2020 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2019 Kia Sedona

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Safety

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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 Sedona doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Chrysler Pacifica has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Sedona doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Pacifica offers optional Uconnect 9-1-1, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sedona doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Pacifica and the Sedona have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, 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 Sedona was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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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.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Pacifica has a standard 180-amp alternator (220-amp - Pacifica optional). The Sedona’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Pacifica has a standard 730-amp battery. The Sedona’s 660-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 11 more horsepower (287 vs. 276) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 248) than the Sedona’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chrysler Pacifica V6 is faster than the Kia Sedona:

Pacifica

Sedona

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.4 MPH

89.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Sedona (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Sedona (29 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica w gets better fuel mileage than the Sedona (19 city/28 hwy vs. 18 city/24 hwy).

The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The Sedona 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 Sedona doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pacifica’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 Sedona 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 Sedona doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chrysler Pacifica higher (7 out of 10) than the Kia Sedona (3). This means the Pacifica produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Sedona every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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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 Sedona.

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 Sedona doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Pacifica’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sedona:

Pacifica

Sedona

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.9 inches

The Pacifica stops shorter than the Sedona:

Pacifica

Sedona

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Pacifica’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sedona (245/50R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Pacifica’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sedona SXL’s 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Pacifica offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Sedona’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Sedona doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pacifica’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the Sedona (121.6 inches vs. 120.5 inches).

Chassis

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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 Sedona 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 Sedona doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Pacifica has .3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more third row legroom and 1.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Sedona.

Cargo Capacity

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

Pacifica

Sedona

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

78.4 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 Sedona’s liftover is 26 inches.

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

Pacifica

Sedona

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

23.2”/57.5”/92.5”

22.5”/55.3”/91”

Max Width

49.3”

50”

Min Width

48.8”

48”

Height

47.6”

45.1”

The Pacifica has standard Stow ‘n Go™ second and third row seats (except second row on Hybrid), which fold flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sedona only has a third row Sinking Seat that folds into the floor. The Sedona’s second row seat doesn’t fold into the floor and eats up cargo room.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Pacifica’s optional third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Sedona doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Pacifica’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sedona’s (3600 vs. 3500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 Sedona does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Pacifica’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Sedona’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Pacifica’s standard front power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Sedona’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Pacifica’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sedona’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Pacifica’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Sedona’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

The Pacifica’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Kia only offers heated mirrors on the Sedona EX/SX/SXL.

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 Sedona 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 Sedona EX/SX/SXL.

The Pacifica (except Hybrid Touring)’s optional ParkSense Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, steering and operating the brakes. The Sedona doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pacifica is less expensive to operate than the Sedona because it costs $491 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Pacifica than the Sedona, including $134 less for fuel injection.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Pacifica second among minivans in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Sedona isn’t in the top three.

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

The Chrysler Pacifica outsold the Kia Sedona by almost seven to one during 2018.

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