2020 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2020 Buick Enclave

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Safety

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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 Buick Enclave doesn’t offer height-adjustable front 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 Enclave doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Pacifica and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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 and around view monitors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chrysler Pacifica is safer than the Buick Enclave:

Pacifica

Enclave

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Enclave has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are over 17 percent more Chrysler dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it 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 Enclave’s 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Chrysler Pacifica V6 is faster than the Buick Enclave:

Pacifica

Enclave

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.4 MPH

84.5 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 Enclave FWD (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave FWD (29 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).

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

MPG

Pacifica

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

Enclave

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/25 hwy

The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The Enclave 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 Enclave doesn’t offer a regenerative braking 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 Buick Enclave (6). This means the Pacifica produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Enclave every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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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 Enclave doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Pacifica stops much shorter than the Enclave:

Pacifica

Enclave

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

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 Enclave doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Pacifica is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Enclave.

Passenger Space

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

The Pacifica has 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear legroom, 7.1 inches more rear hip room, 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row headroom, 3 inches more third row legroom, 1 inch more third row hip room and 3.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Enclave.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pacifica’s middle and third row seats recline. The Enclave’s third row seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Pacifica is 1.7 inches lower than the Enclave (16.3” vs. 18”). The Pacifica’s rear step up height is .5 inches lower than the Enclave’s (18.2” vs. 18.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Pacifica

Enclave

Behind Third Seat

32.3 cubic feet

23.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

58 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

97.6 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 Enclave’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

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

Pacifica

Enclave

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

23.2”/57.5”/92.5”

23.8”/54”/90”

Max Width

49.3”

52.7”

Min Width

48.8”

48.6”

Height

47.6”

30.8”

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

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Pacifica. The Enclave doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Pacifica’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Enclave’s (3600 vs. 1500 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 Enclave does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Pacifica Touring-L Plus/Limited’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The Enclave’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Pacifica Hybrid has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

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 Enclave 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 Enclave because it costs $709 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pacifica than the Enclave, including $351 less for a water pump, $12 less for front brake pads, $232 less for fuel injection, $103 less for a fuel pump and $789 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler Pacifica will be $8066 to $9885 less than for the Buick Enclave.

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 Enclave isn’t in the top three in its category.

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

The Chrysler Pacifica outsold the Buick Enclave by over two to one during 2018.

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