The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Is Anything But Limited

Since 1984, the Chrysler Company definitely takes the throne when it comes to making minivans. Though it may not seem possible, the 2020 Pacifica has outdone itself in the lineup of previous Chrysler models, more specifically with the Limited trim.

As expected, the 2020 minivan is very comfortable and easy to drive. The Stow ‘N’ Go seats are an excellent addition and provide ease with removal and storage. 

It may be surprising to some that Chrysler is still able to make models that are relevant since it primarily makes models for more of the soccer mom category. The 2020 Pacifica replaces the Town and Country trim and has been smoothed out, giving the vehicle a profile that is slightly more athletic and fun. Also, here’s a gas-saving plus, the Pacifica now has an available plug-in hybrid.

Chrysler recently announced at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show that it will be implementing all-wheel-drive to the 2021 model. For the time being, this year’s Pacifica is delightful to drive, especially for long road trips. Simply plug it in overnight in a 120-volt outlet and you’ll get a 26 to 36-mile charge before the minivan switches to its gas power function of the 3.6-liter V6 with 287 horsepower, the switch is so seamless that you’ll never even notice the switch. 

It’s also worth noting that once you find a fast-charging station or simply charge with installed outlets (with the 240-volts), a full charge will likely take two to three hours.

The drive is easy, cruise-like and very comfortable for any family and more than suitable for cargo. Power is very sufficient from this engine and its electric power likely contributes to its very natural and quick feel when it comes to its torque. Handling is also very proficient and reliable for this vehicle and is without fault on the highway.

The automatic variable transmission does a fine job of delivering the power to the road and ease with shifts. Just as a tip, during rainy or snowy seasons, take it easy on the accelerator for a couple of seconds if the pavement is wet, as the electric power may come on a bit too strong to handle.

With many hybrids, there is some skepticism as to whether or not the mileage will be up to par. However, according to the EPA, by riding this year’s Hybrid, you’ll get the equivalent of 82 mpg on just electricity alone. Running on gasoline by itself will give you about 30, though, this is highly unlikely, as regenerative braking will continue to restore some power to the van’s batteries to help it start from a stop. 

Beyond the excitement of the plug-in feature, the Limited model is encased in nothing short of elegance and style. It’s so much more than what most would expect from a minivan. The 2020 Limited trim makes room for seven people and has captain’s chairs in the second row as well as armrests on the front seats. Three people can fit in the rear seats and will find that they have an optimal amount of legroom.

For those wanting a little more, bling can attach the S appearance package for $795 that comes with Nappa leather seats, some special badging and black exterior accents like black Stow’n place roof rack, black grille and attractive 18-inch Black Noise painted wheels.

The interior is only more striking with its black leather seats with gray piping and stitching. The same look is carried over to the dashboard with a leather feel and gray stitching. Other trims have gloss black by the exterior sides and an 8.4-inch infotainment screen. Also, Matte silver door inserts are behind matte silver door releases.

Chrysler’s Uconnect4 infotainment system is easy to use and will attach to cellphones, it includes AppleCar Play and Andriod Auto. There’s also a user-friendly navigation system that is implemented. Passengers will also enjoy a year of SiriusXM satellite radio, the 4G hotspot, and Traffic Plus which assists drivers in avoiding challenging routes. 

Standard safety features include blind-spot and rear cross-traffic detection, ParkSense with rear park assist and stop and stability control.

The front seats can be heated and cooled, the second row and the steering wheel can also be heated. Also, the front seats are powered and have power lumbar with the driver’s seat featuring a two-memory function.

A great feature for the kids or really anyone who has to endure the pain of simply sitting down on a long road trip is the two screens that are built onto the headrests on the front seatbacks. There are also seven games built-in and even an actual “Are We There Yet” program that allows kids to know how much further is the next destination. Front-passengers can also control the DVD player that controls the tiny-tots screens.

For an added price of $995, the 2020 Limited Hybrid also adds advanced safety features like a 360-degree surround-view camera, full-speed forward collision warning plus, adaptive cruise control, stop & go, lane departure warning plus, parallel and perpendicular park assist, ParkSense front and rear, along with rain-sensing wipers, advanced brake assist and automatic high beams.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically 2020 Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. Those who are interested in any of our models can take a look at our Chrysler inventory via our website and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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Chrysler 300 Ups Its Game With New Package Options

Fiat Chrysler aims to keep its 300 model in the limelight by providing new color, price and package options. Since sales for this Chrysler vehicle have bottomed out at 29,213 U.S. deliveries in the last year, some critics are saying that its time to put the model into retirement. In spite of this, Chrysler is sending a message that there’s still some fight left in the ol’roaster and apparently thinks that its disappointing loss isn’t a good enough reason for the automaker to abolish the age-old tradition of trying to entice a few more customers with new upholstery and different badging styles; both of which will be available for purchase this year, along with the required paint updates.

Chrysler’s sedan also sees price increases nearly widespread. Some will barely notice the difference in most rear-drive trims, while all-wheel-drive models add on an additional $250-370 against last year’s pricing. 

For those looking for the biggest discounts, it may help in trying to find holdovers from the 2019 model year.

It was reported by Mopar Insiders about Chrysler’s new Sport Appearance Package, and since then, it has emerged on the brand’s website for an added $1,495. It includes the black 300S grille, 20×8-inch Black Noise Aluminum Wheels black headlamp bezels, darker badging and some black intensification on the exterior. If you don’t like black, there is a similarly priced chrome appearance package that is the polar opposite.

Furthermore, the 300 model is supposed to get a Red S Appearance Package that accessorizes with all the darkened bits from the Sport Appearance Pack (with a red insert on the Chrysler logo) and makes way for an exceptional Red Radar interior. It has not yet been established on Chrysler’s website yet, which indicates that the company may be saving it for later in the year when the rest of the new paint colors are released.

The color Frostbite, which is already offered on Dodge’s Challenger and Charger, has been included in the 300’s central lineup of colors for this year. It is an attractive, teal Sapphire type of shade, which is available now, but it doesn’t come at a premium. It will be succeeded by colors (later in availability) Amethyst and Canyon Sunset, which both aid in giving the model a paint listing that brings the nostalgia of the late 1990s. Maximum Steel and Ceramic Metallic will both be done away for this year, but you can still get the 300 in Silver Mist and Granite Crystal Metallic. According to Mopar Insiders, the new red interior will be congruent with all paint options with the exception of Frostbite and cost has an added price of $300. 

Surprisingly, the FCA has already shown photos of the new content, so now it’s certain its in the works. If you’re set on getting the Red S Appearance Package you should check with your dealer. The price for the 2020 Chrysler model has a starting price of $29,590, (plus destination fee) with the finest-trimmed 300 C entering at $41,995 (not including options).

Miami Lakes Automall

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically the Chrysler 300. Those who are interested in any of our models can check out our Chrysler inventory and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Shows Off

FCA Showcase

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is known for being a family-friendly vehicle but it’s so much more than that, its advanced technology is also quite a show-stopper, especially when it comes to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

With most car companies, new features first are set to appear on top of the lineup in luxury vehicles but FCA rebelled against that movement by giving growing families the opportunity to use an assortment of gadgets throughout its minivan platform.

FCA previously used the Pacifica to present increased electrification effectiveness as the industry’s first plug-in hybrid minivan, while simultaneously becoming a testing area for self-driving systems with its collaboration with Waymo.

Next year’s Pacifica, expected to release in the second quarter, will be packed with driver-assist technologies and will also serve as the springboard for FCA’s 5th generation Uconnect information platform. It’s really stepped its game up in terms of safety by offering what FCA describes as an “industry-leading” 97 standard features.

FCA’s strong push for innovation in its minivan may stem from a feeling of influence that the automaker feels when it paved the way for other vehicles when it came out with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager in the early ’80s.

“For the last 37 years, we have been innovating in that segment,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA’s head of passenger cars, during a media preview of the Pacifica for last month’s Chicago auto show.

The company has had “116 firsts — 116 innovations — that we came up within that 37 years,” Kuniskis said, “which helped us sell 15 million minivans during that time period. We have a pretty decent idea [of] what this customer is looking for. But also, after selling 15 million, we’ve got a nice tool chest of all kinds of content to help these people make their lives easier.”

The FCA believes that with Pacifica it can draw around 700,000 people who make the switch from cars to utility vehicles last year for the “perception of more safety” that expands in size and capability

“They can make more of that segment because they know that there is not necessarily 20 competitors that they’re competing with,” Jessica Caldwell, executive director of insights for Edmunds, told Automotive News. “So if they do a really good job in execution, they could capture a bigger part of the market — and I imagine that the heritage that they have in the segment is also important to them.”

A New Type of  Convenience

Chrysler is certainly responsible for turning minivans into homes on wheels, but over time their particular division has had a regression. Contrary to this, according to Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, their popularity could rebound as the autonomous era takes hold. “The vans are going to get more important as time goes forward and we get more and more interested in autonomous, and [there’s] more and more interest in moving people around in urban areas in comfort [with] potentially less personal car ownership,” Brauer said.

Waymo has equipped hybrid Pacificas with its autonomous-tech and released them in various programs. As an example, in Phoenix, Arizona, Waymo has been operating a shuttle service and also announced delivery programs for AutoNation and UPS.

As for the collaboration with UPS, in January, Waymo said that Pacificas will transport packages from UPS stores in the Phoenix area to a hub in Tempe.

In October, AutoNation revealed a course of action with a Toyota dealership that it runs in Tempe. An employee will be able to request a Pacifica hybrid via an app and send parts to a repair shop in the minivan.

Making Corny Cool

Brauer says that this new phase of autonomous utility will eliminate one of the drawbacks of minivans, which is the image. “The main reason they don’t sell better right now is because a lot of people don’t want to be seen as a minivan person.” said Brauer  “But if someone doesn’t own the vehicle and uses it as a tool, he said, that dynamic disappears. It “doesn’t reflect on my personal coolness factor, if that’s what you want to call it, at all to be seen in a minivan because this is just a functional way to move me around New York City.”

Brauer continued to say that Chrysler is smart to continue to invest in the segment and promote its minivans as cutting-edge vehicles that feature forward-thinking technology because they are probably going to inherit a more important role once the autonomous technology and the autonomous world arrives.

Miami Lakes Automall

At Miami Lakes Automall, we sell plenty of cars that are family-friendly and have the latest features, more specifically the Chrysler Pacifica. Those who are interested in any of our models can check out our inventory on our dealership site and chat with an online representative for assistance.

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DUMPED! The FCA Ditches Its 35 Year Romance With The Dodge Caravan For The Chrysler Pacifica

Not that long after Valentine’s Day, FCA is already leaving the Dodge Caravan for another woman…I mean vehicle, specifically the Chrysler Pacifica. The van that is preferred by film crews and penny-pinching suburban moms near and far is now forced into retirement. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently revealed that the production of the Dodge Grand Caravan will come to a standstill in late May, which marks the end of the minivan’s 35-year run.

Sure the Caravan’s feelings might be hurt, but it should have seen it coming, as the Pacifica has all of the latest tech that one could possibly need like safety tech, fresh and modern styling, and an equally exquisite interior. Meanwhile, the Dodge was in a purgatory of sorts while its option packages were sub-par at best and its design was quite outdated.

As the years progressed, the Grand Caravan became a semblance of an old spinster nagging the grandkids to pick something up when they come back from school. When Chrysler finally dug up the Pacifica title for its minivan in 2017, slowly but surely the Caravan faded into obscurity. Not only does the Pacifica have the best tech out there and steller comfort features but its stying much more modern and exciting than the late 2000s “style” that the Dodge van has going on.

This change will also affect production at FCA’s Ontario plant in Windsor, this is the same place that the long-suffering Grand Caravan was built. An FCA spokesperson says that its decision will move the facility from a three-shift staffing structure to a two-shift schedule that is more traditional, which is estimated to affect around 1,500 employees. However, the company is working on placing the laid-off workers in other positions.

For those who are hoping to buy one of the final 2020 Grana Caravans, it won’t be easy. According to Dodge, the new van won’t be available in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington for the remainder of its production run due to emissions regulations. 

Although the Grand Caravan’s best days are behind her, to some its still a classic collector’s item that has some sort of value in its own right. Perhaps in the next 20 years or so, we can include this car on our list of best “vintage” cars from the FCA.

Miami Lakes Chrysler

Those who are interested in the 2021 Pacifica will have to wait for just a bit, as it is not set to be released until the end of this year but don’t fret! Miami Lakes Automall currently has a wide range of different vehicles, especially that of 2020 Pacifica’s that have very similar features to its successor.

Feel free to look at our inventory on our dealership website and speak with an online representative if you have any questions.

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