Motortrend’s March Mayhem Semifinal: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica VS. 2019 Subaru Ascent

The March Mayhem semifinal brings the most exciting matchup of the entire car comparison’s series from Motortrend.com. There is the minivan from the three-row crossover, Subaru Ascent, where functionality and image play massive roles. The seating goes from seven to eight passengers, there is available all-wheel drive, hybrid powertrains, ability to tow, giving you the space to take anything with you. Minivans, like the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, are often seen as mom-mobiles but it offers comfortability and stability.  

Here’s the thing, if your lifestyle revolves around towing heavy loads and going deeper into the woods, get the crossover. Consider the minivan if you don’t do either of those, like if you live by the Chrysler in Doral. Whether it’s trailer weight and ground clearance or acceleration and cargo capacity, there’s more than meets the eye with these vehicles.  

With the performance, for example, the Ascent pulls greater average lateral around a skidpad. However, on a winding road, the Pacifica feels more confident and planted than the Subaru and more critically, in an emergency lane changes, the Pacifica is far more stable and controlled. Despite weighing less, the Ascent requires more stability control and brake intervention to counteract oversteer and mitigate roll, and both cars offer active diver aids and safety systems, and Subaru makes them standard on all models.

It’s time to measure. As for the second-row head-, shoulder-, and legroom has an inch or two of space, and the step-in height is the same. Pacifica’s sliding doors make a child’s seat or child significantly more comfortable thanks to the larger door opening or that Pacifica’s child seat anchors are more comfortable to access.

The Pacifica’s second-row seats are just as comfortable despite being designed to fold into the floor, and ordering the removable second-row center seat doesn’t hinder your ability to stow the second-row seats. The Ascent’s second-row seats slide forward, back and recline while Pacifica’s only recline. However, kid’s sports gear won’t be a hassle as you won’t have to go as high to get into Pacifica’s trunk.

Any child who reaches the door handle can let themselves in and out of the Pacifica. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require much assistance. The parents can also open the sliding doors and rear hatch with buttons inside and out, or with a kicking motion.  

Then there are things like ride quality. The Ascent has more roll in corners and generally a floaty disposition compared to the Pacifica’s buttoned-down, purposeful, and equally comfortable demeanor. There is less of a toss around with the Pacifica.

When it comes down to it, the minivan’s advantage is in its clarity of purpose. What both vehicles can bring to you as an individual and your lifestyle is up to what you want in your package. Although the Subaru Ascent can be family-friendly, the Pacifica is designed with families in mind.   

It’s not only the big things, like the second-row seats and doors or the optional vacuum cleaner. Or the rear-seat entertainment system (Subaru will sell you a pair of iPads connected to in-vehicle Wi-Fi, which the Chrysler also has) and it’s not just Pacifica’s many storage compartments, cubbies, and bins, or intelligent features. It’s all of those things together, and Chrysler’s reassurance that this minivan was researched, designed, tested, and focus-grouped with families from the very beginning.  

The Subaru Ascent is a three-row crossover that works for families with kids in the booster-seat to the teenage range. The Chrysler Pacifica has the extra bandwidth to benefit families from cradle to college. Which makes it a more suitable family vehicle.

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Pacifica Rumored to Get All-Wheel-Drive

It would seem that Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) is working on giving customers more options when it comes to purchasing their vehicles. The latest rumored option is the Chrysler Pacifica is getting an All-Wheel-Drive transmission (AWD). At the moment, the only other 4×4 minivan in the United States is the Toyota Sienna.    

Chrysler offered AWD in previous generations of its vans, and they are working on bringing it back. The motivation for bringing back the AWD is driven by the demand for the option in Canada, where minivans have strong sales. If Canada gets its way, it could help Chrysler gain sales again in colder regions of the United States back.  

Chrysler had an AWD option before 2004, but it was lost when the Stow ‘n Go feature was introduced. Having a driveshaft in the rear wheels would probably eliminate the ability to drop the seats into the floor, but buyers in colder weather may decide they can live without it for better grip in the winter. However, the only downside to those that don’t live in colder climates is adding AWD to the Pacifica will make them lose the signature Stow n’ Go seating in the new models.

WHAT IS AN ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE?:

An all-wheel-drive system sends a fluctuating load of torque to each axle, which the driver doesn’t usually control. An all-wheel-drive system uses a center differential to distribute the drive’s torque between the two shafts. All-wheel-drive systems are great for road usage because they can actively send power to the wheel (or wheels) that need it most.

Not all all-wheel-drive systems have secure torque split between the front and rear axles, but when it comes to driving in corners, those don’t have the same issues as four-wheel-drive systems since they depend on a differential rather than a transfer case. Even the most fundamental AWD system does all the thinking and adjusting for you. Drive over any surface and through extreme weather conditions without selecting 4WD mode or worrying about turning it off afterward.

Chrysler has yet to confirm the AWD on the Pacifica, so this is still on the rumor mill, but production is rumored to take place in the second quarter of 2020 at Chrysler’s plant in Windsor Ontario. Mike Szymkiewicz, head of product planning in FCA Canada, believes that selling Pacificas with AWD engines can help the company. “If you look at some of the competitive vehicles, maybe not the traditional minivan, but even some of the bigger duty [trucks] you can get front-wheel and all-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive take rate generally is quite high in all those offerings; I do think it would be an opportunity for us.”

Pacifica sales have held relatively balanced in the U.S. The 2018 year sales were a respectable 118,322, which is flat compared to 2017 sales of 151,927 Grand Caravans, an increase of 21 percent. According to autoblog.com, sales through February of 2019 were down by 24 and 27 percent, but FCA says its portion of the overall U.S. minivan market has nevertheless risen to 57.7 percent.    

For the latest version of the Pacifica, FCA spent $744 million to retool Windsor Assembly and almost $2 billion to develop the minivan’s new flexible architecture itself. It serves as a platform for the latest three-row Chrysler crossover and a Grand Caravan replacement as well. The plant also builds the Pacifica versions of the Grand Caravan and plug-in hybrid across three shifts.   

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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The Future of the Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 is not going anywhere contrary to what sources have to say. It was rumored that the vehicle was going to be a thing of the past and its last remains will be seen in 2020. Even with SUV’s rising in popularity, Chrysler believes that the Chrysler 300 can still be saved.

If Chrysler was willing to say goodbye to the 300, what was supposed to take its place? Well, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was not going with a new sedan, that’s for sure. Instead, they were going to introduce an electric minivan called “The Postal,” a production version of a previous concept with the same name. It was first introduced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).     

The 300 was expected to use FCA’s Giorgio rear- and all-wheel drive architecture. However, things changed in 2016, when FCA’s then CEO Sergio Marchionne stated that “the replacement model might instead share the architecture of the Pacifica and be produced alongside the big minivan at Windsor in Ontario,” according to just-auto.com. The company hasn’t stated whether or not it will replace the 300 or any other LX platform vehicle.

As time progressed, this led to rumors that Brampton, where all of Chrysler and Dodge’s big RWD/AWD sedans and coupes are manufactured, could be closed. It was thought that any successors might still be RWD/ AWD and instead, will use the Giorgio platform and be built in Mexico at Toluca. In October 2016 it was announced of a plan to give Brampton a new paint shop which appeared to increase the chances of this factory being used for a new generation of big rear-drive Dodge cars, according to just-auto.com.    

But the excitement seemed to come to a halt a month later when speaking to analysts on the topic of FCA’s third-quarter financials, Marchionne didn’t mention the Chrysler 300 having an RWD/ AWD successor: “The important thing for us was to preserve the uniqueness of the rear-wheel-drive offering that we have across four brands: Alfa, Maserati, Dodge and, potentially Jeep. And that solution has been nailed down internally by focusing on the Giorgio architecture”.  

Two options can be considered for the evolution of the 300. Option one is an evolution of the existing model’s platform, and option two is to switch the model to a front-wheel-drive architecture and make it on the same line as the Pacifica. That won’t be a necessity if the Ontario factory gets the rumored Chrysler Aspen, a front- and all-wheel drive crossover.

As a reminder, FCA is not saying goodbye to the Chrysler 300. When it comes to sales, Steve Beahm, head of parts and service (MOPAR), assured carbuzz.com that “it’s doing great.” “We like where it’s positioned; it provides great value. It’s a lot of car for the money.”   

There are two options to choose from for engines: a 292-horsepower V6 or a 363-horsepower V8. Both engines get the job done, and the V6 has more than enough power for the average joe to drive. The Chrysler sedan gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with its V6 engine.

As for space, the 300 gives passengers plenty of room. Seating surfaces are wrapped with leather, while a nickel-finish analog clock and blacked-out interior accents highlight the performance-focused cabin. Buyers will have up-to-date security and driver assistance technology is available, but it requires optional packages to deliver full safety features.   

PRICE:

The 2019 Chrysler 300 has a starting MSRP of $29,220 (plus destination fee).  

There have been thoughts that perhaps FCA wants to give the Chrysler brand more crossovers. Whatever the case may be, we are unlikely to see any 300 successors until the 2021 model year. You can search our inventory of Chrysler 300 at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Considering a Hybrid? Here’s Why You Should Consider the Pacifica Hybrid

Imagine if you only had to fill up your gas tank a few times a month? Depending on your daily commute it might be possible with a plug-in hybrid or EV (electric vehicle). The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid might be a contender.

In 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid became the world’s first plug-in hybrid-electric minivan. In 2018  Laurie Jennings, Deputy Editor & Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, named the Pacifica Hybrid “America’s first-ever and only hybrid minivan, a one-of-a-kind, no compromise family vehicle”. In just two years it’s had a few awards, the latest being named the 2019 Family Car of the Year by cars.com.

INTERIOR:

The Pacifica Hybrid has four complete sets of LATCH connections, two are on the second-row seats, and the other two are on the outboard third-row seats. The Pacifica Hybrid is built for families but is not limited to those who have children on the younger side. Storage inside the Pacifica includes cubbies, nooks, and out-of-sight compartments. As for space, the Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t sacrifice much interior volume on account of it being a plug-in hybrid and many plug-in hybrid cars, for instance, have smaller trunks because their battery packs protrude into those spaces. The only lost space is the Stow ‘n Go storage in the second row which was used for the location of the batteries.    

The third row still maintains its Stow ‘n Go feature allowing the seats to fold away completely into the floor. The large screen in the center stack, which features the controls for navigation, heating, ventilation, cooling, and entertainment, as well as FCA’s Uconnect system, is easy to read even on the go and easy to use. Over time, the Pacifica, with care, should hold up.      

PERFORMANCE & HANDLING:

The Pacifica Hybrid offers more fuel economy thanks to its 3.6-liter hybrid V-6. two electric motors, and a high-voltage battery pack. The engine is paired with an electrically variable transmission that combines the power of two electric motors for EV-only driving and dual-mode hybrid operation. Altogether, Chrysler lists total system output as “around 260 horsepower,” which is considerably less than the 286 horsepower made by the gas engine in standard Pacificas.

As mentioned, the suspension is on the firm side, probably to keep that extra weight in check. While it doesn’t create the cushiest ride, it does make the Pacifica Hybrid a surprisingly competent handler. The stiffer suspension, combined with a much lower center of gravity thanks to the batteries’ placement underneath the floor, keeps this minivan from feeling tippy in turns and imparts a high degree of confidence in corners.   

SAFETY:

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are both standards on all trim levels, as are rear parking sensors with automatic braking. All of the Pacifica Hybrid’s remaining optional safety equipment is collected in the Advanced SafetyTec Group, a 360-degree surround-view camera system. Forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a park-assist system that works for both parallel and perpendicular parking, and automatic high-beam headlights.     

TECHNOLOGY:

Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment has an 8.4-inch touchscreen and paired with an equally impressive 7.0-inch screen for the gauges and information display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, as is a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, active noise canceling, and an optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.  

There are two 10-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the backs of the front seats, which are connected to a built-in Blu-Ray player and also feature HDMI ports. They run an operating system with both apps and games for kids to play with. The system can even wirelessly stream video from certain devices (though it’s not available in Apple devices).

PRICING:  

The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid has an MSRP of $39,995 (plus destination fee).  

You can search our inventory of Pacifica Hybrid at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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35th Anniversary of Chrysler Minivan’s Family-Hauling

By no means did Chrysler invent the minivan but with 35 years in the market, it sure did popularize it. In 1984 they launched the original Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan creating the minivan segment we know today. To commemorate the birthday of the modern minivan, Chrysler rolled out two special-edition versions of its current vans at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show (February 9th- February 18th).

SPECIAL EDITIONS?:

The Anniversary Editions will be offered in hybrid and non-hybrid versions. The Pacifica Hybrid will be available as the 35th Anniversary Edition on Touring L and Limited trim levels. The versions: Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited trim levels will have the 35th Anniversary badge displayed on the outside. It will also have liquid chrome Chrysler wing badges and gloss black trim on the front fascia and rear liftgate. Fascia often refers to the decorative panels of the car’s dashboard, or the dashboard assembly.     

EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR:

With the Anniversary Edition, customers will have the option to purchase an optional S Appearance package which adds a black grille, headlight accents, rear valance molding, badges and wheels to the exterior. The inside will have a sleek black interior and Cranberry Wine accent stitching on the Nappa leather seats, steering wheel, and door panels. The 35th Anniversary logo will also be embroidered into the front floor mats.         

But there is more with this edition. Chrysler can throw in some extra equipment, such as 20-inch wheels on the Pacifica Limited. There are also 10 different paint options available to choose from.   

IN-DEPTH FEATURES:

The customer can customize the vehicle to their needs. Here’s what else is featured in the Anniversary models.

35th Anniversary Pacifica models feature:

Touring L: Memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, Mopar overhead DVD, 18-inch wheels.

Touring L Plus: Memory driver’s seat, eight-passenger seating, and a dual-pane sunroof.

Limited: 20-inch wheels.

35th Anniversary Pacifica Hybrid models feature:

Hybrid Touring L: Premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display, 17-inch wheels.   

Hybrid Limited: 18-inch wheels.

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER MODELS?:

Not to worry, Dodge still sells the Grand Caravan; even though the company previously that it was going to eventually be phased out by the Pacifica. It took will get a 35th Anniversary Edition, with a special fender badge, 17-inch wheels, and a shinier grille on the outside, with a black upholstery with Cranberry Wine stitching and embroidered floor mats on the inside. It’s offered for SE and SXT trims and will presumably be significantly cheaper than the Pacifica.      

PRICE:

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica 35th Anniversary Edition will go on sale this summer. As of yet, there is no price available but you can expect a drastic price increase of the regular models. As a reference, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L begins at $37,790 (plus a destination fee) while the full-zoot Limited starts at $45,940 (plus a destination fee).   

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Minivans at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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The Chrysler 300 May Not Be Dead After All

2015 Chrysler 300S

Fiat Chrysler 300 is still selling and will continue to sell, contrary to popular beliefs. It was said the Chrysler 300 was getting the chopper in 2020, according to automotivenewscanada.com but the head of FCA passenger, Steve Beahm, says that’s not true.     

Even if there were some hesitation regarding if it will be discontinued or not, FCA is not giving up on it just yet. “I can’t deny that there has been a trend of fewer passenger cars across the industry,” Beahm admitted to carbuzz.com. “I think that our company saw that, maybe quicker than some others. And we made steps or changes within the company to deal with that. What we decided was that once that happened, our job was to [ask,] ‘How do we differentiate within the brands that are going to remain passenger-car brands?’”.

What Beahm believes to be the key to the success of the Chrysler 300 is its distinctive design. Their design is what makes them stand apart from their rivals. The 300 offers a more restrained, subtle look in keeping with its more upscale image.    

Sure, they’ve thought about doing changes to the vehicle, see what could possibly work. The original plan was to replace the existing 300 with a new sedan underpinned by the front-wheel-drive platform of the Chrysler Pacifica, but Beahm admitted this wouldn’t be a good idea. Cross our fingers that it means it is getting a major revamp next year instead.

FALSE ALARM:

As carbuzz.com previously reported, the Chrysler 300 was getting the ax in 2020 but what was supposed to be on its place? Chrysler was not going to offer a new sedan, but instead, it was going to introduce an electric minivan called the portal, a production version of a previous concept with the same name. This production version was first introduced during the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

According to Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, the Portal will act as the brand’s fifth generation of cars. At the show, the automaker wouldn’t discuss whether the Portal will go into production based on what was seen at the 2017 NAIAS, but it’s still a possibility for 2020. Since the Portal is based on the current Pacifica minivan, an alternative electric minivan released under a different name with a design and powertrain inspired by the Portal Concept.

LOOKING AHEAD:

Like it was previously mentioned, FCA is not saying goodbye to the Chrysler 300. Beahm assured carbuzz.com that in terms of sales “it’s doing great.” “We like where it’s positioned; it provides great value. It’s a lot of car for the money.”

PERFORMANCE:

The 300 has two engines to choose from for the 2019 model: a 292-horsepower V6 (300 horsepower in the 300S model) or a 363-horsepower V8. Both engines move the car well, and the base V6 has ample power for most drivers. The Chrysler sedan gets 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with its V6 engine.    

PRICE:

The 2019 Chrysler 300 MSRP has a starting price of $29,220 (plus destination fee).

There will be no point in overhauling the Challenger and Charger when simply updating the Challenger and Charger platform will suffice for the next generation. “I’m going to use a bad phrase here, maybe. It’s like fine wine, it keeps getting better with time,” Beahm said when discussing the current platform. Here is to second chances on old favorites.     

You can search our inventory of Chrysler vehicles at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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How Two Companies Joined Forces to Make Wheelchair Vehicles Accessible

Wheelchair users have a reason to rejoice at a re-design of an old favorite. FCA introduced the upfitted Chrysler Pacifica minivan, with the company BraunAbility, at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

According to a news release, in 2019, there are now 25 (more) vehicles available to be modified with adaptive equipment in the FCA U.S. Automobility Program. That is good news for customers who are in need of a new vehicle. Wheelchair users will have easier access to get in and out of vehicles with ample space for accommodating families and friends, as well.   

As head of passenger cars for FCA North America, Tim Kuniskis said in a release, this vehicle will allow FCA customers to gain the freedom to stay active.   

“We all know someone with a physical disability who needs help getting to the places and events that matter most to them.”

BraunAbility, an American manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans and wheelchair lifts, was founded in 1963 by Ralph Braun, who had spinal muscular atrophy. When it came to the design, BraunAbility sourced its customized components from the same Tier One supplier as do major OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer), including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and these modified vehicles are held to the same safety standard as the vehicles on which they are based, including crash tests.  

Building these heavily customized vans required reimagining them completely. BraunAbility engineered an entirely new, high-strength steel subfloor to make a significantly lowered floor possible. The rear suspension is redesigned, as well, to compensate for the lowered floor and raised height. The raised ride height is disguised somewhat by body extensions surrounding the van, which integrate steps for front seat access.   

“The most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry, the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica features patent-pending AccessAbility technology, including an aerospace-inspired sliding door extension and the industry’s widest side-entry ramp, with rear-axle space innovations and cantilevered seat bases that expand interior cabin space, maximizing space for obstruction-free maneuverability for all sizes and types of wheelchairs,” according to a news release from the company.   

But the minivan wasn’t only designed for parents with kids of special needs. It was also designed with adults who have a disability but can still drive. Devices included are hand controls and left foot accelerators. The modifications in the vehicles were designed specifically to ensure a safer and more secure ride for driver and passengers.

Included in the Chrysler Pacifica upfitted are lifts, hoists, and carriers. Whether it’s scooter hoists, rear or side wheelchair lifts or outside wheelchair carriers, customers will find equipment that will fit them, their vehicle and their lifestyle. Running boards, which are designed for the safety and secure stepping space and improved traction, getting in and out of vehicles will be much easier.

Not every disability requires a customized vehicle, but the upfitted Chrysler Pacifica has become an ideal solution for those who are in need of a vehicle. One in five Americans lives with some sort of disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, including 3.8 million veterans.   

FCA also noted that the companies are partnering on an effort to promote Canine Companions for Independence, which trains and provides assistance dogs for people with a variety of special needs at six sites around the country.

PRICE:

The starting MSRP is $29,900 (plus destination fee). Seems like a small price to pay for the comfort and peace of mind that it will bring to parents and someone with a disability.  

“For Chrysler, there has always been an importance in showcasing and providing mobility solutions for people with disabilities: that is why we are the leader in this are,” said Clair Carroll with Chrysler Product Communications. “Also, it allows us to demonstrate what makes the Pacifica such a great vehicle, with its ability to provide the best solution and functionality for whatever the consumers’ need is.”

Chrysler Pacifica has also gone eco-friendly with their upfitted vans. With many transportation solutions still relying on heavy large vehicles that consume large amounts of fuel, Revability heard this concern and decided to find a solution. They introduced to the world the first Hybrid wheelchair accessible vehicle, the new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Chassis, and it’s ready to lead the way in eco-friendly mobility transportation.  

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Chrysler Pacifica VS Toyota Sienna – War of The Minivans?

The Pacifica and Sienna minivan models are the latest minivans out for Chrysler and Toyota in the market at the moment. You may be wondering “what can the Pacifica and Sienna offer me?”. Let’s take a look at what both minivans offer.  

SEATING:

Chrysler Pacifica: The 2018 Pacifica seats seven passengers. It includes a feature that allows the second-row seats tilt out of the way to get to the third row without having to remove a car seat. Speaking of seating, the Pacifica also features Stow ‘n Go seating which allows for the second and third-row seats to fold into the floor. Some optional features include leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. If you live up north you won’t have to worry about freezing because the Pacifica has heated everything. Heated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.  

Toyota Sienna: The 2018 Sienna also seats seven passengers. The Sienna also has three rows which, if adjusted appropriately, you can comfortably fit adults in the first two rows and slightly shorter, limber adults in the third row, too. Another interesting feature is you can push and hold a button at the top of the liftgate to make the third-row seats fold away.     

TECHNOLOGY:

Chrysler Pacifica: Entertainment is vital when you have a long trip ahead of you and have children that need to be entertained. But not to worry. The Chrysler Pacifica has backseat entertainment and its appropriately named the Uconnect infotainment system. For quick use, it has physical buttons and knobs on every 4th Generation Pacifica and a new 4G LTE connection.      

Toyota Sienna: The Toyota Sienna is not staying behind in the technology department. Toyota has completely revamped its Entune infotainment system. It has more USB ports and a brand new 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. However, it doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.   

SAFETY:

Chrysler Pacifica: Let’s face it when you’re a driver your top concern is always getting to your destination safely. It’s a relief to see that the Pacifica earned a perfect crash-test score (again) in 2018. The crash-test isn’t the only feature where it scored high. In 2018 Chrysler also moved blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors with rear automated emergency braking from being optional to being standard.  

Toyota Sienna: The Sienna now has standard equipment which includes the Toyota Safety Sense P, a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.

THE CAR IN NUMBERS:

Chrysler Pacifica: With the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, the Chrysler Pacifica delivers 287 horsepower and has a 262 lb-ft of torque. It also has one of the Best-in-Class towing capability and delivers 28 mpg highway.

Toyota Sienna: Toyota Sienna also has a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine and delivers 296 horsepower (slightly higher than the Pacifica) and it has a 263 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy of the Sienna is 22 MPG combined city/ highway.

PERFORMANCE:

Chrysler Pacifica: Most minivans aren’t known to have dynamic handling and this is where the Pacifica steps in. A huge thanks to that is in part to the responsive steering and strong brakes, it remains composed around corners and on winding roads.

Toyota Sienna: Toyota Sienna has a heavier steering wheel. It trades some ride smoothness for quality handling responses. The Sienna also has a tighter turning circle: 37.5 feet.

PRICE:

Chrysler Pacifica: The 2018 Pacifica starts at $26,995 (plus destination fee). It includes a piece of standard equipment, such as a 7- inch in-dash touchscreen; Bluetooth connectivity; a blind-spot monitoring system with a rear cross-traffic alert; and as an added bonus it has a dual-zone manual climate control system.  

Toyota Sienna: The 2018 Sienna has a starting price of $30,850 (plus destination fee). It also includes Bluetooth and a 7- inch touchscreen. Toyota also has three-zone automatic climate control and the aforementioned advanced safety features: a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control; and a lane-departure warning with automatic steering assistance.    

There’s a lot for you to consider when it comes to purchasing the minivan that best suits you.

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s or come see us at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.

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Chrysler Pacifica Named in the 10 Best List of Trucks and SUVs

The images speak for themselves. The minivan is spacious enough for a family of six. Its exterior design and feature make the Chrysler Pacifica the sleekest minivan out in the 2019 market. And parents won’t need to second-guess if their children will be comfortable or “what will they do until we get to our destination?”

This vehicle has it all. Comfort, theater-like entertainment and the ability to detect oncoming danger.

Hazaa for Chrysler’s Pacifica. It has been added (again) to “Car and Driver’s top 10 Best” lists and they are winners (again) in the Van category. This is Pacifica’s third nomination and third consecutive win.

“Pacifica beat its other competitors in a comparison test, against Odyssey, and a Toyota Sienna in 2017 and 2018,” according to caranddriver.com.  

Car and Driver, a magazine published by Hearst publishing and one of the most highly regarded car magazines by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers in the automotive-sphere for its integrity and engineering insights, has a system under which it evaluates its candidates against its perspective peers.

It’s the 100-point scale, where each score is based on how well they do their intended purposes (driving and safety) and how easy it is to operate (technology).  

There are six Chrysler Pacifica trim levels that are offered in the market at the moment, the L, LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited.

Perhaps the fact that this model has made this list time and time again speaks in volume to the same basic design, powertrain and performance level it offers. This years model meet the high bar that previous models have set.  

The saying goes, “why fix something that’s not broken?” and it seems like Chrysler has learned not to mess with something that has worked for them previously.

SEATING:

Pacifica has a way of making people feel comfortable whether in the passengers or driver’s seat. Need to make more room? This model has the capability to quickly convert itself into a three-row vehicle and also store the second and third rows with the aid of Stow ‘n Go seating. There’s no need to worry as you have over 243 possible seating configurations that allow you to convert into the seating of your choice.  

If looking up at the sunny sky is something that entertains the children, or passengers alike, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is available with a Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof.   

TECHNOLOGY:

The all-new 2019 model is a reinvention of the previous model year Pacifica with easy functionality, versatility, and also technology.  

It’s the availability of a full array of 4G Wifi with theater rear-seat entertainment system and with everything, it has to offer this minivan is the perfect vehicle for families who take long trips with their children.

Have your hands full with groceries or other packages? The Chrysler Pacifica is designed with those inconveniences in mind. It’s designed to let you open the vehicle with hands-free power liftgate with the simple kick of the foot.  

SAFETY:

Imagine cruising out on the open road with no worries of accidents happening because of the security that the Chrysler Pacifica offers. The top of the line Advanced SafetyTec featuring Forward Collision Warning With Active Braking, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and a 360° Surround View Camera System.

The Forward Collision Warning With Active Braking will provide you with both audible and visual warnings and apply Automated Emergency Braking if need be.

With Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist the word you are looking for is automatic. This feature will automatically help guide you back into your lane if you’ve drifted outside unintentionally.

The available 360° Surround View Camera provides a bird’s-eye view, using four cameras around the vehicle to fabricate a fully stitched image.

The Chrysler Pacifica was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2019 when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

THE CAR IN NUMBERS:

The 2019 mini-van weighs 4,330 lbs with its dimensions being 204″ L x 80″ W x 70″ H. With the cargo value of 32.3 ft³, 140.5 ft³ (with the seats included), this vehicle has more than enough space for little Jimmy’s soccer team.  

PERFORMANCE:

Going after life’s goals can be challenging that’s why there’s a minivan that can keep up with everything life can throw at it. With the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, the Chrysler Pacifica delivers 287 horsepower and has a 262 pound-feet of torque. It also has one of the Best-in-Class towing capability and delivers 28 mpg highway.

PRICE:

The 2019 Pacifica has a starting MSRP of $26,995 (plus destination fee).

With all of its features and top performances review, it is no wonder that the Chrysler Pacifica was named once again in the ‘10 Best List of Trucks and SUVs’ for 2019.

Check out the Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Chrysler Portal Rumored for 2020 Production Start

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When the Chrysler Portal was first shown off during the 2017 North American International Auto Show, the automotive community may have thought the self-driving concept would present itself to consumers in the distant future. Reports are suggesting, however, that the automotive world may be seeing the Chrysler Portal EV entering production as early as 2020.

A Portal to the Future

The 2017 unveiling of the Chrysler Portal EV minivan indicated that Chrysler’s future may lie heavily in autonomous driving. This year we’ve already seen the Chrysler Pacifica launch with Waymo to create the world’s first autonomous ride-hailing service. And while Chrysler does not currently have a self-driving system of its own, the partnership with Waymo will certainly assist in Chrysler’s autonomous efforts. Of course, automotive makers still have a fair amount of research to conduct before a fully autonomous vehicle can enter production. The concept itself is said to have Level 3 self-driving capabilities, meaning that the car can drive itself in suitable conditions for a limited amount of time. Still, this would put Chrysler in an exclusive category of automakers when it comes to offering certain technologies to consumers.


By Millennials, For Millennials

During the design phase, the designers of the Chrysler Portal had specifically asked what millennials look for in a vehicle. They wanted to market the Portal as a vehicle for millennials, by millennials. And with its ultra-modern design and standout features, it certainly screams “the future”. One of these features being a fold-away steering wheel, gives drivers the option to stow it away while the self-driving system is in use. In the 1980s, Chrysler was one of the first automakers to introduce sliding doors on their minivan and history is repeating itself, as the Portal concept also boasts a pair of sliding doors – one for the front row and one for the back row. Additionally, the Portal will carry a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack capable of a 250-mile range and an electric motor driving the front wheels.

There has been a bit of speculation surrounding where the Portal will be built. There was talk in 2018 that may have hinted at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada, however that has not been confirmed. And wIth Chrysler’s new Jeep plant that will be opening in Detroit, there’s no telling where the Chrysler concept will call home. Either way, if Chrysler is able to create the necessary components and technologies during the next couple of years, then consumers may get a glimpse of the future a little sooner than they thought.

 

Now, we’re not time travelers but we do happen to have the best current selection of Chrysler vehicles. Browse our Chrysler inventory to be a part of the future today and definitely be sure to share your thoughts with us on our social media page!

 

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