2020 Chrysler 300 Is Here for Another Model Year

The Chrysler 300 debuted in 2005, and it rocked the sedan market to the core. Back then, most sedans were known for having front-wheel-drive and smaller engine displacement. But Chrysler 300 broke that norm by driving its rear wheels with its available big V8 engine. 

Many years later and the Chrysler 300 is still turning heads. Not much has changed since the 2019 model. However, the 2020 model is offering three new exterior colors, and there’s a new option of a Red S Appearance Package on the 300S. The Red S Appearance Package adds 20-inch black wheels and red and black exterior accents.       

The standard engine on most of the Chrysler 300 the trim levels- (Touring, Touring L, S, and Limited), is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which makes 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft of torque. It gets a slight boost, up to 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft on the 300S. Every trim uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and the V6 models have the option of an all-wheel-drive. 

Standard on the 300C (and an option on the S) is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which produces 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft. of torque. The 300C has an eight-speed automatic. The 2019 Chrysler 300 is an excellent choice for those who want to prioritize size, power, comfort, and luxury for a less-than-luxury price in their full-size sedans.

These engines have been in the FCA family for a very long time, and the reasoning behind it is not a mystery; they are both very good powerplants. The V6’s “Pentastar” name is the company name with its historic five-pointed star logo. The V8 “Hemi” has the hemispherical shape of the combustion chambers. 

The V6 engine is enough for most drivers. Despite its size, the Pentastar on the 300 gets the vehicle moving with its strong and linear acceleration. The 300S, among the V6-powered trims, includes paddle shifters to be able to shift the gears up and down the gears manually. 

The 300S adds a performance-tuned suspension, along with the 20-inch wheels. The steering is responsive, and it’s smooth to drive. When driving around sharper curves, the car doesn’t feel as bulky, which is a plus.     

The cabin on the Chrysler 300 is roomy, allowing for passengers to feel comfortable in the rear-seats. The 300S adds LED foglights, and a sport-tuned suspension (RWD only). The Limited adds these plus an auto-dimming driver-side mirror. 

The climate controls can be handled with the big dials and buttons, and the Uconnect infotainment system has an 8.4-inch touchscreen, which is still known as one of the best methods in the industry. Standard is the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and there’s also optional satellite radio. Depending on the trim level, adaptive cruise control, a dual-pane sunroof, heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats are standard types of equipment.

In summary, the 2019 Chrysler 300 has a history of being known for its good looks, overall performance, and attractive entry prices. You can search the inventory of Chrysler’s at Miami Lakes Automall

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Upcoming Changes to the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica

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The Chrysler Pacifica will see some significant changes for 2020. Chrysler is lowering the trim models, and the lower-priced L, LX, and Touring Plus have been removed from the lineup. There is a new Red S Edition package for the Limited trim. As for the price, it changes by the trims. 

On the gas trims, the base price was lowered by $50 on the Touring L, on Touring L Plus is $100, and on the Limited is $250 on the Limited. On the Pacifica Hybrid, the base price was decreased by $250 on the Touring trims, $150 on the Touring L, and the Limited is reduced by $50. However, the destination charge stays unchanged.    

The base trim is now the Touring, and it has the same price as last year’s Touring Plus (starting price of $34,990 plus destination fee). Last year, the Pacifica L was the more affordable trim at $28,730. So how does the increase benefit new buyers? 

The new pricing provides a separation from the similar Dodge Grand Caravan, which is aimed for minivan shoppers who are on a budget. For 2020, the gas trims come in Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited trim levels. The Pacifica Hybrid comes in the Touring, Touring L and Limited trim levels. 

Chrysler is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its minivan in 2019. Chrysler keeps the party going while continuing to offer the anniversary editions of the gas and hybrid versions. The new Red S Edition package offers a lot as well. 

The new Red S Edition package has the Advanced SafetyTec Group, red leather seats, red exterior badges, a programmable key for teen drivers, and a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The Red S Edition also has 20-inch wheels on the gas Pacifica Limited, and the hybrid version comes with 18-inch wheels. As for the gas version, the Red S Edition package is a $3,995 upcharge. The pricing for the hybrid hasn’t been announced yet.   

For 2020 there is also a dual-pane panoramic moonroof available on the gas trim which offers eight-passenger seating. The Pacifica will still come with front-wheel drive and a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The Pacifica Hybrid plug-in has a continuously variable automatic transmission with a lithium-ion battery and a 32-mile electric-only range on the gas models that utilize a nine-speed automatic transmission.   

For the gas trims, the vehicle seats seven passengers, it also has Stow ‘n Go feature for the second and third rows. The hybrid vehicle seats seven passengers as well, but it doesn’t come with second-row Stow ‘n Go due to the fact that the hybrid batteries take up space on the floor.

The Pacifica also has an easy-to-use Uconnect multimedia system. The Pacifica minivan is the only available fuel-saving hybrid in the minivan market and a compelling, family-friendly vehicle that offers plenty of versatility.  

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall

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The Streets of Los Angeles Are the Learning Ground for the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica

Waymo, formally known as Google’s self-driving car project, is leaving its comfort home of Phoenix for the busy streets of Los Angeles. Waymo has had a relationship with the Chrysler Pacifica for some time now so it wasn’t unusual to see the combination roaming LA’s streets. Waymo doesn’t want to compete with the Los Angeles traffic; they want their vehicles to know how to operate the city.    

This news came from Waymo’s official Twitter account as they explained how three of the vehicles have started driving crazily around the streets of Los Angeles. They are exploring how the technology will fit in the city’s sizeable transportation environment. The vehicle is stocked with autonomous technology, but the system can also switch entirely to a human who can drive 100% of the time. 

The Waymo Pacifica vehicles that are on the street need to imagine a clear image of how the streets of Los Angeles look. Forbes has discovered that the Waymo vehicles need to memorize the location of the manholes, how long the crosswalks are, and how high the curbs are as well. There are still kinks to work through with these self-driving vehicles.  

Waymo isn’t afraid of new challenges. They welcome them as they know that one day, they’ll be able to remove human drivers and have the Waymo vehicles in place of them. The L.A. traffic is very different from Waymo’s first city of Phoenix, as Phoenix was the first and only pay-to-ride shuttle service. 

Aside from the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles is known for having some of the worst traffic in the United States. With Waymo’s test-drive happening in Los Angeles, it’ll be a new perspective on how the vehicle can run in certain situations and environments from what is used to in Phoenix. The more cities Waymo has under their belts for test-driving the better.     

Chrysler Pacifica Standard Features:

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

The Uconnect touch-screen that’s on the infotainment on the Chrysler Pacifica comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All of the Pacificas have SafetyTec Grough, which includes blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors. The LX has tri-zone climate control, touring suspension, and automatic headlights.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall

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When It Comes to the Plug-In Economy, the Chrysler Pacifica Stands Out

Chrysler Pacifica and the Pacifica hybrid are sharing its showroom with one other vehicle, and that’s the 300 sedan. However, Chrysler is looking to the future with a new entry (sort of) for 2020. Let’s look at the Hybrid Pacifica.   

The Hybrid Pacifica comes with popular standard features and technology such as keyless entry, remote engine start, and a power liftgate. It has an upscale interior (such as having Pacifica’s controls arranged in a logical manner and are quite easy to get used to) and superb fuel economy. The all-gas Pacifica and hybrid plug-in version debuted in the 2017 model year. The Pacifica hasT had subsequent updates, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with a spiffy S blackout appearance package that is getting a new twist for 2020.   

The base Pacifica starts at $27,235 (plus destination fee). The Pacifica Hybrid is priced at $40,245 (plus destination fee). The base pricing is close to the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona and a little less than the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. 

Closest in comparison to the Pacifica is the Honda Odyssey as the toughest competitor. However, since there is no hybrid option, there is nothing that comes close to the Pacifica Hybrid’s fuel efficiency. The all-electric range is 33 miles with an 82-mile per gallon equivalent estimate in city/highway combination, which is rated at 30 in gas-electric driving. 

Chrysler’s 35th Anniversary Pacifica Hybrid Edition comes available with an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine accent stitching and new badging. There is the S Appearance package that comes with blacked-out exterior and interior themes which is also available. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t have any changes for 2019 but it still has a lot to offer.  

Added to the hybrid price are the standards such as the 8.4-inch touchscreen and three-zone climate control help. There is also the lane-keeping and other advanced features that are reserved for the top-line Hybrid Limited such as automatic parking (which is an option), a hands-free liftgate, a remote engine start, and an adjustable steering wheel. The rear entertainment system has two screens and wireless headphones are an option on the Touring trims and standard on the Limited trims.  

The Pacifica Hybrid has a quick response with its two electric motors and 3.6-liter V6. The total horsepower checks in at 260. The ride on the Pacifica Hybrid is quiet and smooth and the second row has ample legroom as well.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Vehicles at Miami Lakes Automall

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Chrysler 300 Wins the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle for the Second Year In A Row

Chrysler 300 has won for the second year for the Large Car category in the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. The Chrysler 300 is sleek, has tech-advanced technology and smooth performance. It’s an impressive feat to be on a list two years in a row.  

“AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on scores developed using results from the automotive research and consulting firm’s New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey. More than 50,000 respondents rated 14 vehicle attributes based on their desire for change. Those vehicles whose owners want the least change rank highest in their class for the Ideal Vehicle Award,” according to FCA. 

The vehicle has a fuel efficiency of 30 mpg on the highway, so it’ll be a breeze to drive and not have to worry about continually refilling. While driving, drivers will be able to use advanced connectivity such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which keeps drivers and passengers connected while on the road. The praised and user-friendly 8.4-inch touch screen of the Uconnect 4C infotainment screen is the most massive screen available in its class.    

For 2019, there are five trims available on the 2019 Chrysler 300. There is the Touring, the Touring L, 300S, the Limited, and the 300C. It is powered with a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine which is paired with a TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission generating 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, according to News Reel.

There is an available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, which boosts the horsepower to 363, and the torque goes up 394 lb-ft. For the 2020 Chrysler 300, it offers the same powertrain options and over 80 safety and security features and technologies. The 2020 Chrysler 300 is also available in the Red S Appearance Package. 

Another award that the 2019 Chrysler 300 has won is the J.D. Power Award. Based on a 100-Point Scoring system, the scoring is weighed on thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners. The scores regard the vehicle’s performance, quality, dependability, depreciation, and the experience at the dealership. 

Entertainment:

The 300 has a standard Uconnect infotainment system which has an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It also has a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. The Uconnect infotainment is intuitive and responsive which makes it easy for anyone to use.   

Safety Features: 

There is a standard rearview camera in the Chrysler 300. Also available are driver assistance features that include blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Also included are the forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. 

You can search the inventory of Chryslers 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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