2020 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2020 GMC Acadia

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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 Acadia doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Pacifica and the Acadia 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, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

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 GMC Acadia:

Pacifica

Acadia

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 Acadia was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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There are over 38 percent more Chrysler dealers than there are GMC 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. The Acadia’s standard 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 Acadia’s 660-amp battery isn’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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 16th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

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

Engine

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The Pacifica has more powerful engines than the Acadia:

Horsepower

Pacifica Hybrid 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid

260 HP

Pacifica 3.6 DOHC V6

287 HP

Acadia 2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

193 HP

Acadia 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

230 HP

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 Acadia 2.5 4-cylinder (87 city/76 hwy MPGe vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Pacifica Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Acadia 4-cylinder (29 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

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

MPG

Pacifica

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/28 hwy

Acadia

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

The Pacifica Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 32 miles. The Acadia must run its internal combustion engine to move.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler Pacifica uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Acadia with the 2.0 turbo requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 GMC Acadia (5 to 6). This means the Pacifica produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Acadia 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 Acadia 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 Acadia:

Pacifica

Acadia

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The Pacifica stops shorter than the Acadia:

Pacifica

Acadia

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

126 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 Acadia’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 Acadia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pacifica’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the Acadia (121.6 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Pacifica is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Acadia.

Passenger Space

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The Pacifica offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Acadia can only carry up to 7.

The Pacifica has 21.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia (165.1 vs. 143.8).

The Pacifica has .1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 11.5 inches more rear hip room and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Acadia AT4.

The Pacifica has .1 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 3.3 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 11.5 inches more rear hip room, 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, 6.8 inches more third row legroom, 6.6 inches more third row hip room and 6.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Acadia.

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

The front step up height for the Pacifica is 1.7 inches lower than the Acadia (16.3” vs. 18”). The Pacifica’s rear step up height is .8 inches lower than the Acadia’s (18.2” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Pacifica

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

32.3 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

87.5 cubic feet

41.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

140.5 cubic feet

79 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 Acadia’s liftover is 32 inches.

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

Pacifica

Acadia AT4

Acadia

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

23.2”/57.5”/92.5”

n.a./48”/83”

18.5”/48”/83”

Max Width

49.3”

50”

50”

Min Width

48.8”

42.5”

42.5”

Height

47.6”

33”

33”

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

Towing

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

The Pacifica Touring-L Plus/Limited’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Acadia’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Acadia 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 Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Acadia’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

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 Acadia 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 Acadia 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 Acadia, including $131 less for a water pump, $3 less for front brake pads, $117 less for fuel injection, $25 less for a fuel pump, $269 less for a timing belt/chain and $695 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 $188 to $2034 less than for the GMC Acadia.

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

The Chrysler Pacifica outsold the GMC Acadia by 34% during 2018.

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