and more each time I drive it and would probably go nuts if I had to go back to a world without amazing tipping and stowing seats. It’s a good time to buy a 2017 Pacifica and will continue to be an affordable van option for several years to come.
I’m all about saving as much as we can for vacation and for the cost difference between the two cars, there are a lot of trips to be had. If you’re into road trips or vacations in general sign up in the box below to get more great travel