With a new vehicle on the market, it’s important to show drivers how it compares to Toyota models. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is taking over for the Town & Country, and it has a plethora of new features and performance capabilities to offer. Our team here at Serra Toyota has already showed our readers how this new minivan compares to the 2016 Toyota Sienna. Now we’re going to put it up against the 2016 Toyota Highlander to give you an idea of how it stands up against an SUV versus another minivan.
Families looking for a new vehicle tend to go with either the classic minivan or a versatile SUV. Both vehicles offer plenty of space for passengers and cargo, and they’re usually filled with all the latest technology features to be sure all passengers are entertained on the road. We’re focusing on the base models, so the 2016 Toyota Highlander LE and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica LX. The Highlander offers seating for eight passengers, and the Pacifica has seating for seven. There are higher models available with additional features for both vehicles.
|2016 Toyota Highlander LE||VS||2017 Chrysler Pacifica LX|
|18-inch alloy||Wheels||17-inch alloy|
|Optional||Tow Package||Not available|
|19 city/25 hwy||MPG||18 city/28 hwy|
|SUV||Body Style||Passenger van|
When it comes to performance, these two vehicles are quite impressive. It’s important to note there are two engine options for the 2016 Toyota Highlander LE base model. For this comparison, we chose the larger, more powerful engine because it’s more comparable to the engine in the Pacifica. Although the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica pumps out slightly more horsepower, some would argue the Highlander is still more powerful. Looking further into towing capacities, the 2016 Toyota Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped whereas the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica can tow just 3,600 pounds.
Prospective new car buyers shopping for a family-friendly vehicle are often times interested most in the safety features offered. The base models of the Highlander and the Pacifica both come set with a lot of the same standard safety features. Both vehicles have anti-theft protection, automatic headlights, brake assist systems, child safety door locks, electronic traction control, hill start assist control, immobilizers, and stability control. Each one is also set with a low tire pressure indicator to ensure tires are stay properly inflated at all times to ensure traction and maximize fuel efficiency. The 2016 Toyota Highlander comes out on top in the safety category with standard third row manual headrests, which are not available in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. These two have quite a bit in common when it comes to standard convenience features as well. To name a few, both the Highlander and the Pacifica come standard with cruise control, dual climate control, outside temperature gauges, heated exterior mirrors, keyless entry, MP3 players and steering wheel mounted controls. Both are set with backup cameras as well for added safety. The Highlander comes standard with a CD player, console storage, read headrests and remote fuel filler door release. All of which are not available on the base model of the Pacifica.
Drivers interested in learning more about what the 2016 Toyota Highlander has to offer are welcome to contact our team here at Serra Toyota for more information. Those looking to get behind the wheel of this family-friendly SUV can do so by scheduling a test drive online.