Chrysler Pacifica’s Panoramic Sunroof is Perfect for the Fourth of July

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How amazing does watching Fourth of July fireworks from a convertible sound? Reclined and relaxed in your seat with music on and fireworks from every direction. Sounds pretty great, right? However, for some people a convertible just isn’t practical because many convertible models are small and others are expensive, but there is another optio

The Chrysler Pacifica (a minivan) has an award-winning Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof and it gives all passengers (up to 7 or 8, depending on its configuration) an excellent overhead view, so it would be an ideal vehicle for viewing fireworks on the Fourth of July.

As the name implies, the Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof provides a pane of glass over all three rows of seats. The dual-pane above the front and second-row seats can be opened with the touch of a button, and the third-row pane is fixed, but it still provides a view of the sky above.

Worried about the panes being too hot in the dead of summer? The overhead glass is deep-tint glass and there are available power sunshades to keep the sun out when not in use.
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We Miss the Chrysler 300 SRT – Let’s Review its Awesomeness

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Ever since Chrysler ended production on the Chrysler 300 SRT8 in 2014, the brand has slimmed down their lineup in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean the model is long forgotten, in fact, the Chrysler 300 SRT is still available in the Middle East, and customers ask us about it all the time. Here’s a look back at the Chrysler 300 SRT8 — we’d love to see it make a comeback.

  • A crazy powerful 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine.
  • All-wheel drive was an available drivetrain option.
  • An upscale and luxurious cabin with a smooth and quiet ride.
  • Heated front seats and leather upholstery.
  • 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires of course.

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Different Types of #Vanlife and Accessories for Each

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Have you heard about the lifestyle trend that lives by the hashtag, #VanLife? If not, it’s a lifestyle that some people have embraced to simplify their lives. These folks have transformed their minivan into a mobile home and are using it to travel and explore the country. Of course we don’t all have the luxury to turn our van into a temporary living space and travel, but there are a couple ways you can use some of the #VanLife inventions to make your everyday life much easier in your minivan.

Family Van

This is the #vanlife you think about first most likely! Although not all van owners have families, many do. To make your trips to school, play dates, and so on easier, check out these accessories:

  • A portable vacuum to clean up messes (the Chrysler Pacifica is actually available from the factory with a built-in vacuum).
  • Seat covers to minimize mess!
  • Back seat organizers to hold toys.
  • Either a portable DVD player/laptop or go all out with the available DVD players in vans (your kids will love you).

The Travel Van

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Technology Is So Good Maserati Wants It

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Chrysler Pacifica hybrid technology is good, so good that the Italian performance automaker, Maserati, wants to borrow it. Yep, you heard that right. Maserati will be producing the Maserati Levante Hybrid, which will be a luxury SUV and it will have parts and technology borrowed from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Not too many details regarding the Levante and parts from the Pacifica have been released, but we can show you why the hybrid technology is so good Maserati wants it. Check it out:

  • The Chrysler Pacifica hybrid comes with the standard 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with dual electric motors.
  • In addition to the engine and dual electric motors is a 16 kWh battery.
  • Despite the fact that this is a hybrid van, the engine, battery and motor produces 260 horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque.
  • The battery only takes 2 hours to fully charge with the powerful 240-volt charger and 14 hours with a 120-volt charger.

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Tackle Your Summer Reading List While Driving in the Car

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Are you tired of listening to the same songs on the radio over and over again? Next time you are bored in traffic, why don’t you try something new like an audiobook? In addition to books on tape or CD there is also Audible, which is an app that makes it easy for users listen to download and listen to books while on-the-go, not to mention audiobooks are a great way to keep your mind off the traffic as well as your eyes on the road. How many times did you take your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to change the radio station on your way into work this morning?

Whether you want to download Audible and play it via Bluetooth or you’d rather buy a CD at a bookstore, the Chrysler Pacifica has both features to make it easy to listen. Don’t worry about “boring” the kids either, the Pacifica is available with the Uconnect Theater Package and it’s dual-screens also come with wireless headphones, so everyone can listen to their own thing.

Finally, audiobooks are great because they will help you tackle and finish all of the books on your summer reading list. If you aren’t sure which book to start with, we’ve included a couple suggestions below.

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Help Prepare Your Teen Driver Ready To Drive Alone This Summer

Prepare your teen driver to drive alone this summer

Is your teen getting ready to drive? If so, you understand how much of a scary and exciting time it can be. Preparing your teen to drive to the best of you ability is key for their safety and your ease of mind. Follow this guide and let all the worry turn to excitement and pride!

Teach Them to Drive

Are you prepared to let your child take over the driver’s seat? Studies prove that many parents don’t prepare their child as much as they think they do to get their license. It seems like parents are great at showing the basics, but forget about that hazards that come with driving and how to avoid them. With that being said, the tips below will help ensure your teen is prepared to drive safely even in rough conditions.

  • Don’t just take them out for practice during the day, make sure they drive at night as well, and many times, that way they are prepared for night driving and how it impacts their vision.
  • Allow them to drive in all conditions. Up north that would mean snow, but here in Florida it means during rainy days. They need to get a feel for driving safely in any type of weather they could experience.
  • Don’t just practice locally, on the same roads. Practice on all types of roads and during all times of the day including rush hour. The driving test may not require them to go out on the highway in Florida, but they will need to know how to, and you want them to do so as safe as possible.
  • Teach them about distraction, keeping their eye on the road and monitoring other driver’s behavior. They need to know when and how to avoid accidents especially if another driver on the road is distracted.

Driving Classes

Driving classes have several benefits for your teen driver! First, it allows them to learn from a professional, who knows to teach them things you might not have thought of. In addition, your teen driver can rack up the needed hours and practice for getting their license even when all the adults in the family are busy. Finally, in many cases, taking driving classes will lower the new drivers insurance rates, which is an awesome bonus for mom and dad.

Are They Ready?

Okay, so they have practiced all they can, know all they need to know for the test, but are the ready to be driving alone? As a parent, it is your call to make that decision. Here are some questions to ask yourself, if you answer yes to all, they are ready to go! If not, keep practicing with them until you believe they meet all the criteria to be driving alone.

  • Do you trust they will continue the driving habits taught by you and/or driving school even when no adult is present?
  • Are they confident of their driving abilities?
  • Do they understand all the driving laws including curfew, texting and driving laws, and more?
  • Do they follow the speed limit and all the road rules?

Now, need a new car for your teen driver? We have plenty of safe options at Miami Lakes Automall, check out our inventory online here.

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The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is Excellent for a College Student – Yes, Really

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Is your high school graduate headed off to college this summer or fall? If so, send them off knowing they are safe and happy with a new vehicle. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is brand new and is the perfect vehicle for a college student. Just because it is van doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Chrysler has already broken that stigma this year. Still not sure? Read on!

Chances are your college student is like many other millennials and values fuel efficient vehicles. The Pacifica Hybrid has a 3.6-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission paired with dual electric motors and a 16 kilowatt-hour battery. This combination allows for a total range of up to 566 miles, fully electric range of 34 miles, and EPA estimated 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent).

There is no question that your college student likes to have as much tech as possible in their vehicle. That is why the Chrysler Pacifica is loaded up with the latest tech. The van comes standard with plenty of entertainment technology, but also has plenty of additional options. The Pacifica comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth streaming, and a 5-inch touchscreen with the UConnect 5.0 system. In addition features like a 20-speaker system, UConnect 8.4 with the 8.4-inch touchscreen, HD radio, and SiriusXM radio are available upgrades. [click to continue…]

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Mom (Think Commute and Car)

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Mother’s Day is coming up, do you have a gift for Mom yet? Sometimes picking out a gift for Mother’s Day can be tricky, but if your mom has a daily commute that she dreads, there are some really great things you can get her and she’ll be able to use them all year.

Heat Protection

Steering wheel, seat and sunshade covers are great Mother’s Day gifts since summer is around the corner! These accessories help keep a car cool even in the heat of summer and there are tons of different patterns, styles and materials. No one wants to burn themselves on the steering wheel or seats.

Audio Books

If your mom has a daily commute that is longer than 20 minutes each way, consider purchasing her an audiobook or a monthly subscription to an audiobook app like Audible. There are hundreds of thousands of books ranging from fiction to non-fiction to motivational to humor and listening to a good book does wonders to pass the time sitting in traffic.

Not Your Ordinary Air Freshener

If your mom is adamant about having an nice smelling car, spending some extra money to buy her a long lasting air freshener in a nice fragrance could be a great gift for Mom. If she’s into candles, you could see what types of scented candles she buys to get a better idea of what scent to pick out.

Help Her Organize

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Chrysler Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go Seating is Convenient for Campers

Chrysler Pacifica stow 'n go seating

The Stow ‘n Go storage management system in the Chrysler Pacifica can be used for more than just cargo. Check out the ways below to use the Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go seating and fall even more in love with the van.

Makeshift Bed

Yes, of course the van has plenty of room to pack camping gear, but what about turning the van into a camper? The second- and third-row seats in the Pacifica can easily be folded flat into built-in floor storage compartments and that creates a massive space for at least two people to sleep in the back of the van. Whether you want to pad the floor space with a small air mattress or a few blankets that rear space could be a great alternative to sleeping on the ground in a tent. [click to continue…]

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“Waymo” News About Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

 

FCA Delivers more Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to Waymo

In the last few weeks, there has been “waymo” news about the Chrysler Pacifica and while that is a pun on one piece of the news, there really has been a lot of news.

First, Chrysler is producing “waymo” (last time we use it) Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s for Google’s company, Waymo. Starting next month Chrysler will begin production on another 500 models, bringing the number of Pacifica Hybrid models Waymo has is 600 models. Once Waymo receives the models, they will begin outfitting them with tech to make that makes the Pacifica Hybrid a self-driving PHEV minivan.

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