Chrysler Pacifica + Dodge Durango Make Perfect Family Duo

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One thing we see a lot at Miami Lakes Automall are parents that already have a minivan and can’t decide what the next family vehicle should be. We have more than seven brands, and a lot of model options, so the selection of vehicles is pretty huge.

Some parents want the family’s second car to be a little sportier like a Dodge Challenger or Chevy Camaro, but its just isn’t big enough. Or some people think about the Chevy Tahoe and realize, it’s just a little too big and isn’t really that much more unique than a minivan. Sure, the Tahoe has a body like an SUV, but aside from that, not a lot of character. Well, Miami Lakes Automall has the perfect solution to that family dilemma, the Dodge Durango.

A family with a Chrysler Pacifica and a Dodge Durango in the driveway has it all. Both vehicles offer plenty of space for cargo and passengers, but each vehicle serves a different purpose. Both vehicles are ideal vehicles as daily drivers, but when it comes to more specialized outings like road trips, trips to the beach, hauling your boat to the boat ramp, or hitting the town for a night out, each vehicle has its own specialty.

The Chrysler Pacifica is ideal for trips to the beach and road trips because it offers all of the conveniences one could want. The Pacifica is available with three-rows of seating and has room for seven or eight passengers depending on its seating configuration, but just because it has all those seats doesn’t mean they need to be up at all times. The Chrysler Pacifica features Stow ‘n Go seating, which makes it a breeze for users to fold up the vehicle’s second- and third-row seats and stow them away in storage compartments that are built-in to the vehicle’s floor. That option makes the Chrysler Pacifica ideal for longer trips where it’s more important for the couple kids in the back seat to have more space to stretch out rather than have space for all of their friends that won’t be along for the ride.

The Chrysler Pacifica is also extremely fuel efficient, (18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg combined city/highway) so on longer trips and daily trips to soccer practice and dentist appointments, the Chrysler Pacifica is a more economical choice. Additionally, the Pacifica is available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), meaning the vehicle can be powered by a battery, by an engine or a combination of both. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid makes any road trip extremely efficient because the Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 566 miles on a full tank of gas and fully-charged battery, so that means its affordable and there is less time spent filling up at the gas station.

On the other hand, the Dodge Durango is an ideal option for a large family that needs a vehicle that can offer a little more power and speed when it is needed.

The Dodge Durango is available with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, and the all-new 6.4L HEMI V8 engine, and the Durango is available with rear-wheel-drive (RWD), which offers an exciting muscle car feel, or with all-wheel-drive (AWD) (Dodge Durango SRT is only available with AWD). Additionally the power of the 5.7L and 6.4L engine is enough power to gives parents just enough thrill behind the wheel.

Miami-Lakes-Dodge-Durango-SRT-Chrysler-PacificaThe 5.7L engine gives the Durango a towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, and the 6.4L engine gives the Durango a best-in-class V8 towing capacity of 8,700 pounds — and both of those capacities are plenty to tow a trailer full of jet skis or even a small boat.

Finally, the Dodge Durango offers families that extra bit of style when wanted. Heading out to South Beach for the night? The Durango has just enough umph to stand out from the crowd.

Want to get that perfect vehicle combination in your driveway? Come by Miami Lakes Automall and see what we have available. Whether you need the Chrysler Pacifica to pair up with your Dodge Durango, or the other way around, we have both vehicles available for you to test drive.


Quick Guide to Chrysler Terms

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Sometimes navigating the auto world can be a little hard for outsiders. Now more than ever the auto industry has new technologies, partnerships and with that comes a new list of terms. Chrysler has some really unique features, but those features can be overlooked by consumers that don’t recognize its name or understand what the feature is.


FCA is an acronym for “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,” which is the world’s eighth largest automaker and is includes a variety of auto brands, including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. FCA was officially established in 2014 when Fiat and Chrysler officially merged.


Mopar is a name that was developed from the two words “MOtor” and “PARts.” Mopar originally started back in the the 1930s and it was a company that specialized in parts for Chrysler vehicles. Today, Mopar offers parts and customer services for FCA vehicles and it is also a term used to identify vehicles under the FCA umbrella. Back in the muscle car era, Mopar enthusiasts started up the term, “Mopar or no car” and the term is still used today.


SRT is an acronym for “Street and Racing Technology,” which is the name of an exclusive team of engineers that design performance models and engines for FCA brands. Chrysler previously made two SRT vehicles, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT and Chrysler 300 SRT. While the Chrysler Crossfire was discontinued several years ago, the Chrysler 300 is still available in the U.S., but the 300 SRT is only available in Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, but every once and awhile there is speculation as to whether Chrysler will bring the 300 SRT back to the U.S. market.


PHEV is an acronym for “plug in hybrid electric vehicle” and it wasn’t until Chrysler released the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (a PHEV) that this term could be associated with the Chrysler brand. PHEVs are a step above hybrid vehicles because they have a battery that is large enough to independently power the vehicle, but the vehicle is also equipped with an engine as well. When a PHEV is powered only by its battery, it operates like an all-electric vehicle and it emits zero tailpipe emissions.  

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the most fuel efficient minivan on the market and it has revolutionized the auto industry because it is one of the most fuel efficient and affordable largest passenger vehicles. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an all-electric range (AER) of 33 miles, a combined hybrid city/highway fuel economy of 84 MPGe and a total driving range of 566 miles.


Stow ‘n Go Seating

Stow ‘n Go seating is an innovative seating storage system that was first introduced by Chrysler in 2005 on the Chrysler Town & Country. Stow ‘n Go seats make it possible for users to easily fold the vehicle’s second- and third-row seats into storage compartments that are built-in to the floor of the vehicle. The unique feature gives users the ability to reconfigure the minivan’s cabin to accommodate large cargo on the drop of a dime. When the seats are not stored in the built-in floor storage compartments, those compartments can be used to store other items, which is extremely convenient when all of the vehicle’s seats are occupied with passengers.


Stow ‘n Go seats are patented by FCA and the only minivans available with Stow ‘n Go seats are the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Dodge Grand Caravan.


Want to become a member of the FCA, SRT or Mopar family? Want a vehicle that has Stow ‘n Go seats? How about a PHEV? You can get a vehicle that has those qualities at Miami Lakes Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Come by and see our selection of vehicles today!


Chrysler Pacifica – Beneficial Features for Families and Businesses


There’s no question that the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are excellent choices for families. The 2017 Pacifica has been named “Best New Family Car” by, it ranked Highest in Initial Quality in the minivan segment in the 2017 J.D. Power IQS, it was named “Best Buy” in the minivan segment by Consumers Digest, and it was the only minivan given a  Top Safety Pick+ rating by the IIHS  — wow — and that’s not even all of the awards.

All of those awards were for the 2018 model year, but little has changed with the 2018 model year Pacifica, and the other available minivans weren’t given many upgrades, so we expect the Pacifica to earn all of those titles again.

And although it is pretty clear that the Pacifica is one of the best (if not the best) family vehicles, all of the things that make the Pacifica a great family vehicle also make it a great investment for business owners. In fact, the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid may actually be even better options than the “mini” cargo vans that are on the market. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you all the ways a Chrysler Pacifica or a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are awesome options for businesses.

Cargo Volume

Buyers that are on the market for a mini cargo van, like a Ram ProMaster City, Ford City Connect or Chevy City Express, are in search of a vehicle that isn’t quite as big as a full-size cargo van, but a vehicle that offers a large covered area for cargo. And while cargo space is the goal of all of those vehicles, the Chrysler Pacifica actually has more cargo volume than those three options.

The Chrysler Pacifica has three rows of seats and it is equipped with Stow ‘n Go seating, a feature which allows users to easily fold the vehicle’s seats into storage compartments that are built-in to the floor. When the second- and third-row seats are folded up into their floor storage compartments, there is 140.5 cu. ft. of cargo capacity behind the first row of seats. The Chevy City Express only offers 122.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Ram ProMaster City only offers 131.7 cu. Ft. of cargo capacity and the Ford City Connect only offers 103.9 cu. Ft. of cargo capacity on the short wheelbase model and the long base model offers slightly more cargo capacity (149 cu. ft.) but that is only when the passenger seat is folded down!

Versatile Cargo Volume

Not only does the Chrysler Pacifica offer more cargo room than the other vans, but its versatile and easy-to-use Stow ‘n Go seats make the Chrysler Pacifica an excellent choice for people that need a vehicle for their business but also want to use it for their family. The Ford, Ram and Chevy “mini” cargo vans can be fitted with two or three rows of seats, but the seats are not easy to remove, so it wouldn’t be a practical option for someone that needs a large cargo space during the day and wants to bring their family to dinner in the vehicle at night. Additionally, when the Ford, Ram and Chevy “mini” cargo vans are fitted with additional seating, the max number of passengers they can carry is seven, the Chrysler Pacifica is available with seating for up to eight passengers.

Fuel Economy

The Chrysler Pacifica is available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and it’s an extremely fuel efficient option that saves money in fuel costs overtime, and it may also earn a business local and/or state tax credits and/or incentives, in addition to the $7,500 federal tax credit buyers qualify for.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an average combined city/highway hybrid fuel economy of 84 MPGe, which is significantly more than the combined city/highway fuel economy of the Chevy City Express (25 mpg), the Ram ProMaster City (24 mpg) or the Ford Transit Connect (23 mpg). To put those numbers into real life savings, estimates that the average driver of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will save $2,250 in fuel costs over five years in comparison to the average vehicle, whereas the other three vehicles will actually cost drivers more than $750 in fuel costs in comparison to the average vehicle in five years.  


In addition to the Pacifica’s Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS, the Chrysler Pacifica is available with preventative safety features like Perpendicular and Parallel Park Assist, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring System, and Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, and not only do those features help to ensure all of your employees are safe, but they also help to ensure that the business’ vehicle will never be out of service due to a collision.

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Stay Cool, Go to the Beach, Summer is a Breeze in the Chrysler Pacifica

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If you are looking for a vehicle that can handle the heat South Florida experiences almost year-round and a vehicle that has smart features for beach trips and summer road trips, you’re definitely going to want the Chrysler Pacifica or a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

In 2017, Chrysler replaced the Chrysler Town & Country with the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and not only is a great vehicle for families, but it is a great vehicle for families in Florida. The Pacifica has a number of innovative features that help keep the vehicle and passengers cool in hot weather as well as features that make visits to the beach stress-free.

Stay Cool Year-Round

Sunny and hot days aren’t few and far between in South Florida, so a vehicle that has features to combat the heat is more than just a convenient buy, it’s a smart buy. The Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid come standard with deep-tinted sunscreen glass around the entire vehicle, so buyers don’t have to worry about getting aftermarket tint to help keep the vehicle cool. The deep-tinted sunscreen glass protects passengers from the sun’s rays and it also obscures the view of objects inside the vehicle from other passing vehicles. Many Pacifica trims conveniently come standard with second-row window shades, and all trims above the Pacifica Touring L trim come standard with second- and third-row window shades.

To help keep all passengers comfortable and to help the vehicle cool down as fast as possible on a hot day, the Pacifica is available with a three-zone automatic A/C system, which allows each zone to automatically maintain the set temperature. Additionally, the Pacifica Limited and Pacifica Hybrid Limited feature ventilated front seats, which is a true luxury when a vehicle has been baking all day in the sun. Finally, the Pacifica Limited comes standard with the award-winning Tri-Pane Panoramic sunroof, and opening it up when cruising is a great way to cool the vehicle down, and when the sunroof is not open, there is a power sunshade to block out the sun’s rays.

Want to start cooling the vehicle down before you even get in the Pacifica? Several Pacifica trims come standard with a remote start system, which makes it possible for users to turn the vehicle on once the key fob is within 300 feet of the vehicle, or with the Uconnect mobile app!

24/7 Beach Ready

Not only is South Florida known for heat, but it is also known for its beaches, and the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have great features that make frequent trips to the beach a breeze. First, the Pacifica offers seating for seven or eight passengers (depending on the seating configuration), so there’s plenty of room for family and friends. Also, the Pacifica has a large trunk, which is a great place to store bigger beach items like tents, coolers and beach chairs, and when the trunk is full, the vehicle’s built-in floor storage compartments in the second- and third-row seats can be used to store smaller items like beach bags, beach toys and beach towels. Worried about what to do with valuables like wallets and purses while at the beach? Lock them up in the Pacifica’s large lockable glove compartment.

Don’t want to bring your new Pacifica to the beach because you’re worried about it getting covered in sand? The Pacifica has a few lines of defense against sand. First, there is the easy clean floor mats, which are standard on al Pacifica trims (an available option on the Pacifica L). Second, the Pacifica has an available Stow ‘n Vac, so parents or kids can easily vacuum out all of that sand the minute they are home.

Could you use the Chrysler Pacifica or Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to help you get through the summer in South Florida? Come by Miami Lakes Automall to check out all of our Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid inventory. The Miami Lakes Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram building is a brand new state-of-the-art dealership, and we have an excellent sales staff to answer any questions and go with you on a test drive! Shop at Miami Lakes Automall today.


All of the Chrysler Pacifica’s Innovative Features Surpass Other Minivans


Few vehicles have been able to dominate a vehicle segment like the Chrysler Pacifica has dominated the minivan segment. When Chrysler was designing the vehicle (Pacifica) to replace the Chrysler Town & Country, they strove to do the same thing they have always done with their minivans, create an innovative vehicle that is as technologically savvy as it is user-friendly. Here are some of the most innovative designs and technologies that the Chrysler Pacifica has.

Stow ‘n Go Seating

Stow ‘n Go Seating is not new to the minivan segment, but it is still one of the most desirable and user-friendly features in the vehicle world, and even though it’s been around for more than a decade, the feature is only available on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and that’s a big advantage of the Chrysler Pacifica.

The Stow ‘n Go seating system is an innovative seating feature because it is purposeful 100 percent of the time because it there are two functions and when one function is not in use, the other function can be used. The first major advantage of Stow ‘n Go seating is the ability users have to stow the second- and third-row seats into built-in floor storage compartments. When the seats are stowed, the area behind the front two seats is transformed into a large flat area  that has more than 140 cubic feet of room for cargo, which is generally only possible with a truck bed — but there’s even an advantage to this cargo space over the space in a cargo bed — this cargo space is covered and secure.  The seats are extremely easy to fold up and store and some Pacifica trims even have a power feature in which the vehicle can fold the seats up without additional help.

The second function of Stow ‘n Go seats is that users can utilize the built-in floor storage compartments to store other things (bags, purses, coolers, backpacks, sports equipment) when the compartment is not being used to store seats. That is a great advantage when traveling with a full van because passengers don’t have to crowd the aisles up with their personal belongings, they can just put them in the floor storage compartments.

Hybrid Powertrain + Regenerative Braking

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first and only minivan available on the market. Not only does it add to the list of fuel efficient vehicles, but it is one of the few fuel efficient vehicles that has seating for seven passengers — and that makes it pretty remarkable. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an internal combustion engine and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery and the engine and battery can work together in hybrid mode or independently power the minivan. The Pacifica Hybrid’s battery can power the van on pure electricity for 33 miles, and when the vehicle is working in hybrid mode, the Pacifica Hybrid has a combined city/ highway average of 84 MPGe.

Accompanying the hybrid powertrain is another innovative technology called regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is an awesome technology because it recycles energy being used to by the vehicle’s brakes into energy that can be used to recharge the battery. Regenerative braking is not unique to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, but it is still a new technology and the Pacifica is the only minivan that has it.

Want to learn about more of the innovative technology in the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid? Come in to Miami Lakes Automall to see a Chrysler Pacifica and test drive one. We are open seven days a week and we have a large selection of Chrysler models.



Understanding Brake Maintenance and Regenerative Brakes


Vehicle maintenance can be one of the most frustrating things about owning a car. Not only do most people have very little knowledge about most car parts, most people have even less information about how to know when car parts are functioning properly or not functioning properly, and that can result in a big car problem or wasting money to replace parts that didn’t need to be replaced. However, there are a couple basic car parts the normal consumer can feel confident about and one of those are a vehicle’s brakes.

Brakes are an essential part of a car, but unlike other important parts, they are actually relatively easy to see, so that means they are easy to check for yourself. Most brake maintenance is all about the brake pad.

Brake Pads

Most common brakes on non-performance vehicles feature two brake pads in each brake caliper. When the brake pedal is pushed, the brakes are hydraulically applied and the brake calipers squeeze the two brake pads together against the brake rotor, and that friction slows and stops the vehicle. The process involves a lot of heat, friction and energy, so over time brake pads wear thin and as they do, they stop functioning as well as they did when they were new.

Not only are brakes a little more user-friendly than other car parts because they can be seen and accessed fairly easily, but there’s usually a few different signs of worn brakes. One of the easiest ways to detect thin brake pads is by hearing a squeaking or squealing sound when the brakes are pushed. Other signs of worn brakes could be skidding, which is an indication the brakes are not catching, as well as grinding. In addition to the lack of safety when driving worn brake pads, drivers also risk damaging and warping the brake rotors, and that results in much higher repair costs.

While thin brake pads are a very common reason for faulty brakes, they are not the only cause. Faulty braking can also be caused by leaks in brake fluid or fluid or a brake line could be severed, and that results in a lack of brake fluid to pump the brakes. Other issues could also involve worn rotors. Thankfully, it’s not hard to check your brake pads yourself.

Checking Your Brake Pads at Home

If you think you may need to replace your brake pads, or just want to regularly check them, you can get a tool to do it. The tool is called a brake lining thickness gauge and it gets placed on to the brake pad to measure their thickness. Typically, brake pads need to be thicker than an eighth of an inch, so if your brake pads are thinner than that you should get them replaced. The new Miami Lakes Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram building is brand new and we have a state-of-the-art service department and we service all types of brake needs including replacing brake pads.

Regenerative Braking

The brakes on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are a little more interesting than brakes on vehicles equipped with a gas or diesel engine. The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a regenerative braking system, and it recycles the kinetic energy used to stop the brakes into energy to charge the vehicle’s battery. Regenerative brakes are an extremely innovative feature because they help recharge the battery while on the go and they also result in less base brake wear, so they last longer than non-regenerative brakes.

In Need of Service or Want to Learn More About the Pacifica Hybrid?

Come to Miami Lakes Automall, we have a great service department as well as a large selection of Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models. Miami Lakes Automall is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and we are open seven days a week.


Chrysler is Working on a Crossover

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Ever since Chrysler decided to downsize, news about the company has been a little quieter than it has been in the past. The Chrysler 300 is showing its age, and yes, we’ve heard about how great the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid are many times. What else is new? Chrysler needs to change things up. And we’re NOT talking about the Chrysler Portal concept, the “vehicle for millennials.” No, we need something new, and Chrysler has plans to tap into a new market with a crossover.

Honestly, we were wondering what took the automaker so long to think about joining in the crossover craze. Dodge has a few SUVs, and Jeep is an all-SUV or crossover lineup. But we don’t need to wonder anymore. During the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, FCA’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne, decided to tease the crowd with future FCA concepts. The big one that got people talking is none other than a crossover by Chrysler.

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica wins “Family Car of the Year” Award

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Chrysler has definitely pulled out all the stops when redesigning the Pacifica, and as a result, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica was awarded “Family Car of the Year” by at the North American International Auto Show.

According to editors, “Chrysler has a history of stuffing its minivans with innovations, and the Pacifica is no exception. It’s an achievement in practicality, from the improved Stow ‘n Go fold-flat seats to the available rear entertainment system that impresses even versus mobile devices. None of that costs you on the driving front, where the Pacifica pairs refined ride quality and quietness with a capable V-6. Following its 2017 model-year introduction, the minivan improved for 2018 thanks to newly standard safety features, a price reduction in base models and updated multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s as competitive as ever, and perhaps even more so.”  

Since the Pacifica is looked at as a family hauler, safety is key. There are more than 100 standard features plus even more available features like a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision alert. The first year the Pacifica was available, the Chrysler Pacifica was recognized as the first minivan to win “Best of” award. According to the experts, in order to determine the award winners, experts take three key criteria for every car that’s tested – quality, innovations and value. These are assets that experts consider for a well-rounded, award-worthy vehicle.

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is the best minivan for a number of different reasons, and the four that stand out the most are functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. While offering over 100 available safety and security features, the Chrysler Pacifica was also given a full-body facelift including an all-new platform that delivers exceptional powertrains and fuel efficiency.  Furthermore, the Chrysler Pacifica offers an abundance of comfort and convenience features like the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system. If all these amazing features weren’t enough, the Chrysler brand decided to kick things up a notch by adding the Pacifica Hybrid to the lineup. This Pacifica Hybrid’s advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain can achieve 84 miles per gallon equivalent while running on electric-only and 33 miles running solely on electric range.

“For 35 years, our Chrysler minivans have led the segment we created, and that continues in 2018 with the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid now adding 4G LTE Wi-Fi with unlimited data plans for $20 per month,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. “The Pacifica’s new, faster 4G LTE network speed creates an in-vehicle Wi-Fi Hotspot that keeps everyone in the family connected with up to eight mobile devices, making it easy to browse websites, check email and stream video. Passengers can also make the most of the class-exclusive Uconnect Theater system by utilizing the 4G hotspot to stream content via HDMI connected devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast or Apple TV.”

The Chrysler brand has made some additional adjustments to the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica lineup. For starters, Chrysler introduced the more affordable Chrysler Pacifica L as well as a new Hybrid trim, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus. To make things easier for consumers, Chrysler renamed the hybrid trims to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L and Chrysler Pacifica Limited and Hybrid Touring Plus. For the 2018 model year, the Chrysler Pacifica is available with the S Appearance Package that offers a customized, athletic look that includes black accents inside and out.

Test drive the all-new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica today at the Miami Lakes Automall Chrysler located in Miami Lakes, FL. For additional information, visit our website to view all available 2018 Chrysler Inventory.




Big Cost Savings with the Pacifica Hybrid

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When it comes to a family-friendly, budget-friendly and eco-friendly minivan, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is perfect choice that hits all the right notes. It was the Highest Ranked Minivan in the 2017 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study and its earned a number of other accolades since its release in 2017. It is also a seven-passenger vehicle that offers exceptional savings while lowering fuel costs due to its electric-only option.

Fuel Cost Savings

Drivers of the Chrysler Pacifica will definitely see savings in fuel costs in comparison to any other minivan on the market.

Electric and Hybrid Fuel Economy

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the most fuel efficient minivan on the market, so it is the most affordable when it comes to fuel costs. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can be driven on pure electricity for up to 33 miles (that also means it releases zero tailpipe emissions for all 33 miles) and it has a combined city/highway hybrid fuel economy of 84 MPGe.

Gas Fuel Economy

Even when the Pacifica Hybrid is only powered by its internal combustion engine, it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 32 MPG, which is great in comparison to all other minivans on the market. In fact, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna have a combined city/highway fuel economy of 22 MPG and the Kia Sedona and Dodge Grand Caravan have a combined city/highway fuel economy of 20 MPG, so the Pacifica Hybrid offers drivers a better combined city/highway fuel economy by 10-12 MPG in comparison to other minivan options, and that’s a pretty significant difference.

Fuel Costs

The fuel savings are best understood when it comes down to money. According to, the average driver will spend about $950 in fuel costs per year driving the Pacifica Hybrid, and that’s $750 less than the annual fuel cost of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna and $950 less than the annual fuel cost of the Kia Sedona and Dodge Grand Caravan.

The annual savings in fuel costs add up. estimates that drivers of the Pacifica Hybrid is save about $2,250 in fuel costs in five years in comparison to the average vehicle, and drivers all of the other minivan options spend $1,500 more in fuel costs in five years in comparison to the average vehicle.

Federal Tax Credit

Imagine receiving an income tax credit by just purchasing or leasing a car – too good to be true? Not with the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. In addition to the savings in fuel costs that drivers can expect, the Pacifica Hybrid also qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. That means taxpayers that owe federal taxes during the year they purchased the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will have a credit of up to $7,500. In addition to the federal tax credit, many states and local government also offer financial incentives like tax breaks or tax credits to residents who purchase a vehicle that has an alternative fuel powertrain like the Pacifica Hybrid.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

Finally, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a great vehicle option because it emits fewer emissions than any other available minivan. When the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is operated only by its battery, the Pacifica Hybrid emits zero emissions. So if a driver didn’t have a long commute and could charge up the battery every 33 miles, the Pacifica Hybrid would never release tailpipe emissions just like an EV.

Even when the Pacifica Hybrid uses its gas engine in hybrid mode, the vehicle reduces significantly less emissions than the other minivans. According to, the Chrysler Pacifica emits an average of 106 grams of tailpipe emissions per  mile and all of the other minivans emit more than 400 grams per mile.

Want to see if the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is as good as its fuel economy is? Test drive the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at Miami Lakes Chrysler and let us know what you think!




Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Makes Wards 10 Best Engines List

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“We knew this was a special project when we were asked to develop the most fuel-efficient minivan ever,” says Bob Lee, Head of Engine Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering – FCA North America. “Receiving this award, especially for the second time, validated our early conviction – as do reports from our customers.”

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been named on the Wards 10 Best Engines for the second year in a row. The 3.6-liter Pentastar eHybrid powertrain is considered by the editors at WardsAuto the most efficient and adds to an already significantly long list of achievements that Chrysler has won thus far.

Thanks to the Hybrids propulsion system, which combines the dual eFlite motor Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT) with a specifically adapted version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, the Pacifica Hybrid was given a rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe) combined in city and highway testing. Exceling on two other efficiency fronts, the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid has an EPA driving-range rating of 33 miles in electric mode and 570 in total miles.

The innovation of the Pacifica’s eFlite electrical variable transmission was developed by a team of in-house engineers. The EVT has the ability to retain the functionality that customers expect from minivans during a high-efficiency driving experience. Using a conventional electrification scheme, one motor is used to serve as a generator and a larger second motor is used to deliver power to the wheels. By using a one-way clutch, the eFlite’s gearbox enables the motor that is usually used only as a generator and depending on weather conditions, it delivers power to the wheels.

“The Pacifica Hybrid is a big, seven-passenger plug-in hybrid minivan with all the bells and whistles families have come to adore, but with 33 miles of full electric range and levels of fuel efficiency unimaginable just a few short years ago,” says the Senior Content Director of WardsAuto. “With most owners using their minivans to run errands and occasionally take a long-distance drive, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a stroke of genius” says, Judge Drew Winter.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid electric lifeline is the 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. As the battery life begins to deplete, the Pacifica Hybrid turns into a part-time electric vehicle and partially runs on the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine in order to increase energy and efficiency.The Pacifica Hybrid’s battery has the ability to recharge in as little as two hours when the 240-volt charger is used.

Interested in taking a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica for a test drive? Visit Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Miami, FL or visit our website for our available 2018 Chrysler Pacifica inventory. We look forward to hearing from you!