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

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

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

Digital Trends:

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

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

2019 Chrysler Pacifica and 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

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

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

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

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

About Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid

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

About Dodge Durango

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

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

You can search the inventory of Dodge Durango and Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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The Chrysler 300 Stands the Test of Time

Once the top pick of fleet operators, the Lincoln Town Cars have been retired, and the Chrysler 300 has become one of the preferred models for commercial applications. Drivers have desired a full-size North American sedan with plenty of available horsepowers.

When it was initially launched for the 2005 model year, the Chrysler 300 turned the full-size passenger car category upside down. The Chrysler 300 shunned the shift to a front-wheel-drive which at the time it was considered superior for the four-season traction and it arrived in both the rear- and all-wheel-drive choice. Chrysler also devised a new-generation “Hemi” V-8-engine option, at a time when similar thirsty powerplants were being phased out.

It’s worked in the past, and it still does. The 300 has undergone modest updates, so its looks and content has stayed fresh over the years. From its Bentley-esque grille to the short, squared-off rear deck, most observers will be hard-pressed to discern the 2019 Chrysler 300 from its earlier models, which could be a plus if they’re trying to stay current on a budget.

As for the interior on the 300’s, which last had an update for the 2015 model year, it holds tight to the luxury side of the ledger. The electronic dashboard gauges and sizable touchscreen appear to be a leading-edge on the vehicle, and in place of the traditional stick shifter, there is a rotary knob on the console. The dial is not convenient to use anymore, but it declutters the front-seat area and provides more available access to the cup holders and the fair-sized stowage bin.

The base 300 Touring, 300 Limited and 300 S come with a 3.6-liter V-6 which manufactures 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. As for the 300 S, which is a sportier vehicle, boosts the numbers from 264/300. Standard on the 300 C is the 5.7-liter V8 which delivers 363 horsepower and 394 pound-feet of torque, and it’s also available for the 300 S.

Both engine options on the Chrysler 300 models are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the 300 C and the 300 S V-8 versions come with paddle shifters and a Sport mode which produces quicker gear changes. Sedan fans seeking higher thrust in the vehicle should look into the Dodge Charger sedan on the Hellcat model which can have a 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8 or a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter. All V-6 Chrysler 300s can be identified as an all-wheel-drive for 2019. 

The system disjoints the front axle when the extra traction is not needed, and that reduces the mechanical drag and therefore the fuel consumption as well. Starting at $29,470 (plus destination fee), the base 300 Touring comes with dual-zone climate control, a dual exhaust, 17-inch wheels and an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support. The rear-wheel-drive V-6 is rated at 12.4 l/100 km in the city and 7.8 on the highway, while the V-8’s numbers are 14.7/9.4, according to timescolonist.com.

The Limited and S trims receive much more content, but the S trim comes with a nine-speaker Alpine-brand audio package, dual exhaust, blacked-out wheels and trims, and performance-tuned steering. The 300 C’s kit comes with a V-8-powered transmission, and it includes perforated-leather seats and a wood-trimmed interior. The extensive options list consists of a 900-watt 19-speaker Harmon Kardon-brand stereo, a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, plus a full range of crash-mitigating safety technologies (such as emergency braking) that’s part of the 300’s SafetyTec Plus Group and a power rear-window sunshade.

Piling on extras could push the Chrysler 300 that you purchase close to $60,000 (plus destination fee). Buyers will get a level of coddling content and stout performance that would cost thousands of more dollars to replicate in just about any other competing domestic- or import-based luxury four-door. If you like your sedans big and sinister, with lots of power, adept handling, and the latest high-tech features, the 2019 Chrysler 300 satisfies all these demands.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 300s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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In the Midst of Minivan Sales Declining, Chrysler Pacifica is Still Selling

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is an excellent looking minivan. The vehicle’s responses are sharp. The Hybrid makes no noise at all, and the mileage it offers is plentiful. The inside of the car is plush and pleasant, and the visibility is excellent.

After all, that’s the point of the minivan. At any given time anyone can toss anything from the captain’s chair into the back-back and not see it for a week. You can have a multitude of children, each armed with an ice cream cone, and let them go nuts eating and playing and be able to still concentrate on the road. 

The Pacifica, which has price ranges from $27,235 – $45,795 depending on what trim customers pick. It is offered in gas and plug-in hybrid trims. Standard on the vehicle is the 287-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine which is combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

The Hybrid (the plug-in version) delivers an (EPA-estimated) electric range of up to 32 miles from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, with the gas and electric combined, the range reaches  520 miles. There’s an “S Appearance Package” available for the Hybrid, which includes 18-inch wheels with a black finish, gloss-black exterior accents and an all-black interior with gray accents. All that black will enhance the cool factor of the vehicle.

Drivers will also pay for some features that some automakers offer as standard. Such as the lane-departure warning, automatic braking, and dynamic cruise control. That being said, there may never have been a better time to buy a minivan as not many people have caught on to the minivan craze and you may be able to negotiate a sweet deal.

Around twelve minivans have been discontinued in the past fifteen years. There are currently only five on market, including the Pacifica – Honda’s Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna, and Dodge Grand Caravan. The Caravan is due to be discontinued soon.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior:

The Chrysler Pacifica for 2019 has plenty of curves with its decidedly round and soft exterior. There is an upward rising rear angle and nicely trimmed bright chrome to accentuate its size. It compares to those boxier minivans such as the Kia Sedona. 

The eyes will have a harder time adjusting to the difference between the Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid. But with the “hybrid” badging, the latter’s main giveaway, is what it looks like a fuel door on the left front. Don’t put a gasoline nozzle there, that’s where the plug-in to charge the battery pack for the AC cord is located.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Standard Features:

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica comes with six trims available. It comes in the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited. All trims feature a V6 engine and front-wheel drive.

The infotainment on the Chrysler Pacifica is a well-regarded Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All Pacificas come with the SafetyTec Group that includes blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors. The Pacifica LX adds features like tri-zone climate control, touring suspension, automatic headlights, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, power-adjustable ‘driver’s seat, and aluminum-alloy wheels. 

You can search the inventory of Chrysler at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Pricing is Out: Here’s How the Pacifica and New Voyager Compare

Fiat-Chrysler created the Voyager to lure minivan buyers who need a low-cost minivan solution. The 2020 trims, the Voyager L and LX replace the entry-level Pacifica L and Pacifica LX, costing $250 less than the previous 2019 Pacifica models. Chrysler has revamped the trim arrangement and has held the line on the starter Pacifica pricing. 

The Pacifica Touring, for 2020, becomes the base retail for the Pacifica model, and that makes the Touring Plus go away. CarsDirect.com has found that 2020 minivan has a base Touring trim that will cost $34,990 (plus destination fee). That’s the same price that the 2019 Touring Plus is going for.

In 2019, the trims for the Pacifica were Pacifica L, LX, the Limited, fleet-only Touring, Touring Plus, Touring L, and Touring L Plus. Those first three iterations have become Voyagers L, LX, and LXi — the fleet-only 2019 Pacifica Touring has become the fleet-only 2020 Voyager LXi. So we’ll recap the entire price lineup to make it more transparent:

The Voyager L is priced at $28,480 (plus destination fee) (which is $250 less than the 2019 Pacifica L). The Voyager LX, $31,290 (plus destination fee) ($250 less than the 2019 Pacifica LX). The Voyager LXi (fleet), $34,490 (plus destination fee) which is $500 less than fleet-only 2019 Pacifica Touring, which is now-retired.

The Pacifica Touring is $34,990 (plus destination fee) (which is the same price as the now-retired 2019 Pacifica Plus). The Pacifica Touring L, $38,240 (plus destination fee) (which is $50 less than in 2019). The Pacifica Touring L 35th Anniversary, $40,230 (plus destination fee) ($75 less than in 2019).

The Pacifica Touring L Plus, $41,040 (plus destination fee) ( which is $100 less than in 2019). The Pacifica Touring L Plus 35th Anniversary vehicle, $42,335 (plus destination fee) (which is $225 less than in 2019). The Pacifica Limited, $45,940 (plus destination fee) (which is $250 less than in 2019) and the Pacifica Limited 35th Anniversary, $46,735 (plus destination fee) (and that’s $150 less than in 2019).

Fiat-Chrysler has rationalized the offerings, in part because of the absence of advanced technology features on the Voyager trims. Voyager infotainment has a seven-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The Voyager LXi becomes the fleet model, sparing the Pacifica nameplate that ignominy. 

There is the driver assistance tech in Voyagers, which will be limited to the cost-extra rear park assist, rear cross-traffic detection, and blind-spot monitoring. All Voyager and Pacifica models share the same sheet metal. It also has the same 287-horsepower Pentastar V6 and nine-speed transmission.

2020 Voyager:

The 2020 Chrysler Voyager is replacing the Pacifica L and LX models and is adding an LXi for fleet customers. The standard seven-passenger minivan will start at around $28,000 (plus destination fee). The Voyager is discernible by the new badging on the liftgate.

The family vehicle will keep the Pacifica name. The Pacifica is offered in the Touring, the Touring L, the Touring L Plus, and the Limited trims and it’s also available as a plug-in hybrid as well.

FCA will continue to sell and build the Dodge Grand Caravan, which is the previous generation minivan. The Dodge Grand Caravan will continue to be the least expensive option. Tim Kuniskis, Dodge chief, says there is no permanent end date for the Grand Caravan so long as there is still a high demand, capacity at the plant and the aging vehicle can meet all of the regulatory requirements.

Voyager, Pacifica, and Grand Caravan will be built in Windsor, Ontario, which will be discontinuing the third shift of production in October. Voyager production began in August, and it will be available until late summer.

2020 Pacifica:

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid continue to reinvent and revolutionize the minivan segment by delivering unprecedented levels of functionality, technology, versatility, bold styling, and safety. Holding the status as the most awarded minivan since 2016 with more than 100 honors and industry accolades, the Pacifica offers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains and nearly 40 new minivan-first features.

The Pacifica Hybrid is the only hybrid minivan in America. It’s the number 1 seller among the 20 vehicles that have PHEV as an option. Pacifica Hybrid attains more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, an all-electric range of more than 30 miles. 

The vehicle has more than 100 available security and safety features, there is also a Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, an exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage. There is an available 4G Wi-Fi and an array of comfort. Chrysler Pacifica is a no-compromise minivan which is ideally suited for today’s families.

Chrysler is the first company to introduce the minivan and FCA US has innovated 115 minivan firsts. The company has sold twice as any other manufacturer over the past 35 years and 14.6 million minivans globally since 1983.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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The Chrysler Development Story

The idea for a minivan to come back, after the Y-body Imperial put the minivans on hold, had risen again when Chrysler had a 45% market share in full-sized vans. Planners and designers both thought a smaller van could bring families over from station wagons. The Director of Product Planning, Burton Bouwkamp, wrote in a 1998 letter to Automotive News (which both parties permitted allpar.com to reissue):

“In the early and mid-1970s, our Advance Design, Advance Engineering, and Advance Product Planning offices designed first-generation versions of the minivan. The program was to design a station wagon type vehicle that was not derived from another vehicle (from a passenger car sedan or a commercial van),” said Bouwkamp.

First-generation designs were rear-wheel drive because front-wheel-drive engines or transmissions were not available. Engineers, product planners, and designers were enthusiastic about the minivan but were unable to get the board of directors approval to go forward with a unique product. It had a particular tooling bill, not including facilities, of over $100 million.

Although the first designs never went beyond the clay model, the advanced design and the seating buck stage continues to be the interest in the concept in the Design and Product Planning offices at Chrysler. However, the management for the “bean counter” didn’t approve the minivan in the early 1970s because Ford and GM didn’t have one. Top management contended that, if there was a market, Ford and GM would build one. 

Management was, deciding that, if there was a market for this type of vehicle, the strategy was to get 15% of the market share. Being Director of Product Planning for seven years, that was painful to realize; that’s why the manager lobbied to get out of the job in 1975 when a Director level product position opened up in Europe. The second-generation design, in the late 1970s, was mainly the production design and it was done by Chrysler Design Office personnel under the enthusiastic and capable direction of Hal Sperlich.

By then they had front-wheel drive Omni/Horizon cars underway, so the minivan design became front-wheel drive. It allowed significant improvements in the package dimensions. Hal Sperlich contributed significantly to the success of the program with his enthusiastic involvement, aesthetic input, and overall guidance of the program.

When Lee Iacocca saw the minivan work, he said: “let’s do it.” Bill McGagh (Assistant Treasurer) told him that there wasn’t enough money to build a minivan; Iacocca told him to “get the blankety-blank money,” and then proceeded to substitute McGagh with a new Treasurer. Lee Iacocca gets credit for his support as well as the “guts” decision to go ahead with a now even-more-expensive FWD product when the Corporation was having trouble to pay its bills and maintain product competitiveness in its existing market segments.

Lee Iacocca and Hal Sperlich should get credit for the final (front-wheel drive) design execution. They should get credit as well for the decision to go ahead with the production for the minivan program at Chrysler. But not the original idea.

Another Chrysler alumni wrote that the minivan idea might have dated back to the 1950s, with the Volkswagen Omnibus. Though it could have some help in the handling department and it barely had enough power to reach 70 mph, it showed how a smaller van could reach families hearts. There were other smaller vans sold in other nations, as well, including passenger versions of Japanese small delivery wagons.

Who Invented the Minivan?

Chrysler invented the modern minivan twice, in two different continents, using different bodies entirely. Chrysler Europe was working with Matra, the French automobile, aeronautics, and weaponry company, on a minivan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. When it was ready for production, Chrysler sold a lot of the European operations to Peugeot-Citroen (PSA), which tossed the fledgling minivan. 

Matra then took the design to Renault, which modified it to fit the Renault 21 drivetrain which resulted in a calendar-year of 1983 introduction and being Europe’s popular minivan ever. If Chrysler held on to Chrysler UK, it might well have had a greater European foot-hold. The Dodge Caravan and American Plymouth Voyager were also introduced in 1983, as the 1984 models.

Chrysler minivans hit the market in 1984. The “T-115”, sold in 1984, the minivans were a significant success selling 209,895. Soon joining Windsor was St. Louis, they devoted three shifts to minivan staging.

Significant changes through the years did include a 1987 launching of a Mitsubishi V-6 engine, which overlapped with fuel injection on the 2.2; a short-lived 2.5 turbo option. The extended-wheelbase versions were (the “Grands,”) and the claimed “first luxury minivan,” the original Town & Country. The more extended wheelbase vans were fourteen inches long and soon accounted for half of the minivan sales.

The 2.5-liter engine eventually replaced the troublesome Mitsubishi 2.6. It was a 2.2 with a longer stroke and balance shafts, which was the standard engine until 2000. The 2.5-liter was replaced by a new 2.4-liter engine which was based on the Neon’s 2.0.

The minivans became more sophisticated but were less reliable as the A-604 electronic in 1989. It controlled a four-speed automatic that was adopted (fortunately, not across the board). All-wheel drive was added in 1991, with the Chrysler-engineered 3.3-liter V6 engine.

Chrysler Minivan Firsts:

Exports to Europe began in 1988. At the time, Plymouth and Dodge were not sold in Europe. The Plymouth Voyager minivan was modified and rebadged somewhat to become the Chrysler Voyager.

In 1990, Chrysler-designed the V-6, and the 3.3 was added to the mix. The durable and robust engine proved to be very popular. It remained in the mix until 2011.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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Three Car Seats Fit Perfectly in the 2019 Chrysler 300 and Chrysler Pacifica

As you know, car seats take up a lot of room in vehicles and finding vehicles that offer three sets of LATCH systems is difficult. Chrysler understands the concern that it brings to parents, and they offer not one, but two family-friendly options. The Chrysler 300 and the Pacifica make it easy to fit three car seats – or more! The Pacifica goes far and beyond offering four complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica earned its spot on the “21 Geat Vehicles that Fit 3 Car Seats Across,” for U.S. News & World Report’s list which scored an 8.6 out of 10. The award-winning minivan offers six trim levels the L, Touring Plus, LX, Touring L, the Limited and Touring L Plus. Each trim comes with a 3.6-liter V6 which paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission that delivers a performance of 287 horsepower with a 262 lb-ft of torque.

“The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica in its seven-passenger minivan configuration has two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second-row. Its third-row has one full set of LATCH connectors on the passenger side while the other two seats share lower anchors but have their tether anchors. In eight-passenger Pacifica models, all three seats in the second-row have a full set of LATCH connectors. At maximum capacity, three car seats can fit across the second- and third-rows of the vehicle,” reports U.S. News & World Report writers Liana Madrid and Eileen Falkenberg-Hull.

The 2019 Chrysler 300 provides three full sets of LATCH connectors along with a well-appointed cabin. “The Chrysler 300 is a popular large car with a lot of upsides if you need space for your family and are set on a sedan. It’s plenty powerful, has spacious seating in both rows, comes in either rear- or all-wheel drive, and features an easy-to-use infotainment system,” report Madrid and Falkenberg-Hull.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Interior Features:

The standard features in the Pacifica include power second-row windows, dual-zone manual climate control, remote keyless entry, Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, and a USB port. There’s also the Uconnect Access, a six-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration. Chrysler includes several standard safety features, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, including a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Some of the available features can come with remote start, a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, satellite radio, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, two 10-inch rear-seat touch screens, a built-in vacuum cleaner, HD Radio, a 13-speaker Alpine premium audio system, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a rear-seat DVD player, a navigation and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen. There are more safety features available, which include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, front parking sensors, automated parking, and automatic high beams. Also offered are the broader driver information display.

This Chrysler has some splendid features list. Standard smartphone connectivity is included, which feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Minivans are thought of as family vehicles, and since that is the case, then Pacifica’s DVD player and rear-seat touch screens are an excellent add-on for kids. There is the built-in vacuum makes it easy to clean up after your kids or your messy friends. The Uconnect infotainment system features an intuitive menu layout and a responsive touch screen that help it stand out from rival’s systems.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Seat Protector:

The WeatherTech Seat Protectors, which come optional, are the perfect accessory for 2019 Chrysler Pacifica owners who need extra layers of protection for the front and rear vehicle seating. It is a much-needed accessory feature for families who do “road trips” or have pets in their car ride as it prevents scratches, damages, and spills which ruin the seat surface. 

The material for the Seat Protectors is polycotton twill fabric that features a durable water-repellent finish that will combat cereal crumbs, any juice box spill, or pet messes! It also has an extra layer of nylon lining to protect the covered seat further. The Seat Protector will stay in place with the help of non-slip bottom, durable straps, and specialty inserts.

The Seat Protectors are semi-custom to fit the type and size of the vehicle. It’s easy and quick to install, and it’s easily removable for cleaning. The Seat Protector is machine washable, making it an easy accessory for any family. 

The product is designed to fit most benches. It’s also intended for bucket-style front and rear seats. It’s important to note; the vehicle needs to have a headrest on the seatback of the vehicle for the Seat Protector to strap to it.

2019 Chrysler 300 Interior Features:

The 2019 Chrysler 300’s extensive interior is one of its best features. The roomy cabin happens to be covered in premium materials. With the latest in high-tech safety and infotainment features as well as some of the best audio options around. 

Subtle styling touches like rotary transmission selector, the clean analog clock face, and a big 8.4-inch touch screen further enhancing the feeling of driving a premium luxury sedan without the premium price. The Chrysler 300 seats five people and both rows of seats have plenty of space for adults to ride comfortably. It’s easy to slide in and out of the car.

Chrysler 300 and Car Seats

The Chrysler 300 has three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors that it comes with. It remains quiet even when speeding down the highway, looks good, and uses top-notch materials throughout the vehicle. It has more than 16 cubic feet of trunk space, and the 300 gives drivers enough room for the whole family’s vacation luggage.

Chrysler 300 Bluetooth, Infotainment, and Navigation

The Chrysler 300 has a standard Uconnect infotainment system which includes an 8.4-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Android and Apple CarPlay. Available there’s also navigation, panoramic sunroof, and two premium audio systems.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s and Chrysler 300’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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The History and Future of the Chrysler 300

You’ve undoubtedly heard of the Chrysler 300. And over the years you have most likely seen quite a few of them on the road. But perhaps the history of the Chrysler 300, you don’t know that much about so here’s a rundown: 

Well, for starters it’s a car that is a rear-wheel-drive, has a front-engine, a full-sized luxury 4-door sedan and it’s also a station wagon. It has been manufactured and marketed by FCA US from 2014 until present day, and it has had several predecessor companies such as the DaimlerChrysler from 2005 to 2007, the Chrysler LLC from 2007 to 2009, the Chrysler Group LLC from 2009 to 2014, with first-generation models from 2005 to 2010, and a second-generation four-door sedan models from 2011 to present day. The Chrysler 300, second-generation, was marketed as a Chrysler 300C in both the UK and Ireland.

They were marketed as the Lancia Thema throughout the rest of Europe as well. The Chrysler 300s were a non-letter series in the ’60s and ’70s. They were called the Chyrsler 300m series from 1999 to 2004.

The station wagon for the Chrysler 300 was manufactured from 2004 to 2008 in Canada, and it had a different name, the Dodge Magnum. It was formerly constructed and sold in Brazil from 1979 to 1981. In Mexico, it was sold from 1983 to 1988, and it was called the Mexican Magnum K and the front-wheel version there was called the Dodge Magnum 400 and some of the models were even turbo-charged models.

Chrysler 300 Models Thru the Years:

Starting in 1955, the Chrysler 300s were manufactured for 24 model years. When it was first introduced in 1955, it was the country’s top production car when it came to power. It got to the top of the list by making full use of every single one of three hundred horsepower while running on the Daytona Beach sands that year, where it hit a record-breaking 127.580 MPH. That speed was approximately seven MPH faster than the nearest rival that was not another Chrysler. The body style was a two-door hardtop. The engine was a V8 Hemi-head with twin four-barrel carburetors, 300 bhp at 5,200 RPMs, a two-speed automatic transmission, and it weighed 4,340 pounds. The list price started at only $4,109. It also offered SAE-gross hp= 300, a 3.54:1 ratio axle, 0-to-60 in only ten seconds 10.0, and the Chrysler 300 could do a 1/4-mile in only 17.6 seconds at 82 MPH, according to Motor Trend magazine.

The 2019 Chrysler 300:

The Chrysler 300 for 2019 is a luxury sedan that gets 19 to 23 MPG and it seats five quite comfortably; the MSRP starts at around $29,470 (plus destination fee). It offers a high-end cabin and high-quality upholstery options and the interior is quite luxurious and very Chrysler-centric. If drivers want a sedan with a luxurious look and enough power under the hood, the new Chrysler 300 is the one for them with its automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive, and its throaty V8 engine. 

The Future of the Chrysler 300

Here’s what the Chrysler 300 of the future holds: a 300 Hemi C Concept Car. It has some beautiful styling from the same people who gave us the PT Cruiser, the Prowler, and the Viper. Unfortunately, the latest word coming out of Chrysler’s new management is that they might not ever make it into production. 

That’s sad news considering that the Chrysler’s beautiful new Hemi V-8 convertible with rear-wheel-drive is precisely the style of vehicle that the most modern Chrysler 300 should be. The Chrysler 300 is the car-of-the-future with a two-door four-passenger convertible with an aluminum Hemi V8 electronic fuel injection. It has 353 ft/lbs of torque and a four-speed automatic transmission, according to moneyinc.com. 

You can search the inventory of Chrysler 300 at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you. 

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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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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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