Outlander PHEV vs Pacifica e-Hybrid

Discussion in 'General' started by Scramjett, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. Scramjett

    Scramjett Member

    Hello,

    I'm experiencing a bit of a conundrum. We're contemplating a second car in addition to our 2017 Chevy Volt and it's basically down to the Outlander PHEV or the Pacifica e-Hybrid. Basically, this will be our travel/backup car while the Volt will continue to be our commuter/primary car. We make frequent trips to visit family in the LA area (we're in Sacramento) on top of occasional trips to the Tahoe area and coastal areas. We've been using the Volt primarily but renting something bigger (usually a Toyota Highlander) if we think the additional room will be necessary.

    However, we've come to the conclusion that our need for a second car will only increase so we thought we'd bite the bullet and get one. I have set the condition that any second car we get have a plug. I was onboard with getting the Pacifica until Mitsubishi surprised us all with finally bringing the Outlander to North America. Now I find the AWD and lower cost compelling. The cargo capacity is comparable (with all seats up in the Pacifica) but the Pacifica clearly has greater passenger capacity, greater AER and better hybrid mode MPG. On the flip side, the Outlander has LED headlamps (vs halogen only on the Pacifica), AWD (as stated above), is lower cost (particularly with the 0 interest deals they have going now), and is, IMO at least, a more reliable brand.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on which might be the better way to go? Any owners out there of either vehicle care to share their experiences?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Marcel_g

    Marcel_g Member

    Oh, tough call! I'd probably go with the Outlander, just because I don't trust Chrysler. Could be me though, the Pacifica does look pretty slick.
     
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  3. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    I want to say Pacifica Hybrid, because I think it would be handier.
    However, if you're planning on keeping it for a while, I lean Outlander Plug-In Hybrid because it has a 10 year/100,000 powertrain warranty, compared to the Chrysler's 5-year/60000-mile powertrain coverage.
     
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  4. Scramjett

    Scramjett Member

    Yes, I have to admit that it does look pretty nice. Much nicer than the previous generation Town & Country. But I too have a hard time trusting Chrysler. I would rank their quality and reliability on the low end for sure.

    My wife's preference would be a minivan for basically the same reason. And I have to admit that it has better AER and MPG considering how much bigger it is to the Outlander. However, we do tend to keep our cars for at least 10 years, if we're not running it into the ground.
     
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  5. JyChevyVolt

    JyChevyVolt Active Member

    Don't get the Pacifica. Too much problems with the van. Go to Pacifica forum to see the ugly details.
     
  6. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Argh. I hadn't realized there's a Pacifica forum. Need to try to get some of them to share here as well.
     
  7. Scramjett

    Scramjett Member

    Yeesh! Thanks for the heads up! Just spent the last 30 minutes perusing the forum and it's not pretty!
     
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