2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Telluride and Pacifica have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Telluride has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Pacifica’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Telluride are reminded to check the back seat when a sensor determines the back seat is occupied. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Telluride offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Pacifica doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Telluride’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Telluride and the Pacifica 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 and available around view monitors.


The Telluride comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Pacifica’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Telluride 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chrysler covers the Pacifica. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Pacifica ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Telluride has a standard 800-amp battery. The Pacifica’s 730-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Kia vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Kia 19 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.


The Telluride’s standard 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 31 more horsepower (291 vs. 260) than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Telluride’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (291 vs. 287) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Kia Telluride is faster than the Chrysler Pacifica:


Pacifica Hybrid

Pacifica V6

Zero to 60 MPH

7.1 sec

7.8 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.3 sec

19.7 sec

19.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

8.1 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

90 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

107 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Telluride has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.8 vs. 16.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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



Front Rotors

13.4 inches

13 inches

The Telluride stops much shorter than the Pacifica:



70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Telluride has larger tires than the Pacifica (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R17).

The Telluride LX/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pacifica’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Telluride LX/EX has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Pacifica.

Suspension and Handling

The Telluride has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the Telluride’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Pacifica’s (38.8 feet vs. 39.7 feet).


The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 550 pounds less than the Chrysler Pacifica.

The Telluride is 6.9 inches shorter than the Pacifica, making the Telluride easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Telluride has .8 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and 3.4 inches more rear legroom than the Pacifica.


The Telluride’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Pacifica’s (5000 vs. 3600 pounds).

While the Pacifica Hybrid is not recommended to tow, any Telluride can tow a minimum of 5000 pounds.

Servicing Ease

The Telluride uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Pacifica uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.


The Telluride offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Telluride’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 Pacifica’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Telluride EX/SX has standard front air-conditioned seats and the Telluride SX offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Pacifica doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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