2018 Chrysler 300 v. Buick LaCrosse

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Driving a full-size luxury car that has plenty of space and modern technology can make all the difference in how you feel when you get in your car and how you feel when you get after your car once you have arrived at your destination. Two excellent full-size luxury cars are the Chrysler 300 and Buick LaCrosse, but what’s unique about them is they are two of the more affordable options in their class. If all that sounds good to you but your want to know which model would be a better buy for you, take a look at the comparison below.

Engine

The Chrysler 300 and Buick LaCrosse are both available with two engine options, and two of those options are fairly similar, but the other two are very different. Both the Chrysler 300 and Buick LaCrosse are available with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, and the engine in each model produces fairly similar horsepower and fuel economy. The 3.6L engine in the Buick LaCrosse generates 310 horsepower and averages 24 mpg combined/city highway and the 3.6L engine in the Chrysler 300 produces 292 horsepower and averages 23 mpg combined city/highway.

The other engine available on the Chrysler 300 is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. This engine is a great option for drivers that want a full-size luxury car that can perform a little more like a sports sedan. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine produces 363 horsepower, so drivers will never have to worry about getting up to speed when entering the highway.

The other engine option on the Buick LaCrosse is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist light, meaning the engine receives some help from a battery. The 2.5L engine produces 194 horsepower, so buyers that are interested in a powerful luxury sedan are going to want to go with the Chrysler 300.  

Interior Space

When it comes to full-size luxury sedans, the one feature that consumers are most concerned with is size — and the Chrysler 300 is the winner when it comes to passenger space and trunk space! The Buick LaCrosse and Chrysler 300 both offer front seat passengers almost the same amount of legroom – (42 inches in the Buick LaCrosse and 41.8 inches in the Chrysler 300),  but the Chrysler 300 offers back seat passengers 41 inches of legroom, which is 3.1 inches more than backseat passengers have in the Buick LaCrosse (Buick LaCrosse offers 38 inches of legroom in the backseat). Additionally, the Buick LaCrosse’s trunk offers buyers 14.3 cubic-feet of space, and the Chrysler 300 offers 16.3 cubic-feet of space, which can make a big difference when trying to fit an odd-sized object in the trunk.

Other Features

Both vehicles have modern tech features, but the Chrysler 300 does have a slight edge over the Buick LaCrosse. The Chrysler 300 is equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Uconnect 4.0, which is FCA’s proprietary infotainment system, a rearview backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Buick LaCrosse is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and OnStar.

There is quite a difference between both features when comparing their exterior design. The Chrysler 300 has a sleek, modern and sophisticated design. The LaCrosse’s exterior design is is a little more traditional looking than other full-size luxury sedans on the market.

Want to see what a Chrysler 300 looks and feels like up close? Miami Lakes Automall has dozens of Chrysler 300 models, and you can come by a test drive any of them today!

 

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Chrysler Adding to Entertainment Features in Chrysler Pacifica

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The Chrysler Pacifica is the best minivan on the market because it has it all. There’s not one feature the Chrysler Pacifica is missing. It has a huge cabin that can accomodate seven to eight passengers, excellent seat configuration qualities and best of yet, it has a phenomenal set of available entertainment features, which can make the difference between a boring car ride or a fun car ride.

Apple Music

FCA and Apple just partnered up to offer a free year long subscription to Apple Music to buyers of any FCA brand vehicle that features Apple CarPlay, which is a majority of FCA vehicles. The yearlong subscription provides users access to more than 42,000,000 songs for FREE, as well as a number of curated playlists. In addition to the playlists included with Apple Music, FCA also created some special playlists inspired by the drivers and characteristics of FCA vehicles. Here’s a look at the playlists inspired by Chrysler: 

Chrysler Playlists:

  • Kid Jams 4 The Fam: A new spin on children’s tunes that’ll bring out the kid in you
  • Carpool Sanity: Chill music for morning madness
  • Adult Ears Only: May contain grown-up words
  • Date Night: No Kids. All Romance.

UConnect Theater Package

The most advanced entertainment feature offered in the Chrysler Pacifica, and perhaps even the entire minivan segment, is the available Uconnect Theater Package. The Uconnect Theater Package provides two dual 10.1-inch screens that are located on the backs of the headrests of the front seats. The screens have USB and HDMI hookups and Bluetooth streaming capabilities, so they can play a variety of content. For example, if you aren’t too keen about letting TV entertain your kids at all times, there are a number of apps and educational programs that can be accessed. But the unique part about the Uconnect Theater Package is that the programs playing on the screens can be streamed through wireless headphones, which makes it possible for other people in the vehicle to listen to the radio rather than what’s playing on the screen.

Want to see if the entertainment options in the Chrysler Pacifica are enough to keep you and your family entertained? Come by Miami Lakes Chrysler to test out the inside of a Chrysler Pacifica. We can show you all of the best features and you can take one for a spin.

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Excellent Fuel Savings of the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

While the Chrysler Pacifica has some competition in the SUV and minivan segments, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s unique powertrain makes it a leader in fuel economy and versatility in both the SUV and minivan segments.

In 2017, Chrysler replaced the brand’s beloved minivan, the Chrysler Town & Country, with the new Chrysler Pacifica and a PHEV variant, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first minivan available with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, so not only does it offer consumers a large versatile space that accommodates people and/or cargo, it also has an excellent fuel economy, which is a rare find in a vehicle that’s as big as the Pacifica Hybrid.

Space

Interior cargo space is typically the one non-negotiable factor for people who are shopping for a vehicle as large as a minivan or a full-size SUV. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offers spacious seating for seven passengers, and it provides more legroom for second- and third-row passengers than most 7-passenger SUVs on the market. There is up to 39 inches of legroom in the second-row seats and 36.5 inches of legroom in the third-row seats.

Not only is the van spacious, but users can easily adjust the cabin layout to meet their needs. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with third-row Stow ‘n Go seating, so the third-row seats can easily be folded away to create a large space behind the second-row seats. The third-row seats are 60/40 split-folding seats so its possible for a user to fold down all three seats, two of the seats or only one of the seats.

Fuel Economy

The fuel economy of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is unmatched by any other vehicle that is as large as the Pacifica. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can be powered in a number of ways.

Electric

The minivan can travel up to 33 miles on pure electricity, so if a driver doesn’t have long distances to travel at once, it is definitely possible for a driver to do all or a majority of their driving powered by electricity, which is also 33 miles where no emissions are eliminated. When the Chrysler Pacifica is powered by pure electricity, fueleconomy.gov estimates that the cost to drive 25 miles is $1.30, which is dirt cheap compared to the cost of a large vehicle to travel 25 miles.

Gas

The best part about the Pacifica Hybrid is that it offers drivers solutions. Sure, driving on electricity is great for the environment and it reduces fuel costs, but that’s not always ideal, so the Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a gas-powered engine, too. The gas-powered engine is a more fuel efficient modified version of the 3.6-liter V6 engine that is found in the Chrysler Pacifica. When the Pacifica Hybrid is only powered by its gas engine, it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 32 mpg, again, still better than any other large passenger vehicle on the market.

Hybrid

Finally, the Chrysler Pacifica can be powered in hybrid mode, which is a combination of the gas-engine and battery-powered electric motors working together. When the Pacifica Hybrid is operating in hybrid mode it has a combined fuel economy of 84 MPGe, and a total driving range of 566 miles.

Want to get inside the Chrysler Pacifica to see if it is big enough for you? Come to Miami Lakes Automall to test drive and get inside a Pacifica Hybrid today. We can show you all of the innovative and helpful features that it offers.

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Chrysler Pacifica or Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – Which is Best For You?

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If you are on the market for a new minivan, and you want the best there is, then you’re decision is pretty easy, buy the Chrysler Pacifica. Easy, right? Well, now that’s out of the way, you need to decide whether you want the Chrysler Pacifica or the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Both are very similar, but there are some differences and those differences might be the deciding factor.

Seating

If you need a minivan that offers seating for eight passengers, you are going to want to go with the Chrysler Pacifica because it is available with three seats in the second-row. If eight passenger seating isn’t a must-have feature and seating for seven people is good enough, then the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is still an option.

Stow ‘n Go

One of the most loved features about the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system. Exclusive to FCA minivans, Stow ‘n Go seating makes it possible for users to easily fold select seats into storage compartments that are built-in to the floor. That capability is awesome because it makes it a breeze for people to reconfigure the cabin to accommodate large cargo whenever they need to. Other minivans only offer the ability to fold the top half of the seat flat or the option to completely remove the seats from the vehicle. Additionally, when the seats are not folded into their storage compartments, those storage compartments can be used to store other items, so it keeps the cabin nice and organized.

Stow ‘n Go seating is standard on the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, but there is one difference. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid only offers Stow ‘n Go seating in the third-row seats, and that’s because the battery that is a part of the vehicle’s powertrain is located under the second-row seats. The Chrysler Pacifica features Stow ‘n Go seating in the vehicle’s second- and third-row seats.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy and powertrain is the biggest difference between the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The Chrysler Pacifica has an internal combustion engine, and the engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which means the vehicle has an internal combustion engine as well as dual electric motors that are powered by a large battery, and overall the Pacifica Hybrid has a much better fuel economy.

Overall, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a much better fuel economy. The Chrysler Pacifica averages 18 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 22 mpg, and it has a total driving range of 418 miles on a single tank of gas. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid actually has a few different fuel economies. When the Chrysler Pacifica  is only powered by its internal combustion engine, it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 32 mpg; when the vehicle’s electric motor and engine work together in hybrid mode, the vehicle averages 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent); additionally, the Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 33 miles when only powered its battery. Thanks to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s increased fuel economy, the Pacifica Hybrid has a total driving range of 566 miles when the vehicle has a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery.

Cost

The Chrysler Pacifica has four trims that have a lower starting price than the lowest starting price of the most affordable Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid , but if money is your deciding factor, there are some other things you should consider. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit and buyers can benefit from the tax credit when they do the taxes for the year they bought their vehicle. So if a buyer can use that tax credit to their advantage, the cost of the Pacifica Hybrid would theoretically be reduced to $32,495 (plus destination fee), which is $100 less than the Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus (starting MSRP $32,595 (plus destination fee)), which has the exact same features.

Additionally, the fuel savings of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will save drivers money throughout the time they own the vehicle. According to FuelEconomy.gov, the average driver will spend about $1,900 in fuel costs per year with the Chrysler Pacifica. However, Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver will only spend about $950 per year in fuel costs driving the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. So essentially, every year, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will cost $950 less to drive. In five years, that adds up to a total savings of $4,750!

Want to come and see what the differences of the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are like for yourself? Come to Miami Lakes Automall to test drive them both! We can show you all of the different features so you can decide for yourself.

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica v. 2018 Honda Pilot

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A tough decision for parents looking for a new vehicle that is big enough for their big family is whether to choose an SUV or a minivan. While some minivans don’t compare to the convenience or style of some of the SUVs on the market, the Chrysler Pacifica does, and it actually surpasses some of the best SUVs on the market, even the Honda Pilot, which has earned a number of awards through the years.

Here’s a look at how the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Pilot compare.

Engines, Fuel Economy and Towing

The engine on the Honda Pilot and the Chrysler Pacifica are pretty similar, but the Chrysler Pacifica’s engine is a little better. The Chrysler Pacifica has a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, and the Pacifica has a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway. The Honda Pilot is equipped with a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and it gives the Honda Pilot an average fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The biggest difference between the engine of the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Pilot is their towing capacities. The Chrysler Pacifica has a towing capacity of 3,600 pounds and the Honda Pilot has a standard towing capacity of 1,500 pounds and a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

Interior Dimensions

One of the most important vehicle aspects for big families is a vehicle that has a big, spacious interior and the Honda Pilot and Chrysler Pacifica both have seating for eight passengers, which is one of the highest seating capacities on the market, however, the Chrysler Pacifica provides more room for passengers and significantly more room for cargo than the Honda Pilot.

The Chrysler Pacifica provides 41.1 inches of legroom for front seat passengers, 39 inches of legroom for second-row passengers and 36.5 inches of legroom for third-row passengers, and all of those measurements are bigger than those of the Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot offers 40.9 inches of legroom for front seat passengers, 38.4 inches of legroom for second-row passengers and 31.9 inches of legroom for third-row passengers. So families (and or anyone else) that will be using all of the vehicle’s seats fairly often will really benefit from the additional 4.6 inches of legroom for third-row passengers and additional 1.6 inches of legroom for second-row passengers.

Consumers looking for a large family vehicle that also provides a lot of cargo room will want to go with the Chrysler Pacifica. The trunk in the Chrysler Pacifica provides 32.3 cubic-feet of space and the trunk in the Honda Pilot is about half the size as it only provides 16.5 cubic-feet of space. The second- and third-row seats of both vehicles can be folded down to make room for large cargo, but the Chrysler Pacifica provides more room for cargo and a much more convenient way to create that room. The Chrysler Pacifica is equipped with Stow ‘n Go seating, which makes it possible for users to fold down the seats in the second- and third-rows into storage compartments built-in to the floor. When the third-row seats in the Chrysler Pacifica are folded down there is 87.5 cubic-feet of storage space and when the third-row seats of the Honda Pilot are folded down there is 46.8 cubic-feet of storage space. Finally, when the second-row seats in the Chrysler Pacifica are folded down there is 140.5 cubic-feet of cargo space and when the second-row seats in the Honda Pilot are folded down there is 83.9 cubic-feet of cargo space.

Entertainment and Tech

The Chrysler Pacifica also provides better standard tech options than the Honda Pilot. The Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, whereas the Honda Pilot only comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen. Additionally, the Chrysler Pacifica is available with the Uconnect Theater Package, which includes to digital touch screens, wireless headphones and Bluetooth capability for games and the capability to watch TV shows and movies.

Price

Finally, the Chrysler Pacifica is an excellent option for families because it has a more affordable base trim. The Pacifica has a starting MSRP of $26,995 (plus destination fee) and the Pilot has a starting MSRP of $30,900 (plus destination fee).

Want to check out ll of the benefits of the Chrysler Pacifica? Come to Miami Lakes Chrysler and check out our available inventory. We’ll even give you a good deal on your Honda Pilot if you’re ready to trade it in for a vehicle that will offer you even more options.

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7 Models at Miami Lakes Automall Qualify for Federal Tax Credits

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Miami Lakes Automall is the best place to go car shopping because we sell seven different brands, so we offer hundreds of makes and models, including seven different vehicles that qualify for a federal tax credit. However we have noticed a lot of our customers don’t know what the federal tax credit is, so we’re here to explain.

About the Federal Tax Credit

Vehicles that have a battery large that is enough to power the vehicle are eligible for a federal tax credit, so that includes electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The tax credit amount that a vehicle receives is based on the size of a battery and the maximum tax credit is $7,500.

Savings on Top of the Federal Tax Credit

Miami Lakes Automall sells seven vehicles that qualify for the federal tax credit and we expect that number to increase in the the future. Though the federal tax credit is a nice incentive for people to invest in EVs or PHEVs, the savings in fuel costs from driving an EV or PHEV is another great incentive.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Savings

For instance, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a minivan PHEV and it qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit, but its fuel efficiency will save drivers a ton in fuel costs in just one year, and there are huge savings after driving the minivan for five years.

According to fueleconomy.gov, drivers of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can expect to spend about $950 a year in fuel and in five years drivers can expect to save $2,500 in fuel costs in comparison to the average vehicle. However, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 33 miles when powered only by its battery, so if a driver doesn’t have a long daily commute or they can charge up while at work, a driver could do a majority of their driving powered by electricity, and that would increase savings a lot.

Savings on All EVs and PHEVs Available at Miami Lakes Automall:

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $7,500
Battery: 16 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 33 miles
MPGe: 84 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $950
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $2,500
Starting MSRP: $39,995 (plus destination fee)

Chevrolet Bolt EV

EV
Federal Tax Credit: $7,500
Battery: 60 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 238 miles
MPGe: 119 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $550
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $4,500
Starting MSRP: $37,495 (plus destination fee)

Chevrolet Volt

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $7,500
Battery: 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 53 miles
MPGe: 106 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $700
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $3,750
Starting MSRP: $34,095 (plus destination fee)

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $4,919
Battery: 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery
Total Electric Distance: 29 miles
MPGe: 103 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $800
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $3,250
Starting MSRP: $35,210 (plus destination fee)

Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: coming soon
Battery: 8.9 kWh lithium polymer battery
Total Electric Distance: 26 miles
MPGe: 105 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $700
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $3,750 (plus destination fee)
Starting MSRP: $27,900

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $5,836
Battery: 12 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 22 miles
MPGe: 74 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $1,200
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $1,250
Starting MSRP: $34,595 (plus destination fee)

Want to come and see what each of these vehicles is like in person? Come by Miami Lakes Automall, and you can test drive all of these vehicles and we can answer any questions you may have!

 

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2018 Chrysler 300C is a High-End Large Sedan

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Available since 2005, the Chrysler 300 has evolved into what is one of the market’s more affordable luxury sedans. While many people don’t think of Chrysler being a luxury brand, the Chrysler 300 is nothing but luxury, and of the five available trims, the Chrysler 300C is the most luxurious.

Taking things up a notch, the Chrysler 300C is equipped with a 363-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, rather than the 3.6L V6 engine that is standard on the other 300 trims. The 5.7L HEMI V8 engine is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and together the engine and transmission produce 394 lb-ft of torque, which provides a very smooth acceleration.

Luxuries for the South Florida Climate

The interior of the Chrysler 300 is where the 300 really outshines other full-size sedans. All seats in the Chrysler 300 are covered in soft leather and heated, and the front seats are ventilated, which is a great feature in a place as hot as South Florida. Other features that help the driver and passengers beat the heat include the front and rear solar control glass, dual automatic dual zone air conditioning, heated and cooled front cup holders and the available power backlight sunshade.

Sleek Interior

The Chrysler 300C has a lot of little details that make the interior look and feel like a luxury space on wheels. The interior is available in three different color schemes, deep mocha, black and a combination of indigo and linen. The dashboard features a large 8.4-inch touchscreen, an analog clock, an outside temperature display, a compass gauge and a luxury steering wheel. Additionally, the cabin has an air filtering system that keeps the air fresh. The vehicle is equipped with a 12-volt center console power outlet, and there is also an available wireless charging pad by Mopar.

Advanced Technology

All of the entertainment and tech features in the Chrysler 300C are top-of-the-line. The 8.4-inch touchscreen is a high-resolution full-color display and it is synced up to an HD digital radio and Uconnect 4C, which is the most up-to-date and advanced infotainment system offered by FCA. The Uconnect 4C system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and it is linked up to a premium 6-speaker system, and a 10-speaker BeatsAudio sound system is available. Drivers can easily control the vehicle’s entertainment system via the touchscreen, integrated voice command with Bluetooth or the controls on the steering wheel.

Exterior

The exterior of the Chrysler 300C is just as snazzy as the interior. The Chrysler 300 has smooth curves and a platinum grille and it rides on 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. The vehicle has a dual rear exhaust with bright tips, and the  exterior mirrors are power, heated and chrome. Buyers have the option of a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and a remote fuel door release is a nice convenience feature.

The 300C’s lighting is exceptional. Fog lights come standard and the front headlights are wrapped in chrome bezels and the lights are adaptive bi-xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps that feature an automatic headlamp leveling system. The tail lights are also wrapped in chrome and they are LED lights.

Want to see how luxury the Chrysler 300C really is? Come by Miami Lakes Chrysler and take some of our available Chrysler 300 models for a test drive. We’re sure you’ll be impressed by the vehicle’s interior, handling and power.

 

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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.

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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

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

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

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

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!

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Chrysler Pacifica – Beneficial Features for Families and Businesses

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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 Cars.com, 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, fueleconomy.gov 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.  

Safety

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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