New Details On The 2021 Chrysler Voyager

 

Voyager’s New Features

This year, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles decided to give the Dodge Grand Caravan and Journey the boot, but they are still making moves with their latest Chrysler Voyager model for 2021. The Voyager is one of the most affordable minivans in the automotive market and is known for its fair share of similarities from its cousin, the Pacifica. What we can expect from this brand new vehicle is a stellar list of features as well as a near-immortal 2.6-liter Pentastar V6, which gives out 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Each model will have a standard seating capacity of seven and will also include voice control and familiar smartphone integration apps, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Another strong selling point is the Voyager’s recognized proficiency in safety, as it has received a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). This rating owes to the van’s seven airbags, DRLs, brake assist, and the inclusion of many other common safety features. Some not so common features that will be included in the 2021 model are pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking and full-speed forward collision alert. In terms of design, there will be a new black lower grille and an Ocean Blue Metallic paint option. For amenities, the car will have a standard power driver’s seat alongside a 3.5-inch driver info display, at the same time, options include tri-zone manual climate control and an overhead DVD player. Six speakers will be connected to a seven-inch Uconnect 4 touchscreen that has active voice cancellation. Extra available safety features include rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring.

The Voyager has available rear- and side-entry conversions, which can create easier access and also allow for more space inside the vehicle. For disabled passengers, this system is especially helpful because not only does it produce much-needed space for their wheelchairs and scooters but the car also features an upgraded ramp securing system that makes it easier for those in the mobility vehicles to enter inside of the car much easier. The LXi fleet-only version will be available with leatherette seating, remote start, a roof rack, and a retractable heat shield in the second-row. At this time, pricing has not been announced, but we can only expect that it will undercut its competitors.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Whenever a new car is released Miami Lakes Automall has your back in providing the latest Chrysler vehicles in the market. Our dealership has a wide range of models that are up-to-date and technologically savvy, not just from Chrysler but plenty of other brands!

Also, for an even more advanced version of the Chrysler Voyager, it’s recommended to opt for the award-winning Chrysler Pacifica, this vehicle is recognized as having the most standard features than any other car in the automotive industry and its powertrain options are nothing short than sensational.

Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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Chrysler Is Now Accepting Orders For Its 2021 Pacifica Minivan

 

Ordering Is Now Open

At long last, Chrysler fans can now order their favorite minivan, the 2021 Pacifica. This rocks a state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive system that has up to 80 MPGe with the first hybrid powertrain in its segment, it’s also the leading competitor when it comes to the most standard safety features in the entire automotive industry, not to mention, that it provides high-quality materials and technological features for an incredibly low price of just about $35,000, (plus destination fee).

“For more than 35 years, Chrysler has led innovation, and the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica AWD, with more standard safety features than any vehicle in the industry, are designed to build on that position,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Add in all-wheel-drive capability paired with Stow ‘n Go seating, the only plug-in hybrid minivan and the new premium Pinnacle model, and the new 2021 Pacifica is America’s most capable and most technologically advanced minivan.”

The arrival of this all-inclusive vehicle is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of this year, with the production of both the 2021 Pacifica and Voyager located at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.

Versatility For Families

The Pacifica is the only car in its segment to offer class-segment Stow ‘n Go seating, joined with a highly advanced AWD system. This AWD system engages seemingly without fear and doesn’t need the driver’s involvement, it’s also very competent in transferring all of the available torque to the rear wheels. Additionally, the AWD provides better traction on a variety of different road conditions such as dry pavement, wet-surfaces, or snow-covered roads. 

The starting package for the AWD on the Touring and Touring L models has a U.S MSRP of  $2,995. Buyers have the option to choose between the critically acclaimed 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 allied with AWD or the hybrid powertrain on the Limited model, as well as the Pinnacle.

Moreover, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is being offered on all four trim levels and keeps the same starting U.S. MSRP. This model maintains its eligibility for a $7,500 federal tax credit, including state and local credits. This vehicle gives out more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) when driving on electric power. When in this mode, the all-electric range is more than 30 miles and has a total range of more than 500 miles.

New Features

For 2021, Pacifica grants families with more advantages and benefits than ever before, already starting from its lowest trim. Highlighting features to watch out for include new LED lights, Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind-spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Path detection, ParkSense rear park assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Stop, Electronic stability control (ESC), Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.

According to the company, there are 116 standard and available safety features. On top of this, the brand is adding on an all-new and standard Uconnect 5 system. It comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, which is almost 20 percent larger than the previous screen and also the largest in its class. Not only is it 5 times faster than the Unconnect 4, has Amazon Alexa capabilities. 

Another highlighting feature is the new interior FamCAM. This camera gives parents a bird’s eye view of the little critters and provides images in high-definition, they even have the ability to zoom in.

Best Features For Each Trim

The Pacifica already includes plenty of features starting on the lowest trim but as with any car, buyers are guaranteed more bang for their buck on higher tiers. Here features that stand out on each trim.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

  • 14 new standard features like Pedestrian AEB, Forward Collision Warning, adaptive cruise control, Lane Departure Warning, automatic high beams, LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, and more.
  • All-new Uconnect 5 with a 10.1-inch touchscreen.
  • Stow n’ Go seating.

Starting U.S. MSRP:  $35,045

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

    • Leather trim seats.
    • Heated front seats and heated steering wheel.
    • Chrome roof rack and body-side moldings.

Starting U.S. MSRP: $38,145

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

  • Limited Premium console
  • Uconnect 5 NAV system with new TomTom navigation.
  • A 13-speaker Alpine audio system.
  • Tri-pane sunroof.

Starting U.S. MSRP: $45,845 (Hybrid) and $48,390 (AWD)

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

  • Caramel Nappa leather seats.
  • Second-row comfort lumbar pillows with an engraved Chrysler logo.
  • FamCAM interior camera.
  • All-new Harman Kardon Premium Audio Group.

Starting U.S. MSRP: $50,845 (Hybrid) and $53,390 (AWD)

2021 Chrysler Voyager

  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility.
  • Optional Pedestrian AEB and Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus.

Starting U.S. MSRP: $27,235

Miami Lakes Chrysler

If you plan on ordering the 2021 Pacifica powerhouse, be sure to make your purchase at Miami Lakes Automall. We carry an ideal selection of Chrysler models and even have 2020 models for anxious buyers. Those who interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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5 Cars That Nearly Ended Chrysler’s Legacy and 5 That Saved it

 

The All-American automotive brand, known as Chrysler (and soon to be Stellantis) was founded in June 1925 and became known as one of the ‘Big Three’ in the U.S) market with other famous brands like General Motors and Ford. Throughout the years, the company has struggled to stay afloat for one reason or another, but somehow, the Chrysler was always able to rebrand itself with a new model that resonated with car enthusiasts and families alike. Here are 5 Cars That Nearly Ended Chrysler’s Legacy and 5 That Saved it.

Cars That Nearly Killed Chrysler

2007 Chrysler Sebring

 

This midsize sedan toughed it out for about a decade after its 1995 debut. The Sebring got a lot of flack, and not necessarily because it was a bad car, but simply because it brought nothing new to the table, especially in the sea of other sedans during that time that was considered pretty bland and unimportant. It didn’t do much to stand out and didn’t even attempt to trick buyers into believing that it was a great vehicle with its lackluster looks. Therefore, by the time Chrysler finally decided to do away with the Sebring, no one even noticed that it was gone…or perhaps even existed.

Chrysler TC By Maserati

 

This downfall of this 1988 Chrysler model took an unexpected turn for the worse mainly because the brand found great success from its K-Platform. The overall idea was to combine the company’s engine with a Maserati body, but ultimately the car was heavily panned by automotive journalists for apparently “taking the worst from each partner.” One big criticism was the fact that the TC vehicle seemed to have similarities to the LeBaron GTC convertible, which less inexpensive. Other deterrents included a lack of choices for exterior colors and ultimately second-rate engine performance. Chrysler was only able to sell 7,300 units its 3-year production, as opposed to their estimate of between 5,000 to 10,000 per year.

2004 Chrysler Pacifica

 

 

It might be surprising to know that the Pacifica minivan that we all know and love today didn’t always get such a great reception, specifically its 2004 model. These early models were humorously nicknamed ‘engine-dropper’. This harsh nickname was characterized by the real prospect that the engine could actually fall out of the car. Since the engine cradle was highly susceptible to rust and could rise to a level where it couldn’t even support the weight of the engine. Needless to say, this really ruffled feathers with buyers and even led to quite a few lawsuits against the Chrysler. Besides the rust, the original Pacifica models were pretty uninspiring and didn’t translate well in sales.

2007 Dodge Caliber

The 2007 Dodge arrived when Chrysler was tackling significant financial trouble and simply didn’t offer much pizzaz that would save the day. This dull SUV was chastised for being unnecessarily loud, heedless of what engine option the buyer chooses. Some might have even simply ignored the noise if the engine performance was worth getting excited about, but driving this vehicle just felt ridiculous.

Chrysler Aspen Hybrid

 

Many people felt that the Chrysler Aspen Hybrid was a purposeless vehicle, and it was predictable that it wouldn’t even last a year after its initial debut. It was pretty much the equivalent to a BlockBuster store trying to one-up Netflix since it had strong comparisons to the Dodge Durango but was covered with plastic and unauthentic wood finishing. There were reports that the company already spent past their budget during the production of these models, therefore, it seemed perplexing as to why they would continue to try to produce them. Sales proved to be stagnant and the combination of the 2009 economic recession ultimately led to the Aspen’s demise.

Cars That Saved Chrysler

Dodge Caravan

 

The very first Caravan is best hailed as not just the car that rescued the Chrysler but also the one that ignited the birth of the minivan. The idea of the minivan concept was summoned up by the company’s CEO, Lee Iacocca, who initially presented it at Ford but it was rejected. At Chrysler, he was able to bring his concept to fruition and was greatly rewarded by the success of the 1984 Dodge Caravan, with over 14.6 million units that have been sold since 1983.

Dodge Omni

 

The compact Omni car had a successful reign for 13 years after its release in 1977. It drew inspiration from the European Chrysler Horizon and was even one of the first front-wheel-drive economy cars made and sold in North America. The Omni essentially came to Chrysler’s rescue, when the company was on the verge of bankruptcy and turned to government support just to keep afloat. This compact was used as evidence that it was making affordable and fuel-efficient cars to compete with imports that were dominating the market at the time. In the end, the Chrysler Omni became a smash hit in the automotive market in the years approaching the debut of the ever famous K-cars.

Dodge Aries

 

The Dodge Aries was developed upon the famous K-Car platform and relished in great success as a result. The platform of the K-Car is characterized as a car made to lodge 6 passengers across 2 bench-style seats. During this time, the traditional arrangement could only accommodate 5 passengers, which significantly contributed to the popularity of the K-platform. At first, customers weren’t too pleased with the high price tag, but the company responded quickly to the criticism by dropping down to a more wallet-friendly price.

Dodge Challenger

 

 

Chrysler hit the bulls-eye with the Dodge Challenger, and it continues to be one of the most well-known vehicles from Chrysler and even in the automotive industry. In spite of numerous changes made by the parent company, Daimler, it continues to provide top-notch performance. Since its first introduction in 1970, there have been three generations that continue to produce much-need revenue to the company, even when having to play a tough match of tug-of-war from rivals like the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro.

1982 Chrysler LeBaron

 

 

Last but not least, Chrysler’s 1982 Lebaron is considered the top-dog of the K-cars that helped to elevate the company during hard times. It aided Chrysler’s relaunching the convertible market after a lengthy absence. Compared to its predecessor, the Lebaron’s length was trimmed off by two feet. Also, a jaw-dropping 362kg of weight was also removed, which meant gas mileage greatly improved, a very enticing development during that time.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Today, Chrysler has earned numerous awards with its dynamic and technologically savvy 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Pacifica Hybrid. Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling these models for around $40,000, (plus destination fee). Those who are interested in any of these models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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The Chrysler Pacifica Makes The Cut On Top 5 Family-Friendly Vehicles For Cars.com

Recently, the popular automotive website, Cars.com gave the Chrysler Pacifica one of many honors, as it ranked it among the top-five family-friendly vehicles for this year. The publication sang the Pacifica’s praises for its generous seating space (perfect for social distancing), Uconnect Theater, as well as its optional sunroof options that give way for increased airflow.

As previously mentioned, the Pacifica gaining a spot among the top-five contenders is not the first time that the famous minivan has been recognized for its purposefulness for families. This year in April, PARENTS magazine gave the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid the honor of the 2020 Best Family Cars award. Additionally, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica won the 2020 Best New Family Car award from Good Housekeeping (in partnership with Car and Driver) in the minivan category.

Cars.com made the list in tandem with its release of new survey data that spotlights parents’ decisions on safe transportation for back-to-school. According to the automotive site, as children returned to school, as many as 55 percent of parents will opt to drive their children to school rather than allowing them to use school buses or other means of public transportation. The website also has a survey that indicates that the number of parents are setting out to carpool with other parents is up by 22 percent.

“Back to school looks very different for families this year because of the ongoing pandemic,” said Jenni Newman, editor-in-chief, Cars.com. “Because of this, parents are turning to their personal vehicles as the best mode of transport for kids returning to in-person learning. The Chrysler Pacifica provides families spending more time in the car a comfortable escape with a spacious interior to carry extra supplies or snacks and digital features to entertain while traveling to-and-from school and beyond.”

 The Pacifica rocks a standard seven and available eight-passenger seats with plenty of legroom. In the back seat area, there is also an optional Uconnect Theater that comes with built-in games and available WiFi, perfect for keeping the little kiddos occupied while waiting through those long drop-off lines. Moreover, there are available dual- and tri-pane automatic sunroof options that bring in that nice, fresh breeze at just a push of a button.

Stow n’ Go storage bins are located in the second-row, this makes way for passengers to use the extra space for items like textbooks and other important school supplies. The available Stow ‘n Vac also aids in cleaning up any messes made by the little ones. The Pacifica also makes other soccer moms jealous with its latest advanced safety features and security technology, with over 100 standard and optional gadgets to choose from, such as the five LATCH child seat configurations.

More family-centered features are on the way for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica and are set to arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter, some which include:

  • More standard safety features that outnumbers any other vehicle in the automotive market.
  • An optional and new all-wheel-drive (AWD) to aid in transporting children to school in various types of weather joined with the van’s class-exclusive Stow ‘Go seating.
  • Four new games for the Uconnect Theater: Concentration, chess, Chrysler Says (later availability), and backgammon (later availability).
  • A new FamCam interior camera that makes way for parents to monitor their children from their seats and even zoom in occupants.
  • The first of its segment, USB Type C ports that charge devices up to four times faster than traditional USB outlets.

Miami Lakes Chrysler 

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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Who Wore It Better? The 1955 Chrysler 300 vs 2020 Chrysler 300

 

The All-American Chrysler 300 warmed its way into our hearts upon its first appearance in 2005, but it wasn’t the first luxury sedan created by the famous minivan brand. Apart of their “letter series”, the 1955 Chrysler C-300 came onto the scene centered on performance made by U.S manufacturers after World War II.  After this, it used the 300 name for performance sedans in 1999 for the 300M and again for the current generation for the V-8 powered 300C models. 

It may seem a bit unfair to compare cars with such vast time spans, but sometimes that element of nostalgia is necessary in order to learn from where we started. It’s a battle of old school versus new with the 1955 Chrysler C-300 and 2020 300C!

1955 Chrysler C-300

The iconic Chrysler C-300 took the automotive world by storm with its game-changing specs and performance upon its debut. Considered mind-blowing back then as it has a 300 horsepower 5.4-liter HEMI “Firepower” V8 engine. Certainly considered the most thunderous American car in its day, and played a significant role in the “muscle car movement” during the 1950s through the ’60s. 

In combination with making the Flying Mile record at a measurement of 127.58 mph (205.32 km/h) and proving triumphant in NASCAR, it was soon used to advertise as the “world’s fastest stock car” or sometimes referred to as “The Banker’s Hot Rod”!

The Initial Reception

$4,100 may sound like a steal to some, but back then, this was considered a hefty amount, therefore, the C-300 was considered to be a luxury vehicle. This model received great acclaim and soon much business for the company for the next 10 plus years.

In the beginning, this car attracted attention due to its rarity in its type of make and gave Chrysler a reputation as the top dog of muscle cars. The brand’s 300 “letter series”, which were successive models given the next letter of the alphabet as a suffix, was considered a big hit. However, by the time the Chrysler 300H come out, and others following this, interest was soon lost, especially since a lot of the models didn’t have much distinction between them, and it was a little too late by the time the styling was finally updated for the 300J. The company tried to re-strategize again by diluting the features and making the price more reasonable with their 300L model, however, it still proved not to be enough, marking the end for the series for quite some time.

2020 Chrysler 300

Decades after the end of the “letter series” reign, Chrysler debuted the revamped 300 model at the 2003 New York International Auto Show, with a modern interpretation of the C-300. It showed off its large grille and hood, as well as its low roofline. The re-establishment of the 300 models proved to be worth it, as it enjoyed a great deal of success in the mid-2000s and also gained popularity among high-profile celebrities. 

The 2020 Chrysler really brings that level of class and refinement to the brand more than ever, though it holds a strong likeness to its predecessors. Similar to the “letter series” the company doesn’t seem to hold much interest in making big revisions to the style of the car, which some automotive critics have said this inaction only hurts the company. 

On the flip side, maybe Chrysler simply believes in the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, especially since it already provides much power with its strong and mighty 363 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. The addition of the 394 lb-ft of torque helps make this car easy to handle and makes for great acceleration. Best of all, this 2020 full-sized car is a delight to ride in for is luxury but incredibly kind in its pricing.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

All in all, for which car fair better all depends on one’s preference and especially love for nostalgia versus updated technology. Speaking of updated vehicles, Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling 2020 Chrysler 300 models for around $35,000, (plus destination fee). It rocks timeless American styling while implementing an array of standard features like a 6-speaker AM/FM/satellite radio with an 8-inch touch screen, USB input, and Bluetooth streaming. 

Those who are interested in this model can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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The Latest Information About The 2020 Chrysler Voyager

 

2020 Chrysler Voyager is a comfortable little minivan that drivers and passengers will enjoy. The ride is nice and quiet inside and has a great deal of space for front-row occupants. It also includes a variety of advanced technology features that are standard such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a highly efficient V6 engine.

Interior

The Voyager’s interior is built very strategically and its surfaces are nice to the touch. The upholstery comes in either a black or toffee color, and only cloth seats are available.

Traditionally, this Chrysler model accommodates up to seven people in three rows. Two of the second-row bench seats are standard. However, buyers can also opt for two second-row bucket seats, which will make it easier for passengers to slide in and out between rows coming from the third row.

Passengers in the first row will appreciate the vast amount of legroom as well as excellent visibility. Though, back seat passengers should also find their seats to be quite comfortable. 

Cargo space in the 2020 Voyager is also quite plentiful as it has 32.5 cubic feet worth; 87.5 cubic feet with third-row seats folded and 140.5 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. 

Additionally, this minivan includes standard Stow’n Go seats that fold into the floor from the third row. This feature permits owners to make better use of their cargo capacity without the hassle of having to remove the seat.

There is even more storage space throughout the interior which includes the Stow’n Go storage in-floor cargo cubbies in the rear seats, an umbrella holder in the front seat, and even storage bins and drawers to accommodate other small items.

In terms of tech features, both drivers and passengers will enjoy Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system for this vehicle. The system is very user-friendly and responds quickly. 

Performance

Drivers will quickly find that the Voyager gets the job done swiftly and smoothly during commutes. It’s powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine which has 287 horsepower. A standard 9-speed automatic transmission also aids in the efficiency of this vehicle.

This vehicle also provides some of the best gas mileage figures in its segment. The front-wheel-drive models bring out 19 mpg for the city and 28 mpg for the highway. 

Safety

Parents will find great comfort in knowing that the 2020 Voyager has already been esteemed for its ability to keep its occupants safe. In fact, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the minivan an overall safety rating of 5 out of 5 stars, specifical for frontal and side crash test, as well as four stars in the rollover assessment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also honored the vehicle with a good rating in four crash tests.

To add on, the Voyager includes advanced safety features such as a standard rearview camera, as well as optional rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

The overall cherry on top is that Chrysler provides a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Miami Lakes Automall has a great variety of different Chrysler models that range for different needs. Check out all of our Chrysler inventory or visit us today!

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FCA and Waymo Expand Their Alliance As Their Efforts With Autonomous Technology Increase

 

Today (July 22), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and autonomous driving company, Waymo announced that they have made strategic and fundamental steps in the expansion of their thriving partnership.

At this time, Waymo will work mainly with FCA as its endeared partner in crime for the development and testing of class 1-3 light fleet vehicles. At first, the dynamic duo will focus on the incorporation of the Waymo Driver into the Ram ProMaster van, which is a technology platform that allows one access to a wide range of commercial customers on a global scale. This collaboration will make way for FCA and Waymo to take advantage of their particular strengths and capabilities to conclude how to successfully use autonomy to tackle the express needs of commercial customers, especially due to the swift expansion of product delivery services.

Additionally, FCA has chosen the Waymo company as its select, advised partner for L4 autonomous technology across its fleet models. In fact, FCA has already begun to work with Waymo to construct future products for their vehicles, which will be operated by the Waymo Driver.

“Our now four-year partnership with Waymo continues to break new ground. By incorporating the Waymo Driver, the world’s leading self-driving technology, into our Pacifica minivans, we became the only partnership actually deploying fully autonomous technology in the real world, on public roads. With this next step, deepening our relationship with the very best technology partner in this space, we’re turning to the needs of our commercial customers by jointly enabling self-driving for light commercial vehicles, starting with the Ram ProMaster,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. “Adding Waymo’s commitment to partner with us to deploy its L4 fully autonomous technology across our entire product portfolio, our partnership is setting the pace for the safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will help define the automotive world in the years and decades to come.”

 “FCA was our first OEM partner and we’ve come a long way together,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans were the first vehicles in our Waymo One fleet and, guided by the Waymo Driver, have now safely and reliably driven more fully autonomous miles than any other vehicle on the planet. Today, we’re expanding our partnership with FCA with the Waymo Driver as the exclusive L4 autonomy solution for this global automotive company. Together, we’ll introduce the Waymo Driver throughout the FCA brand portfolio, opening up new frontiers for ride-hailing, commercial delivery and personal-use vehicles around the world.”

 In 2016, FCA became Waymo’s first OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partner, ensuingly, the two have stayed pretty close as they worked on fusing the Waymo Driver into FCA vehicles.  Their hard work has proven to pay off, since the creation of a highly-effective L4-equipped Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. This union also resulted in the first commercial autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as the offering of fully driverless service to riders, which made its way driving in several cities from various locations and difficult weather conditions.

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Do you know who else is making headway? Miami Lakes Chrysler of course! Our dealership always has a wide range of Chrysler vehicles, namely all-inclusive Pacifica! Those who are interested in any of our vehicles can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative virtually for further assistance.

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An Overview of Something New: The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica

 

It’s an all-out war in the automobile market when it comes to minivans and SUVs, but the Chrysler Pacifica will be damned if anyone even thinks that they can take its crown, especially after the debut of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica.

As always the Pacifica is tailor-made to accommodate families who value lots of space and ease of access, similar to a compact SUV. The latest Chrysler vehicle can lodge up to eight occupants, and also provides a ride that is stable and comfortable. Furthermore, active safety and driver-assistance features come standard, and all-wheel-drive is optional.

New features include range-dominant Pinnacle trim, revitalized styling, a Fam-Cam interior camera, updated Uconnect 5 with Amazon Alexa, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto, and overall more standard safety features.

Full-Efficient Engines

The gasoline-powered 2021 Pacifica uses an efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine and is paired up with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The newest Chrysler vehicle is one of the most well-regulated minivans, as it saves lots of energy and fuel. Similar to plenty of other new vehicles, the Pacifica includes a stop/start feature that saves energy when the vehicle comes at a stop or other inactive scenarios. However, if one is not fond of this function, they can easily deactivate the system.

However, if one wants to prefers something that is a bit more environmentally friendly, a recommended choice would be the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This drivetrain in particular is accessible on all trims, though without all-wheel-drive. A V6 engine is included and paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), it also has a little extra oomph deriving from two electric motors charged by a lithium-ion battery.

The 2021 Hybrid can roam up to 32 miles on just electric power, all before finally switching to its gasoline engine, having a range of up to 520 miles. With the help of the 240-volt charger or the 120-volt charging cable (already included), it only takes a few hours to charge the battery.

A Stable and Centered Drive

Driving the newest Pacifica will prove to be an exceptionally delightful experience, that is almost serene-like. Although it doesn’t have the fastest powertrain, it still gives quite a decent kick, with another plus being that it rates to tow up to 3,600 pounds.

As great as the lovely as the driving experience for the standard Pacifica prove to be, its Hybrid version has adds a bit more flavor in its performance.  The drivetrain has a much more powerful punch, even when its electric battery is soon set to switch to the gasoline motor.

Simple Exterior Design

The exterior on 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is none too dramatic, but then again it doesn’t have to be, it still has the same class and charm that we know and love it for. The updates that it does have includes a look that is a bit sleeker, a new grille, LED headlights, LED taillights, and LED fog lights. Also included are new styles for the alloy wheels, as well as Fathom Blue as a new point choice.

The base Touring trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, and 18-inch for the Limited trim. The Pinnacle trim, however, gets a couple of extra inches more (20-inches).

Sporty-Like Interior

When a passenger enters the cabin of the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, without warning they are encompassed by the sleek and sexy design that surrounds the cabin. The overall fit and finish of the materials are well above excellence and has a look to it that is very upscale. This high-end look of the interior is further enhanced with overall advanced technology and connectivity features. 

The new ritzy-like minivan can accommodate either seven or eight passengers, depending on whether or not buyers opt for a pair of captain’s chairs or a 3-person bench. The Hybrid already includes second-row captain’s chairs, therefore making a 7-seater by default. 

Drivers will find great comfort in their seats, as well as great viewability. Loyal followers of the Pacifica will find that the Uconnect 5 system has been updated and is compatible with Amazon Alexa, and also comes with a new standard 10.1-inch touchscreen.

Another plus of the interior is the generous cargo space for regular and hybrid versions, starting from 32.3 to 140.5 cubic feet, especially made possible by the Pacifica standard Stow ‘n Go seats.

Standard Features

A Pacifica just isn’t itself without its wide range of features. Starting with the base Touring trim, it comes with a plethora of advanced features, it comes with powered tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, power-sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone automatic climate control and a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.

Optional Features

There a few more gifts and prizes on the Pacifica, as long your willing pay of course…don’t worry though, it’s all worth it. More features on the Pinnacle trim include the self-parking system with a 360-degree camera array, rear-seat entertainment setup, vacuum cleaner, and a 115-volt outlet. These goodies are accessible as options on the lowered trims.

Henceforth, once should consider at the very least opting for the Touring L, since it includes extra standard features like sunshades for the second and third rows, perforated leather upholstery, and heated front seats. It’s also entitled to more options.

For a more appeal to the eye, it doesn’t hurt to consider the Red S Appearance Package for Pacifica Limited vehicle, which adds on plush red leather upholstery.

Miami Lakes Automall

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica likely won’t reach dealership until the Fall of 2020, but in the meantime, Miami Lakes Automall sells plenty of 2020 models that are also family-friendly and has features that are very up to date. Whether you choose to wait for the new model or opt for this year’s Pacifica, chat with one of your online representatives for further information and overall assistance.

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The Chrysler Brand Stays 6 Feet Away As They Collaborate With Actress Kathryn Hahn For Their New Social Campaign

 

The Chrysler company teams up with actress Kathryn Hahn yet again to promote their famous Chrysler Pacifica in a new social video campaign dubbed “Pacifica Mom On Quarantine”. In the video, the well-known comedic actress makes the Chrysler Pacifica her getaway of sorts from her kids and shares with us her inaccurate but somewhat relatable-confessional of her daily life as a mom, specifically while in quarantine. At some point Hahn mentions that she’ll have to wear pants again, to which eventually the commercial ends with the message saying “Ready For What’s Next, Even If You’re Not”.

Obviously, during the pandemic, it might be difficult for some companies to create content of any sort while maintaining a safe distance or creating necessary safety precautions, but as usual, the Chrysler brand had quite a few tricks up its sleeve.

“In a time when social distancing practices have become the new normal, Chrysler brand and Hahn had to take a challenging approach during production of our most recent collaboration,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA. “Given our production’s top priority was to ensure the health and safety of all involved during the one-day production, we filmed entirely on an iPhone equipped with a remote feed inside the Chrysler Pacifica, and Kathryn worked on set with a small crew of two and relied on a tablet inside the vehicle to allow for directional feedback.”

Needless to say, this is quite an impressive and creative solution to create content for the company while still being able to maintain a strong level of safety and security for everyone involved.

Here are some safety precautions shared with us by the FCA:

 

  • Plenty of safety measures at the ready, such as with the crew wearing masks, gloves, disinfecting the equipment and the vehicle.
  • There were only two crew members present at the Los Angeles location with actress Kathyrn Hahn.
  • The technological direction set up small lights and locked the camera, otherwise known as camera framing, and then withdrew from that area at a safe distance when Kathryn arrived onto “set”.
  • The video technician manager collaborated with the Chrysler brand team and their creative agency, in Detroit by a remote feed, utilizing a “virtual chat room” and allowing them to see the takes and provide any necessary direction or feedback. This enabled Hahn to communicate visually and audibly with the team after her takes with a tablet, and also make certain that Hahn, the agency and clients were happy with the takes.
  • The camera was equipped with iPhones and technology for a remote feed.
  • The production occurred at a private residence with occupants staying away from during the duration of the shoot.

 

As you can see, Chrysler still lives up to its reputation by prioritizing the safety of others, especially families. Its prized possession, the Chrysler Pacifica, provides an exceptional amount of usefulness, changeability, technology, and innovative styling to add peace of mind while driving.

The Chrysler company made this campaign in partnership with its creative agency Doner.

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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The 2020 Chrysler 300 Model Proves It’s Still Here To Say With It’s New Chrome Package

 

Chrysler 300 Fancy New Do

Despite what the haters say, the future is looking very promising for the Chrysler 300 model. After being on sale since 2011, idle chat about the company’s current generation’s luxury sedan pushed into the social stratosphere. The topic regarding whether or not its production would come to an end since the demand for SUVs rather than sedans has been going down was repeatedly discussed on troll blog sites. In spite of this, the 300 still isn’t going down without a fight, a (more resourceful) automobile blog site, Mopar Insider recently reported that the company has updated this year’s 300C model with a new chrome appearance package that adds even more razzle-dazzle.

This new package is only accessible for the 2020 Chrysler 300 Touring-L model and adds a platinum chrome grille and chrome trim for the sedan’s wing logo as well as 300″ badges and mirror caps, and chrome 20-inch aluminum wheels.

This new outfit will stand-in for the unaided 20-inch wheel upgrade on Touring-L rear-wheel-drive models, but will not be accessible for AWD versions.

In North America, orders for the Touring-L Chrome Appearance Package are already underway and for the additional price of $995. This cost is added on with the $30,040 base price. Squeezing between the introductory-level Touring and 300S trims, the 300 Touring-L is energized by a 3.6-liter V6 that provides the sedan with a fast-paced 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft to the end wheels with 8-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers have the option to include all-wheel-drive and get an even more spectacular 5.7-liter V8 engine that zooms off at 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque, this is accessible for the 300S and gifted as a standard for the 300C model.

Additionally, Chrysler released a sport appearance package in 2019 for the 300C model, it added some design features from the hypersonic 485 horsepower Chrysler 300 SRT. Without question, this new appearance package proves that this ol’ crooner still has some pep in its step. Last year, Steve Beahm, the previous head of FCA suggested that the company still believed that the 300 sedan had more to offer. “You know, in terms of its (sales) performance, it’s doing great,” he said. “We like where it’s positioned; it provides great value. It’s a lot of car for the money.” So there you have it. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings!

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Without a shout of a doubt, the Chrysler 300 is still a strong player in the automotive market. Based on the overall look, this car might be recommended to drivers who like a bit more of a traditional look and feel, though it can still drive better than a lot of other vehicles in its segment.

It is also recommended to buy this cool cruiser from Miami Lakes Automall. We sell lots of family-friendly Chrysler vehicles, including its Chrysler 300 model and for an incredibly economical price of about $35,000. Visit our online inventory on our Chrysler dealership website and chat with a virtual representative for more assistance.

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Three Ways That The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Smartened Up!

 

The Chrysler Pacifica has quite the reputation as an all-capable minivan, and just when you thought that it reached its peak, three new incredible upgrades have when made thanks to the adding of the Launch Edition. These new improvements provide better handling and infotainment, which proves to be very valuable for families who pretty much live in their car. Here’s Are Three Ways That The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Smartened Up!

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Launch Gives Us AWD

The 2020 Chrysler Launch brings on the most developed all-wheel-drive system in its class, making it the first since 2004. This new additive will be coming to dealerships in the third quarter of this year, but those who are interested can order it now. 

Shoppers who opt for AWD will have far better control of their vehicle because if a driver were to lose traction in his or her wheels, the system will move all of its available engine torque to the wheels that provide the most traction. This type of drive is particularly important in dangerous weather conditions, such as heavy snow or rain. Alternatively, driving on difficult pavements or off-road terrain, even in relatively pleasant driving conditions would benefit greatly from the AWD. As previously stated, although Chrysler made the decision to make the AWD system a tangible choice early, despite the fact that it was likely meant for the 2021 Pacifica model first.

“Reaction was overwhelmingly positive when we announced that the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will offer AWD capability. We know there is demand for AWD capability along with Stow ‘n Go seating, and the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition allows us to get our customers the all-weather capability they want even sooner,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Pacifica offers families solutions and with the 2020 Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, we’re delivering the most advanced system in its class, and one that engages without any driver input, to help owners get where they want to go in any type of weather.”

The AWD System Is Only There When You Need It

Another perk about the AWD system is that its faultless fusing into the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Launch Edition is made to where it can disengage seamlessly when it is not needed. This knack of automatically turning off its system is saved just for the minivan segment. Not only does this ability better the vehicle’s overall effectiveness but it also improves its fuel economy.

Increased Size On Infotainment Screen

A Pacifica simply isn’t a Pacifica without its infotainment features, however, with the 2020 AWD Launch Edition, available specifically on the Pacifica Touring L model, this package comes with the adding of an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, which provides ease for the driver while he or she is using the infotainment. Extra goodies that are also offered include optional packages like Uconnect Navigation, Uconnect Theater, Advanced SafetyTec, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, trailer tow, KeySense, and a premium package. U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Launch Edition goes for about $40,240, not including destination fees.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition is geared with the same system as that of the remolded 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, which be is should be available in the latter part of this year.

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Gets An Extra Pair Of Kicks With It’s New AWD

 

The latest 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is taking the minivan world by storm by providing all-wheel-drive (AWD) superpowers. Soccer moms…and dads everywhere will get to enjoy a more stylish and refined look, as well as a plethora of standard safety features once it finally reaches our dealerships by the fourth quarter of this year. Luckily, those who are anticipating AWD won’t have to wait much longer. Dealerships will now be able to request the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, which is proficient in tackling roads for any season and is fully automatic, as an available feature of this year’s Pacifica.

“Reaction was overwhelmingly positive when we announced that the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will offer AWD capability. We know there is demand for AWD capability along with Stow ‘n Go seating, and the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition allows us to get our customers the all-weather capability they want even sooner,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The Pacifica offers families solutions and with the 2020 Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, we’re delivering the most advanced system in its class, and one that engages without any driver input, to help owners get where they want to go in any type of weather.”

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition, specifically saved for the Touring L trim, is armed with the same AWD that drivers can opt for on the all-new 2021 Pacifica. The Pacifica model is the only car to match-up AWD with class-exclusive Stow’n Go seating, as well as the only car in its segment that has the ability to shift all of the offered torque to the rear wheels or whatever wheels to provide more traction. This system also has great detection and sensory abilities, which will stop the driveshaft from spinning when the AWD is not necessary, promoting effectiveness.

Chrysler’s AWD Launch Edition for 2020 comes in S Appearance, which comes with a Black Noise AWD badge and even a Black Noise Pacifica and Chrysler wing badging, it also rolls on enhanced 18-inch wheels in the new “Foreshadow” finish. The headlamp edges, grille surrounds, rear valance and daylight opening (DLO) are coated with a beautiful Gloss Black color.

The fully-black S Appearance for the interior is improved with McKinley leather seats edged with Light Diesel Grey stitching and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen radio. Brushed metal hydro bezels make for a great addition to interior accents. There are also impressive optional gadgets and packages like Uconnect Navigation, Uconnect Theater, Advanced SafetyTec, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, trailer tow, KeySense and the Premium Group package.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Launch Edition is now accessible for both North American and Canadian dealerships. The U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $40,240, (not including destination fees), and also comes with the AWD Launch Edition package, with an MSRP of 3,095. 

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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2020 Chrysler 300 Highlights

 

Chrysler 300 New Marvels

The Chrysler is often known for its award-winning family-friendly features in its Pacifica minivans, but one shouldn’t overlook its full-size luxury sedan, the Chrysler 300. This particular model has been around through different generations and variants since 2005 and in spite of what previous reports that this ol’ crooner is putting in for its retirement, guess again!

Slowly but surely, Chrysler is still adding on new features, both design-wise and technological. For starters, the company added three new colors for the car’s athletic body, which are Canyon Sunset, Frostbite, and Amethyst. Moreover, our blog reported in March that Chrysler is adding on a Red S Appearance Package, in which owners would be offered new colors, prices, and package options. Notably, the accessories have darkened bits from the Sport Appearance Pack, which even makes way for a truly remarkable Red Radar interior, though of course with an additional cost. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) “the 300 lineup offers segment-exclusive features and advanced technology at the driver’s fingertips.” 

Moving on to the 300’s slew of premier tech features, the large sedan encompasses the highlighting Uconnect 4C infotainment system. It features an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, the largest in the division. It also includes standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay abilities.

Other standard features of this year’s Chrysler 300 model include an 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission, which is available throughout all trims. Shoppers can select all-wheel-drive powertrains supplied with added front-axle disconnect, as well as a V8 engine as an upgrade. This powerful V8 engine boosts 383 horsepower with 394 lb-ft of torque, providing an energetic ride of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, “America’s big and bold sedan” skims out the more capable 5.7-liter HEMI engine that is typically made ready as an optional engine for the 300 from coast to coast, except of course if you’re lucky enough to live in the U.S. However, one shouldn’t fret too much if the HEMI engine isn’t available to them, as the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is standard and very capable with 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Another plus is the unbeatable 19 city/30 highway fuel economy that makes the Chrysler 300 the one to beat!

Here The Latest Features To Look Out For:

  • The Red S Appearance Package, which includes 20-inch Black Noise wheels, a Red insert located on the Chrysler wing badge, and Black Noise exterior badges.
  • A wild mixture of over 80 safety and defense features like Rear Cross Path detection, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist and more.

Other newborn additions in the Chrysler sedan include the SRT Performance Appearance Package. This optional package adds on a performance-aimed front fascia and new side sills for a sexy wicked twist. It also includes LED fog lights for an added cost of $695, which can be offered on the 2019 300C trim. Despite the package being established on other SRT goodies, the 300 lineup will not include the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. With many automotive critics discounting the Chrysler 300, we can see why the company is making great strides to deck out the vehicle’s overall design and capabilities. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if the Chrysler 300 can truly stand the test of time.

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In the meantime, Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling the full-sized 300 hunk for a price of around $40,000, (plus destination fee). We also sell plenty of high-quality cars similar to that of Chrysler’s cherished sedan and always for an affordable price. Those who are interested in any of our models can visit our online new car inventory on our dealership website and chat with an online representative for further assistance.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica’s User-Friendly UConnect 5 System Is The Best Yet

 

For a long time, SUVs and minivans have encompassed a trend of turning their vehicle interior’s into a sort of home away from home, and not just with their chic designs and comforts but their advanced technology. Chrysler is perhaps one of the most notable brands to adopt this trend, particularly in its Pacifica models, and year after year it wins accolades and awards for being a vehicle that is very suitable for families.

Just when it seems like Chrysler has reached its peak, the company introduces its new center infotainment screen on its 2021 Pacifica minivan. Its enhancements show that it intends to evolve with the times, as it has features that are compatible with mobile devices.

Fiat Chrysler statistics state that 51 percent of buyers of new cars specify interior-tech as one of their determinants.  Bearing in mind buyers who are cultured with different types of technology, the number is likely even greater, as 64 percent of rerun buyers claim the interior technology made them want to come back.

Car reviewers and even some automakers frequently make the assumption that when car buyers say that they prioritize interior technology that this means including a lot of gaudy features in the center console with entertainment features and other conveniences, while that can certainly be a plus, what most buyers really mean by value is a system that is user-friendly and not this flashy and complicated system they have to work with while trying to maintain control on the highway. Those who opt for a Chrysler vehicle will have hit the jackpot based on their tech needs since the company’s UConnect system is often favored for its ease of use.

The newest UConnect is 5 times faster than the previous generation. This takes care of the issues of earlier systems, as it would take a few seconds too long after the driver pressed a button, which really doesn’t help the issue of short attention spans during the digital age and can also prove to be very dangerous. For the first time, the system also includes wireless connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Another improvement of the UConnect 5 includes bigger fonts and buttons. As great as it is for automakers to add more features, it becomes more of an inconvenience if they start jamming all of these features in places where they cannot be located easily. Chrysler’s designer made sure that this doesn’t happen for next year’s model by making certain configurations that make buttons easy to spot by drivers, this is especially important since many studies have shown that drivers taking their eyes off the road even for a few seconds can increase the chances of a crash dramatically.

The latest UConnect still has some familiarities that aids in accommodating all of the main features while reducing the number of digital knobs on one screen, like having more than one monitor to work with. Ultimately drivers can simply configure their most practiced functions onto the home screen, as well as other drivers in the household. The new Pacifica will also receive a bigger 10.1-inch, horizontal center screen.

Another first for the new UConnect is the ability for the car to collaborate with Smarthome features in the driver’s house like the thermostat or garage door opener. This system provides even more versatility now that it’s Android-based, which means owners will have possible admission to the largest third-party apps in the world. 

While we are waiting for the 2021 Pacifica to be released, there is still another option. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica provides comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. Miami Lakes Automall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our new online car inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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Fiat Chrysler Gains Another Autonomous Partnership, This Time With Udacity

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a.k.a The Godfather of Minivans, has consented to provide vehicles made particularly for Voyage Auto Inc, an autonomous automobile startup company, whose self-driving or “robotaxis” have been transporting senior citizens around a retirement section in San Jose.

The Voyage tech company that is currently established in Palo Alto, California, is a spinoff from the for-profit online educational organization, Udacity. The company has been making use of the altered Chrysler Pacifica minivans, more specifically that of the Pacifica Hybrid. These new converted variants have been precisely designed for autonomous driving and include new modifications such as redundant braking and steering that are necessary for driverless vehicles.

“Building a self-driving car requires a deep connection between software and hardware, and both pieces need to be considered in tandem,” Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron wrote in a blog about the deal. “This partnership connects Voyage’s self-driving technology with FCA’s deep expertise in building vehicles to launch truly driverless transportation services.”

This partnership is the most recent in a series that the Fiat company has made with autonomous startups like Alphabet Inc’s vehicles from Waymo, which provides custom-made Chrysler Pacifica models. The automaker is also pairing up with Pala Alto-established Aurora Innovation Inc, which is developing autonomous vehicles.

Last month in April, Voyage was granted a permit to shuttle passengers around California in its vehicles, also pairing up with autonomous companies like Aurora Innovation, AutoX Technologies, Cruise Automation, Pony.ai, Zoox and Waymo, which have all been given permission to provide rides around particular areas.

It has been alleged that those who reside in San Jose’s Villages senior community requested rides past its border limits at that particular time. Originally, Voyage started to charge for its shuttle services in the area, but that was before the COVID-19 pandemic came into fruition, and the company was forced to temporarily suspend its services. The company has also tried applying for a transportation charter permit, which is prescribed for limousines, buses and other third-party charters services. 

In total, Voyage has raised roughly $51 million in backing from investors like Franklin Templeton Investments, InMotion Ventures, MS&AD Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and Khosla Ventures.

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It’s currently unknown as to when Udacity or other autonomous shuttle services will be able to provide their business in other and more heavily populated areas, but while you’re waiting on the future, why not look at the present with the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica minivan!

This vehicle has a 3.6-liter V6 engine matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission, it has  287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The base Touring model comes with standard features like power liftgate, power sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The 2020 Pacifica also has plenty of optional features with the Advanced Safety Tech Group being the highlight, as it comes with active safety and driver-assistance features like collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, parallel-parking assist, bird’s-eye rearview camera and more for $995.

The future is already here! Take a spin in this one of kind 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. Simply visit our dealership website, Miami Lakes Chrysler, view our new online inventory and chat with an online representative for further assistance.

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FCA and Chrysler Expand Their Partnership With No Kid Hungry

 

Why FCA Is Expanding Their No Kid Hungry Partnership

Recently in mid-March, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) decided to pay it forward by expanding its union with No Kid Hungry, a national campaign that is dedicated to ending child hunger in America. The FCA’s partnership with the organization would help to provide more than 1 million meals to children who rely on school meals, sometimes as their only means of getting wholesome food.

“There has never been a more important moment to help children and their families,” said Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer of FCA – North America. “FCA and the Chrysler brand are pleased to support No Kid Hungry in its mission to end childhood hunger.”

Slowly but surely the plan is being set in motion to No Kid Hungry’s recipients: schools, food banks and community groups across the nation are being supported with 640,000 meals during temporary school shutdowns, in which FCA’s partnership is instrumental.

Ever since the nationwide closing of schools in the midst of the pandemic, a considerable number of susceptible children are at risk of losing the healthful meals that they rely on, but thankfully, No Kid Hungry has plans on how to go about feeding them. As part of its relief efforts, the organization is giving emergency grants to schools, food banks and community groups nationwide. It will also veer staff and its resources to the communities in which this problem has taken the worst toll.

“We are incredibly grateful to FCA and to the Chrysler brand for stepping up even more so for America’s kids,” said Tom Nelson, President and CEO at Share Our Strength, the organization behind the No Kid Hungry campaign. “This incremental support will help us feed more vulnerable kids who are currently missing the school meals they rely on.”

Along with FCA’s national collaboration with No Kid Hungry, the family-friendly automobile company is working with more than 40 local nonprofit organizations that are also giving meals to children in communities around its primary manufacturing plants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Comparable programs are afoot in Canada and Mexico.

What You Can Do To Help

Additionally, Chrysler supplements these endeavors by working with families by easing their financial burden through Chrysler Pacifica Family Pricing.  Family Pricing eliminates the need for negotiating when buying a vehicle by allowing all customers the same remarkable discount.

If you were already looking for a family-friendly vehicle, a Chrysler Pacifica model is undoubtedly the best one on the market and with the company’s collaboration with No Kid Hungry, there is no time better than right now.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Pacifica Hybrid provide comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. It also comes with advanced tech features like power liftgate, power sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for the Touring and an 8.4-inch touch screen and a digital instrument cluster for the Hybrid.

Miami Lakes Auto Mall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our online inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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Third Times The Charm: The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Earns Good Housekeeping’s Best New Family Car Award

 

Last week Tuesday (April 28), Good Housekeeping in collaboration with Car and Driver announced the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica as the winner of its 2020 Best New Family Car award in the minivan segment. The latest Pacifica was recently presented at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show and along with many of its other accolades and honors, it’s helping to maintain its winning streak as the most award minivan over the past four years. The full list of award winners is already shown in the May 2020 print and online edition of Good Housekeeping.

The Good Housekeeping company partnered up with Car and Driver to access a variety of new vehicles in order to determine the top models, going up into the hundreds. They ultimately picked 15 as best-in-class vehicles. The Pacifica is no stranger to critical acclaim and attention, as it has more than 130 industry awards and honors ever since it was introduced, this most recent honor makes it Pacifica’s third successive honor from the notable women’s magazine. Additionally, Pacifica has won Best New Minivan in 2019, and the year before that, its Hybrid version won for Best New Hybrid for 2018.

As announced in February at the Chicago Auto Show, the newest Pacifica will provide a new AWD system, bringing forth the market’s most reliable minivan that not only has AWD but also Stow ‘n Go seating, which no other car in this segment has. This system provides improved traction in a variety of complex road conditions such as roads covered in snow or choppy surfaces, it also adjusts quickly without much need for driver interaction.

The exterior and interior have gone through a likable nip and tuck, such as with the front grille, headlamps, fog lamps and taillamp that all help to provide a sporty and flavorful look. The new Pacifica also includes most of the standard features that you would find in most new automobiles, with an amazing 97 to count and 14 brand-new ones, like LED lights and Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB).

A new top-tier Pacifica Pinnacle model provides drivers with the most deluxe interior in its segment. A highlighting feature is two new available built-in consoles made to easily drift into the instrument panel. Those who prioritize visual quality on top of practicality will appreciate the Caramel Nappa leather seats which are detailed with quilted seat side bolsters and pierced seat inserts and seatbacks on all three rows. The second-row captain’s chairs include a special set of two movable lumbar comfort pillows, which mirror the overall style of the leather seats and also help to give a splash of class and comfort for non-driving occupants.

It’s quite likely that you won’t find a vehicle that is as technologically savvy as the 2021 Pacifica since it brings in upgrades to the forefront with its latest 10.1-inch touchscreen as a partner of the new Uconnect 5 system, which will be offered in FCA’s North American variant for the first time. The latest touchscreen is the largest standard screen in its class and is roughly 20 percent larger than its predecessor, it also enables processing speeds up to five times faster.

Another highlighting new feature is Pacifica’s FamCAM interior camera, it displays high-definition images and lets the driver keep a close eye on events in the backseat, which of course parents with small children will love. There are also segment-exclusive features that include a split-view display and a fascinating “zoom-to-seat” element.

Moreover, the Pacifica Hybrid pushes out more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. 

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While we are waiting for the new award winner to be released, there is still another option. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica provides comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. Miami Lakes Automall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our new online car inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Adds Kelley Blue Book To Its Long List of Accolades

 

Not to sound too pretentious, but the Chrysler Pacifica is used to living in the limelight, more particularly when it comes to winning accolades and gaining critical acclaim from noteworthy organizations like the automotive website Cars, as well as Motorweek, New York Daily News Autos Team and much more! This year’s Pacifica gets its favoritism from the editors at Kelley Blue Book, a California-based vehicle valuation and automotive research company. More specifically, Chrysler’s 2020 Pacifica Hybrid has been established on KBB’s list of 10 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars Under $40,000, taking second place.

“Running errands around town is a big part of family minivan life, and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid lets you do it without having to use a drop of gas for 32 miles. You can get a full day’s ‘honey-do’ list checked off within that range — and this is the only minivan that offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain,” according to the KBB editors.

Let’s analyze what makes this Chrysler Hybrid so great!

Energetic Performance

Driving the Pacifica is nothing short of heavenly, especially for long road trips. One can easily plug it in overnight in a 120-volt outlet and you’ll get a 26 to 36-mile charge before the minivan switches to its gas power function of the 3.6-liter V6 with 287 horsepower, the switch is so seamless that drivers will never even notice the switch. Additionally, this cool cruiser has a total driving range of 520 miles and only takes 2 hours to recharge.

The ride is easy and very comfortable for any family, it also very suitable for cargo. Power is very sufficient from this engine and its electric power likely contributes to its very natural and quick feel when it comes to its torque. Handling is also very capable and reliable for this vehicle and is without fault on the highway.

Family-Friendly Reputation and Fun Features

It’s worth noting that just a few weeks ago, 2020 Pacifica Hybrid was also named “Best Eco Pick” by PARENTS Magazine due to the abundance of its incredible safety features. This plug-in certainly deserves its credit as it has a wide range of safety features systems, like the 360-degree Surround View Camera in order to help reveal potential dangers or the Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, which also aids in avoiding an accident.

The electric minivan has also been recognized for its fun and entertaining features, such being the user-friendly Uconnect 4 infotainment system that is equipped with an 8.4-inch touch screen. This eye-catching screen allows drivers to oversee the performance of their vehicle as well as scan through his or her driving history and schedule charging.

Other noteworthy features include the availability of Uconnect Theater, which lets rear passengers access their favorite movies and games. Since the system comes with wireless headphones, you won’t have to worry about the noise. Best of all, it also comes with two 10-inch HD touch screens.

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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Is The Chrysler 300 Still Relevant?

 

Should Chrysler’s 300 Model Stay On The Market?

The Chrysler 300 made its first appearance in 2005 and was marketed as a full-size luxury sedan that was known for its economic dominance over its competitors as well as its energetic V8 engine among higher trims. Since 2011, the second generation (LX) is still cruisin’ around but of course with much more impressive updates and improvements in style. 

However, some might stop and wonder if the one and only luxury sedan of the company is still relevant since Chrysler often pushes hard on its minivans more than anything else. Is this vehicle still the one to watch in automotive markets? Let’s find out!

Analysis

Starting off with the highlight of the 300 sedan is its spirited and powerful engine options. The standard engine on most trims is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that gives out 292 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque, it also collaborates with the 8-speed automatic transmission. This engine is very equipped in moving the vehicle through many twists and turns, as it has plenty of torque to work with.

The second engine is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which is standard on the 300 C trim but optional on the 300S. This type of engine is incomparable in its segment, and even provides a bit of nostalgia when American sedans were more prevalent on freeways. On the flip side, the 300’s V8 still keeps it fresh by earning an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway and with a one of a kind acceleration with a roar that shows its dominance. 

Drivers can enjoy even more mechanical zeal with the Hemi’s 363 horsepower with 394 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the Sport Mode transmission is standard on the 300S and 300C and helps to adjust the transmission’s shift.

In terms of its overall look, simply put, the 2020 Chrysler 300 has a very old American feel to it, but not in an outdated kind of way but more of an old money of way. It has a very attractive type of elegance and grace about it that somehow manages to be a bit refreshing. There are also a variety of different exterior color options like Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Ceramic Grey Clear Coat, Gloss Black, Silver Midst Clear Coat, Ocean Blue Metallic Clear Coat, Velvet Red Pearl Coat and Bright White Clear Coat. 

By judging from the outside, shoppers will be surprised to find that the interior isn’t as nearly as conservative as the interior. All of the intricate details inside, and the seats especially have a very premium look and feel to them. There are also a lot of cool and advanced tech features to work with like dual-zone climate control, 8-way-power driver’s seat, keyless entry, dash-mounted analog clock, 6-speaker AM/FM/satellite radio with an 8-inch touch screen, USB input and Bluetooth streaming.

On higher trims, you’ll find more exciting prizes like a rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, leather interior, heated and cooled front seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, navigation, power-operated rear sunshade, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with the Uconnect information and entertainment system.

So What’s The Verdict?

Without a shout of a doubt, the Chrysler 300 is still a strong player in the automotive market. Based on the overall look, this car might be recommended to drivers who like a bit more of a traditional look and feel, though it can still drive better than a lot of other vehicles in its segment.

It is also recommended to buy this cool cruiser from Miami Lakes Automall. We sell lots of family-friendly Chrysler vehicles, including its Chrysler 300 model and for an incredibly economical price of about $35,000. Visit our online inventory on our Chrysler dealership website and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Is Honored With The 2020 Best Family Cars Award By PARENTS Magazine

 

Chrysler Best Family Car Award

The Chrysler Pacifica has quite the reputation for its family-friendly minivans and this month the PARENTS magazine has decided that its time to give credit where credit is due. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been named winner of PARENTS Best Family Cars award for 2020, this acknowledgment is for vehicles that have proven to be safe for families but provide an enjoyable ride. This award is just one of many that the company has received, as it has more than 130 industry awards and commendations, and continues to be the most crowned minivan for four years in a row.

Last week, the entire list of award winners for this year’s Best Family Cars were released and will also be published in the magazine’s May 2020 issue, which hits newsstands April 11. 

2020 award winners were selected based on crash-test ratings, assessed by certified child passenger safety technician, as well as a test drive by an automotive specialist to determine braking, steering, technology features and more. 

Additionally, the Pacifica Hybrid was dubbed “Best Eco Pick”, revealing its standing as the first and only hybrid minivan. The 2020 Hybrid was manufactured at the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and pushes more than 80 miles per gallon which are comparable to 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles in all-electric range.

As previously mentioned, the Pacifica Hybrid has a plethora of features, with more than 100 that are standard like power liftgate, power sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also offers the Uconnect Theater which has two 10-inch touchscreens on the back on the front seats, it allows children to watch and stream videos, and even play built-in games like the humorously named “Are We There Yet”?

How Chrysler Is Helping Families

Chrysler certainly embodies family-oriented in more ways that one. The company is helping to ease the financial burden of families with the Chrysler Pacifica Family Pricing, which eliminates the need for negotiating when buying a vehicle by allowing all customers the same remarkable discount. This deal has already begun from March 19 and has zero-percent financing for 60 months included on every Pacifica model from this year such as the Pacifica Touring and the Pacifica Hybrid Limited. Additionally, for a limited time, no payment for 90 days is optional for gasoline-powered Pacifica models.

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The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Pacifica Hybrid provide comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. It also comes with advanced tech features like power liftgate, power sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for the Touring and an 8.4-inch touch screen and a digital instrument cluster for the Hybrid.

Miami Lakes Automall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our online inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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2020 Chrysler 300 Review: The Engine That Roars

You’d probably never know just by looking at it but the 2020 Chrysler 300 sedan has been around since 2005, the same year the sitcom How I Met Your Mother premiered, American Idol was still relevant, and Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch. Since then Chrysler designers have certainly exerted themselves with impressive updates and intricate style changes in order to keep the full-sized vehicle dominant in its category and it’s safe to say that it works. 

In addition to the fact that Chrysler makes sure that its products are constantly up-to-date, one thing that always provides dominance over its competitors is its economic prices and its famous V8 engine on its higher trims.

Engine and Drive

A standard feature on this year’s Chrysler 300 is the favored 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. This engine produces 292 horsepower on Touring and Limited trims but 300 with the 300S. The V6 is more than equipped to swiftly move through the vehicle through crossroads has plenty of torque to work with (260 lb-ft for Touring and Limited; 264 for 300S).

The company’s 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is standard on the 300C and optional on the 300S. It produces 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque, creating an incredibly dynamic and energetic performance.

Chrysler’s 300 model can be best described as quiet yet powerful. This sedan has plenty of zeal even from the standard V6 engine but the Hemi V8 engine provides an exhilarating acceleration with 363 horsepower with a ride that is leveled and exact thanks to its 8-speed automatic transmission. The Sport mode transmission is standard on the 300S and 300C and helps to adjust the transmission’s shift.

Playing devil’s advocate, some may find the extra amount of thrust and exhaust rumble of the V8 exceptionally appealing but the combination of capability, effectiveness and the overall price with the V-6 engine makes it an absolute must-have, especially with the plethora of optional gadgetry. Additionally, for those who live in an area in which dealing with snow and slippery roads are common, it might be worth investing in the all-wheel-drive. Overall, the performance is phenomenal and can easily outfox a Toyota Avalon or Chevy Impala.

Exterior

The look of the 2020 Chrysler 300 model no doubt embodies the look of American luxury sedans. It has a vibe about it that is a combination of a yacht club and senior executive. It has a unique design that you just can replicate and still continues to emanate attractive refinement.

The Chrysler sedan displays blacked-out characteristics and offers Sport Appearance and Chrome Appearance packages on the introductory 300 Touring model, both of which feature 20-inch wheels. The top Hemi-electrified 300 C model includes Platinum Chrome on its grille and trim. It also includes a great selection of color options like Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Metallic Clear Coat, Ceramic Grey Clear Coat, Gloss Black, Silver Midst Clear Coat, Ocean Blue Metallic Clear Coat, Velvet Red Pearl Coat and Bright White Clear Coat.

Interior and Features

As with most Chrysler models, the 300 provides a roomy and comfortable interior, and anyone who tags along for the ride will enjoy the generous amount of room. This sedan also has a trunk that is 16-cubic-foot, providing more than enough room for all of your luggage and other cargo necessities.

The dashboard and seats have a high-class look to them and there are a lot of advanced gadgets and gizmos to work with such as dual-zone climate control, 8-way-power driver’s seat, keyless entry, dash-mounted analog clock, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a split-folding rear seat and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Cool entertainment features are also included, like with the 6-speaker AM/FM/satellite radio with an 8-inch touch screen, USB input and Bluetooth streaming.

Grander trims include a rearview camera, panoramic sunroof, leather interior, heated and cooled front seats, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, navigation and power-operated rear sunshade. In addition to the 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Chrysler’s user-friendly Uconnect information and entertainment system, all models come with a dapper 7-inch information display between the analog tachometer and speedometer.

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically the Chrysler 300. Those who are interested in any of our models can check out our Chrysler inventory and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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Chrysler Lends A Helping Hand With Its No Kid Hungry Partnership

No Kid Hungry

The Chrysler company is giving back by expanding its union with No Kid Hungry, a national campaign that is dedicated to ending child hunger in America. No Kid Hungry launched 10 years ago in 2010, and since then, it has provided more than 1 billion meals to impoverished children and helps decrease childhood hunger in America by one third. At this moment till the end of the school year, every Chrysler Pacifica that is sold will be another contribution by the popular minivan company towards No Kid Hungry, thus providing hundreds of meals to kids nationwide.

“Chrysler first partnered with No Kid Hungry in 2018 to help in their goal of ending childhood hunger,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “As a brand that is focused on making life easier for families, we at Chrysler want to continue to help those in need and make it easier for families to help others. So with each Pacifica sold, we’ll help No Kid Hungry provide up to 500 meals to kids in need with the goal of providing up to 10 million meals.”

“One in seven kids in America live in families that struggle with hunger. We know a hungry child can’t learn, can’t focus, can’t be who they want to be,” said Tom Nelson, President and CEO, Share Our Strength. “We are so grateful for Chrysler’s support of our work to ensure kids have the food they need to thrive.”

Additionally, Chrysler supplements these endeavors by working with families by easing their financial burden through Chrysler Pacifica Family Pricing.  Family Pricing eliminates the need for negotiating when buying a vehicle by allowing all customers the same remarkable discount. This deal has already begun from March 19 and has zero-percent financing for 60 months included on every Pacifica model from this year such as the Pacifica Touring and the Pacifica Hybrid Limited. Additionally, for a limited time, no payment for 90 days is optional for gasoline-powered Pacifica models.

To add on even further, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit and additional state incentives.

Help Chrysler Give Back

If you were already looking for a family-friendly vehicle, a Chrysler Pacifica model is undoubtedly the best one on the market and with the company’s collaboration with No Kid Hungry, there is no time better than right now.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and 2020 Pacifica Hybrid provide comfort and ease for both drivers and passengers alike. It also comes with advanced tech features like power liftgate, power sliding side doors, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, tri-zone climate control and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for the Touring and an 8.4-inch touch screen and a digital instrument cluster for the Hybrid.

Miami Lakes Auto Mall has a plethora of different Chrysler models to meet and your families needs, feel free to check out our online inventory and chat with an online representative for more assistance.

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The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Is Anything But Limited

Since 1984, the Chrysler Company definitely takes the throne when it comes to making minivans. Though it may not seem possible, the 2020 Pacifica has outdone itself in the lineup of previous Chrysler models, more specifically with the Limited trim.

As expected, the 2020 minivan is very comfortable and easy to drive. The Stow ‘N’ Go seats are an excellent addition and provide ease with removal and storage. 

It may be surprising to some that Chrysler is still able to make models that are relevant since it primarily makes models for more of the soccer mom category. The 2020 Pacifica replaces the Town and Country trim and has been smoothed out, giving the vehicle a profile that is slightly more athletic and fun. Also, here’s a gas-saving plus, the Pacifica now has an available plug-in hybrid.

Chrysler recently announced at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show that it will be implementing all-wheel-drive to the 2021 model. For the time being, this year’s Pacifica is delightful to drive, especially for long road trips. Simply plug it in overnight in a 120-volt outlet and you’ll get a 26 to 36-mile charge before the minivan switches to its gas power function of the 3.6-liter V6 with 287 horsepower, the switch is so seamless that you’ll never even notice the switch. 

It’s also worth noting that once you find a fast-charging station or simply charge with installed outlets (with the 240-volts), a full charge will likely take two to three hours.

The drive is easy, cruise-like and very comfortable for any family and more than suitable for cargo. Power is very sufficient from this engine and its electric power likely contributes to its very natural and quick feel when it comes to its torque. Handling is also very proficient and reliable for this vehicle and is without fault on the highway.

The automatic variable transmission does a fine job of delivering the power to the road and ease with shifts. Just as a tip, during rainy or snowy seasons, take it easy on the accelerator for a couple of seconds if the pavement is wet, as the electric power may come on a bit too strong to handle.

With many hybrids, there is some skepticism as to whether or not the mileage will be up to par. However, according to the EPA, by riding this year’s Hybrid, you’ll get the equivalent of 82 mpg on just electricity alone. Running on gasoline by itself will give you about 30, though, this is highly unlikely, as regenerative braking will continue to restore some power to the van’s batteries to help it start from a stop. 

Beyond the excitement of the plug-in feature, the Limited model is encased in nothing short of elegance and style. It’s so much more than what most would expect from a minivan. The 2020 Limited trim makes room for seven people and has captain’s chairs in the second row as well as armrests on the front seats. Three people can fit in the rear seats and will find that they have an optimal amount of legroom.

For those wanting a little more, bling can attach the S appearance package for $795 that comes with Nappa leather seats, some special badging and black exterior accents like black Stow’n place roof rack, black grille and attractive 18-inch Black Noise painted wheels.

The interior is only more striking with its black leather seats with gray piping and stitching. The same look is carried over to the dashboard with a leather feel and gray stitching. Other trims have gloss black by the exterior sides and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen. Also, Matte silver door inserts are behind matte silver door releases.

Chrysler’s Uconnect4 infotainment system is easy to use and will attach to cellphones, it includes AppleCar Play and Andriod Auto. There’s also a user-friendly navigation system that is implemented. Passengers will also enjoy a year of SiriusXM satellite radio, the 4G hotspot, and Traffic Plus which assists drivers in avoiding challenging routes. 

Standard safety features include blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detection, ParkSense with rear park assist and stop and stability control.

The front seats can be heated and cooled, the second row and the steering wheel can also be heated. Also, the front seats are powered and have power lumbar with the driver’s seat featuring a two-memory function.

A great feature for the kids or really anyone who has to endure the pain of simply sitting down on a long road trip is the two screens that are built onto the headrests on the front seatbacks. There are also seven games built-in and even an actual “Are We There Yet” program that allows kids to know how much further is the next destination. Front-passengers can also control the DVD player that controls the tiny-tots screens.

For an added price of $995, the 2020 Limited Hybrid also adds advanced safety features like a 360-degree surround-view camera, full-speed forward collision warning plus, adaptive cruise control, stop & go, lane departure warning plus, parallel and perpendicular park assist, ParkSense front and rear, along with rain-sensing wipers, advanced brake assist and automatic high beams.

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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Chrysler 300 Ups Its Game With New Package Options

Fiat Chrysler aims to keep its 300 model in the limelight by providing new color, price and package options. Since sales for this Chrysler vehicle have bottomed out at 29,213 U.S. deliveries in the last year, some critics are saying that its time to put the model into retirement. In spite of this, Chrysler is sending a message that there’s still some fight left in the ol’roaster and apparently thinks that its disappointing loss isn’t a good enough reason for the automaker to abolish the age-old tradition of trying to entice a few more customers with new upholstery and different badging styles; both of which will be available for purchase this year, along with the required paint updates.

Chrysler’s sedan also sees price increases nearly widespread. Some will barely notice the difference in most rear-drive trims, while all-wheel-drive models add on an additional $250-370 against last year’s pricing. 

For those looking for the biggest discounts, it may help in trying to find holdovers from the 2019 model year.

It was reported by Mopar Insiders about Chrysler’s new Sport Appearance Package, and since then, it has emerged on the brand’s website for an added $1,495. It includes the black 300S grille, 20×8-inch Black Noise Aluminum Wheels black headlamp bezels, darker badging and some black intensification on the exterior. If you don’t like black, there is a similarly priced chrome appearance package that is the polar opposite.

Furthermore, the 300 model is supposed to get a Red S Appearance Package that accessorizes with all the darkened bits from the Sport Appearance Pack (with a red insert on the Chrysler logo) and makes way for an exceptional Red Radar interior. It has not yet been established on Chrysler’s website yet, which indicates that the company may be saving it for later in the year when the rest of the new paint colors are released.

The color Frostbite, which is already offered on Dodge’s Challenger and Charger, has been included in the 300’s central lineup of colors for this year. It is an attractive, teal Sapphire type of shade, which is available now, but it doesn’t come at a premium. It will be succeeded by colors (later in availability) Amethyst and Canyon Sunset, which both aid in giving the model a paint listing that brings the nostalgia of the late 1990s. Maximum Steel and Ceramic Metallic will both be done away for this year, but you can still get the 300 in Silver Mist and Granite Crystal Metallic. According to Mopar Insiders, the new red interior will be congruent with all paint options with the exception of Frostbite and cost has an added price of $300. 

Surprisingly, the FCA has already shown photos of the new content, so now it’s certain its in the works. If you’re set on getting the Red S Appearance Package you should check with your dealer. The price for the 2020 Chrysler model has a starting price of $29,590, (plus destination fee) with the finest-trimmed 300 C entering at $41,995 (not including options).

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At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically the Chrysler 300. Those who are interested in any of our models can check out our Chrysler inventory and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Shows Off

FCA Showcase

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is known for being a family-friendly vehicle but it’s so much more than that, its advanced technology is also quite a show-stopper, especially when it comes to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

With most car companies, new features first are set to appear on top of the lineup in luxury vehicles but FCA rebelled against that movement by giving growing families the opportunity to use an assortment of gadgets throughout its minivan platform.

FCA previously used the Pacifica to present increased electrification effectiveness as the industry’s first plug-in hybrid minivan, while simultaneously becoming a testing area for self-driving systems with its collaboration with Waymo.

Next year’s Pacifica, expected to release in the second quarter, will be packed with driver-assist technologies and will also serve as the springboard for FCA’s 5th generation Uconnect information platform. It’s really stepped its game up in terms of safety by offering what FCA describes as an “industry-leading” 97 standard features.

FCA’s strong push for innovation in its minivan may stem from a feeling of influence that the automaker feels when it paved the way for other vehicles when it came out with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager in the early ’80s.

“For the last 37 years, we have been innovating in that segment,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA’s head of passenger cars, during a media preview of the Pacifica for last month’s Chicago auto show.

The company has had “116 firsts — 116 innovations — that we came up within that 37 years,” Kuniskis said, “which helped us sell 15 million minivans during that time period. We have a pretty decent idea [of] what this customer is looking for. But also, after selling 15 million, we’ve got a nice tool chest of all kinds of content to help these people make their lives easier.”

The FCA believes that with Pacifica it can draw around 700,000 people who make the switch from cars to utility vehicles last year for the “perception of more safety” that expands in size and capability

“They can make more of that segment because they know that there is not necessarily 20 competitors that they’re competing with,” Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights for Edmunds, told Automotive News. “So if they do a really good job in execution, they could capture a bigger part of the market — and I imagine that the heritage that they have in the segment is also important to them.”

A New Type of  Convenience

Chrysler is certainly responsible for turning minivans into homes on wheels, but over time their particular division has had a regression. Contrary to this, according to Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, their popularity could rebound as the autonomous era takes hold. “The vans are going to get more important as time goes forward and we get more and more interested in autonomous, and [there’s] more and more interest in moving people around in urban areas in comfort [with] potentially less personal car ownership,” Brauer said.

Waymo has equipped hybrid Pacificas with its autonomous-tech and released them in various programs. As an example, in Phoenix, Arizona, Waymo has been operating a shuttle service and also announced delivery programs for AutoNation and UPS.

As for the collaboration with UPS, in January, Waymo said that Pacificas will transport packages from UPS stores in the Phoenix area to a hub in Tempe.

In October, AutoNation revealed a course of action with a Toyota dealership that it runs in Tempe. An employee will be able to request a Pacifica hybrid via an app and send parts to a repair shop in the minivan.

Making Corny Cool

Brauer says that this new phase of autonomous utility will eliminate one of the drawbacks of minivans, which is the image. “The main reason they don’t sell better right now is because a lot of people don’t want to be seen as a minivan person.” said Brauer  “But if someone doesn’t own the vehicle and uses it as a tool, he said, that dynamic disappears. It “doesn’t reflect on my personal coolness factor, if that’s what you want to call it, at all to be seen in a minivan because this is just a functional way to move me around New York City.”

Brauer continued to say that Chrysler is smart to continue to invest in the segment and promote its minivans as cutting-edge vehicles that feature forward-thinking technology because they are probably going to inherit a more important role once the autonomous technology and the autonomous world arrives.

Miami Lakes Automall

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically the Chrysler Pacifica. Those who are interested in any of our models can check out our inventory on our dealership site and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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DUMPED! The FCA Ditches Its 35 Year Romance With The Dodge Caravan For The Chrysler Pacifica

Not that long after Valentine’s Day, FCA is already leaving the Dodge Caravan for another woman…I mean vehicle, specifically the Chrysler Pacifica. The van that is preferred by film crews and penny-pinching suburban moms near and far is now forced into retirement. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently revealed that the production of the Dodge Grand Caravan will come to a standstill in late May, which marks the end of the minivan’s 35-year run.

Sure the Caravan’s feelings might be hurt, but it should have seen it coming, as the Pacifica has all of the latest tech that one could possibly need like safety tech, fresh and modern styling, and an equally exquisite interior. Meanwhile, the Dodge was in a purgatory of sorts while its option packages were sub-par at best and its design was quite outdated.

As the years progressed, the Grand Caravan became a semblance of an old spinster nagging the grandkids to pick something up when they come back from school. When Chrysler finally dug up the Pacifica title for its minivan in 2017, slowly but surely the Caravan faded into obscurity. Not only does the Pacifica have the best tech out there and steller comfort features but its stying much more modern and exciting than the late 2000s “style” that the Dodge van has going on.

This change will also affect production at FCA’s Ontario plant in Windsor, this is the same place that the long-suffering Grand Caravan was built. An FCA spokesperson says that its decision will move the facility from a three-shift staffing structure to a two-shift schedule that is more traditional, which is estimated to affect around 1,500 employees. However, the company is working on placing the laid-off workers in other positions.

For those who are hoping to buy one of the final 2020 Grana Caravans, it won’t be easy. According to Dodge, the new van won’t be available in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington for the remainder of its production run due to emissions regulations. 

Although the Grand Caravan’s best days are behind her, to some its still a classic collector’s item that has some sort of value in its own right. Perhaps in the next 20 years or so, we can include this car on our list of best “vintage” cars from the FCA.

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Those who are interested in the 2021 Pacifica will have to wait for just a bit, as it is not set to be released until the end of this year but don’t fret! Miami Lakes Automall currently has a wide range of different vehicles, especially that of 2020 Pacifica’s that have very similar features to its successor.

Feel free to look at our inventory on our dealership website and speak with an online representative if you have any questions.

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Why The 2021 Pacifica Crushes Its Competitors

 

So many great three-row minivans and so little time. With a plethora of options on the market, its often hard to choose, particularly with that of the upcoming 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, which made its debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, last month. As per usual this year’s Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna thought that they could upstage the Queen and made quite a spectacle, but in the end, this magnificent minivan made both of those lesser vans beg for mercy.

The upcoming Chrysler minivan made use of the opportunity to show off its advanced technology, rear-seat entertainment systems and second-row seating. It has always been a show-stopper since its 2017 debut when it was named Best of 2017 award winner by Cars.com and since then has gained some noteworthy enhancements for next year including new standard features, a new multimedia system and an available all-wheel-drive as well as front and rear styling.

Here are just a few reasons of how the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica stands out among its competition!

Multimedia System

One of the best features of the new Pacifica is its latest Unconnect 5 multimedia system, the newest version of Chrysler’s exciting advanced-tech lineup. The Unconnect 5 is standard in this model and comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen with clear and distinctive graphics, dual phone pairing over Bluetooth, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto. This incredibly modern system runs on technology from Andriod but has a familiar Unconnect version that has been updated and is very user-friendly.

In the meantime, tweedle-dee and tweedle-loser, otherwise known as the Odyssey and Sienna have a smaller 8 inch and 7-inch touchscreen, successively, with interfaces that are less thoughtful. 

 Entertainment Features

Although families often bring their own devices with them on the road, rear-seat entertainment systems are still a valuable as well as an appealing feature for parents of children who are too young to be trusted with a tablet, and luckily automakers have continued to make enhancements to these systems.

The Odyssey and Sienna both offer optional Blue-ray rear-seat entertainment systems that assist in media streaming from Android devices and have screens overhead in the second row. The Odyssey has a 10.2-inch  and 16.4-inch screen display that can show two different programs at the same time. However, the 2021 Pacifica still dominated in this area when it launched the Uconnect Theater, as its two 10-inch touchscreens have similar Bluetooth capabilities and Android-based streaming but also includes built-in games, including new ones like chess.

Comfort and Adaptability

Lastly, the Pacifica is more than optimal when it comes to comfort and versatility. All three vans showed to have second-row captain’s chairs at the auto show but there are still dramatic differences between them. 

The Pacific’s Stow n’ Go bucket seat can fold into the floor when you feel like you don’t need them, therefore eliminating the tedious removal process. All of Pacifica’s chairs and very comfortable and supportive. It also has an interior that has a very stylish, sporty, and I dare say a somewhat futuristic type of feel. 

There are conflicting opinions as to whether or not the Pacifica is the most comfortable vehicle out there but that doesn’t take away from the fact that both of the Sienna and the Honda still look like underdeveloped has-beens on the inside and provides little to no presentation to the eye.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Those who are interested in the 2021 Pacifica will have to wait for just a bit, as it is not set to be released until the end of this year but don’t fret! Miami Lakes Automall currently has a wide range of different vehicles, especially that of 2020 Pacifica’s that have very similar features to its successor.

Feel free to look at our inventory on our dealership website and speak with an online representative if you have any questions.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Shows That Its Hot Stuff In The Windy City

 

Chicago Auto Show Debut

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica made its debut this month at the Chicago Auto Show. The event has been held annually during the month of February for the past 118 years, its also the largest auto show in North America. This year the event was held from February 8th to 17th.

The 2021 Pacifica was added to the minivan lineup. It was the brand’s first all-wheel-drive in the minivan category since 2004 and the only rival to the all-wheel-drive Toyota Sienna. Its also been four years since Chrysler debuted the Pacifica minivan, so it’s better late than ever for this vehicle to get a fresh coat of paint.

In the front of the Pacifica, it has a new fascia with a bigger grille, headlights that are reshaped and air inlets that are more forceful. The back has also been restyled, it has a taillight that is full-width and stretches from each edge. These modifications are minimal but just enough towards keeping the 2021 minivan looking fresh without essentially changing its unique characteristics.

The Pinnacle is positioned as the most exclusive trim of the Pacifica lineup, it includes wood and piano black trim, quilted Nappa leather-upholstered seats which have a pair of lumbar pillows to match in the captain chairs of the second-row, as well as high-tech features like standard automatic emergency brakes and adaptive cruise control.

The powertrain is without a doubt the highlight of it all, as it is composed of a 3.6-liter V6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system activates in the front-wheel-drive for the majority of the time for efficiency, but when it counts, it can send up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels. Additionally, the Pacifica is perfectly calculated and deliberate as it can harness all-wheel-drive before the wheels get too slippery during storms; This is possible due to the monitoring of the temperature, the use of windshield wipers, steepness of the road, among other attributes.

A significant upgrade is the reintroduction of the all-wheel-drive Town and Country. Although the Town and Country was discontinued back in 2004 due to the introduction of Stow’n Go seating, by virtue of some genius engineering, both features will now coincide in the same minivan.

For 2021, the entire lineup for Pacifica will get a minimal redesign, this will include Chrysler’s newest Uconnect 5 infotainment system; It has wireless Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto smartphone integration, Alexa, Tom-Tom navigation as well as a 10.1-inch touchscreen that has a new interface layout.

Another tech-savvy feature includes the FamCAM, a video system that enables the driver or front passenger to over-see second-row passengers, perfect for keeping an eye on the little critters should they get too rowdy. The zoom feature also allows one to monitor infants in the rear-facing seats. Moreover, kids that are slightly older in that row will love the built-in games from the available rear entertainment system.

Why You Should Care

Minivans aren’t known for being the hottest vehicles out there in comparison to that of a sports car, but when it comes to practicality for a large family with a lot of cargo, it’s tough to beat. Besides, the Pacifica’s styling makes it feel more like an incredibly large sedan than a crappy old station wagon and it’s also easier to drive.

Miami Lakes Auto Mall

Those interested in the new 2021 Pacifica will have to wait until the end of this year in order to make a purchase, but don’t fret! Miami Lakes Auto Mall has a plethora of updated Chrysler Pacifica models with different trims and colors to choose from. Visit our online dealership website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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Fiat Chrysler Takes on Robotaxis with Tech Company AutoX

 

AutoX and FSA Partnership

Fiat Chrysler establishes yet another partnership with AutoX, a startup self-driving car technology company. AutoX, which is backed by the multinational conglomerate company Alibaba, plans on rolling out a number of autonomous taxis in China and other countries in Asia.

According to AutoX, a slew of Chrysler Pacifica vans be utilized as part of a service to the public in China early this year. Passengers will be able to make use of a mini-program called WeChat and other apps in China that give them the ability to summon his or her robotaxi to take them to his or her desired destination.

AutoX is currently based in Hong Kong as well as San Jose, California; Public rides were offered in downtown Shenzhen by early 2019. Additionally, AutoX formed a partnership with Shanghai to launch 100 of its robotaxis in order to pilot a number of vehicles there.

According to  Jianxiong Xiao, CEO of AutoX, the next challenge is to remove the safety driver and go truly driverless. “Getting hardware ready is a crucial step towards this goal,” he said. The partnership with FCA will help it get there, according to the company.

“Achieving completely driverless operation needs a very reliable vehicle platform with full redundancy of the vehicle’s drive-by-wire system,” said Xiao. “This level of redundancy is still new and rare in the auto industry. The Chrysler Pacifica platform has proven trustworthy for driverless deployment.”

Sometime this year, AutoX will showcase the Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the CES (Consumer Technology Association). This new autonomous vehicle has state of the art features such as solid-state lidar sensors, a number of high-definition cameras, blind-spot and lidar sensors. It might be safe to say that we’re definitely entering the age of The Jetsons!

Another dynamic feature included in the self-driving Pacifica is a vehicle control unit, the XCU. This technological component powers and integrates the self-driving stack, including lidar and radar sensors, into the vehicle. According to the AutoX, the XCU has faster processing speed and provides for computerized capability, making it more than ideal for tackling tough courses and complicated scenarios as it navigates the city streets of China.

“There are a lot more cars, pedestrians, bikers, scooters, and moving objects on the street, many of which are not following the traffic rules,” COO Zhuo Li said in a statement. “Due to the fast development speeds in China, construction and reconstruction can happen overnight. The streets can look completely different in the morning, afternoon, and at night. This requires our system to process faster and extremely accurate to recognize and track each object to guarantee safety.” 

 

Fun Facts About Autonomous Vehicles

The Idea of Self-Driving Vehicles Isn’t All That New

The concept of relying on autonomous vehicles isn’t exclusive to the digital age. In 1939, at the World’s Fair in New York, General Motors Futurama exhibit included driverless technology. Despite this, autonomous vehicles still had ways to go (and still do).

Self-Driving Features Are Already Present In Modern Cars

Its quite possible that the car you are currently driving already has some self-driving components, specifically through safety features. For example, a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica currently has autonomous features like the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, which automatically accelerates or brakes to keep one’s vehicle at a safe speed behind other cars ahead.

Potentially Save $1000 On Car Insurance

It’s estimated by the insurance company, MetroMile, based off Google’s no-fault history, that the annual car insurance for an autonomous vehicle will only cost $250. Director Jason Foucher adds to this, saying that in a future where all vehicles on the road were fully autonomous, the car manufacturer would likely offer blanket product liability coverage, with the cost of insurance, repairs and warranty included in the purchase or lease price.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

With the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, you also have the opportunity to get a feel of self-driving features such as with Adaptive Cruise Control as well as other safety gadgets like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera and parking sensors. 

Miami Lakes Automall is currently selling the 2020 Pacifica with a price range between about $33,000 to $42,000, (plus destination fee). If you are interested in this particular model, please visit our website to view all of our new and used car inventory or chat with a representative.

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Fiat Chrysler May Get A New Name For The New Year

Towards the end of last year in 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles merged with french auto company PSA Group in order to become a global powerhouse, thus becoming the fourth-largest automaker company with a combined market value of roughly $50 billion. This year, according to Mopar Insiders, Chrysler’s brand is making even more headway by deciding to remove its famous name…well, at least thinking about it. Other brands owned by FSA such as Dodge, Jeep, and Ram have and continued to bring in the most profit for the company, but due to Chrysler’s small lineup its cars don’t always get much traction, so it might not be that surprising for a rebrand of sorts on the name.

Typically when two companies merge, they also agree on a new name as a way to identify themselves as one new organization. For nearly 100 years, Chrysler has gone through several name changes such as the Chrysler Corporation, Chrysler LLC, DaimlerChrysler, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. It’s been reported that with the new merge between FCA and PSA, the two companies have agreed not to use either of their existing names. This marks the first time in Chrysler’s history in which the name may not be used outside of the company’s brand. 

A statement was made by Walter P. Chrysler’s great-grandson, Frank Rhodes to Mopar Insiders about the matter, “It has been a long time coming. That being said, we need to preserve the brand and at least it looks safe for now. Carlos Tavares, CEO PSA, said he would keep all of the brands,” Rhodes said. “Chrysler should expand and go after Lincoln. I did think of a corporate name, PFC Corporation. However, I heard that none of the existing corporate names will be used. The fact is that Tavares has the leading vote, 6-5, and however you slice the cake, he and the French Government are in control. Remember how Chrysler and Mercedes had a ‘merger of equals?'”

Despite the possibility that Chrysler’s name may be no more, this does not mean that the brand itself is going extinct. Merges and partnerships with the FSA haven’t always worked out for the best; On the contrary, this latest deal should aid in speeding up product cycles and have a greater overall structure between these core brands.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

Speaking of reputable names, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited is an absolute must-have for large families who need a lot of space for their luggage and themselves, as it 8 available seats and an unbelievable amount of cargo space.

Standard features include a Uconnect radio system, heated front and rear seats, a tilt steering wheel, Blind Spot Detection, Brake Assist, a navigation system, power moonroof, as well as remote keyless entry.

On optional feature on Limited trims is the Red S Appearance package. It gives the interior a bright and sporty pop of color. It also adds a few embellishments on the exterior by adding a Red S and Black Noise liftgate badges with Velvet Red inserts.

The starting price for the 2020 Pacifica Limited is roughly $42,000 (plus destination fee). It also has a basic 3-year warranty for 36,000 miles as well as a five-year powertrain warranty for 60,000 miles.

For more information, please visit our website Miami Lakes Auto Mall. Representatives are standing by!

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Fiat Chrysler Goes Green-With The Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 24: An electric car is pictured during charging on April 24, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images)

Blockchain network

Tuesday, December 10, 2019,  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles revealed that it has joined the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN), an industry alliance that uses blockchain technology to support ecological, responsible sourcing and production methods from mine to market. 

The RSBN is on course to become operational on a commercial standpoint by the Spring of 2020.

The ability to trace and map raw materials is vital in order to significantly reduce practices that are unethical and threaten the future for the communities in which the raw materials are sourced.

“Our commitment to the responsible procurement of raw materials is vital to the integrity and sustainability of our supply chain, especially as our electrification strategy ramps up,” said Carl Smiley, Chief Purchasing and Supply Chain Officer, FCA. “Embarking on this journey together with technology and industry leaders will propel our ability to have visibility into artisanal and small-scale mines, allowing us to better manage the social and environmental impacts of our business.”

By 2022, the FCA plans on launching more than 30 electrified nameplates. The consortium will aid in having a responsible supply chain of cobalt, which is used in lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. 

RSBN will build an open, industry-wide blockchain platform to trace minerals in a responsible manner from its source. The RCS Global assesses each participating entity responsible for sourcing requirements set by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and industry bodies. Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group, Volvo, LG Chem and Huayou Cobalt are participants in the RSBN.

“We are hugely excited that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of the world’s leading auto manufacturers, has joined the RSBN. With this move, FCA signals its intent to robustly address the issue of responsible sourcing in its supply chain and we look forward to working with them to achieve this,” said Dr. Nicholas Garrett, CEO, RCS Global Group. “The RSBN is expanding rapidly, connecting actors throughout the battery supply chain and beyond, all of whom have a focus on proving good practice in responsible sourcing and production.”

United Nations and OCED 5 Step Framework

To add on, efforts to become more sustainable align with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to tackle global issues, specifically those dealing with poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

The OECD 5-Step Framework for Upstream and Downstream Supply Chains is also used and taught to suppliers. This framework gives a common and foundational tool in order to aid in solidifying responsible sourcing practices and decisions made throughout the supply chain. Suppliers and their sub-suppliers are required by Chrysler to abide by applicable global laws and regulations.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Speaking of Eco-friendly, Chrysler has an ecological vehicle that is both family-friendly and inexpensive, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. This plug-in hybrid goes has 33 miles of range paired with a standard V6 engine. It also has advanced safety features such as the blind-spot monitoring for its base models and many more for its advanced models.

This 2019 model has six trims. The L base includes a version of Chrysler’s Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

All models come with the SafetyTec Group. This includes blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The LX adds features like tri-zone climate control, touring suspension, automatic headlights, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.

For more information on these models visit Miami Lakes Automall. Representatives are standing by!

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MLAM Fiat Chrysler Makes Merging Moves With French Automaker

Fiat Chrysler’s Big Move

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is moving forward with its merger with French auto company PSA Group. According to an internal document detailed by the Wall Street Journal, about 50 people are working to finalize a 50/50 deal.

Despite dealing with a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by competitor General Motors, the FCA and PSA Group (which makes Peugeot) are still continuing with the merger.

In a joint statement, the boards of Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot, and PSA agreed towards a binding agreement in the coming weeks. The reason behind this is that the agreement would create the fourth-largest automaker with a combined market value of about $50 billion.

This merge would create a regional force to be reckoned with, challenging Volkswagen AG. The collaboration would bring together the Italian billionaire Agnelli family and the French Peugeot family as the act of merging sweeps through an industry trying to finance major transformation.

Last week in a message obtained by The Journal, FCA and PSA Group informed their employees that the two sides were working toward a  memorandum of understanding. The message defined a memorandum of understanding as “the formal document that signals the willingness of both companies to work together to create a 50/50 merger.”

Doug Ostermann, FCA executive, and Oliver Bourges, PSA executive are leading the respective negotiating teams. The deal is expected to be settled by the end of 2020.

According to The Journal, a daily newspaper in West Virginia, Unions representing PSA employees have signaled support for the deal.

Current Obstacles

Saturday, The United Auto Workers and FCA reached an unsettled agreement on a new four-year contract, which includes a total of $9 billion in investments but still needs final consent from workers.

Due to a matter which started at FCA, involving bribery and embezzlement, an ongoing investigation might leave the merge somewhat affected. Many workers at the company have become quite cynical due to the union’s leadership since the scandal became public in 2017.

Union President Gary Jones, whose home was raided by federal agents, resigned in November, leaving Vice President Roby Gamble in charge.

According to a union spokesperson, on a unanimous decision, Gamble was confirmed by the UAW’s International Executive Board. Prior to this, Gamble spent 12 years as regional director at the union before being elected to vice president. Additionally, he was commissioned to lead the union’s Ford Department just last year. 

Upon recent weeks, Gamble has vowed to move swiftly in order to restore credibility to the union, which represents more than 400,000 members. He plans on doing this by implementing ethics and other reforms. “It was an honor to complete my career and serve the members in this great union,” said Gamble. He also made reference to the difficult circumstances that led to his appointment.

It worth noting that Jones has not been charged.

A Brighter Perspective

On a lighter note, Miami Lakes Automall currently has some deals on Chrylser vehicles, more specifically the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus. Its priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! It comes in a Steel Metallic color and is a 9-Speed 948TE Automatic. It’s a 4D passenger van that’s perfect for a family. Feel free to contact our team for availability and specials!

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Chrysler Pacifica Wins Big as Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award Recipient

Best Buy Award and Winning Streak

For the fourth year in a row, the Chrysler Pacific proves to be the reigning champ once again at the Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards, specifically in the Minivan category. 

Winners are selected by Consumer Guide editors by analyzing and extensively testing all major models available in the U.S.

“As the winner of the Best Buy crown for the fourth year in a row, the Pacifica offers class-leading horsepower and fuel economy, excellent road manners and ride quality, and an unmatched array of family-friendly features … all wrapped up in a stylish package,” said Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive. 

Since 2016, the Chrysler Pacifica is the most awarded minivan and has more than 125 industry accolades. With its fourth consecutive winning streak, the minivan has won the Consumer Guide Best Buy award each year its segment.

According to Consumer Guide Automotive, objective ratings are not the determining factor for a vehicle to become a Best Buy winner. 

New Pacifica

The 2020 new Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition interior has a burst of color and freshness. There are premium Nappa leather two-toned seats in Rodeo Red, only in the deluxe Red S interior, it’s also highlighted in Light Diesel Grey stitching and piping, with an “S” logo on the seatbacks.

Additionally, the instrument panel and door trim are embellished by the Silver Metal Brush hydro bezels.

The exterior includes a Red S liftgate badge and Black Noise Chrysler wing badges with Velvet Red inserts. The Pacifica Red S Edition drives on 20-inch wheels and 18-inch wheels on the Pacifica Hybrid with a Black Noise finish. The package includes standard Advanced SafetyTec, which features more than 100 safety and security features, 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio and KeySense.

Moreover, the Red S Edition will have a range of six exterior color options, such as Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat and Maximum Steel Clear Coat. A new color option includes the new 2020 Ceramic Grey Clear Coat. 

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring is an ideal car to have. It’s great for large families, as it has eight seats and also has plenty of cargo space.

Standard features include the Uconnect infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Andriod Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a six-speaker stereo. 

Features on the safety side include the Hill Start Assist, ParkSense Front and Standard RearPark Assist, as well as the Blind–Spot and Rear Cross–Path Detection.

The starting price for the 2020 Pacifica Touring is roughly $35,000-$40,000 (plus destination fee). It also has a five-year powertrain warranty for 60,000 miles.

For more information, please visit Miami Lakes Auto Mall. Representatives are standing by!

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Tesla May Supply Fiat-Chrysler EVs with Batteries and Drivetrains

Eventually, Fiat Chrysler might get a valuable lifeline for their vehicles that are not electric as of yet. FCA CEO Mike Manley has mentioned that Tesla could very well provide batteries and drivetrains for Fiat-Chrysler electric cars that are coming in the future. The development and rollout of the plan are taken longer than expected, but there is progress on both sides. 

The comment was made by Manley after the release of FCA’s earnings spot, which happened on October 31, 2019. Just how much is on the table when it comes to the pooling deal? The CEO declined to answer. 

However, Manley did respond to a follow-up question on whether Fiat-Chrysler will be open to purchasing an all-electric platform from Tesla. The CEO answered that it could happen if FCA’s merger with the PSA Group goes through. For that to happen, Chrysler would need a valuable ally that is knowledgeable on all things electric vehicle technology. 

“It would be wrong of me to say no,” said Manley. Manley also discussed adding that drivetrains and batteries are most likely what FCA will be purchasing from Tesla. The CEO also mentioned that there’s a big possibility that the company is buying a “skateboard” platform from Tesla, which it would then use for its various brands.

This isn’t the first time that the idea of Tesla acting as a supplier for veteran automakers happened. They have engaged in other activities in the past during their early days. The then-small EV startup supplied Toyota with powertrains, which resulted in them being significant investors in the company.

While Manley addressed the point, he also added that Fiat-Chrysler’s pooling deal with Tesla would end in 2021. Manley also stated that the company’s main priority is still sustainability. “Our relationship with Tesla goes back a long way. It really has helped us. But FCA is absolutely committed to reducing CO2 emissions around the world,” said Manley. 

The idea of Tesla working with other suppliers was mentioned in the company’s recently-held Q3 2019 earnings. Elon Musk, CEO seemed optimistic about the idea of Tesla selling its components to other OEMs. When addressing the topic, Musk stated that such initiatives are in line with the electric car marker’s mission.

“It would be consistent with the mission of Tesla to help other car companies with electric vehicles on the battery and powertrain front, possibly on other fronts. So it’s something we’re open to. As a lot of people know, we open-sourced our patents so that those would not serve as an obstacle to the adoption of electric vehicles or solar power or stationary storage. And we’re definitely open to supplying batteries and powertrains and perhaps other things to other car companies,” he said.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram at Miami Lakes Automall

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Overview: Tech, Specs, and Prices

For prominent families, crossover and SUV vehicles are all the rage at the moment. When it comes to kid- and cargo-hauling, the minivan is what people think of. That’s where the Chrysler Pacifica comes in. 

The Chrysler Pacifica is known as one of the best vans available at the moment in the United States today, and the reason is valid. It comes from a trusted automaker. Chrysler invented the minivan segment in the 1980s, so they have credibility.         

The Pacifica entered the scene a few years ago, and it replaced Chrylser’s well-known and liked Town & Country minivan. The Town and Country had a 27-year run until the Pacifica replaced it in 2017. Pacifica added the plug-in hybrid model in 2018, and it offers improved fuel efficiency.  

Chrysler Pacifica Powertrain

The Chrysler Pacifica is offered in non-hybrid and hybrid options. The non-hybrid Pacifica comes with Chrysler’s  3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine. The V6 engine produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and the power that it generates is sent to the front wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. 

The fuel economy for the Pacifica is an EPA estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The Pacifica Hybrid uses an Atkinson-cycle version of the Pentastar V6 engine and has a 16-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery. Chrysler states that the Hybrid has a total system output of 260 hp.  

Where the Pacifica Hybrid outshines is in its fuel economy. EPA states that the Hybrid’s miles per gallon are of similar rating to the 82 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent). The Pacifica will travel about 32 miles under electric power alone.  

Interior

The Chrysler Pacifica can seat up to seven or eight passengers, depending on the trim. What is the standard set up for the Pacifica? It consists of two captain’s chairs in the second row and a three-across bench in the third row; as an option, there is the eight-passenger seat, and it can replace the mentioned captain’s chairs with a full bench seat. 

The Pacifica has the Stow N’ Go seating, which is an innovative feature that Chrysler invented. The second and third-row seats on the Pacifica can be folded into the floor, allowing for a completely flat cargo area. The under-floor area can be used as additional storage when the seats are up. Due to the battery location in the hybrid, second-row Stow N’ Go is not available.

Technology

The Pacifica Touring and Pacifica Touring L come with a 7-inch multimedia display. The multimedia display runs the Uconnect infotainment software. The standard media on the vehicle comes with Bluetooth compatibility, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration. 

All of the Pacificas, including Hybrid models, come with a larger 8.4 touchscreen display as an option. The more robust Uconnect package adds HD Radio, and it can be had with the embedded navigation.

For 2020 the Pacifica is offering two entertainment options to the rear-seat riders. The Uconnect theater setup has a pair of seat-mounted touchscreens that allow for viewing DVDs. If it’s a more straightforward setup that buyers are going after than they’ll be to get a single, overhead DVD player.    

Standard, on the safety tech side, is the blind-spot monitoring, rear-view camera, and rear parking sensors. Several driver-assistance features are available as options, as well. Features are forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera. 

Pricing

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica starts at 33,745 (plus destination fee). The Pacifica Hybrid comes in at 39,995 (plus destination fee). Here’s a full pricing rundown; all prices don’t include the destination charge.

  • Pacifica Touring: $33,745
  • Pacifica Touring L: $36,745
  • Pacifica Touring L Plus: $39,745
  • Pacifica Hybrid Touring: $39,995
  • Pacifica Hybrid Touring L: $42,295
  • Pacifica Limited: $44,695
  • Pacifica Hybrid Limited: $45,845

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall

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2020 Chrysler 300 Is Here for Another Model Year

The Chrysler 300 debuted in 2005, and it rocked the sedan market to the core. Back then, most sedans were known for having front-wheel-drive and smaller engine displacement. But Chrysler 300 broke that norm by driving its rear wheels with its available big V8 engine. 

Many years later and the Chrysler 300 is still turning heads. Not much has changed since the 2019 model. However, the 2020 model is offering three new exterior colors, and there’s a new option of a Red S Appearance Package on the 300S. The Red S Appearance Package adds 20-inch black wheels and red and black exterior accents.       

The standard engine on most of the Chrysler 300 the trim levels- (Touring, Touring L, S, and Limited), is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which makes 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft of torque. It gets a slight boost, up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft on the 300S. Every trim uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and the V6 models have the option of an all-wheel-drive. 

Standard on the 300C (and an option on the S) is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which produces 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft. of torque. The 300C has an eight-speed automatic. The 2019 Chrysler 300 is an excellent choice for those who want to prioritize size, power, comfort, and luxury for a less-than-luxury price in their full-size sedans.

These engines have been in the FCA family for a very long time, and the reasoning behind it is not a mystery; they are both very good powerplants. The V6’s “Pentastar” name is the company name with its historic five-pointed star logo. The V8 “Hemi” has the hemispherical shape of the combustion chambers. 

The V6 engine is enough for most drivers. Despite its size, the Pentastar on the 300 gets the vehicle moving with its strong and linear acceleration. The 300S, among the V6-powered trims, includes paddle shifters to be able to shift the gears up and down the gears manually. 

The 300S adds a performance-tuned suspension, along with the 20-inch wheels. The steering is responsive, and it’s smooth to drive. When driving around sharper curves, the car doesn’t feel as bulky, which is a plus.     

The cabin on the Chrysler 300 is roomy, allowing for passengers to feel comfortable in the rear-seats. The 300S adds LED foglights, and a sport-tuned suspension (RWD only). The Limited adds these plus an auto-dimming driver-side mirror. 

The climate controls can be handled with the big dials and buttons, and the Uconnect infotainment system has an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which is still known as one of the best methods in the industry. Standard is the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and there’s also optional satellite radio. Depending on the trim level, adaptive cruise control, a dual-pane sunroof, heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats are standard types of equipment.

In summary, the 2019 Chrysler 300 has a history of being known for its good looks, overall performance, and attractive entry prices. You can search the inventory of Chrysler’s at Miami Lakes Automall

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Upcoming Changes to the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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The Chrysler Pacifica will see some significant changes for 2020. Chrysler is lowering the trim models, and the lower-priced L, LX, and Touring Plus have been removed from the lineup. There is a new Red S Edition package for the Limited trim. As for the price, it changes by the trims. 

On the gas trims, the base price was lowered by $50 on the Touring L, on Touring L Plus is $100, and on the Limited is $250 on the Limited. On the Pacifica Hybrid, the base price was decreased by $250 on the Touring trims, $150 on the Touring L, and the Limited is reduced by $50. However, the destination charge stays unchanged.    

The base trim is now the Touring, and it has the same price as last year’s Touring Plus (starting price of $34,990 plus destination fee). Last year, the Pacifica L was the more affordable trim at $28,730. So how does the increase benefit new buyers? 

The new pricing provides a separation from the similar Dodge Grand Caravan, which is aimed for minivan shoppers who are on a budget. For 2020, the gas trims come in Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited trim levels. The Pacifica Hybrid comes in the Touring, Touring L and Limited trim levels. 

Chrysler is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its minivan in 2019. Chrysler keeps the party going while continuing to offer the anniversary editions of the gas and hybrid versions. The new Red S Edition package offers a lot as well. 

The new Red S Edition package has the Advanced SafetyTec Group, red leather seats, red exterior badges, a programmable key for teen drivers, and a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Red S Edition also has 20-inch wheels on the gas Pacifica Limited, and the hybrid version comes with 18-inch wheels. As for the gas version, the Red S Edition package is a $3,995 upcharge. The pricing for the hybrid hasn’t been announced yet.   

For 2020 there is also a dual-pane panoramic moonroof available on the gas trim which offers eight-passenger seating. The Pacifica will still come with front-wheel drive and a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The Pacifica Hybrid plug-in has a continuously variable automatic transmission with a lithium-ion battery and a 32-mile electric-only range on the gas models that utilize a nine-speed automatic transmission.   

For the gas trims, the vehicle seats seven passengers, it also has Stow ‘n Go feature for the second and third rows. The hybrid vehicle seats seven passengers as well, but it doesn’t come with second-row Stow ‘n Go due to the fact that the hybrid batteries take up space on the floor.

The Pacifica also has an easy-to-use Uconnect multimedia system. The Pacifica minivan is the only available fuel-saving hybrid in the minivan market and a compelling, family-friendly vehicle that offers plenty of versatility.  

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall

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The Streets of Los Angeles Are the Learning Ground for the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica

Waymo, formally known as Google’s self-driving car project, is leaving its comfort home of Phoenix for the busy streets of Los Angeles. Waymo has had a relationship with the Chrysler Pacifica for some time now so it wasn’t unusual to see the combination roaming LA’s streets. Waymo doesn’t want to compete with the Los Angeles traffic; they want their vehicles to know how to operate the city.    

This news came from Waymo’s official Twitter account as they explained how three of the vehicles have started driving crazily around the streets of Los Angeles. They are exploring how the technology will fit in the city’s sizeable transportation environment. The vehicle is stocked with autonomous technology, but the system can also switch entirely to a human who can drive 100% of the time. 

The Waymo Pacifica vehicles that are on the street need to imagine a clear image of how the streets of Los Angeles look. Forbes has discovered that the Waymo vehicles need to memorize the location of the manholes, how long the crosswalks are, and how high the curbs are as well. There are still kinks to work through with these self-driving vehicles.  

Waymo isn’t afraid of new challenges. They welcome them as they know that one day, they’ll be able to remove human drivers and have the Waymo vehicles in place of them. The L.A. traffic is very different from Waymo’s first city of Phoenix, as Phoenix was the first and only pay-to-ride shuttle service. 

Aside from the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles is known for having some of the worst traffic in the United States. With Waymo’s test-drive happening in Los Angeles, it’ll be a new perspective on how the vehicle can run in certain situations and environments from what is used to in Phoenix. The more cities Waymo has under their belts for test-driving the better.     

Chrysler Pacifica Standard Features:

The Chrysler Pacifica 2019 has six trims available. It comes in the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited. All of the trims can be purchased with a V6 engine and a front-wheel-drive. 

The Uconnect touch-screen that’s on the infotainment on the Chrysler Pacifica comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All of the Pacificas have SafetyTec Grough, which includes blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors. The LX has tri-zone climate control, touring suspension, and automatic headlights.

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When It Comes to the Plug-In Economy, the Chrysler Pacifica Stands Out

Chrysler Pacifica and the Pacifica hybrid are sharing its showroom with one other vehicle, and that’s the 300 sedan. However, Chrysler is looking to the future with a new entry (sort of) for 2020. Let’s look at the Hybrid Pacifica.   

The Hybrid Pacifica comes with popular standard features and technology such as keyless entry, remote engine start, and a power liftgate. It has an upscale interior (such as having Pacifica’s controls arranged in a logical manner and are quite easy to get used to) and superb fuel economy. The all-gas Pacifica and hybrid plug-in version debuted in the 2017 model year. The Pacifica hasT had subsequent updates, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with a spiffy S blackout appearance package that is getting a new twist for 2020.   

The base Pacifica starts at $27,235 (plus destination fee). The Pacifica Hybrid is priced at $40,245 (plus destination fee). The base pricing is close to the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona and a little less than the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. 

Closest in comparison to the Pacifica is the Honda Odyssey as the toughest competitor. However, since there is no hybrid option, there is nothing that comes close to the Pacifica Hybrid’s fuel efficiency. The all-electric range is 33 miles with an 82-mile per gallon equivalent estimate in city/highway combination, which is rated at 30 in gas-electric driving. 

Chrysler’s 35th Anniversary Pacifica Hybrid Edition comes available with an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and new badging. There is the S Appearance package that comes with blacked-out exterior and interior themes which is also available. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t have any changes for 2019 but it still has a lot to offer.  

Added to the hybrid price are the standards such as the 8.4-inch touchscreen and three-zone climate control help. There is also the lane-keeping and other advanced features that are reserved for the top-line Hybrid Limited such as automatic parking (which is an option), a hands-free liftgate, a remote engine start, and an adjustable steering wheel. The rear entertainment system has two screens and wireless headphones are an option on the Touring trims and standard on the Limited trims.  

The Pacifica Hybrid has a quick response with its two electric motors and 3.6-liter V6. The total horsepower checks in at 260. The ride on the Pacifica Hybrid is quiet and smooth and the second row has ample legroom as well.

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Chrysler 300 Wins the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle for the Second Year In A Row

Chrysler 300 has won for the second year for the Large Car category in the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. The Chrysler 300 is sleek, has tech-advanced technology and smooth performance. It’s an impressive feat to be on a list two years in a row.  

“AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on scores developed using results from the automotive research and consulting firm’s New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey. More than 50,000 respondents rated 14 vehicle attributes based on their desire for change. Those vehicles whose owners want the least change rank highest in their class for the Ideal Vehicle Award,” according to FCA. 

The vehicle has a fuel efficiency of 30 mpg on the highway, so it’ll be a breeze to drive and not have to worry about continually refilling. While driving, drivers will be able to use advanced connectivity such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which keeps drivers and passengers connected while on the road. The praised and user-friendly 8.4-inch touch screen of the Uconnect 4C infotainment screen is the most massive screen available in its class.    

For 2019, there are five trims available on the 2019 Chrysler 300. There is the Touring, the Touring L, 300S, the Limited, and the 300C. It is powered with a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine which is paired with a TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission generating 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, according to News Reel.

There is an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, which boosts the horsepower to 363, and the torque goes up 394 lb-ft. For the 2020 Chrysler 300, it offers the same powertrain options and over 80 safety and security features and technologies. The 2020 Chrysler 300 is also available in the Red S Appearance Package. 

Another award that the 2019 Chrysler 300 has won is the J.D. Power Award. Based on a 100-Point Scoring system, the scoring is weighed on thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners. The scores regard the vehicle’s performance, quality, dependability, depreciation, and the experience at the dealership. 

Entertainment:

The 300 has a standard Uconnect infotainment system which has an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It also has a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. The Uconnect infotainment is intuitive and responsive which makes it easy for anyone to use.   

Safety Features: 

There is a standard rearview camera in the Chrysler 300. Also available are driver assistance features that include blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Also included are the forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. 

You can search the inventory of Chryslers 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 to Autotrader Best Electric Vehicles of 2019 List

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited still continues to electrify in the automotive industry. Autotrader states that the Pacifica plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — which is the first and only electrified minivan out there — is one of the 12 Best Electric Vehicles in 2019. This newest recognition takes the Pacifica’s overall award count over 120, further solidifying it as the most awarded minivan since 2016, according to yahoo finance.

The editors at Autotrader, created the inaugural 12 Best Electric Vehicles list to assist its customers looking to purchase the growing field of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and PHEVs. Editors considered a variety of essential bases, such as the maximum range, the electric-only range (for the PHEVs vehicles), driveability, price, and value, which helps determine their “best of” list. The categories were scored on a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 being the high score and each vehicle included in the list earned at least a combined average rating of at least 3.8 out of a possible 5.

“This is our first annual list of the best EVs, and we expect the cars on this list to change dramatically over the years,” said executive editor at Autotrader, Brian Moody. “That being said, the Chrysler Pacifica is really in a league of its own – there simply aren’t any other minivans that offer the plug-in flexibility of the Pacifica Hybrid. Around town, the Pacifica Hybrid can run on just electricity, making it both quick and quiet. However, the hybrid powertrain means it’s good for long trips too – all the while providing the comfort of a luxurious minivan.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid provides a maximum of 82 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the electric-only mode, a total span of more than 500 miles and an all-electric range of 32 miles. The segment’s first hybrid vehicle features an FCA US-designed, an innovative dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission (EVT) and it’s coupled with a specially adjusted model of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine. The Pacifica Hybrid was designed to offer a seamless driving experience in mind, with no need for the driver to select between hybrid and electric modes.

The Pacifica Hybrid was ranked among the top five best-selling PHEVs in the industry, it’s equipped with a regenerative braking system that redirects the kinetic energy and it’s used to stop the brakes into energy, and it’s also used to charge the vehicle’s battery. The Pacifica Hybrid may be fully recharged, using the 6.6-kWh on-board charger, in two hours while using a 240-volt (Level 2) charger, and the charger is available from Mopar through dealers.

About the Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have reinvented the minivan segment with its unprecedented level of technology, functionality, bold-styling, versatility, and technology. The vehicles are re-engineered from the ground up; the Pacifica also delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains in the minivan segment. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this vehicle a step further with its advanced and innovative hybrid powertrain. 

It’s the only electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode; the vehicles come with an all-electric range that delivers over 30 miles with a total range of over 500 miles, according to media.fcanorthamerica.com. The vehicle comes with over 100 available safety and security features; there’s also the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, the available 4G Wifi and a full array of available technologies and comfort. The Chrysler Pacifica has earned the spot as the most awarded minivan, with both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, as they serve as a no-compromise minivan which is ideally suited for today’s families.

About Autotrader

Autotrader is one of the most visited third-party car shopping sites, with the most engaging audiences of in-market shoppers. It’s the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights with experts online, as well as mobile marketing. Autotrader makes car shopping easy for today’s empowered consumer that is looking to find or sell a new, used or certified pre-owned car. 

Using local market guidance, technology, and shopper insights, Autotrader’s comprehensive marketing solutions guide dealers to personalized digital marketing strategies that grow the brand. It also ties the traffic while also connecting the online and in-store shopping experience. 

You can search the 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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Chrysler Has Begun Testing for Vehicle-to-Grid Tech

Test vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is being set up by Fiat Chrysler as an experimental fleet for up to 700 electric cars. V2G allows for the power grids to use the energy that’s stored in the car batteries to face its driving demand during its peak hours. FCA is taking the first steps towards the electric mobility as the Italian-American carmaker is moving on from its $35 billion bid to merge with France’s Renault, a pioneer in electric vehicles, which they had previously failed at. 

On Thursday, FCA signed an agreement with Italy’s national grid operator Terna so both companies can jointly test a technology that enables electric vehicles to interact with the grid, through the charging infrastructure. The project will include a feasibility study to launch an experimental demonstration fleet of cars connected to the grid via V2G support. It is set to be built in FCA’s Mirafioni plant in Turin, the two companies said in a statement.

“We’ll start with the electric Cinquecento (Fiat car model),” said FCA’s chief operating officer for the EMEA region, Pietro Gorlier. “The project will kick off in the coming months; we plan to reach 600-700 test vehicles by 2020-21”. They will start manufacturing a full-electric version of its Cinquecento mini car in Mirafiori by the second half of 2020.

The Hybrid, plug-in versions of the Renegade and Jeep Compass and Renegade, the new plug-in Alfa Romeo compact SUV, a mild-hybrid Panda small car and the Tonale, were also expected in 2020. The final assembly for the Waymo’s self-driving car project by Google will be in Detroit. Once known as Google’s self-driving car project, it is now one of the foremost leaders in pushing to develop the autonomous vehicle, Waymo was previously scouting locations in the southeast Michigan area. But they hadn’t named a specific city, until now.

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, revealed that Detroit was the choice the company decided on. “Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve found the perfect facility in Detroit. We will partner with American Axle & Manufacturing to repurpose an existing facility, bringing a workforce back to an area where jobs in the automotive industry were recently lost,” according to the blog post.

The new building is said to create over 100 jobs and it could go up to 400 jobs in the area and it will have an investment of $13.6 million. Waymo requested an $8 million grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. Waymo will use a facility that already exists on the American Axle and Manufacturing campus on Holbrooke where American Axle has its headquarters, which is namedTechnology Development Center and the Detroit Business.

The location was being used as a sequencing center for the local parts suppliers, and the company stated that American Axle recently moved back into the facility where the business operations in the central portion of the building were. Chris Son, the Vice President of American Axle, said the association would benefit both companies tremendously. “We are excited to partner with Waymo and be a part of bringing future automotive technology to our Detroit Campus,” said Son to freep.com.

Waymo’s announcement came after GM decided to remove themselves from the two factories already in the state. GM will stop mass-producing at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in the early times of January 2020. However, they are still planning to make the production versions of the Cruise car (which is self-driving) at the Michigan Orion Assembly Plant.  

There’s been no set date, but there have been theories that the General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, could be considered. If they decide to go with it, it will offer more than 200,000 of the square feet that Waymo is looking to expand too. There is still competition happening between GM’s Cruise Unit and Waymo’s self-driving vehicle development.

The project for Waymo is being considered as the mass production of L4 autonomous vehicles. As stated by the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), Level 5 is high automation, which is one step below full automation. Under certain conditions, the vehicle can manage all driving functions.  

You can search the 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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Fiat Chrysler Is Looking to Hire Over 5,000 Qualified Detroiters

Applications for jobs at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were open for Detroiters who pre-qualified to vie for employment in the new assembly plant on the east side of the city in August and it’s extending through September. The automaker had contacted residents who had previously attended job fairs and met the eligibility requirements with instructions on how to apply before non-Detroit residents did. Detroiters still had the opportunity to submit their applications, even if they hadn’t applied before.

More than 9,000 Detroit residents were pre-qualified for the 3,850 jobs available at the former Mack Avenue Engine Complex. It will begin producing the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV and a new three-row, full-size Jeep SUV by the end of 2020. FCA had pledged to give Detroiters a first chance at the assembly plant’s jobs as well as at the soon-to-be upgraded Jefferson North Assembly Plant; as part of a community benefits agreement, it negotiated with the city residents around the plant.

Residents living in the $1.6 billion project’s impact zone had the opportunity to begin applying for jobs back at the beginning of August. However, no production workers have yet been hired, an FCA spokeswoman said. Mike Duggan, Mayor for Detroit, hopes the city will be able to give FCA a list of up to 10,000 qualified Detroiters to be employed at its $2.5 billion Jeep plant expansion. 

That’s up to twice as many the nearly 5,000 jobs that the investment is expected to bring to Detroit. “Our agreement is they have to interview all Detroit candidates before they interview anybody from the suburbs,” said Duggan during a Detroit at Work Job Readiness fair at the Messiah Baptist Church. “Some of the 5,000 jobs may be taken up by UAW folks coming from another place, but once they start the hiring, the hiring comes off of this list. We are preparing our residents for these jobs.”

There have been more than 9,000 Detroiters who attended one of the 200-plus job-readiness fairs that the city has hosted, the city says, a requirement for all residents seeking priority application access. The job fairs have drawn a lot of job seekers — and the job seekers are unemployed and have been out of the workforce for a while. “We have folks from a variety of industries that see this as a step up,” said the city’s executive director of workforce development Nicole Sherard-Freeman. Sherard-Freeman replaces Jeff Donofrio, who becomes director of the new Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity for Michigan. Sherard-Freeman said the turnout showed that Detroiters do want to work. The challenge is dismissing the mix-up about what it’s like to work in a manufacturing environment.

“This is not your grandfather’s plant,” she said. “Folks don’t know conditions are different. They’re very clean, updated, technology-current environments that are really great places to work.”

Fiat Chrysler received the approval back in May from the city and state to invest a $1.6 billion in developing the Mack Avenue facilities with a new plant. There was up to $900 million to update the Jefferson North Assembly Plant for the production of all-new three-row full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid models and the next-generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee. By late 2020, the company plans to introduce vehicles from the new assembly plant.

There was a community benefits agreement that was drafted by an advisory council of the neighborhood residents, the city, and the automaker. Fiat Chrysler has been in charge of hiring as many Detroiters as it can to fill the jobs that remain after the union-hiring obligations have been met. The employment in Detroit will pay $58,000 annually, on average, according to Fiat, and it will include skilled-trades positions, assembly line workers, and plant managers.

“Interviews for Detroit residents began later in August or early September,” Sherard-Freeman said. Detroit at Work will offer basic literacy and math tutoring for the applicants that need to brush up on the skills. After that, the application process will be open to all of the others who are looking for a job.

There will be more conditional offers which will be made later in 2019, and it will have start dates by early 2020. As for the job-readiness fairs, they have drawn interest from the other employers who are seeking Detroit interviewees. That’s an example, the Detroit Police Department has plans to hire up to 300 officers for 2020.

The Dakkota Integrated Systems, which builds automotive interior components, grilles, and suspensions, plans on creating 625 jobs as part of the $55 million new factory. They plan to build it on the 32-acre site which is vacant on the Rose Elementary School and Kettering High School buildings on Van Dyke on Interstate 94. The company will supply Fiat Chrysler’s new Jeep assembly plant on Mack Avenue.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler’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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The Chrysler 300 Stands the Test of Time

Once the top pick of fleet operators, the Lincoln Town Cars have been retired, and the Chrysler 300 has become one of the preferred models for commercial applications. Drivers have desired a full-size North American sedan with plenty of available horsepowers.

When it was initially launched for the 2005 model year, the Chrysler 300 turned the full-size passenger car category upside down. The Chrysler 300 shunned the shift to a front-wheel-drive which at the time it was considered superior for the four-season traction and it arrived in both the rear- and all-wheel-drive choice. Chrysler also devised a new-generation “Hemi” V-8-engine option, at a time when similar thirsty powerplants were being phased out.

It’s worked in the past, and it still does. The 300 has undergone modest updates, so its looks and content has stayed fresh over the years. From its Bentley-esque grille to the short, squared-off rear deck, most observers will be hard-pressed to discern the 2019 Chrysler 300 from its earlier models, which could be a plus if they’re trying to stay current on a budget.

As for the interior on the 300’s, which last had an update for the 2015 model year, it holds tight to the luxury side of the ledger. The electronic dashboard gauges and sizable touchscreen appear to be a leading-edge on the vehicle, and in place of the traditional stick shifter, there is a rotary knob on the console. The dial is not convenient to use anymore, but it declutters the front-seat area and provides more available access to the cup holders and the fair-sized stowage bin.

The base 300 Touring, 300 Limited and 300 S come with a 3.6-liter V-6 which manufactures 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. As for the 300 S, which is a sportier vehicle, boosts the numbers from 264/300. Standard on the 300 C is the 5.7-liter V8 which delivers 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, and it’s also available for the 300 S.

Both engine options on the Chrysler 300 models are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the 300 C and the 300 S V-8 versions come with paddle shifters and a Sport mode which produces quicker gear changes. Sedan fans seeking higher thrust in the vehicle should look into the Dodge Charger sedan on the Hellcat model which can have a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 or a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter. All V-6 Chrysler 300s can be identified as an all-wheel-drive for 2019. 

The system disjoints the front axle when the extra traction is not needed, and that reduces the mechanical drag and therefore the fuel consumption as well. Starting at $29,470 (plus destination fee), the base 300 Touring comes with dual-zone climate control, a dual exhaust, 17-inch wheels and an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support. The rear-wheel-drive V-6 is rated at 12.4 l/100 km in the city and 7.8 on the highway, while the V-8’s numbers are 14.7/9.4, according to timescolonist.com.

The Limited and S trims receive much more content, but the S trim comes with a nine-speaker Alpine-brand audio package, dual exhaust, blacked-out wheels and trims, and performance-tuned steering. The 300 C’s kit comes with a V-8-powered transmission, and it includes perforated-leather seats and a wood-trimmed interior. The extensive options list consists of a 900-watt 19-speaker Harmon Kardon-brand stereo, a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, plus a full range of crash-mitigating safety technologies (such as emergency braking) that’s part of the 300’s SafetyTec Plus Group and a power rear-window sunshade.

Piling on extras could push the Chrysler 300 that you purchase close to $60,000 (plus destination fee). Buyers will get a level of coddling content and stout performance that would cost thousands of more dollars to replicate in just about any other competing domestic- or import-based luxury four-door. If you like your sedans big and sinister, with lots of power, adept handling, and the latest high-tech features, the 2019 Chrysler 300 satisfies all these demands.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 300s 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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In the Midst of Minivan Sales Declining, Chrysler Pacifica is Still Selling

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is an excellent looking minivan. The vehicle’s responses are sharp. The Hybrid makes no noise at all, and the mileage it offers is plentiful. The inside of the car is plush and pleasant, and the visibility is excellent.

After all, that’s the point of the minivan. At any given time anyone can toss anything from the captain’s chair into the back-back and not see it for a week. You can have a multitude of children, each armed with an ice cream cone, and let them go nuts eating and playing and be able to still concentrate on the road. 

The Pacifica, which has price ranges from $27,235 – $45,795 depending on what trim customers pick. It is offered in gas and plug-in hybrid trims. Standard on the vehicle is the 287-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine which is combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

The Hybrid (the plug-in version) delivers an (EPA-estimated) electric range of up to 32 miles from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, with the gas and electric combined, the range reaches  520 miles. There’s an “S Appearance Package” available for the Hybrid, which includes 18-inch wheels with a black finish, gloss-black exterior accents and an all-black interior with gray accents. All that black will enhance the cool factor of the vehicle.

Drivers will also pay for some features that some automakers offer as standard. Such as the lane-departure warning, automatic braking, and dynamic cruise control. That being said, there may never have been a better time to buy a minivan as not many people have caught on to the minivan craze and you may be able to negotiate a sweet deal.

Around twelve minivans have been discontinued in the past fifteen years. There are currently only five on market, including the Pacifica – Honda’s Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, and Dodge Grand Caravan. The Caravan is due to be discontinued soon.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior:

The Chrysler Pacifica for 2019 has plenty of curves with its decidedly round and soft exterior. There is an upward rising rear angle and nicely trimmed bright chrome to accentuate its size. It compares to those boxier minivans such as the Kia Sedona. 

The eyes will have a harder time adjusting to the difference between the Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid. But with the “hybrid” badging, the latter’s main giveaway, is what it looks like a fuel door on the left front. Don’t put a gasoline nozzle there, that’s where the plug-in to charge the battery pack for the AC cord is located.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Standard Features:

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica comes with six trims available. It comes in the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited. All trims feature a V6 engine and front-wheel drive.

The infotainment on the Chrysler Pacifica is a well-regarded Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All Pacificas come with the SafetyTec Group that includes blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors. The Pacifica LX adds features like tri-zone climate control, touring suspension, automatic headlights, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, power-adjustable ‘driver’s seat, and aluminum-alloy wheels. 

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 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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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Pricing is Out: Here’s How the Pacifica and New Voyager Compare

Fiat-Chrysler created the Voyager to lure minivan buyers who need a low-cost minivan solution. The 2020 trims, the Voyager L and LX replace the entry-level Pacifica L and Pacifica LX, costing $250 less than the previous 2019 Pacifica models. Chrysler has revamped the trim arrangement and has held the line on the starter Pacifica pricing. 

The Pacifica Touring, for 2020, becomes the base retail for the Pacifica model, and that makes the Touring Plus go away. CarsDirect.com has found that 2020 minivan has a base Touring trim that will cost $34,990 (plus destination fee). That’s the same price that the 2019 Touring Plus is going for.

In 2019, the trims for the Pacifica were Pacifica L, LX, the Limited, fleet-only Touring, Touring Plus, Touring L, and Touring L Plus. Those first three iterations have become Voyagers L, LX, and LXi — the fleet-only 2019 Pacifica Touring has become the fleet-only 2020 Voyager LXi. So we’ll recap the entire price lineup to make it more transparent:

The Voyager L is priced at $28,480 (plus destination fee) (which is $250 less than the 2019 Pacifica L). The Voyager LX, $31,290 (plus destination fee) ($250 less than the 2019 Pacifica LX). The Voyager LXi (fleet), $34,490 (plus destination fee) which is $500 less than fleet-only 2019 Pacifica Touring, which is now-retired.

The Pacifica Touring is $34,990 (plus destination fee) (which is the same price as the now-retired 2019 Pacifica Plus). The Pacifica Touring L, $38,240 (plus destination fee) (which is $50 less than in 2019). The Pacifica Touring L 35th Anniversary, $40,230 (plus destination fee) ($75 less than in 2019).

The Pacifica Touring L Plus, $41,040 (plus destination fee) ( which is $100 less than in 2019). The Pacifica Touring L Plus 35th Anniversary vehicle, $42,335 (plus destination fee) (which is $225 less than in 2019). The Pacifica Limited, $45,940 (plus destination fee) (which is $250 less than in 2019) and the Pacifica Limited 35th Anniversary, $46,735 (plus destination fee) (and that’s $150 less than in 2019).

Fiat-Chrysler has rationalized the offerings, in part because of the absence of advanced technology features on the Voyager trims. Voyager infotainment has a seven-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The Voyager LXi becomes the fleet model, sparing the Pacifica nameplate that ignominy. 

There is the driver assistance tech in Voyagers, which will be limited to the cost-extra rear park assist, rear cross-traffic detection, and blind-spot monitoring. All Voyager and Pacifica models share the same sheet metal. It also has the same 287-horsepower Pentastar V6 and nine-speed transmission.

2020 Voyager:

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager is replacing the Pacifica L and LX models and is adding an LXi for fleet customers. The standard seven-passenger minivan will start at around $28,000 (plus destination fee). The Voyager is discernible by the new badging on the liftgate.

The family vehicle will keep the Pacifica name. The Pacifica is offered in the Touring, the Touring L, the Touring L Plus, and the Limited trims and it’s also available as a plug-in hybrid as well.

FCA will continue to sell and build the Dodge Grand Caravan, which is the previous generation minivan. The Dodge Grand Caravan will continue to be the least expensive option. Tim Kuniskis, Dodge chief, says there is no permanent end date for the Grand Caravan so long as there is still a high demand, capacity at the plant and the aging vehicle can meet all of the regulatory requirements.

Voyager, Pacifica, and Grand Caravan will be built in Windsor, Ontario, which will be discontinuing the third shift of production in October. Voyager production began in August, and it will be available until late summer.

2020 Pacifica:

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid continue to reinvent and revolutionize the minivan segment by delivering unprecedented levels of functionality, technology, versatility, bold styling, and safety. Holding the status as the most awarded minivan since 2016 with more than 100 honors and industry accolades, the Pacifica offers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains and nearly 40 new minivan-first features.

The Pacifica Hybrid is the only hybrid minivan in America. It’s the number 1 seller among the 20 vehicles that have PHEV as an option. Pacifica Hybrid attains more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, an all-electric range of more than 30 miles. 

The vehicle has more than 100 available security and safety features, there is also a Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, an exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage. There is an available 4G Wi-Fi and an array of comfort. Chrysler Pacifica is a no-compromise minivan which is ideally suited for today’s families.

Chrysler is the first company to introduce the minivan and FCA US has innovated 115 minivan firsts. The company has sold twice as any other manufacturer over the past 35 years and 14.6 million minivans globally since 1983.

You can search the 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 Chrysler Development Story

The idea for a minivan to come back, after the Y-body Imperial put the minivans on hold, had risen again when Chrysler had a 45% market share in full-sized vans. Planners and designers both thought a smaller van could bring families over from station wagons. The Director of Product Planning, Burton Bouwkamp, wrote in a 1998 letter to Automotive News (which both parties permitted allpar.com to reissue):

“In the early and mid-1970s, our Advance Design, Advance Engineering, and Advance Product Planning offices designed first-generation versions of the minivan. The program was to design a station wagon type vehicle that was not derived from another vehicle (from a passenger car sedan or a commercial van),” said Bouwkamp.

First-generation designs were rear-wheel drive because front-wheel-drive engines or transmissions were not available. Engineers, product planners, and designers were enthusiastic about the minivan but were unable to get the board of directors approval to go forward with a unique product. It had a particular tooling bill, not including facilities, of over $100 million.

Although the first designs never went beyond the clay model, the advanced design and the seating buck stage continues to be the interest in the concept in the Design and Product Planning offices at Chrysler. However, the management for the “bean counter” didn’t approve the minivan in the early 1970s because Ford and GM didn’t have one. Top management contended that, if there was a market, Ford and GM would build one. 

Management was, deciding that, if there was a market for this type of vehicle, the strategy was to get 15% of the market share. Being Director of Product Planning for seven years, that was painful to realize; that’s why the manager lobbied to get out of the job in 1975 when a Director level product position opened up in Europe. The second-generation design, in the late 1970s, was mainly the production design and it was done by Chrysler Design Office personnel under the enthusiastic and capable direction of Hal Sperlich.

By then they had front-wheel drive Omni/Horizon cars underway, so the minivan design became front-wheel drive. It allowed significant improvements in the package dimensions. Hal Sperlich contributed significantly to the success of the program with his enthusiastic involvement, aesthetic input, and overall guidance of the program.

When Lee Iacocca saw the minivan work, he said: “let’s do it.” Bill McGagh (Assistant Treasurer) told him that there wasn’t enough money to build a minivan; Iacocca told him to “get the blankety-blank money,” and then proceeded to substitute McGagh with a new Treasurer. Lee Iacocca gets credit for his support as well as the “guts” decision to go ahead with a now even-more-expensive FWD product when the Corporation was having trouble to pay its bills and maintain product competitiveness in its existing market segments.

Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich should get credit for the final (front-wheel drive) design execution. They should get credit as well for the decision to go ahead with the production for the minivan program at Chrysler. But not the original idea.

Another Chrysler alumni wrote that the minivan idea might have dated back to the 1950s, with the Volkswagen Omnibus. Though it could have some help in the handling department and it barely had enough power to reach 70 mph, it showed how a smaller van could reach families hearts. There were other smaller vans sold in other nations, as well, including passenger versions of Japanese small delivery wagons.

Who Invented the Minivan?

Chrysler invented the modern minivan twice, in two different continents, using different bodies entirely. Chrysler Europe was working with Matra, the French automobile, aeronautics, and weaponry company, on a minivan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. When it was ready for production, Chrysler sold a lot of the European operations to Peugeot-Citroen (PSA), which tossed the fledgling minivan. 

Matra then took the design to Renault, which modified it to fit the Renault 21 drivetrain which resulted in a calendar-year of 1983 introduction and being Europe’s popular minivan ever. If Chrysler held on to Chrysler UK, it might well have had a greater European foot-hold. The Dodge Caravan and American Plymouth Voyager were also introduced in 1983, as the 1984 models.

Chrysler minivans hit the market in 1984. The “T-115”, sold in 1984, the minivans were a significant success selling 209,895. Soon joining Windsor was St. Louis, they devoted three shifts to minivan staging.

Significant changes through the years did include a 1987 launching of a Mitsubishi V-6 engine, which overlapped with fuel injection on the 2.2; a short-lived 2.5 turbo option. The extended-wheelbase versions were (the “Grands,”) and the claimed “first luxury minivan,” the original Town & Country. The more extended wheelbase vans were fourteen inches long and soon accounted for half of the minivan sales.

The 2.5-liter engine eventually replaced the troublesome Mitsubishi 2.6. It was a 2.2 with a longer stroke and balance shafts, which was the standard engine until 2000. The 2.5-liter was replaced by a new 2.4-liter engine which was based on the Neon’s 2.0.

The minivans became more sophisticated but were less reliable as the A-604 electronic in 1989. It controlled a four-speed automatic that was adopted (fortunately, not across the board). All-wheel drive was added in 1991, with the Chrysler-engineered 3.3-liter V6 engine.

Chrysler Minivan Firsts:

Exports to Europe began in 1988. At the time, Plymouth and Dodge were not sold in Europe. The Plymouth Voyager minivan was modified and rebadged somewhat to become the Chrysler Voyager.

In 1990, Chrysler-designed the V-6, and the 3.3 was added to the mix. The durable and robust engine proved to be very popular. It remained in the mix until 2011.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler’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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Three Car Seats Fit Perfectly in the 2019 Chrysler 300 and Chrysler Pacifica

As you know, car seats take up a lot of room in vehicles and finding vehicles that offer three sets of LATCH systems is difficult. Chrysler understands the concern that it brings to parents, and they offer not one, but two family-friendly options. The Chrysler 300 and the Pacifica make it easy to fit three car seats – or more! The Pacifica goes far and beyond offering four complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica earned its spot on the “21 Geat Vehicles that Fit 3 Car Seats Across,” for U.S. News & World Report’s list which scored an 8.6 out of 10. The award-winning minivan offers six trim levels the L, Touring Plus, LX, Touring L, the Limited and Touring L Plus. Each trim comes with a 3.6-liter V6 which paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission that delivers a performance of 287 horsepower with a 262 lb-ft of torque.

“The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica in its seven-passenger minivan configuration has two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second-row. Its third-row has one full set of LATCH connectors on the passenger side while the other two seats share lower anchors but have their tether anchors. In eight-passenger Pacifica models, all three seats in the second-row have a full set of LATCH connectors. At maximum capacity, three car seats can fit across the second- and third-rows of the vehicle,” reports U.S. News & World Report writers Liana Madrid and Eileen Falkenberg-Hull.

The 2019 Chrysler 300 provides three full sets of LATCH connectors along with a well-appointed cabin. “The Chrysler 300 is a popular large car with a lot of upsides if you need space for your family and are set on a sedan. It’s plenty powerful, has spacious seating in both rows, comes in either rear- or all-wheel drive, and features an easy-to-use infotainment system,” report Madrid and Falkenberg-Hull.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Interior Features:

The standard features in the Pacifica include power second-row windows, dual-zone manual climate control, remote keyless entry, Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, and a USB port. There’s also the Uconnect Access, a six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration. Chrysler includes several standard safety features, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, including a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Some of the available features can come with remote start, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, two 10-inch rear-seat touch screens, a built-in vacuum cleaner, HD Radio, a 13-speaker Alpine premium audio system, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a rear-seat DVD player, a navigation and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen. There are more safety features available, which include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, front parking sensors, automated parking, and automatic high beams. Also offered are the broader driver information display.

This Chrysler has some splendid features list. Standard smartphone connectivity is included, which feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Minivans are thought of as family vehicles, and since that is the case, then Pacifica’s DVD player and rear-seat touch screens are an excellent add-on for kids. There is the built-in vacuum makes it easy to clean up after your kids or your messy friends. The Uconnect infotainment system features an intuitive menu layout and a responsive touch screen that help it stand out from rival’s systems.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Seat Protector:

The WeatherTech Seat Protectors, which come optional, are the perfect accessory for 2019 Chrysler Pacifica owners who need extra layers of protection for the front and rear vehicle seating. It is a much-needed accessory feature for families who do “road trips” or have pets in their car ride as it prevents scratches, damages, and spills which ruin the seat surface. 

The material for the Seat Protectors is polycotton twill fabric that features a durable water-repellent finish that will combat cereal crumbs, any juice box spill, or pet messes! It also has an extra layer of nylon lining to protect the covered seat further. The Seat Protector will stay in place with the help of non-slip bottom, durable straps, and specialty inserts.

The Seat Protectors are semi-custom to fit the type and size of the vehicle. It’s easy and quick to install, and it’s easily removable for cleaning. The Seat Protector is machine washable, making it an easy accessory for any family. 

The product is designed to fit most benches. It’s also intended for bucket-style front and rear seats. It’s important to note; the vehicle needs to have a headrest on the seatback of the vehicle for the Seat Protector to strap to it.

2019 Chrysler 300 Interior Features:

The 2019 Chrysler 300’s extensive interior is one of its best features. The roomy cabin happens to be covered in premium materials. With the latest in high-tech safety and infotainment features as well as some of the best audio options around. 

Subtle styling touches like rotary transmission selector, the clean analog clock face, and a big 8.4-inch touch screen further enhancing the feeling of driving a premium luxury sedan without the premium price. The Chrysler 300 seats five people and both rows of seats have plenty of space for adults to ride comfortably. It’s easy to slide in and out of the car.

Chrysler 300 and Car Seats

The Chrysler 300 has three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors that it comes with. It remains quiet even when speeding down the highway, looks good, and uses top-notch materials throughout the vehicle. It has more than 16 cubic feet of trunk space, and the 300 gives drivers enough room for the whole family’s vacation luggage.

Chrysler 300 Bluetooth, Infotainment, and Navigation

The Chrysler 300 has a standard Uconnect infotainment system which includes an 8.4-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Android and Apple CarPlay. Available there’s also navigation, panoramic sunroof, and two premium audio systems.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s and Chrysler 300’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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The History and Future of the Chrysler 300

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Chrysler 300. And over the years you have most likely seen quite a few of them on the road. But perhaps the history of the Chrysler 300, you don’t know that much about so here’s a rundown: 

Well, for starters it’s a car that is a rear-wheel-drive, has a front-engine, a full-sized luxury 4-door sedan and it’s also a station wagon. It has been manufactured and marketed by FCA US from 2014 until present day, and it has had several predecessor companies such as the DaimlerChrysler from 2005 to 2007, the Chrysler LLC from 2007 to 2009, the Chrysler Group LLC from 2009 to 2014, with first-generation models from 2005 to 2010, and a second-generation four-door sedan models from 2011 to present day. The Chrysler 300, second-generation, was marketed as a Chrysler 300C in both the UK and Ireland.

They were marketed as the Lancia Thema throughout the rest of Europe as well. The Chrysler 300s were a non-letter series in the ’60s and ’70s. They were called the Chyrsler 300m series from 1999 to 2004.

The station wagon for the Chrysler 300 was manufactured from 2004 to 2008 in Canada, and it had a different name, the Dodge Magnum. It was formerly constructed and sold in Brazil from 1979 to 1981. In Mexico, it was sold from 1983 to 1988, and it was called the Mexican Magnum K and the front-wheel version there was called the Dodge Magnum 400 and some of the models were even turbo-charged models.

Chrysler 300 Models Thru the Years:

Starting in 1955, the Chrysler 300s were manufactured for 24 model years. When it was first introduced in 1955, it was the country’s top production car when it came to power. It got to the top of the list by making full use of every single one of three hundred horsepower while running on the Daytona Beach sands that year, where it hit a record-breaking 127.580 MPH. That speed was approximately seven MPH faster than the nearest rival that was not another Chrysler. The body style was a two-door hardtop. The engine was a V8 Hemi-head with twin four-barrel carburetors, 300 bhp at 5,200 RPMs, a two-speed automatic transmission, and it weighed 4,340 pounds. The list price started at only $4,109. It also offered SAE-gross hp= 300, a 3.54:1 ratio axle, 0-to-60 in only ten seconds 10.0, and the Chrysler 300 could do a 1/4-mile in only 17.6 seconds at 82 MPH, according to Motor Trend magazine.

The 2019 Chrysler 300:

The Chrysler 300 for 2019 is a luxury sedan that gets 19 to 23 MPG and it seats five quite comfortably; the MSRP starts at around $29,470 (plus destination fee). It offers a high-end cabin and high-quality upholstery options and the interior is quite luxurious and very Chrysler-centric. If drivers want a sedan with a luxurious look and enough power under the hood, the new Chrysler 300 is the one for them with its automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and its throaty V8 engine. 

The Future of the Chrysler 300

Here’s what the Chrysler 300 of the future holds: a 300 Hemi C Concept Car. It has some beautiful styling from the same people who gave us the PT Cruiser, the Prowler, and the Viper. Unfortunately, the latest word coming out of Chrysler’s new management is that they might not ever make it into production. 

That’s sad news considering that the Chrysler’s beautiful new Hemi V-8 convertible with rear-wheel-drive is precisely the style of vehicle that the most modern Chrysler 300 should be. The Chrysler 300 is the car-of-the-future with a two-door four-passenger convertible with an aluminum Hemi V8 electronic fuel injection. It has 353 ft/lbs of torque and a four-speed automatic transmission, according to moneyinc.com. 

You can search the 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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Facts About the 2020 Chrysler Voyager

The award-winning FCA US minivan lineup is going into 2020 with the addition of the Chrysler Voyager, and it will offer more value for those who seek the quintessential family vehicle. It is designed with a budget-friendly family and fleet customers in mind; the Voyager delivers an exceptional driving experience. Standard features and utilities include seven-passenger seating, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. Voyager also offers mobility innovations to ensure superior maneuverability and improved ease of entry and exit for wheelchair users and well-equipped to stand against the competition, the Voyager is a no-compromise minivan at an unbeatable value.

FCA was the first company to introduce the minivan, and through six generations of the vehicle, they have innovated 115 minivans. The company, open since 1983, has sold more than 14.6 million minivans globally, which is twice as many vehicles as any other manufacturer over the past 35 years. For 2020, they are amplifying the award-winning FCA US minivan lineup, where the Chrysler Voyager will replace the Pacifica L and LX models to now offer three value-add models – the L, LX, and LXi (fleet-only), LXi (fleet-only) which provides new, durable, UltraTec leatherette seats for fleet rental customers.

It also has a second-row Stow ‘n Go, security alarm, remote start, black Stow ‘n Place roof rack, universal garage door opener, auto-dim rearview mirror and second-row retractable sunshades, the BraunAbility rear- and side-entry transformation offer a wider entryway and more interior space. It has an enhanced ramp securement system, passenger seat flexibility and plenty of room for even the most significant power wheelchairs and scooters, Exterior modifications include a Voyager liftgate badge; interior updates on the Voyager LX. The Voyager LX provides satellite radio, and second-row quad seats and in-floor storage bins and the available options on the Voyager L and LX include SafetyTec Group with an optional Cold Weather Group Package, a single overhead DVD on the Voyager LX and the Stow ‘n Place roof rack. 

Highlights:

Chrysler Voyager minivan features the award-winning Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine. It delivers 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, which is mated to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. With its standard seven-passenger seating, Chrysler Voyager provides a smooth, tranquil and comfortable ride and the available SafetyTec Group which includes the ParkSense rear park assist with blind-spot monitoring, stop, and also the Rear Cross Path detection. 

Chrysler Voyager comes with a standard 3.5-inch digital information display, and it offers the Uconnect 4 system with a 7-inch touchscreen which comes standard, as well as the Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. Apple CarPlay allows iPhone users to access Apple Maps, Messages, phone, and Apple Music through Siri Voice control or the Uconnect touchscreen and Android Auto allows for safe and easy access to Google Maps, Google Voice Search, and Google Play Music via the Uconnect touchscreen or steering wheel controls. There is also a Uconnect 4 systems which include fast startup time, enhanced processing power, vivid imagery, high resolution, and sharp graphics, and it also comes with Chrysler Voyager comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation. 

About Chrysler Brand:

The Chrysler brand has overjoyed customers with their craftsmanship, distinctive designs, technology, and intuitive innovation, since its company foundation in 1925. The Chrysler Pacifica continues reviving the minivan, which is a segment that Chrysler invented. With an unprecedented level of technology,  functionality, versatility, and daring styling.

The Chrysler brand continues to grow by integrating high-tech features into its products, class-leading, which includes the Uconnect 4 system which offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Uconnect Theater which comes with available streaming. Available on all Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids is the plug-in hybrid powertrain, storage system, the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating, and the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system available on all Chrysler 300 V-6 models. It is the most powerful V-8 in its class with the 300C’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine.

The Pacifica Hybrid took this revolutionary vehicle one step further with its class-exclusive, innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain. It’s the first vehicle minivan to be electrified its segment which has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles, achieves more than 80 MPGe in electric-only mode, and a total range of more than 500 miles. The Chrysler 300 lineup has an attainable value which delivers on the brand’s promise of elegant design and iconic which is executed with world-class performance, efficiency, and quality.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler’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 Legendary Automotive Executive Lee Iacocca Has Passed Away

Lee Iacocca, the legendary automotive executive, who is known for saving Chrysler from bankruptcy in the 1980s, passed away July 2 at the age of 94. With a career of more than 30 years under his belt, Iacocca helped to launch some of Detroit’s best-selling vehicles, which include the minivan, the Ford Mustang, the Escort and the Chrysler K-cars. Iacocca also spoke out against what he considered was an unfair trade practice by the Japanese automakers.

During the peak of his popularity, which was in the ’80s, he was known for his TV ads and the catchy tagline: “If you can find a better car, buy it!” Iacocca wrote two best-selling books and was courted as a presidential candidate. One of his books is ‘Where Have All The Leaders Gone?’ which was published in 2007. 

In 1979, Chrysler was $5 billion in debt. The reason behind the debt was that it had bloated the manufacturing system and “it was turning out gas-guzzlers that the public didn’t want,” according to foxbusiness.com. However, he had a plan when banks turned him down, Iacocca and the United Auto Workers union helped to persuade the government to approve $1.5 billion in loan guarantees that kept the No. 3 domestic automaker afloat.

Iacocca closed or consolidated 20 plants, laid off thousands of workers and introduced new cars. In TV commercials, he admitted Chrysler’s mistakes. However, he insisted that the company had changed. Iacocca introduced the minivan and created a new market.

Iacocca’s fame first came from the debut of the Mustang in 1964. He convinced his superiors that Ford needed an affordable, stylish coupe to take advantage of the growing youth market. On April 17, 1964, Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford II unveiled the Ford Mustang at the New York World’s Fair.

In 1970, Iacocca was named Ford president. Iacocca immediately undertook a re-establishing to cut costs as the company continued to struggle with the foreign competition and the rising gas prices. “Lee Iacocca was truly bigger than life, and he left an indelible mark on Ford, the auto industry and our country,” said Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford Motor upon Iacocca’s passing. Lee played a central role in the creation of Mustang. On a personal note, I will always appreciate how encouraging he was to me at the beginning of my career.  He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.”

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The Chrysler 300C Is Getting A Performance Appearance Upgrade

For the Sport Appearance Package, Chrysler added it as an option in 2017 to the 300 sedan, the 300S, which is a sporty trim level. The package added trim pieces from the 300 SRT sedan, which is not available in the U.S., such as the SRT-style side skirts and front fascia with LED foglights. Mopar Insiders have reported that as of June 2019, the same upgrade is available on the top-level 300C trim as in the Performance Appearance Package. 

For reasons, only Chrysler knows, only the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand are getting the 300 SRT. With it comes the 6.4-liter V8 with 469 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque, with the limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, and Bilstein dampers. Autoblog.com believes that it’s possible the absence of the 300 SRT is here because Chrysler wants North American audiences to see Dodge as the performance brand.

But what about its Chrysler cousin? A reader of thetruthaboutcars.com has suggested the 300 Touring could make a suitable applicant. It’s difficult to ignore when that figure routinely touches 25 percent considering the incentive spending in Ace of Base. 

The 300C is the only 300 vehicle in the U.S. that is offered with the 345 HEMI. It has a V8 that delivers 363 horsepower. It comes with a 394 pound-feet of torque while delivering up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway. 

The 300 SRT is available with the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 in markets in Australia. It also has the Bilstein dampers, limited-slip differential, launch control, and Brembo braking system. If that wasn’t enough, the plot thickens further given the success of the Dodge Hellcat and Charger with the 392 and engine options. 

Later in 2019, the 300C will receive the Sport Appearance Package. However, it will not have the 392 HEMI V8. A small infuriating detail about the 5.7-liter engine is that the 300C plays second to the Ram 1500, a pickup truck with mild-hybrid assistance, up to 395 horsepower, and 410 pound-feet of torque.

Chrysler has two models in its lineup for the time being; like a shadow of its former self. Those models are the 300 and Pacifica minivan, and it’s also available as a plug-in hybrid for eco-friendly customers. As for Lancia, the once-great automaker with ten titles in the World Rally Championship has been reduced to the Ypsilon subcompact hatchback and the Italian market. 

Anyone intending to buy a 300 vehicle should be happy the four-door is still for sale. The model, although eight years old, hasn’t been the subject of anything close to hard news since September of 2018. Automotive News Canada reported that the car would die in 2020 to make room for the new concept of the six-passenger Portal. 

Back in 2016, the late Sergio Marchionne told reuters.com that the 300 could go front-wheel drive on the Pacifica platform, but that fate was arguably worse than killing the car. All there is now are rumors and speculations, such as when roadandtrack.com wrote a “major refresh [is] … supposedly being planned already,” and others see a possibility that the 300/Charger/Challenger trio could live into the next decade. Moral of the story? The 300’s irons are as hot as they’re ever going for the moment. 

Driving It:

Chrysler’s 2019 300 sedans can be summed up with a few choice words: “comfortable, quiet and powerful.” The 300 offers plenty of enthusiasm, even from the standard V6 engine. The 363-horsepower Hemi V8 available delivers a heart-stopping acceleration, its 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission is precise and smooth, and the Sport mode tweaks the transmission’s shift points and it’s standard on the 300S and the 300C.

The straight-line performance is outstanding, but on models other than the 300S and 300C, it’s Chrysler’s most admirable quality — although it can undoubtedly outmaneuver the Hyundai Azera and the Toyota Avalon. The additional exhaust and thrust rumble of the V8 is unquestionably desirable. It’s the best combination of performance, efficiency, and the price is for the V6-powered 300S with a light smattering of optional apparatus. 

You can search the 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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Chrysler and Jeep Take Home Top Honors From Automotive Science Group

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) U.S. vehicles have earned four awards from the Automotive Science Group (ASG) in the 2019 Automotive Performance Index (API) study. As for the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, it continues to be a leader in its class, taking two awards in its third consecutive year: the ‘Best All-around Performance’ and the ‘Best Environmental Performance.’ The 2019 Fiat 500L and the Jeep Compass have won the Economic Performance Award in their respective segments.

ASG’s automotive assessment, the Pacifica Hybrid excels all minivan in its participating division. The Pacifica Hybrid has earned a class-leading environmental performance rating. The average it exceeds in its vehicle segment is 34 percent, producing 34 percent less CO2-e release over the first six and a half years in its rotation.

“The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid furthers FCA’s position in the ASG 2019 study with its 32-mile all-electric range and advanced gas-electric combination that not only reduces emissions but also significantly reduces fuel costs by leveraging the increasingly cleaner U.S. power grid as a fuel source,” said Colby Self, managing director at ASG. “The plug-in remains unrivaled in the minivan segment, providing the best all-around performance in its class since the model was first introduced in 2017.”

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wins the Best All-around Performance Award from Automotive Science Group for the third year in a row. It still leads the minivan segment Pacifica Hybrid which holds the smallest carbon footprint on any of the 2019 minivan models, as it also earns an award for the third consecutive year; the Best Environmental Performance award. The 2019 Jeep Compass wins the Economic Performance Award for the third successive year, and the 2019 Fiat 500L outperformed all the vehicles in its class, earning the Economic Performance Award for the second consecutive year.

The 2019 Jeep Compass is the best-in-class when it comes to the retail price, is combined with its competitive fuel economy rating, which is outperformed by the 235 crossover form in its competitive class. The Jeep Compass still holds the lowest cost of ownership when considering the purchase and the operating costs across its first 6.5 years of ownership. ASG also awarded the Fiat 500L the Best Economic Performance award.

The 500L is one of the lowest priced vehicles in its wagon class. The 500L takes advantage of the car light-weighting strategies that maximize operational efficiency. It comes in as the lightest vehicle architecture available.

“The Jeep Compass and Fiat 500L both stand out in ASG’s 2019 study for their best-in-class economic performance, with both models providing the best value in their competitive segments,” said Self. “In fact, the Compass has held this title for three consecutive years, while the 500L maintains its best value proposition for the second year running.”

Automotive Science Group:

The Automotive Science Group (ASG) is a research group which was founded by the Eco-innovations, LLC, an environmental policy consultancy. ASG is changing the way value is defined in today’s automotive marketplace. It provides life-cycle data-driven findings that help consumers make purchasing decisions ecologically sustainable, socially equitable, and economically viable for the environment.

About Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have reinvented the minivan segment with its unprecedented level of versatility, functionality, bold styling, and technology. Built from the ground up, the Pacifica delivers hybrid powertrains and class-leading gasoline to the minivan segment. The Hybrid takes the revolutionary vehicle one step further with its advanced hybrid powertrain.

In the minivan segment, it’s the first electrified vehicle available. It attains more than 80 miles per gallon. It has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles.

You can search the inventory of the Chrysler Pacifica and Jeep Compass 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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FCA Celebrates 35th Anniversary Edition on Chrysler Models

The 35th Anniversary Edition was designed to celebrate over 30 years of minivan leadership. With an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and new badging, the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid, deliver class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains in the minivan segment. The hybrid offers an all-electric range of 30 miles and 82 MPGe when combined with its gasoline engine. Pacifica has reinvented the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of versatility.

With more than 100 honors, the Chrysler Pacifica is the most award-winning minivan in the last three years. In 1984, when Dodge created the segment with the Caravan, it became the sensation at the time, marking the passing of the station wagon, the preeminent family hauler at the time. Thirty-five years after creating the minivan segment, Chrysler continues to deliver bold style, functionality, versatility, technology, and great value.

Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid 35th Anniversary Edition

The special 35th Anniversary Edition is available on the Pacifica Touring L (which comes in gas and hybrid versions), the Touring L Plus and Limited also come in gas and hybrid models. The 35th Anniversary Edition features a Liquid Chrome Chrysler Wing Badge with a Gold Black insert on the front and fascia grille and rear liftgate along with the anniversary badge. The luxuriously all-black interior features Cranberry Wine accent stitching on McKinley and Nappa leather perforated seats, steering wheel, door trim, bezels on the instrument panel and door handles, and also the 35th Anniversary embroidered logo on the floor mats.

Featured on the 35th Anniversary Pacifica Models on the Touring L is seating for eight-passengers, Mopar overhead DVD and 18-inch wheels. On the Touring L Plus, you’ll find seating for eight-passengers and a dual-pane sunroof. Featured on the 35th Anniversary Pacifica Hybrid Touring L are the Premium Audio Group with 13 Alpine speakers, Uconnect 4C Nav with 8.4-inch display, and 17-inch wheels. The Hybrid Limited Anniversary Edition has 18-inch wheels. The S Appearance package, which gives an even sportier, blacked-out and customized exterior, can be added to any 35th Anniversary Edition Pacifica or Pacifica Hybrid.

The 2019 35th-anniversary editions, in the Chrysler Pacifica, come in 10 available exterior colors: Jazz Blue, Bright White, Billet Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black, Dark Cordovan, Granite Crystal Metallic, Luxury White, Maximum Steel, Ocean Blue Metallic and Velvet Red.

You can search the 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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The Difference Between the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

Finding a minivan that is accommodating, full of top-of-the-line specs, and is also stylish is not that hard when you’re looking at the Chrysler Pacifica. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica has six trim levels, and they are the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited, and they each have unique technology features and safety systems. Here are the differences between the six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Trim Level Comparison

The standard engine on all six trim levels on the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 which rations 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and. The top five trim levels get the Engine Stop-Start (ESS) Technology, and that produces increased fuel economy. Both engines work with a Torqueflite 9-Speed Automatic Transmission for EPA estimated fuel economy specs which deliver 18 MPG City and 28 MPG HWY, and with the ESS in-city MPG increases to 19 MPG while in the highway it stays the same at 28 MPG.

All six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also have standard seating for seven people and the option of eight passenger seating when you opt for the second-row bench seat. All trim levels feature a 60/40 split-folding bench seat with third-row fold-in-floor but the base trim level, the L, have second & third-row Stow ’n Go Seats for cargo and passenger which makes it easier for loading and unloading. Cloth seating is typical on the bottom three trim levels while on the Touring L and Touring L Plus trim levels it has the option of Perforated Leather Seats and the 2019 Pacifica Limited gets Nappa Leather-Trimmed Seats.

It comes with heated front seats, and it comes standard on the upper three trim levels, and heated rear seats are standard inside two trims, the Touring L Plus, and Limited trims. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also gets equipped with a standard 7” Touchscreen Display. The high two trim levels receive an 8.4” Touchscreen. The Touring L Plus and Limited trims also get a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, a 13-Speaker Alpine Stereo, and a 7“ Color Digital Driver Information Center.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Trim Level Comparison

The plug-in hybrid is efficient enough to travel 32 miles on electricity after the battery is recharged. Even when exceeding that 32-mile range, it’s still a hybrid that’ll significantly exceed every other minivan’s fuel economy. Adding that battery weight actually improves the Pacifica.

The second-row seats, which are also available in the standard Pacifica, are also comfortable since they don’t fold flat into the floor. The same advantages that the regular Chrysler Pacifica offers are also offered in the plug-in hybrid. Included is its sharp styling and compelling technology.

The Pacific Hybrid is available with the S Appearance package, which adds an abundance of the black exterior trim. There’s also the 35th Anniversary special edition, which honors Chrysler 35 years in the market. Different trim levels also gain extra features.  

What We Like

It has an unmatched fuel economy for a 7-passenger vehicle; family-friendly tech. It has classy styling inside and out, more comfortable second-row seats than regular Pacifica. The Pacifica Hybrid uses a variation of the daily van’s 3.6-liter V6 paired which is paired with two motor/generators and a large battery pack that is fully replenished by plugging into an outside electricity source. The total system outputs 260 horsepower.

Hybrid Features & Options

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is available in the Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited trims. Standard equipment on the Touring Plus includes 17-in wheels, power-sliding doors, fog lamps, automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, heated mirrors, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors. There’s also proximity entry and push-button start, a backup camera, one USB port, 3-zone automatic climate control. There’s an 8-way power driver seat, cloth upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite and HD radios, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The Touring L adds a power liftgate, adjustable roof rails, rear side window shades, an upgraded front center console, leather upholstery, and the Cold Weather Group. Optional on the Touring trims is the Uconnect Theater with Wireless Streaming, which adds two 10-in seatback touchscreens, a 115-volt house-style electrical outlet, wireless headphones, video remote controls, three rear USB ports, an HDMI input, and a Blu-ray player.

The Limited adds sliding doors and a hands-free power liftgate, driver memory settings, power-folding, and driver-side auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and upgraded leather upholstery. There’s also a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated front seats, the Uconnect Theater System and integrated navigation. The optional Advanced SafetyTec Group adds the forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, plus adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking system, an automated parking system, automatic wipers, and automatic high beam control.

The S Appearance package adds blacked-out exterior trim and black 18-in wheels, while also having unique interior trim. Available on the 35th Anniversary edition is the Limited and the Touring L. Add a unique “Cranberry Wine” stitching to light-colored leather upholstery, plus a 13-speaker Alpine sound system and integrated navigation (Touring L) or 18-inch wheels (Limited).

You can search the 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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Texas Family Car of the Year is the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica has won many awards, and its latest honor comes from the Texas Auto Writers Association. It was named the 2019 model the “Family Car of Texas” and the “Minivan of Texas” at its annual Texas Auto Roundup. It’s the fourth year that the Pacifica has earned these TAWA honors.

The Chrysler Pacifica adds even more titles and awards to its impressive collection. That assortment of prizes includes two separate “Family Car of Texas” titles from the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Now, Chrysler is adding a third “Family Car of Texas” title to Pacifica’s lineup of awards, as the minivan received the honor for the third year in a row at the 2018 Texas Auto Roundup.

“The Chrysler Pacifica continues to impress our members with its combination of family-friendly features, technology, and versatility,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA and co-host of the “In Wheel Time” radio show in Houston. The event, which is held at the Eagle Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas. Forty-nine TAWA journalists drove 46 vehicles for two days. Most of those journalists found the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica to be the best family vehicle featured at the event.

“The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica won our Family Car of Texas award by an overwhelming majority vote,” said Michael Marrs, President of TAWA. “For the third year in a row, our members were impressed with Pacifica’s combination of technology, styling, functionality, versatility and family-friendly features.”

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica comes available in six trim levels; the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited. The standard 3.6-liter V6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica generates 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 Pacifica has organizational tools such as the available second-row and third-row Stow ‘n Go seats, in-floor storage bins in the second row which is also available. The rear grocery bag hooks are there to help keep the cabin clutter-free. The available Blu-ray and DVD Entertainment System featuring seatback video screens and three-channel wireless headphones are crucial to successful road trips.

That wasn’t the only honor that the latest Pacifica received during the Texas-based event. The Texas Automotive Writers Association also named the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica the “Minivan of Texas.” It’s another title that it has repeatedly earned in the past few years.

With the introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid model, Chrysler’s signature minivan was in the running for another of TAWA’s awards: the title of “Green Vehicle of Texas.” With a total highway fuel economy score of 84 MPGe and all of the same significant amenities featured in Pacifica’s standard model, the Pacifica Hybrid quickly obtained this title, too. Although everything is supposedly bigger in Texas, it would appear that automotive enthusiasts in the Lone Star State have fallen for a minivan.

The advanced security and safety systems add to the appeal of the Pacifica. Drivers will have more confidence navigating the minivan thanks to the standard driver assist technologies of Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection and ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop and the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera. Standard Remote Keyless Entry and Keyless Go systems offer convenience and security.

Chrysler Brand TAWA Auto Roundup Awards:

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica – Family Car of Texas
  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica – Minivan of Texas
  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – Green Vehicle of Texas

About the Texas Auto Roundup

TAWA hosted the Texas Auto Roundup and sponsored by the Steel Market Development Institute, Wieck, and Polaris Slingshot. It is held annually to allow dozens of journalists to evaluate the cars, CUVs and SUVs sold in Texas. The Texas Auto Writers Association hosts the event and hands out a variety of awards every spring, including the prestigious Car of Texas, Family Car of Texas and Performance Car of Texas.

About TAWA

TAWA is one of the most well-respected automotive press organizations. Its mission is to promote accuracy and quality in automotive journalism and distribute information about the industry through print, broadcast media, and online. TAWA has two driving events every year — the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. The members in the media enjoy driving and evaluating the new vehicles competing for the coveted Car of Texas or Truck of Texas.

You can search the 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’s Pacifica Minivan is a Game Changer and Here’s Why

Minivans may come attached with polarizing opinions until the sudden realization hits that you might need one for a growing family. With the Chrysler Pacifica, owners have long enjoyed the vehicle as a handy assistant for the daily family commute. Let’s take a look at what this favorite, in the plug-in form of a hybrid, can offer.  

Under the hood you’ll find a 3.5-liter V6 eHybrid engine with two electric motors mated to an eFlite Si-EVT transmission. These motors combine for 260 horsepower, with the switch between gas to electric almost entirely seamless. It’s also easy on the throttle and uses regenerative braking to help to charge the battery.   

Kids will fall in love with the inside with an entertainment center for the ages. Centered in the middle of the dashboard is the touchscreen, which holds all of the infotainment controls. It allows you to control several things such as entertainment, HVAC, and settings for the front passengers. It’s an all-in-one console for all of the tech available.

Just below are the controls for front and rear HVAC. Under the storage cubbies, you’ll find the rubber flooring helpful in preventing things from sliding around. The center console is big enough that it can hold things like a small diaper bag, iPads, cups, and toys.

The middle-row seating is comfortable enough even for adults but the real kicker is the touchscreens that are built into the seats with games pre-loaded for play. The third row seats three kids, or two adults, fairly comfortably. The storage behind the third row is a little deeper down than average, which allows you to pack items tightly and be able to carry plenty with the seats in use. Folding that row makes for a much larger surface. Fold all of the seating down and you have a makeshift panel van.

The Pacifica also rides like a luxury vehicle, making it smooth over bumps and easy-to-drive on the highway and in town. Chrysler claims 82 MPGe and 30 MPG highway, with EV Mode as an easy (and excellent) way to cruise around town. Other helpful features include parking assist and parallel parking assist, allowing the vehicle’s semi-autonomy the ability to park the van for you.

You can search the 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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