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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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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Chrysler Partners with Disney and Pixar to Promote Toy Story 4 and the Pacifica

Toy Story 4 is around the corner, and Chrysler has partnered with the film to promote the movie and the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. It’s a match made in movie heaven, at least in the advertising world. Chrysler teamed up with Disney and Pixar to cross-hype the new Pacifica minivan and the movie in an online video promo.  

On the 30-second ad, spot stars gather all of the iconic characters that we’ve known from the Toy Story series. Including old favorites like Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The crossover advertisement works quite well since it brings nostalgia to either to those who watched it (the kids) or those who bought the tickets (the parents).

The characters from the movie are having a little dance party in the back of the Chrysler, and it comes complete with music and lights. During the commercial, many of the key interior features of the minivans are promoted, which include the built-in Stow ‘n Vac vacuum cleaner. Also included are two large screens behind the front seat headrests, and the second-row seats which can be seamlessly stowed under the floor at the press of a button.

The partnership is a no-brainer, as Disney supports the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. The video shows off through the hijinx of Pixar’s animated toys, which equips the family-friendly vehicle with the U-Connect Theater that plays games, apps, and two 10-inch touch screens mounted on the back of the front seats. Also included are hands-free power sliding doors and an onboard vacuum cleaner and flat-fold rear seating for dance parties and grocery shopping.    

Across the board, new car buyers are leaning more towards crossovers and SUV over sportier vehicles, particularly those with families and both the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have a lot going for them. The Pacifica Hybrid is has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired to two electric motors and a CVT transmission. The vehicles all-electric range of 33 miles and an EPA fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe.   

When the teaser dropped it consisted of an animated spork having a mini freak out but the trailer has a more wistful tone. The new characters in the movie are voiced by comedy duo Key and Peele which make Buzz Lightyear “your mom” jokes. When the final scene of the movie airs it will presumably follow in the footsteps of previous films and will walk a line between the emotional and comedic side.

CHRYSLER’S PROMOTION CAMPAIGN:

The toys are back in movie theaters (June 21, 2019) and what better way than to kick it off with a few friends such as Alaska Airlines, Babybel®, Chevrolet and The Laughing Cow® to join the party. Chrysler is getting the party started with a new television commercial that spotlights the Chrysler Pacifica and a few characters that we’ve seen before. The Chrysler Pacifica is the most clever minivan in its class with exclusive-to-the-segment attribution such as Stow ‘n Go seating, hands-free power sliding doors, and Uconnect Theater with two 10-inch touchscreens. The Pacifica is America’s first hybrid minivan, and it delivers an all-electric range of 32 miles and driving range of 520 miles, providing a no-compromise vehicle when it comes to efficiency and comfort.

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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