2022 Chrysler Pacifica vs. 2022 Kia Telluride
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2022 Kia Telluride are both large SUVs, but they’re very different. The Pacifica is a minivan turned into an SUV, while the Telluride is an SUV with a minivan silhouette. Both vehicles are spacious, but only one offers more passenger room than any other vehicle in its class—and it isn’t the Pacifica.
They’re also both from automakers known for their truck offerings, built on a unibody platform. The two models are even built at the same plant in Ontario, Canada. So what’s the difference between these two minivans? Let’s find out!
Design & Style
- Exterior Design
The Pacifica is a good-looking minivan, but it’s not exactly special. The look of the Telluride is more interesting and daring, in much the same way that you’d expect a crossover to be. It has an imposing grille and strong lines all around, which make it look like a luxury SUV that happens to have seven seats rather than five or six.
The Pacifica has some unique features, too, though: Its wheel arches are much wider than those on other vans and SUVs, giving it an aggressive stance (though some might find this unnecessary). If you want something less blocky-looking than the Telluride but still want something different from your average minivan, this could be worth considering.
- Interior Design
The 2022 Kia Telluride is a midsize SUV that seats up to eight passengers, one more than the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica. Both models have a spacious interiors and come with lots of tech features. The Telluride’s dash design isn’t as sleek or futuristic as the Pacifica’s, but it still has an upscale feel. The front seat materials are soft and comfortable in both vehicles.
The Telluride has a higher number of USB ports for charging devices—six versus four on the Pacifica—and it also has a 12-volt outlet and an auxiliary input jack for your car stereo system or laptop computer so you can enjoy music as you drive.
Technology & Safety
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica offers a fairly standard set of tech features, including smartphone integration and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility. The optional Uconnect Theater system has a 7-inch touchscreen that can be controlled by voice or touch, while the optional Uconnect Theater Plus adds 10-inch display for rear-seat passengers. The Pacifica offers options such as lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control if you’re looking for more advanced safety systems.
The 2022 Kia Telluride offers a similar range of technology features—including smartphone integration and Apple CarPlay compatibility—in its base LX trim level. It also comes with standard blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert to help keep you safe on the road. To add additional safety features like lane-keeping assist or adaptive cruise control, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the higher trims (SXL or Limited).
The Pacifica comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It comes with eight-speed automatic transmission, which sends the power through all four wheels. With this setup, the Pacifica will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds flat on FWD models and 6 seconds flat on AWD models (the latter also gets hill descent control). The EPA estimates fuel economy at 19/27 mpg city/highway for FWD models, compared with 17/25 mpg city/highway for AWD models (2WDs are not offered).
The Telluride offers two engines: a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 265 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque; and a 3.6L V6 that makes 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque—both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission equipped with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel handlebars.
The Bottom Line
In the end, the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is a better option than the 2022 Kia Telluride. You’ll enjoy its self-driving capabilities, and it’s available at a lower price than its competitor. If you’re looking for something with similar features and design, it’s worth checking out what they’ve got in stock here at Empire Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.
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