A photo of the 2021 Toyota Sienna.

The 2021 Sienna might not be the only hybrid minivan, but it might be the best

Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna the only hybrid minivan? 

We have covered the new Toyota Sienna hybrid minivan quite extensively on the Lexington Toyota Blog. However, our product expert team has been pretty surprised lately by the number of people visiting the showroom asking, ‘Is the 2021 Toyota Sienna the only hybrid minivan?’ Well, no, there Sienna isn’t alone in the narrow hybrid minivan segment of the automotive industry. Chrysler also produces a similar platform, the Pacifica Hybrid minivan. To be sure, both platforms are well ahead of previous generations of minivans, but the two vehicles do have some distinct differences that we think will make it easier for customers to choose the 2021 Sienna at Lexington Toyota. Let’s take a closer look at some things you should know. 

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Among the most telling differences between the 2021 Toyota Sienna and 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is that the Sienna is a hybrid all the way, from the top to the bottom of the trim ladder. Chrysler, on the other hand, offers the Pacifica Hybrid as a variant of the regular gas-powered Pacifica. Obviously, this is going to cause some issues for people comparing their available options by price. 

How much space does each hybrid minivan have? 

As we’ve covered before, a part of the redesign process that produced the 2021 Toyota Sienna was major slimming down. The 2021 version is smaller and lighter than previous models. When it’s held up against the Pacifica Hybrid minivan, the Chrysler vehicle will have more available maximum cargo volume. However, that isn’t the whole story.  

First, the 2021 Sienna can hold seven or eight people; the 2021 Pacifica Hybrid is only available in a seven-passenger configuration. In terms of passenger comfort, the 2021 Sienna makes more efficient use of its unique geometry. The driver and front passenger in both minivans will have approximately the same amount of legroom. However, the Toyota platform will be better able to accommodate taller passengers in the second and third rows of seats.  

Can you tow anything with a hybrid minivan? 

A potential buyer of either the 2021 Sienna or 2021 Pacifica Hybrid might lean toward the latter if they are looking to pull light trailers because it offers a small advantage in performance output. This would be a mistake. Of the two hybrid-minivans, only the 2021 Toyota Sienna has an official tow rating from its manufacturer. The Sienna hybrid can pull up to 3,500 pounds. Chrysler advises against towing at all with its hybrid minivan. 

You can start the pre-ordering process with the 2021 Toyota Sienna today when you make an appointment with a Colonial Toyota product expert.