2019 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2020 Kia Telluride

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Chrysler Pacifica are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Kia Telluride doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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 Telluride doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Pacifica and the Telluride have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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 IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pacifica the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Telluride has not been tested, yet.


There are over 3 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Kia 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 running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Telluride FWD (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Telluride FWD (29 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

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




w/Start/Stop 3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

L 3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/28 hwy



3.8 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy


3.8 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

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

Regenerative brakes improve the Pacifica Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Telluride doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pacifica LX/Touring Plus/Touring L/Limited’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Telluride doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Telluride doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.


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 Telluride.

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 Telluride 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 Telluride doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pacifica’s wheelbase is 7.4 inches longer than on the Telluride (121.6 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Pacifica is 1 inch wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Telluride.


To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Pacifica has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Telluride uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The front grille of the Pacifica uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Telluride doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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

Passenger Space

The Pacifica has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Telluride (165.1 vs. 155).

The Pacifica has .1 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 6.8 inches more rear hip room, 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom, 5.1 inches more third row legroom, 5.8 inches more third row hip room and 5.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Telluride.

The front step up height for the Pacifica is 3.2 inches lower than the Telluride (16.3” vs. 19.5”). The Pacifica’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the Telluride’s (18.2” vs. 19.3”).

Cargo Capacity

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



Behind Third Seat

32.3 cubic feet

21 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

46 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

87 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Pacifica easier. The Pacifica’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 24.3 inches, while the Telluride’s liftover is 30.7 inches.

The Pacifica’s cargo area is larger than the Telluride’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






The Pacifica has standard Stow ‘n Go™ second and third row seats (except L/Hybrid for the second row), which fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Telluride doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.


The Pacifica’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Telluride does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Pacifica Limited has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Telluride offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Pacifica has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Telluride EX/SX.

The Pacifica Touring non-Hybrid/Limited’s optional automated parking system can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Telluride doesn’t offer an automated parking system.


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

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