Stay Cool, Go to the Beach, Summer is a Breeze in the Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

If you are looking for a vehicle that can handle the heat South Florida experiences almost year-round and a vehicle that has smart features for beach trips and summer road trips, you’re definitely going to want the Chrysler Pacifica or a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

In 2017, Chrysler replaced the Chrysler Town & Country with the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and not only is a great vehicle for families, but it is a great vehicle for families in Florida. The Pacifica has a number of innovative features that help keep the vehicle and passengers cool in hot weather as well as features that make visits to the beach stress-free.

Stay Cool Year-Round

Sunny and hot days aren’t few and far between in South Florida, so a vehicle that has features to combat the heat is more than just a convenient buy, it’s a smart buy. The Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid come standard with deep-tinted sunscreen glass around the entire vehicle, so buyers don’t have to worry about getting aftermarket tint to help keep the vehicle cool. The deep-tinted sunscreen glass protects passengers from the sun’s rays and it also obscures the view of objects inside the vehicle from other passing vehicles. Many Pacifica trims conveniently come standard with second-row window shades, and all trims above the Pacifica Touring L trim come standard with second- and third-row window shades.

To help keep all passengers comfortable and to help the vehicle cool down as fast as possible on a hot day, the Pacifica is available with a three-zone automatic A/C system, which allows each zone to automatically maintain the set temperature. Additionally, the Pacifica Limited and Pacifica Hybrid Limited feature ventilated front seats, which is a true luxury when a vehicle has been baking all day in the sun. Finally, the Pacifica Limited comes standard with the award-winning Tri-Pane Panoramic sunroof, and opening it up when cruising is a great way to cool the vehicle down, and when the sunroof is not open, there is a power sunshade to block out the sun’s rays.

Want to start cooling the vehicle down before you even get in the Pacifica? Several Pacifica trims come standard with a remote start system, which makes it possible for users to turn the vehicle on once the key fob is within 300 feet of the vehicle, or with the Uconnect mobile app!

24/7 Beach Ready

Not only is South Florida known for heat, but it is also known for its beaches, and the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have great features that make frequent trips to the beach a breeze. First, the Pacifica offers seating for seven or eight passengers (depending on the seating configuration), so there’s plenty of room for family and friends. Also, the Pacifica has a large trunk, which is a great place to store bigger beach items like tents, coolers and beach chairs, and when the trunk is full, the vehicle’s built-in floor storage compartments in the second- and third-row seats can be used to store smaller items like beach bags, beach toys and beach towels. Worried about what to do with valuables like wallets and purses while at the beach? Lock them up in the Pacifica’s large lockable glove compartment.

Don’t want to bring your new Pacifica to the beach because you’re worried about it getting covered in sand? The Pacifica has a few lines of defense against sand. First, there is the easy clean floor mats, which are standard on al Pacifica trims (an available option on the Pacifica L). Second, the Pacifica has an available Stow ‘n Vac, so parents or kids can easily vacuum out all of that sand the minute they are home.

Could you use the Chrysler Pacifica or Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to help you get through the summer in South Florida? Come by Miami Lakes Automall to check out all of our Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid inventory. The Miami Lakes Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram building is a brand new state-of-the-art dealership, and we have an excellent sales staff to answer any questions and go with you on a test drive! Shop at Miami Lakes Automall today.

All of the Chrysler Pacifica’s Innovative Features Surpass Other Minivans


Few vehicles have been able to dominate a vehicle segment like the Chrysler Pacifica has dominated the minivan segment. When Chrysler was designing the vehicle (Pacifica) to replace the Chrysler Town & Country, they strove to do the same thing they have always done with their minivans, create an innovative vehicle that is as technologically savvy as it is user-friendly. Here are some of the most innovative designs and technologies that the Chrysler Pacifica has.

Stow ‘n Go Seating

Stow ‘n Go Seating is not new to the minivan segment, but it is still one of the most desirable and user-friendly features in the vehicle world, and even though it’s been around for more than a decade, the feature is only available on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and that’s a big advantage of the Chrysler Pacifica.

The Stow ‘n Go seating system is an innovative seating feature because it is purposeful 100 percent of the time because it there are two functions and when one function is not in use, the other function can be used. The first major advantage of Stow ‘n Go seating is the ability users have to stow the second- and third-row seats into built-in floor storage compartments. When the seats are stowed, the area behind the front two seats is transformed into a large flat area  that has more than 140 cubic feet of room for cargo, which is generally only possible with a truck bed — but there’s even an advantage to this cargo space over the space in a cargo bed — this cargo space is covered and secure.  The seats are extremely easy to fold up and store and some Pacifica trims even have a power feature in which the vehicle can fold the seats up without additional help.

The second function of Stow ‘n Go seats is that users can utilize the built-in floor storage compartments to store other things (bags, purses, coolers, backpacks, sports equipment) when the compartment is not being used to store seats. That is a great advantage when traveling with a full van because passengers don’t have to crowd the aisles up with their personal belongings, they can just put them in the floor storage compartments.

Hybrid Powertrain + Regenerative Braking

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first and only minivan available on the market. Not only does it add to the list of fuel efficient vehicles, but it is one of the few fuel efficient vehicles that has seating for seven passengers — and that makes it pretty remarkable. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an internal combustion engine and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery and the engine and battery can work together in hybrid mode or independently power the minivan. The Pacifica Hybrid’s battery can power the van on pure electricity for 33 miles, and when the vehicle is working in hybrid mode, the Pacifica Hybrid has a combined city/ highway average of 84 MPGe.

Accompanying the hybrid powertrain is another innovative technology called regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is an awesome technology because it recycles energy being used to by the vehicle’s brakes into energy that can be used to recharge the battery. Regenerative braking is not unique to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, but it is still a new technology and the Pacifica is the only minivan that has it.

Want to learn about more of the innovative technology in the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid? Come in to Miami Lakes Automall to see a Chrysler Pacifica and test drive one. We are open seven days a week and we have a large selection of Chrysler models.


Understanding Brake Maintenance and Regenerative Brakes


Vehicle maintenance can be one of the most frustrating things about owning a car. Not only do most people have very little knowledge about most car parts, most people have even less information about how to know when car parts are functioning properly or not functioning properly, and that can result in a big car problem or wasting money to replace parts that didn’t need to be replaced. However, there are a couple basic car parts the normal consumer can feel confident about and one of those are a vehicle’s brakes.

Brakes are an essential part of a car, but unlike other important parts, they are actually relatively easy to see, so that means they are easy to check for yourself. Most brake maintenance is all about the brake pad.

Brake Pads

Most common brakes on non-performance vehicles feature two brake pads in each brake caliper. When the brake pedal is pushed, the brakes are hydraulically applied and the brake calipers squeeze the two brake pads together against the brake rotor, and that friction slows and stops the vehicle. The process involves a lot of heat, friction and energy, so over time brake pads wear thin and as they do, they stop functioning as well as they did when they were new.

Not only are brakes a little more user-friendly than other car parts because they can be seen and accessed fairly easily, but there’s usually a few different signs of worn brakes. One of the easiest ways to detect thin brake pads is by hearing a squeaking or squealing sound when the brakes are pushed. Other signs of worn brakes could be skidding, which is an indication the brakes are not catching, as well as grinding. In addition to the lack of safety when driving worn brake pads, drivers also risk damaging and warping the brake rotors, and that results in much higher repair costs.

While thin brake pads are a very common reason for faulty brakes, they are not the only cause. Faulty braking can also be caused by leaks in brake fluid or fluid or a brake line could be severed, and that results in a lack of brake fluid to pump the brakes. Other issues could also involve worn rotors. Thankfully, it’s not hard to check your brake pads yourself.

Checking Your Brake Pads at Home

If you think you may need to replace your brake pads, or just want to regularly check them, you can get a tool to do it. The tool is called a brake lining thickness gauge and it gets placed on to the brake pad to measure their thickness. Typically, brake pads need to be thicker than an eighth of an inch, so if your brake pads are thinner than that you should get them replaced. The new Miami Lakes Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram building is brand new and we have a state-of-the-art service department and we service all types of brake needs including replacing brake pads.

Regenerative Braking

The brakes on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are a little more interesting than brakes on vehicles equipped with a gas or diesel engine. The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a regenerative braking system, and it recycles the kinetic energy used to stop the brakes into energy to charge the vehicle’s battery. Regenerative brakes are an extremely innovative feature because they help recharge the battery while on the go and they also result in less base brake wear, so they last longer than non-regenerative brakes.

In Need of Service or Want to Learn More About the Pacifica Hybrid?

Come to Miami Lakes Automall, we have a great service department as well as a large selection of Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models. Miami Lakes Automall is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and we are open seven days a week.