2019 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2019 BMW X7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Pacifica has standard Rear Park Assist with Stop that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The X7 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Pacifica and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pacifica the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X7 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Chrysler’s powertrain warranty covers the Pacifica 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 7 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pacifica’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid on full charge gets better fuel mileage than the X7 xDrive40i (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the X7 xDrive40i (29 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica gets better fuel mileage than the X7:

 

 

 

MPG

Pacifica

 

 

L 3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/28 hwy

 

 

Start/Stop 3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

X7

 

 

xDrive40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

 

 

xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The X7 must run its internal combustion engine to move.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler Pacifica uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pacifica has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chrysler Pacifica, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X7.

The Pacifica Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The X7 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

The Pacifica’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The X7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Pacifica is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X7.

For better maneuverability, the Pacifica’s turning circle is 3.1 feet tighter than the X7’s (39.7 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

Chassis

The Chrysler Pacifica may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1050 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The design of the Chrysler Pacifica amounts to more than styling. The Pacifica offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .298 to .3 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the X7 (.33 to .34) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Pacifica get better fuel mileage.

The Pacifica uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X7 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Pacifica offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the X7 can only carry 7.

The Pacifica has 1.3 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row headroom, 3.2 inches more third row legroom and 13.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.

Cargo Capacity

The Pacifica’s cargo area provides more volume than the X7.

 

Pacifica

X7

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

48.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

90.4 cubic feet

The Pacifica’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pacifica’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X7 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The Pacifica (except L/LX/Touring Plus/Touring L) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Pacifica was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The X7 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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