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The XT6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Pacifica doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the XT6 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The XT6 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Pacifica doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the XT6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the XT6 and the Pacifica 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, 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 and available around view monitors.
The XT6 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Pacifica’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT6 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chrysler covers the Pacifica. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Pacifica ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The XT6’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Pacifica’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th.
The XT6’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 50 more horsepower (310 vs. 260) than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The XT6’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 23 more horsepower (310 vs. 287) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 262) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT6’s fuel efficiency. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The XT6 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 16.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT6 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica’s standard fuel tank (22 vs. 19 gallons).
The XT6’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Pacifica are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the XT6Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pacifica (265/45R21 vs. 245/50R20).
The XT6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pacifica’s standard 65 series tires. The XT6Sport’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Pacifica Limited’s optional 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Pacifica. The XT6Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Pacifica Limited.
The Cadillac XT6’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chrysler Pacifica only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The XT6 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Pacifica’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For better maneuverability, the XT6’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Pacifica’s (39.1 feet vs. 39.7 feet).
The XT6 is 5.3 inches shorter than the Pacifica, making the XT6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The XT6 has .1 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Pacifica.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XT6’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Pacifica doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.
Maximum trailer towing in the Chrysler Pacifica is limited to 3600 pounds. The XT6 offers up to a 4000 lbs. towing capacity.
While the Pacifica Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any XT6 can tow a minimum of 1000 pounds.
The XT6 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Pacifica uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Chrysler. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 75% lower rating, Chrysler is ranked 26th.
The XT6 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The XT6’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its front windows also automatically close, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Pacifica’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
On a hot day the XT6’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Pacifica can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The XT6’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Pacifica’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The XT6 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Pacifica L.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XT6 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Pacifica doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The XT6 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Pacifica.
The XT6’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Pacifica Touring non-Hybrid/Limited’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.
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