2020 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2020 Chevrolet Traverse

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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 Chevrolet Traverse 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 Traverse doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Pacifica and the Traverse 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 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 Chevrolet Traverse:

Pacifica

Traverse

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 Traverse has not been tested, yet.

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 Traverse’s 170-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 Traverse’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Traverse FWD (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse FWD (29 city/30 hwy vs. 18 city/27 hwy).

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

MPG

Pacifica

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

Traverse

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/27 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 Traverse 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 Traverse 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 Chevrolet Traverse (6). This means the Pacifica produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Traverse 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 Traverse 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 Traverse:

Pacifica

Traverse

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Pacifica stops much shorter than the Traverse:

Pacifica

Traverse

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

135 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 Traverse’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Pacifica has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Traverse 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 Traverse.

Passenger Space

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The Pacifica has .1 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear legroom, 7.9 inches more rear hip room, .8 inches more rear shoulder room, .5 inches more third row headroom, 3 inches more third row legroom, 1 inch more third row hip room and 3.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Traverse.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Pacifica

Traverse

Behind Third Seat

32.3 cubic feet

23 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

57.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

98.2 cubic feet

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 Traverse 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 Traverse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Pacifica’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Traverse’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 Traverse does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Pacifica’s standard driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Traverse’s standard power window’s switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully. The Pacifica Touring-L Plus/Limited’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Traverse LT/RS/Premier/High Country’s power windows, only the driver’s window closes automatically and only the front windows 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 Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Pacifica has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Traverse doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

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 Traverse 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 Traverse 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 Traverse, including $230 less for a water pump, $251 less for fuel injection, $100 less for a fuel pump, $335 less for a timing belt/chain and $119 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 $1875 to $5210 less than for the Chevrolet Traverse.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its May 2018 issue and they ranked the Chrysler Pacifica Limited first. They ranked the Chevrolet Traverse RS AWD fifth.

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 Traverse 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 Traverse has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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