Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2016 Chevrolet Traverse VS 2017 Chrysler Pacifica In IA

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2016 Chevrolet Traverse

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2016 Chevrolet Traverse

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Safety Comparison

The Traverse offers an optional front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Pacifica doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

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

Both the Traverse and the Pacifica have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Traverse’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Pacifica’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Traverse for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chrysler doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Pacifica.

There are over 50 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Chrysler dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Traverse’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Traverse has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the van’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Traverse has a 170-amp alternator. The Pacifica’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Traverse third among midsize SUVs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Pacifica isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 50 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

The Traverse LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 21 more horsepower (281 vs. 260) than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Traverse LS/LT’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 262) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Traverse LTZ’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 1 more horsepower (288 vs. 287) and 8 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 262) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Traverse has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22 vs. 17 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Traverse has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica’s standard fuel tank (22 vs. 19 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Traverse’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Pacifica are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Traverse has larger standard tires than the Pacifica (245/70R17 vs. 235/65R17). The Traverse LT’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pacifica (255/65R18 vs. 245/50R20).

The Chevrolet Traverse’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chrysler Pacifica only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Chevrolet Traverse has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chrysler Pacifica has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Traverse has .3 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more front legroom than the Pacifica.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Traverse has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Pacifica LX.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Traverse has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

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Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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The Chevrolet Traverse outsold the Chrysler Pacifica/Town and Country by 28% during 2015.

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