Just three years ago, the Chrysler Pacifica first took the minivan world by storm with its release in 2017 when it served as the replacement for the Chrysler Town and Country. Since then, it has received numerous automotive awards, even from non-car companies such as Good Housekeeping, due to its incredible family-friendly features, convenience, and overall innovative abilities.
The upcoming automotive year is certainly worth getting excited about, as the 2021 Pacifica will be rocking upgrades mid-cycle by adding an optional all-wheel-drive to the engine while holding onto the fan-favorite Stow ‘n Go seats, which folds flat into cubby holes in the floor. When the seats are not folded, the empty compartments can also be used as additional storage bins.
The 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar also tags along and continues to push out 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the new drive option, the 9-speed automatic transmission can now power up all four wheels. Moreover, rather than using an “AWD Lock” button, the system can analyze specific details regarding temperature, the application of windshield wipers, and wheel slip before automatically gearing itself up.
The company deserves major props for figuring out a way to keep the Stow ‘n Go seats even with the AWD’s transmission tunnel. Unfortunately, the plug-in hybrid won’t adopt AWD as well as Stow ‘n Go, the reason being the 6-kWh battery under the floor, reflecting the limit of what can actually fit. The upside is that the electric model continues to provide over 30 miles of battery-operated power before switching its gas-powered operation. The new minivan battles it out with the 2021 Toyota Sienna as they try to one-up each other on who can offer more, as the rival is the only one of its kind to offer a hybrid powertrain and AWD together. As a matter of fact, the newest Toyota model will only be provided in a hybrid form.
Loyal Pacifica users will notice advancements regarding noise-reduction like revamped body sealing, thicker glass in the sliding doors, as well as acoustic glass for the windshield and front windows. Due to this, the cabin should bring parents at ease after dropping their tiny tots at school…at least somewhat…
Each year, the Chrysler Pacifica lives up to its reputation as a family-friendly vehicle, and one big reason is its advanced technology systems. Features such as six standard USB ports, an optional rear entertainment package, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi is more than enough for keeping the “Are We There Yet” kiddos occupied; funny enough, the car has an actual system based on that annoying question.
While we’re still on the subject of connectivity, parents will also appreciate a tech-savvy way to monitor their kids. The infotainment’s FamCam feature functions by displaying a bird’s-eye view of the second and third rows. By simply double-tapping his or her seat, the camera zooms in for a better look. “FamCam is a tiger mom’s dream,” associate road test editor Erick Ayapana said; senior features editor Jonny Lieberman described it as “absolutely killer.”
In every sense of the word, the Pacifica is the big kahuna of minivans. Hopefully, by mid-cycle, we should hear about an even more comprehensive list of developments.
When the time finally comes to purchase the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, be sure to do it at Miami Lakes Automall: we have a wide selection of Chrysler minivans and sedans in our possession, which all promise an incredible experience in more ways than one. Those interested in any of our models can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.