Childre Nissan Compares 2008 Nissan Quest VS 2008 Chrysler Pacifica Near Warner Robins, GA

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2008 Nissan Quest

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2008 Chrysler Pacifica

Safety Comparison

The Quest has a standard Active Head Restraint, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraint system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Pacifica doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Quest and the Pacifica have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Quest’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Pacifica runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Quest’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Pacifica AWD/Touring/Limited 4.0 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt, which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Pacifica’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Quest has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 3.8 V6 in the Pacifica.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in initial quality. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

The Quest’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 35 more horsepower (235 vs. 200) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (240 vs. 235) than the Pacifica LX FWD’s standard 3.8 V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Nissan Quest is faster than the Pacifica 4.0 V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

8.4 sec

8.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.3 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Quest gets better fuel mileage than the Pacifica AWD/Touring/Limited FWD (16 city/24 hwy vs. 15 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Quest’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.

The Quest stops shorter than the Pacifica:



60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Quest’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the Pacifica (124 inches vs. 116.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Quest is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Pacifica.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Quest has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Pacifica uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The design of the Nissan Quest amounts to more than styling. The Quest has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .337 Cd. That is lower than the Pacifica (.352) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Quest get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Quest has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Pacifica can only carry up to 6.

The Quest has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.7 inches more rear legroom, 11.2 inches more rear hip room and 5.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Pacifica LX.

The Quest has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 11.1 inches more rear hip room, 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.2 inches more third row headroom, 1.7 inches more third row legroom, 8.1 inches more third row hip room and 3.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Pacifica Touring/Limited.

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

The front step up height for the Quest is .8 inches lower than the Pacifica Touring/Limited (15.2” vs. 16”). The Quest’s rear step up height is 1.3 inches lower than the Pacifica Touring/Limited’s (15.7” vs. 17”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Quest’s cargo area provides more volume than the Pacifica Touring/Limited.



Behind Third Seat

32.1 cubic feet

13 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

84.8 cubic feet

43.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

148.1 cubic feet

79.5 cubic feet

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



Third Seat Folded

84.8 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


45 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

148.1 cubic feet

92.7 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Quest easier. The Quest’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 25 inches, while the Pacifica’s liftover is 28.6 inches.

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



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



Max Width



Min Width






Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Quest the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Pacifica can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Quest 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 Pacifica doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Quest has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Pacifica doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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