2020 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

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Safety

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Both the Pacifica and the XT6 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, 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 XT6 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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There are almost 3 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Cadillac 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 XT6’s standard 155-amp alternator and largest (optional) 170-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 16th in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chrysler 4 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

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 XT6 FWD (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the XT6 FWD (29 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica gets better fuel mileage than the XT6:

MPG

Pacifica

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

XT6

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The XT6 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 XT6 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 Cadillac XT6 (6). This means the Pacifica produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XT6 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 XT6 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 XT6:

Pacifica

XT6

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 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 XT6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pacifica’s wheelbase is 8.9 inches longer than on the XT6 (121.6 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Pacifica is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the XT6.

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 XT6 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Pacifica offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the XT6 can only carry 7.

The Pacifica has .3 inches more front headroom, 8.9 inches more front hip room, 5.5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 9.1 inches more rear hip room, 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, 7 inches more third row legroom, 10 inches more third row hip room and 7.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

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The Pacifica’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.

Pacifica

XT6

Behind Third Seat

32.3 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

43.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

78.7 cubic feet

Towing

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The Pacifica’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’s (3600 vs. 1000 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 XT6 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 XT6’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Pacifica to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XT6 doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The Pacifica (except Touring L/Hybrid Touring) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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The Pacifica was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The XT6 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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