For prominent families, crossover and SUV vehicles are all the rage at the moment. When it comes to kid- and cargo-hauling, the minivan is what people think of. That’s where the Chrysler Pacifica comes in.
The Chrysler Pacifica is known as one of the best vans available at the moment in the United States today, and the reason is valid. It comes from a trusted automaker. Chrysler invented the minivan segment in the 1980s, so they have credibility.
The Pacifica entered the scene a few years ago, and it replaced Chrylser’s well-known and liked Town & Country minivan. The Town and Country had a 27-year run until the Pacifica replaced it in 2017. Pacifica added the plug-in hybrid model in 2018, and it offers improved fuel efficiency.
Chrysler Pacifica Powertrain
The Chrysler Pacifica is offered in non-hybrid and hybrid options. The non-hybrid Pacifica comes with Chrysler’s 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine. The V6 engine produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and the power that it generates is sent to the front wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The fuel economy for the Pacifica is an EPA estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. The Pacifica Hybrid uses an Atkinson-cycle version of the Pentastar V6 engine and has a 16-kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery. Chrysler states that the Hybrid has a total system output of 260 hp.
Where the Pacifica Hybrid outshines is in its fuel economy. EPA states that the Hybrid’s miles per gallon are of similar rating to the 82 MPGe (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent). The Pacifica will travel about 32 miles under electric power alone.
The Chrysler Pacifica can seat up to seven or eight passengers, depending on the trim. What is the standard set up for the Pacifica? It consists of two captain’s chairs in the second row and a three-across bench in the third row; as an option, there is the eight-passenger seat, and it can replace the mentioned captain’s chairs with a full bench seat.
The Pacifica has the Stow N’ Go seating, which is an innovative feature that Chrysler invented. The second and third-row seats on the Pacifica can be folded into the floor, allowing for a completely flat cargo area. The under-floor area can be used as additional storage when the seats are up. Due to the battery location in the hybrid, second-row Stow N’ Go is not available.
The Pacifica Touring and Pacifica Touring L come with a 7-inch multimedia display. The multimedia display runs the Uconnect infotainment software. The standard media on the vehicle comes with Bluetooth compatibility, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration.
All of the Pacificas, including Hybrid models, come with a larger 8.4 touchscreen display as an option. The more robust Uconnect package adds HD Radio, and it can be had with the embedded navigation.
For 2020 the Pacifica is offering two entertainment options to the rear-seat riders. The Uconnect theater setup has a pair of seat-mounted touchscreens that allow for viewing DVDs. If it’s a more straightforward setup that buyers are going after than they’ll be to get a single, overhead DVD player.
Standard, on the safety tech side, is the blind-spot monitoring, rear-view camera, and rear parking sensors. Several driver-assistance features are available as options, as well. Features are forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view camera.
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica starts at 33,745 (plus destination fee). The Pacifica Hybrid comes in at 39,995 (plus destination fee). Here’s a full pricing rundown; all prices don’t include the destination charge.
- Pacifica Touring: $33,745
- Pacifica Touring L: $36,745
- Pacifica Touring L Plus: $39,745
- Pacifica Hybrid Touring: $39,995
- Pacifica Hybrid Touring L: $42,295
- Pacifica Limited: $44,695
- Pacifica Hybrid Limited: $45,845
You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall.
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