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 have polarizing opinions; the realization that you might need one for your growing family is imminent. Either way, minivans were purpose-built for family commuting, and now with Pacifica by Chrysler out in the market, it serves as a handy family assistant. Let’s take a look at what this family favorite in the plug-in form of a hybrid can offer.  

You’ll find a 3.5-liter V6 eHybrid engine under the hood with two electric motors mated to an eFlite Si-EVT transmission. These motors combined make 260 horsepower that is plenty to get the van moving in the right direction very quickly. The switch between gas to electric is almost entirely seamless.  

It is learning to modify your driving habits to take full advantage of your new hybrid. Definitely something worth learning. It’s easy on the throttle, and it uses the regenerative braking, whenever possible, to help to charge the battery and is as smooth as possible on all occasions.   

The exterior styling for some models can be sporty and sleek, even for a van. Some models come with red velvet paint matched to black wheels which can set the van apart from other minivans. Even the wheel distinction can be pleasing to look at as well.

Up front, you’ll find LED daytime lights with projector lamps and LED tail lamps with regular bulbs for braking. Overall, it’s a sleek and functional looking van. Not something you’ll want to dismiss just because it doesn’t fit the norm.

Kids will fall in love with the inside, and drivers (and parents alike) will be satisfied with what is being offered. Up front, there will be an entertainment center for the ages. There is also a rotary gear selector which cleans up the dashboard and provides more room for console and seating.

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. An all-in-one console for all of the tech available.   

Just below are the controls for front and rear HVAC. Under all the storage cubbies and rubber flooring, you’ll find that the rubber flooring will keep things from sliding around when on the road. The center console is big enough that it can hold a small diaper bag, iPads, cups, and even toys.

The middle-row seating is comfortable enough even for adults, but the real kicker is the touchscreens that are built into the seats, and they also have game preloaded unto them. The third row holds three people, and even 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 large surface. Fold all of the seating, and you can have a makeshift panel van. If wanting extra space, you can make it yourself with all of the hidden storage available.

The Pacifica drives like a luxury vehicle, making it smooth over bumps and easy to drive on the highway and the drive in town. And with the plug-in capability, it’s an easy (and excellent) way to cruise in town in EV mode. Other features included are parking assist and parallel parking assist, you can find a spot and semi-autonomously park the van.   

This van can cover all of the bases a family could need or want. Even with the ability to drive in full electric mode is something efficient. The all-wheel-drive option will be ideal, but the hybrid plug-in option is, indeed.  

Chrysler claims 82 MPGe and 30 mpg. It’s tough to calculate mileage when it’s charged every night. But with the ability to switch between hybrid and EV mode, the gasoline slowly if you’re not in the highway commuting.

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 Pacifica and Dodge Durango Named ‘Best Family Cars for 2019’ by Digital Trends

Digital Trends has named two FCA US vehicles on their “Best Family Cars for 2019” list. The Dodge Durango SRT and the Chrysler Pacifica which earned the title of the best car for large families and best performance family car, respectively, based on practicality, technology and driving a pleasure. “The Pacifica proves that minivans are still the best option for buyers who need to haul a lot of people or stuff,” Digital Trends said. 

“The Dodge Durango SRT shows that family cars can be fun and quick. Aside from its awesome HEMI power, the Durango SRT also ticks practical family-car boxes.” The Digital Trends automotive team tests the vehicles through a comprehensive scrutinizing method. They examine all of the qualities of the exterior and interior and judge them based on their experience and expertise in the context of the vehicle’s category and price range. 

Digital Trends:

Digital Trends started back in 2006, and they have placed their focus on all kinds of technology that customers come into contact with every day. Digital Trends reviews technologies making sure that they are fun, have a luxurious design, and are easy to use. After the tabulation of the data, they publish what they have gathered on the internet.

As for automobiles, the Digital Trends automotive team follows a strategic and comprehensive process for testing the vehicles. The team looks at all of the vehicle crevices such as the exterior, the interior, and also takes them for a test drive. This allows for a more complete experience, which provides for the test drivers to test the entertainment and technology features available, as well as putting the safety features to work in a controlled environment. 

2019 Chrysler Pacifica and 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

“The Pacifica proves that minivans are still the best option for buyers who need to haul a lot of people or stuff…The Dodge Durango SRT shows that family cars can be fun and quick. Aside from its awesome HEMI power, the Durango SRT also ticks practical family-car boxes.” – Digital Trends.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is an obvious choice. The Chrysler Pacifica is an innovative addition in the minivan segment, as the Chrysler Pacifica has a lot of space and seats up to eight people (driver included). The second-row and third-row Stow ‘n Go seats fold into the floor of the cabin, which provides for 140.5 cubic feet behind the first row (driver and front passenger). Consumers can expect up to 87.5 cubic feet behind the second row when the third-row seats are folded away, and 32.3 cubic feet when the third row is in use.

There are over 100 available security and safety features that are present in the lineup. Technologies, like the available 4G WiFi and the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, offer more convenience and comfort. The Chrysler Pacifica is a proven qualifier in the market, and the Dodge Durango SUV is an excellent combination of driving range, technology, aggressive styling, and class-leading towing. However, when Dodge decided to put a 475hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood, it changed everything. 

The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and run a quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds. It also has its share of entertainment features which will satisfy the passengers. It has the Uconnect 4C with navigation on an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto and HD Radio. Customers can opt for a rear DVD entertainment system or rear-seat video system to upgrade the SUV even further. 

About Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have reawakened the minivan segment with its unprecedented level of versatility, functionality, bold styling, and technology. The vehicle has been re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform. The Pacifica Hybrid, however, takes this revolutionary vehicle one step further with its innovative and advanced hybrid powertrain. 

About Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango’s have a combination of advanced technology, uncompromised utility, class-leading towing, aggressive styling, and the driving range has a confident driving dynamics. Dodge feeds off of Durango’s proven service, performance, and comfort with the new SRT model. Durango has a standard eight-speed automatic transmission which is paired with the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which has a 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque

The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT only comes in an all-wheel drivetrain and it starts at $63,245 (plus destination fee).

You can search the inventory of Dodge Durango and 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 2020 Chrysler Voyager Already Has A Price

The new Chrysler Voyager base L trim will have a starting price of $28,480. It will already include the destination charge, according to carsdirect.com. The LX trim level will go for $31,290 (plus destination fee). The LXI will go for $34,490 (plus destination fee), but that will be entirely available to fleet buyers.

The Voyager is visually and mechanically indistinguishable to the Pacifica. The lower price is because some amenities were removed from the minivan. Features like adaptive cruise control and the automatic emergency braking aren’t available, according to carsdirect.com.

All models on the Voyager come with a seven-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and there’s a 3.5-inch display in the instrument cluster as well. The LX gets features such as satellite radio and captain’s chairs for the second row, and not the L’s bench. As ab option, there is also a driver assistance tech suite that includes rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, and cross-path detection. Also available on the LX is a roof rack and roof-mounted DVD player.

Here’s a comparison: the 2019 Pacifica starts at $28,730, and that includes the $1,495 destination fee, even though Chrysler currently shows $1,500 in inducement on its online layout, which takes the price to $27,230. As of this writing, it’s possible to get a new Pacifica for less money than the Voyager. The cost for the Chrysler goes as high as $46,190 for the Limited trim, or it can go up to $47,290 for the most expensive Hybrid.

The Voyager name is a name that’s been revived once again. It fits perfectly with the legacy that the minivan has. In its previous generations, there was the Plymouth Voyager, it was considered as the low-priced version of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan.

Chrysler worked to keep things financially moderate on the Voyager by eliminating the splashy options from the menu. The infotainment begins and ends with the seven-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The driver assistance tech will be limited to rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, and the rear cross-traffic detection and items, like adaptive cruise control and autonomous braking, aren’t offered.

And only the fleet model gets ritzy treats like leatherette seats, second-row Stow ‘n Go chairs, and remote start. The LX only goes so far as second-row quad seats and in-floor storage bins. It has the same sheet metal and the 287-horsepower, Pentastar V6, nine-speed transmission under the hood, with only the black door handles and badging giving Voyager owners away.

The Voyager has been absent since retiring in 2016. A new Voyager hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 2003 since having its mechanical twins the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country. The next-gen Voyager will be just as affordable as the Pacifica minivan.

There wasn’t much to be done to make the Voyager affordable in such short notice. So FCA has decided to create an affordable Pacifica spin-off, instead. The 2020 Chrysler Voyager will thus start as nothing other than the entry-level Pacifica L which costs $27,000 and LX, which starts at $30,000.

The Voyager-exclusive LXi trim level will be the only to get Stow N’ Go seats. With a higher price tag, it’ll also receive leatherette seats and remote start. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will come standard.

As it’s a Pacifica spin-off, the Voyager will come with its stablemate’s powertrain as its sole option. The powertrain is a 3.6L V6 which can produce 287 horsepower. The engine will have a nine-speed automatic transmission which directs all of the power to the front of the vehicle.

The Chrysler Voyager threatens to replace the Pacifica as FCA’s go-to minivan thanks to the lower price tag that it comes in. The Pacifica is bound to receive a new, higher price tag across the board. It’ll be interesting to see the final sales figures for both nameplates after 2020.

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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