Are minivans still relevant? I sure hope so, since we've spent a lot of time driving them over the past few weeks!

We had the unique opportunity to have two fully loaded minivans in our TestDrive Garage, allowing us to film a great Showdown on these two vehicles, but also get to really appreciate the minivan for what it is. We took the 2018 Kia Sedona SXL+ and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Limited to see what each van has to offer families being tempted by larger crossover SUVs.

Both vehicles are about as fully loaded as it comes, though their MSRPs are off because of it. The Kia Sedona is equipped with it's top trim but doesn't offer any additional features or options on top. The Chrysler Pacifica on the other hand also comes configured with it's top trim, but also adds on another $7,000 worth of options, such as the rear Uconnect® theatre, 20-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, Safetytec enhanced safety package, and 20" rims.

We take both vehicles on a comprehensive road test to talk about the differences for the interiors and exteriors, along with the centre row experience for adults and children, since most buyers likely have larger families that need the added space from a minivan. There's a lot of overlap between these two, but each has a unique set of features not found on the other.

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Comments

    • Dan Pitre
      Dan Pitre

      I'll admit that the Pacifica is really pricy, I wanted one but I couldn't pass up 30% off of a brand new Grand Caravan GT. I got the Dodge GC GT for 36K out the door while the Pacifica touring L I test drove was 48k plus tax! Ouch!

      about 23 hours ago
    • Eddie Blake
      Eddie Blake

      Is anyone else getting annoyed with his lame pronouncing of Chrysler

      about 2 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Eddie Blake

      Clearly not. I'm sure you'll love our videos on Mazdas if you get hung up on regional pronunciation.

      about 9 hours ago
    • Sylvio Fleurant
      Sylvio Fleurant

      Pacific is the true king

      about 4 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Sylvio Fleurant

      We don't disagree! The Minivan is back!

      about 3 days ago
    • haring bakal
      haring bakal

      Don't ever buy Chrysler & Dodge brands they are junk. I worked in Chrysler dealership for so many years people I sold Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge caravan they basically went to service department for repaired. Lots of complaints against the electrical problems, transmission issue, car stereo problems, airbag, sliding doors,. Guess what my mechanic customer maintained one of his customer who owned a Kia Sedona 2016 that it had almost 400,000 miles & the engine was a bullet proof together with the transmission. The guy used his Kia Sedona minivan for Uber & lyf driver. He used mobil1 synthetic oil and filter. My Kia Sedona 2017 is a solid tank I already put 25,000 miles no single issue.i did my own oil change. I used Valvoline synthetic oil or royal purple synthetic oil and Kia original oil filter. It is a fantastic minivan. The engine and transmission made by Mitsubishi motor which is a lamdha GDI 3.3L engine

      about 6 days ago
    • Midnight Raccoon
      Midnight Raccoon

      "Chryzler"

      about 10 days ago
    • Valentin Adrian
      Valentin Adrian

      Pacifica Nr.1

      about 11 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Valentin Adrian

      Lots of support going to the Pacifica!

      about 9 days ago
    • Matthias Schwalbach
      Matthias Schwalbach

      The Kia should be tested next to the Grand Caravan

      about 13 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Matthias Schwalbach

      Or else the Minivan police will take us away?

      about 12 days ago
    • Zed Lopez
      Zed Lopez

      Sedona all the way,,

      about 13 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Zed Lopez

      Lots of love for the Sedona!

      about 12 days ago
    • Ru55 12345
      Ru55 12345

      Idk what's wroung with u ppl. Lol the Pacifica is way better. And if u look at the history. Chrysler started the minivan. The very first . You think they know a thing or two.my mom always had a Dodge minivan Never once broke down. brand new Kia's have been known to break after 40k miles. But to each it's own. If I'm going to have a car longer. I want more. So that's why I bought my wife the Pacifica limited with the black on black. plus I got a 10year bumper to bumper warranty. She loves it. And I think it's the better looking van today. No matter what you buy the most important thing is that I hope all over our vehicles keep us safe.

      about 14 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Ru55 12345

      The Chrysler Pacifica made our list of the Top 10 vehicles for 2018.

      about 13 days ago
    • Cornbread 70's
      Cornbread 70's

      Great review...thanks!

      about 16 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Cornbread 70's

      We're very glad that you liked it, thanks!

      about 14 days ago
    • Cornbread 70's
      Cornbread 70's

      Great review...thanks!

      about 16 days ago
    • exionem
      exionem

      " There´s no reason to buy a mini van if you´re single". Oh... you have no idea how easier it makes life for a single man. If you know what I mean... hehe

      about 18 days ago
    • Shaw'Na Harris
      Shaw'Na Harris

      This video hands down helped me make a decision! I'm definitely buying the Kia! Thanks!

      about 18 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Shaw'Na Harris

      Congrats! We're always happy to hear our comparisons end up helping someone discover something new, or make a decision on a purchase. Enjoy your Sedona!

      about 18 days ago
    • David N
      David N

      The Chrysler Pacifica is the clear winner.




      I know that people will disagree with me even though they are wrong.

      about 23 days ago
    • David N
      David N In reply to David N

      +PRN_TestDrive I wouldn't see why anyone would choose the Sedona over the Pacifica.

      about 23 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to David N

      The comments have been pretty split to be honest, there's lots of support for both.

      about 23 days ago
    • Леонид Ильич ///
      Леонид Ильич ///

      Я думал он не влезет...

      about 1 month ago
    • Emine Tural
      Emine Tural

      Aranız da türkiyeli olan var mı

      about 1 month ago
    • Linda Madlala
      Linda Madlala

      Good review, having driven the 2016 Sedona in V6 SXL spec - I can't think of a better minivan. Besides being stylish on the road, it's a simple no frills functional vehicle that my four grandkidz and large extended family have come to enjoy with every trip. Last year we added a three bike carrier and our weekends are on another level.

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Linda Madlala

      Glad to hear it! We see more Sedonas on the road now, people are slowly going back to the minivan. 2019 should be a good year for the segment!

      about 1 month ago
    • Paul Yi
      Paul Yi

      Within the past year, I have had both Toyota Sienna (which my wife crashed and totaled) and now The KIA Sedona. I have to say that I’m kind of glad my wife totaled the Sienna because it allowed us to get the Sedona. It is much better in terms of physical appearance, tech options, and also it just drives and feels better! The Pacifica? I do not trust any American made cars especially minivans. My parents bought a Dodge Caravan when I was a kid and I remember how much engine trouble it gave us. It drove my dad crazy and he vowed never to buy Dodge:Chrysler cars again.

      about 1 month ago
    • Joel Repass
      Joel Repass In reply to Paul Yi

      The Pacifica is a great car as long as you stay away from the hybrid.

      about 7 hours ago
    • Fonzie Rello
      Fonzie Rello In reply to Paul Yi

      Adam solid what? Solid SHOPaholics😂

      about 11 hours ago
    • Adam
      Adam In reply to Paul Yi

      Paul Yi (sorry i know one month later) Honestly surprised you had engine problems. Sure the rest of the van may not have been as well built as competitors, but the Chrysler van engines are really really solid.

      about 10 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Paul Yi

      We drove the 2015 Sienna just around the time we started filming videos for TestDrive, but would definitely take the Sedona over it too. We're looking forward to 2019 to see if anything new comes in the minivan segment, we're expecting these vehicles to grow in popularity once again.

      about 1 month ago
    • James Russell
      James Russell

      I never will forget the loan officer at my credit union said one time..."To get credit at the KIA dealer you just need a pulse." Lol.

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to James Russell

      Haha! Too bad the same can't be said about leasing through Kia, that's one of the main complaints we get in the comments.

      about 1 month ago
    • Wet Rain
      Wet Rain

      Made by FIAT CHRYSLER........ Need to say more?

      about 1 month ago
    • Stephen Powzinger
      Stephen Powzinger In reply to Wet Rain

      Yes

      about 4 days ago
    • Rebel Rouser
      Rebel Rouser

      I Definitely prefer the look of the Sedona!

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Rebel Rouser

      Glad to see some more support for the Kia!

      about 1 month ago
    • Robert Holmes
      Robert Holmes

      FCA is JUNK, you are way better off with KIA.

      about 1 month ago
    • Dagobert Duck
      Dagobert Duck

      Mini vans are much better for normal roads than SUVs !

      about 1 month ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Dagobert Duck

      We agree! We talk about the Chrysler Pacifica in our 2018 Year in Review episode: https://youtu.be/aeja76J13zA

      We're expecting a resurgence in the minivan market over the next little while, and vehicles like these are going to stand out as people look for a crossover alternative.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jeremy Bonham
      Jeremy Bonham

      I would go with the Kia all the way I just can't trust Chrysler and there reliability and for a extra 12K its not worth it

      about 1 month ago
    • Jalis812 - Gaming
      Jalis812 - Gaming In reply to Jeremy Bonham

      Chrysler dont have problem anymore since they have fixed them now. My dad had 1997 grand voyager Special edition 3.3 and it was broken every day.

      about 21 day ago
    • Alex MacLean
      Alex MacLean In reply to Jeremy Bonham

      To be honest, we have not had any issues with the Pacifica yet warranty wise. In fact I don't think we've had a single repair on one beyond oil and tires. I do know the 3.6 in it has had some issues in the past, but in the Pacifica it is significantly revised and we have not seen an issue yet. That being said, it's a new vehicle and we only have 3 model years experience with them, so things could change, but for now their quality does appear to be probably Chryslers best.

      about 25 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Jeremy Bonham

      That’s the one thing we’ve heard a lot in the comments so far. Chrysler says they’re actively working with customers to resolve any problems. As for the Kia we don’t hear any real complaints from buyers.

      about 1 month ago
    • WeTakeTheTrips
      WeTakeTheTrips

      Kia’s are shitboxes!

      about 1 month ago
    • 다버스 다버스
      다버스 다버스

      SEDONA WIN!!

      about 2 months ago
    • Sun Ha
      Sun Ha In reply to 다버스 다버스

      PACIFICA WINNER

      about 23 days ago
    • David N
      David N In reply to 다버스 다버스

      SEDONA LOSES!!!

      about 23 days ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to 다버스 다버스

      Sedona definitely has the advantage with the centre row captains chairs.

      about 2 months ago
    • M Rich
      M Rich

      Out of a job?? Drive a piece of shit KIA

      about 2 months ago
    • Michael Gehrke
      Michael Gehrke

      One advantage minivans have over all but a couple large SUV'S is the ability to carry six people and their luggage .

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Michael Gehrke

      I think that's one of the reasons why we're going to see a resurgence in minivan sales. Manufacturers aren't spending the marketing dollars on them, but the R&D is definitely happening, and people will start to notice! We'd like to feature the other major minivans in 2019.

      about 2 months ago
    • Vali Vali
      Vali Vali

      Non are good. Toyota and Honda minivan

      about 2 months ago
    • Paul Yi
      Paul Yi In reply to Vali Vali

      I’ve had both Sienna and Sedona this year. Sedona is the clear winner!

      about 1 month ago
    • Jeremiah17seven
      Jeremiah17seven In reply to Vali Vali

      My wife, kids, and I really like our Pacifica! We chose it over Honda and Toyota mini vans. So glad we did!

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Vali Vali

      Those are both vehicles we'd like to feature this year, we're hoping we can make it happen!

      about 2 months ago
    • Mike Love
      Mike Love

      I recently purchase the Pacifica Hybrid and I love it. Out of all the vehicles I ever owned I get more attention from this hybrid then any other vehicle I have ever owned. A stop at Walgreens plug in station and all the crossover and green lovers are all around it. Any plug in station in Seattle WA. area becomes a hot spot of curious eyes. I'm In the military and asked my soldiers how they feel about the van, and they all had a favorite thing, manly the uconnect, and panoramic roof. Because they are younger they didn't have the hang ups we have about the box on wheels.

      about 3 months ago
    • slandshark
      slandshark In reply to Mike Love

      I'm headed to the dealership today (I'm in seattle area as well) to hopefully buy a 2018 Pacifica Hybrid. It'll be our first non all-gas vehicle. Is it pretty easy to find the charging stations around the eastside? We live in south king and spend a lot of time on the eastside and south of east side (basically south king). We test drove a 2018 pacifica hybrid last weekend. We've NEVER been fan of vans, but both my Wife and I really liked it...a lot! So much so, that we are going to try and trade in our 2015 nissan pathfinder. We've got 3 kids, possibly a 4th in the future, and we like the idea of using electric motor if we can. It's an oddly exciting vehicle to drive, especially since it's a minivan.

      about 2 months ago
    • PRN_TestDrive
      PRN_TestDrive In reply to Mike Love

      We wish we had the chance to drive the PHEV, Chrysler did have it on their press fleet but we ended up getting this one as the Alfa Romeo we booked wasn't available. We see more Pacificas on the road each day, I feel it's going to continue to be a popular alternative to the crossover, especially if the rumors are true and an AWD option is coming.

      about 2 months ago