Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid Named Best Minivans by US News & World Report

Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are getting praises again as the two popular models have earned spots on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 6 Best Minivans for the money in 2019. U.S. News writer Joslyn Hatfield states that the Pacifica Hybrid has the second overall highest score on the list and it’s ranked No.2 in their minivan rankings. “In addition to offering a plethora of family-friendly features, the Pacifica-Hybrid also earns the best fuel economy numbers in the class. From a quality perspective, the Pacifica Hybrid is tops.”

CHRYSLER PACIFICA HYBRID:

Standard on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus is the Pentastar 3.6L V-6 260hp hybrid engine, side seat mounted airbags, 1-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS). Also included are 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, automatic air conditioning, 17” aluminum wheels, and driveline traction control, electronic stability. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid is ranked higher on the publication’s list thanks to its innovative storage solutions, its features, and lower price tag than its hybrid counterpart.

When it comes to entertainment and safety its much of the same to its competitors. The Pacifica Hybrid also offers Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go seating, which will take no time between hauling a soccer team to hauling lumber. It is a few thousand dollars less than most competitors; the Pacifica has the third cheapest total cost and cost of ownership.

PERFORMANCE:

Front-wheel drive is also standard along with an automatic continuously variable transmission. Acceleration is swift from a stop, and the transitions between electric and gas power are hardly recognizable. At higher speeds, the engine tends towards being loud.

SEATING:

The Pacifica Hybrid seats seven people, and with only one seating configuration it also offers two second-row captain’s chairs and three third-row seats. Power-adjustable driver’s seats and cloth upholstery are standard. Opt for leather seats, heated or ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and hands-free power sliding doors.

CHRYSLER PACIFICA:

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is available in six trim levels: L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. The Pacifica’s Pentastar V6 powertrain is paired to a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain can produce 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.  

PERFORMANCE:

The Pacifica features a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission. If you want to feel it’s acceleration you need to put your foot on the gas to get it going.  

According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Pacifica gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (19/28 mpg with the stop-start engine feature). Those are excellent estimates for a minivan. It’s a contender among the minivans already available.

SEATING:

The Chrysler Pacifica has room for seven in its standard figuration. It can be increased to eight if you get the available second-row middle seat. Cloth seats are standard, while leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and eight-way power adjustable front seats are available.  

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica near Doral and 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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Motortrend’s March Mayhem Semifinal: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica VS. 2019 Subaru Ascent

The March Mayhem semifinal brings the most exciting matchup of the entire car comparison’s series from Motortrend.com. There is the minivan from the three-row crossover, Subaru Ascent, where functionality and image play massive roles. The seating goes from seven to eight passengers, there is available all-wheel drive, hybrid powertrains, ability to tow, giving you the space to take anything with you. Minivans, like the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica, are often seen as mom-mobiles but it offers comfortability and stability.  

Here’s the thing, if your lifestyle revolves around towing heavy loads and going deeper into the woods, get the crossover. Consider the minivan if you don’t do either of those, like if you live by the Chrysler in Doral. Whether it’s trailer weight and ground clearance or acceleration and cargo capacity, there’s more than meets the eye with these vehicles.  

With the performance, for example, the Ascent pulls greater average lateral around a skidpad. However, on a winding road, the Pacifica feels more confident and planted than the Subaru and more critically, in an emergency lane changes, the Pacifica is far more stable and controlled. Despite weighing less, the Ascent requires more stability control and brake intervention to counteract oversteer and mitigate roll, and both cars offer active diver aids and safety systems, and Subaru makes them standard on all models.

It’s time to measure. As for the second-row head-, shoulder-, and legroom has an inch or two of space, and the step-in height is the same. Pacifica’s sliding doors make a child’s seat or child significantly more comfortable thanks to the larger door opening or that Pacifica’s child seat anchors are more comfortable to access.

The Pacifica’s second-row seats are just as comfortable despite being designed to fold into the floor, and ordering the removable second-row center seat doesn’t hinder your ability to stow the second-row seats. The Ascent’s second-row seats slide forward, back and recline while Pacifica’s only recline. However, kid’s sports gear won’t be a hassle as you won’t have to go as high to get into Pacifica’s trunk.

Any child who reaches the door handle can let themselves in and out of the Pacifica. It’s quite simple and doesn’t require much assistance. The parents can also open the sliding doors and rear hatch with buttons inside and out, or with a kicking motion.  

Then there are things like ride quality. The Ascent has more roll in corners and generally a floaty disposition compared to the Pacifica’s buttoned-down, purposeful, and equally comfortable demeanor. There is less of a toss around with the Pacifica.

When it comes down to it, the minivan’s advantage is in its clarity of purpose. What both vehicles can bring to you as an individual and your lifestyle is up to what you want in your package. Although the Subaru Ascent can be family-friendly, the Pacifica is designed with families in mind.   

It’s not only the big things, like the second-row seats and doors or the optional vacuum cleaner. Or the rear-seat entertainment system (Subaru will sell you a pair of iPads connected to in-vehicle Wi-Fi, which the Chrysler also has) and it’s not just Pacifica’s many storage compartments, cubbies, and bins, or intelligent features. It’s all of those things together, and Chrysler’s reassurance that this minivan was researched, designed, tested, and focus-grouped with families from the very beginning.  

The Subaru Ascent is a three-row crossover that works for families with kids in the booster-seat to the teenage range. The Chrysler Pacifica has the extra bandwidth to benefit families from cradle to college. Which makes it a more suitable family vehicle.

You can search our 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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Pacifica Rumored to Get An All-Wheel-Drive

It would seem that Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) is working on giving customers more options when it comes to purchasing their vehicles. The latest rumored option is the Chrysler Pacifica is getting an All-Wheel-Drive transmission (AWD). At the moment, the only other 4×4 minivan in the United States is the Toyota Sienna.    

Chrysler offered AWD in previous generations of its vans, and they are working on bringing it back. The motivation for bringing back the AWD is driven by the demand for the option in Canada, where minivans have strong sales. If Canada gets its way, it could help Chrysler gain sales again in colder regions of the United States back.  

Chrysler had an AWD option before 2004, but it was lost when the Stow ‘n Go feature was introduced. Having a driveshaft in the rear wheels would probably eliminate the ability to drop the seats into the floor, but buyers in colder weather may decide they can live without it for better grip in the winter. However, the only downside to those that don’t live in colder climates is adding AWD to the Pacifica will make them lose the signature Stow n’ Go seating in the new models.

WHAT IS AN ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE?:

An all-wheel-drive system sends a fluctuating load of torque to each axle, which the driver doesn’t usually control. An all-wheel-drive system uses a center differential to distribute the drive’s torque between the two shafts. All-wheel-drive systems are great for road usage because they can actively send power to the wheel (or wheels) that need it most.

Not all all-wheel-drive systems have secure torque split between the front and rear axles, but when it comes to driving in corners, those don’t have the same issues as four-wheel-drive systems since they depend on a differential rather than a transfer case. Even the most fundamental AWD system does all the thinking and adjusting for you. Drive over any surface and through extreme weather conditions without selecting 4WD mode or worrying about turning it off afterward.

Chrysler has yet to confirm the AWD on the Pacifica, so this is still on the rumor mill, but production is rumored to take place in the second quarter of 2020 at Chrysler’s plant in Windsor Ontario. Mike Szymkiewicz, head of product planning in FCA Canada, believes that selling Pacificas with AWD engines can help the company. “If you look at some of the competitive vehicles, maybe not the traditional minivan, but even some of the bigger duty [trucks] you can get front-wheel and all-wheel-drive. The all-wheel-drive take rate generally is quite high in all those offerings; I do think it would be an opportunity for us.”

Pacifica sales have held relatively balanced in the U.S. The 2018 year sales were a respectable 118,322, which is flat compared to 2017 sales of 151,927 Grand Caravans, an increase of 21 percent. According to autoblog.com, sales through February of 2019 were down by 24 and 27 percent, but FCA says its portion of the overall U.S. minivan market has nevertheless risen to 57.7 percent.    

For the latest version of the Pacifica, FCA spent $744 million to retool Windsor Assembly and almost $2 billion to develop the minivan’s new flexible architecture itself. It serves as a platform for the latest three-row Chrysler crossover and a Grand Caravan replacement as well. The plant also builds the Pacifica versions of the Grand Caravan and plug-in hybrid across three shifts.   

You can search our 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 Future of the Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 is not going anywhere contrary to what sources have to say. It was rumored that the vehicle was going to be a thing of the past and its last remains will be seen in 2020. Even with SUV’s rising in popularity, Chrysler believes that the Chrysler 300 can still be saved.

If Chrysler was willing to say goodbye to the 300, what was supposed to take its place? Well, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was not going with a new sedan, that’s for sure. Instead, they were going to introduce an electric minivan called “The Postal,” a production version of a previous concept with the same name. It was first introduced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).     

The 300 was expected to use FCA’s Giorgio rear- and all-wheel drive architecture. However, things changed in 2016, when FCA’s then CEO Sergio Marchionne stated that “the replacement model might instead share the architecture of the Pacifica and be produced alongside the big minivan at Windsor in Ontario,” according to just-auto.com. The company hasn’t stated whether or not it will replace the 300 or any other LX platform vehicle.

As time progressed, this led to rumors that Brampton, where all of Chrysler and Dodge’s big RWD/AWD sedans and coupes are manufactured, could be closed. It was thought that any successors might still be RWD/ AWD and instead, will use the Giorgio platform and be built in Mexico at Toluca. In October 2016 it was announced of a plan to give Brampton a new paint shop which appeared to increase the chances of this factory being used for a new generation of big rear-drive Dodge cars, according to just-auto.com.    

But the excitement seemed to come to a halt a month later when speaking to analysts on the topic of FCA’s third-quarter financials, Marchionne didn’t mention the Chrysler 300 having an RWD/ AWD successor: “The important thing for us was to preserve the uniqueness of the rear-wheel-drive offering that we have across four brands: Alfa, Maserati, Dodge and, potentially Jeep. And that solution has been nailed down internally by focusing on the Giorgio architecture”.  

Two options can be considered for the evolution of the 300. Option one is an evolution of the existing model’s platform, and option two is to switch the model to a front-wheel-drive architecture and make it on the same line as the Pacifica. That won’t be a necessity if the Ontario factory gets the rumored Chrysler Aspen, a front- and all-wheel drive crossover.

As a reminder, FCA is not saying goodbye to the Chrysler 300. When it comes to sales, Steve Beahm, head of parts and service (MOPAR), assured carbuzz.com that “it’s doing great.” “We like where it’s positioned; it provides great value. It’s a lot of car for the money.”   

There are two options to choose from for engines: a 292-horsepower V6 or a 363-horsepower V8. Both engines get the job done, and the V6 has more than enough power for the average joe to drive. The Chrysler sedan gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with its V6 engine.

As for space, the 300 gives passengers plenty of room. Seating surfaces are wrapped with leather, while a nickel-finish analog clock and blacked-out interior accents highlight the performance-focused cabin. Buyers will have up-to-date security and driver assistance technology is available, but it requires optional packages to deliver full safety features.   

PRICE:

The 2019 Chrysler 300 has a starting MSRP of $29,220 (plus destination fee).  

There have been thoughts that perhaps FCA wants to give the Chrysler brand more crossovers. Whatever the case may be, we are unlikely to see any 300 successors until the 2021 model year. You can search our 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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