2020 Chevrolet Traverse vs. 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Traverse 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 Traverse has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Pacifica doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Traverse offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Pacifica doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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

Warranty

The Traverse’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Pacifica’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Chrysler dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 1 place higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Engine

The Traverse’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 Traverse’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 23 more horsepower (310 vs. 287) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 262) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Traverse is faster than the Chrysler Pacifica:

Traverse

Pacifica Hybrid

Pacifica V6

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.8 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.3 sec

19.7 sec

19.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

90 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

107 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Traverse FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.4 vs. 16.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Traverse AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica’s standard fuel tank (21.7 vs. 19 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Traverse stops much shorter than the Pacifica:

Traverse

Pacifica

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Traverse has larger tires than the Pacifica (255/65R18 vs. 235/65R17). The Traverse’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pacifica (255/65R18 vs. 245/50R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Traverse has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Pacifica.

The Chevrolet Traverse’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 Traverse has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Pacifica doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Traverse’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Pacifica’s (39 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Passenger Space

The Traverse has 1.2 inches more front headroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Pacifica.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Chrysler Pacifica is limited to 3600 pounds. The Traverse offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

While the Pacifica Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any Traverse can tow a minimum of 1500 pounds.

Servicing Ease

The Traverse 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.

Ergonomics

On a hot day the Traverse’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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Traverse LS/LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Pacifica doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the Traverse’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Pacifica’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Traverse Premier/High Country has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Pacifica doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Traverse owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Traverse will cost $435 to $3045 less than the Pacifica over a five-year period.

The Traverse will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Traverse will retain 46.83% to 49.78% of its original price after five years, while the Pacifica only retains 39.92% to 43.27%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Traverse is less expensive to operate than the Pacifica because typical repairs cost much less on the Traverse than the Pacifica, including $442 less for a muffler, $56 less for a starter and $156 less for front struts.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the Chrysler Pacifica by 24% during 2018.

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