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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