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The Difference Between the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

Finding a minivan that is accommodating, full of top-of-the-line specs, and is also stylish is not that hard when you’re looking at the Chrysler Pacifica. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica has six trim levels, and they are the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited, and they each have unique technology features and safety systems. Here are the differences between the six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Trim Level Comparison

The standard engine on all six trim levels on the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 which rations 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and. The top five trim levels get the Engine Stop-Start (ESS) Technology, and that produces increased fuel economy. Both engines work with a Torqueflite 9-Speed Automatic Transmission for EPA estimated fuel economy specs which deliver 18 MPG City and 28 MPG HWY, and with the ESS in-city MPG increases to 19 MPG while in the highway it stays the same at 28 MPG.

All six trim levels of the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also have standard seating for seven people and the option of eight passenger seating when you opt for the second-row bench seat. All trim levels feature a 60/40 split-folding bench seat with third-row fold-in-floor but the base trim level, the L, have second & third-row Stow ’n Go Seats for cargo and passenger which makes it easier for loading and unloading. Cloth seating is typical on the bottom three trim levels while on the Touring L and Touring L Plus trim levels it has the option of Perforated Leather Seats and the 2019 Pacifica Limited gets Nappa Leather-Trimmed Seats.

It comes with heated front seats, and it comes standard on the upper three trim levels, and heated rear seats are standard inside two trims, the Touring L Plus, and Limited trims. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica also gets equipped with a standard 7” Touchscreen Display. The high two trim levels receive an 8.4” Touchscreen. The Touring L Plus and Limited trims also get a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, a 13-Speaker Alpine Stereo, and a 7“ Color Digital Driver Information Center.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Trim Level Comparison

The plug-in hybrid is efficient enough to travel 32 miles on electricity after the battery is recharged. Even when exceeding that 32-mile range, it’s still a hybrid that’ll significantly exceed every other minivan’s fuel economy. Adding that battery weight actually improves the Pacifica.

The second-row seats, which are also available in the standard Pacifica, are also comfortable since they don’t fold flat into the floor. The same advantages that the regular Chrysler Pacifica offers are also offered in the plug-in hybrid. Included is its sharp styling and compelling technology.

The Pacific Hybrid is available with the S Appearance package, which adds an abundance of the black exterior trim. There’s also the 35th Anniversary special edition, which honors Chrysler 35 years in the market. Different trim levels also gain extra features.  

What We Like

It has an unmatched fuel economy for a 7-passenger vehicle; family-friendly tech. It has classy styling inside and out, more comfortable second-row seats than regular Pacifica. The Pacifica Hybrid uses a variation of the daily van’s 3.6-liter V6 paired which is paired with two motor/generators and a large battery pack that is fully replenished by plugging into an outside electricity source. The total system outputs 260 horsepower.

Hybrid Features & Options

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is available in the Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited trims. Standard equipment on the Touring Plus includes 17-in wheels, power-sliding doors, fog lamps, automatic headlights, blind spot monitoring, heated mirrors, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors. There’s also proximity entry and push-button start, a backup camera, one USB port, 3-zone automatic climate control. There’s an 8-way power driver seat, cloth upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4-in touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite and HD radios, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The Touring L adds a power liftgate, adjustable roof rails, rear side window shades, an upgraded front center console, leather upholstery, and the Cold Weather Group. Optional on the Touring trims is the Uconnect Theater with Wireless Streaming, which adds two 10-in seatback touchscreens, a 115-volt house-style electrical outlet, wireless headphones, video remote controls, three rear USB ports, an HDMI input, and a Blu-ray player.

The Limited adds sliding doors and a hands-free power liftgate, driver memory settings, power-folding, and driver-side auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and upgraded leather upholstery. There’s also a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, ventilated front seats, the Uconnect Theater System and integrated navigation. The optional Advanced SafetyTec Group adds the forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keeping assist, plus adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking system, an automated parking system, automatic wipers, and automatic high beam control.

The S Appearance package adds blacked-out exterior trim and black 18-in wheels, while also having unique interior trim. Available on the 35th Anniversary edition is the Limited and the Touring L. Add a unique “Cranberry Wine” stitching to light-colored leather upholstery, plus a 13-speaker Alpine sound system and integrated navigation (Touring L) or 18-inch wheels (Limited).

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’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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Texas Family Car of the Year is the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica has won many awards, and its latest honor comes from the Texas Auto Writers Association. It was named the 2019 model the “Family Car of Texas” and the “Minivan of Texas” at its annual Texas Auto Roundup. It’s the fourth year that the Pacifica has earned these TAWA honors.

The Chrysler Pacifica adds even more titles and awards to its impressive collection. That assortment of prizes includes two separate “Family Car of Texas” titles from the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Now, Chrysler is adding a third “Family Car of Texas” title to Pacifica’s lineup of awards, as the minivan received the honor for the third year in a row at the 2018 Texas Auto Roundup.

“The Chrysler Pacifica continues to impress our members with its combination of family-friendly features, technology, and versatility,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA and co-host of the “In Wheel Time” radio show in Houston. The event, which is held at the Eagle Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas. Forty-nine TAWA journalists drove 46 vehicles for two days. Most of those journalists found the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica to be the best family vehicle featured at the event.

“The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica won our Family Car of Texas award by an overwhelming majority vote,” said Michael Marrs, President of TAWA. “For the third year in a row, our members were impressed with Pacifica’s combination of technology, styling, functionality, versatility and family-friendly features.”

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica comes available in six trim levels; the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited. The standard 3.6-liter V6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica generates 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway.

The 2019 Pacifica has organizational tools such as the available second-row and third-row Stow ‘n Go seats, in-floor storage bins in the second row which is also available. The rear grocery bag hooks are there to help keep the cabin clutter-free. The available Blu-ray and DVD Entertainment System featuring seatback video screens and three-channel wireless headphones are crucial to successful road trips.

That wasn’t the only honor that the latest Pacifica received during the Texas-based event. The Texas Automotive Writers Association also named the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica the “Minivan of Texas.” It’s another title that it has repeatedly earned in the past few years.

With the introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid model, Chrysler’s signature minivan was in the running for another of TAWA’s awards: the title of “Green Vehicle of Texas.” With a total highway fuel economy score of 84 MPGe and all of the same significant amenities featured in Pacifica’s standard model, the Pacifica Hybrid quickly obtained this title, too. Although everything is supposedly bigger in Texas, it would appear that automotive enthusiasts in the Lone Star State have fallen for a minivan.

The advanced security and safety systems add to the appeal of the Pacifica. Drivers will have more confidence navigating the minivan thanks to the standard driver assist technologies of Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection and ParkSense Rear Park Assist with Stop and the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera. Standard Remote Keyless Entry and Keyless Go systems offer convenience and security.

Chrysler Brand TAWA Auto Roundup Awards:

  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica – Family Car of Texas
  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica – Minivan of Texas
  • 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – Green Vehicle of Texas

About the Texas Auto Roundup

TAWA hosted the Texas Auto Roundup and sponsored by the Steel Market Development Institute, Wieck, and Polaris Slingshot. It is held annually to allow dozens of journalists to evaluate the cars, CUVs and SUVs sold in Texas. The Texas Auto Writers Association hosts the event and hands out a variety of awards every spring, including the prestigious Car of Texas, Family Car of Texas and Performance Car of Texas.

About TAWA

TAWA is one of the most well-respected automotive press organizations. Its mission is to promote accuracy and quality in automotive journalism and distribute information about the industry through print, broadcast media, and online. TAWA has two driving events every year — the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. The members in the media enjoy driving and evaluating the new vehicles competing for the coveted Car of Texas or Truck of Texas.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’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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Chrysler’s Pacifica Minivan is a Game Changer and Here’s Why

Minivans may come attached with polarizing opinions until the sudden realization hits that you might need one for a growing family. With the Chrysler Pacifica, owners have long enjoyed the vehicle as a handy assistant for the daily family commute. Let’s take a look at what this favorite, in the plug-in form of a hybrid, can offer.  

Under the hood you’ll find a 3.5-liter V6 eHybrid engine with two electric motors mated to an eFlite Si-EVT transmission. These motors combine for 260 horsepower, with the switch between gas to electric almost entirely seamless. It’s also easy on the throttle and uses regenerative braking to help to charge the battery.   

Kids will fall in love with the inside with an entertainment center for the ages. Centered in the middle of the dashboard is the touchscreen, which holds all of the infotainment controls. It allows you to control several things such as entertainment, HVAC, and settings for the front passengers. It’s an all-in-one console for all of the tech available.

Just below are the controls for front and rear HVAC. Under the storage cubbies, you’ll find the rubber flooring helpful in preventing things from sliding around. The center console is big enough that it can hold things like a small diaper bag, iPads, cups, and toys.

The middle-row seating is comfortable enough even for adults but the real kicker is the touchscreens that are built into the seats with games pre-loaded for play. The third row seats three kids, or two adults, fairly comfortably. The storage behind the third row is a little deeper down than average, which allows you to pack items tightly and be able to carry plenty with the seats in use. Folding that row makes for a much larger surface. Fold all of the seating down and you have a makeshift panel van.

The Pacifica also rides like a luxury vehicle, making it smooth over bumps and easy-to-drive on the highway and in town. Chrysler claims 82 MPGe and 30 MPG highway, with EV Mode as an easy (and excellent) way to cruise around town. Other helpful features include parking assist and parallel parking assist, allowing the vehicle’s semi-autonomy the ability to park the van for you.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’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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Chrysler Partners with Disney and Pixar to Promote Toy Story 4 and the Pacifica

Toy Story 4 is around the corner, and Chrysler has partnered with the film to promote the movie and the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. It’s a match made in movie heaven, at least in the advertising world. Chrysler teamed up with Disney and Pixar to cross-hype the new Pacifica minivan and the movie in an online video promo.  

On the 30-second ad, spot stars gather all of the iconic characters that we’ve known from the Toy Story series. Including old favorites like Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The crossover advertisement works quite well since it brings nostalgia to either to those who watched it (the kids) or those who bought the tickets (the parents).

The characters from the movie are having a little dance party in the back of the Chrysler, and it comes complete with music and lights. During the commercial, many of the key interior features of the minivans are promoted, which include the built-in Stow ‘n Vac vacuum cleaner. Also included are two large screens behind the front seat headrests, and the second-row seats which can be seamlessly stowed under the floor at the press of a button.

The partnership is a no-brainer, as Disney supports the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. The video shows off through the hijinx of Pixar’s animated toys, which equips the family-friendly vehicle with the U-Connect Theater that plays games, apps, and two 10-inch touch screens mounted on the back of the front seats. Also included are hands-free power sliding doors and an onboard vacuum cleaner and flat-fold rear seating for dance parties and grocery shopping.    

Across the board, new car buyers are leaning more towards crossovers and SUV over sportier vehicles, particularly those with families and both the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid have a lot going for them. The Pacifica Hybrid is has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine paired to two electric motors and a CVT transmission. The vehicles all-electric range of 33 miles and an EPA fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe.   

When the teaser dropped it consisted of an animated spork having a mini freak out but the trailer has a more wistful tone. The new characters in the movie are voiced by comedy duo Key and Peele which make Buzz Lightyear “your mom” jokes. When the final scene of the movie airs it will presumably follow in the footsteps of previous films and will walk a line between the emotional and comedic side.

CHRYSLER’S PROMOTION CAMPAIGN:

The toys are back in movie theaters (June 21, 2019) and what better way than to kick it off with a few friends such as Alaska Airlines, Babybel®, Chevrolet and The Laughing Cow® to join the party. Chrysler is getting the party started with a new television commercial that spotlights the Chrysler Pacifica and a few characters that we’ve seen before. The Chrysler Pacifica is the most clever minivan in its class with exclusive-to-the-segment attribution such as Stow ‘n Go seating, hands-free power sliding doors, and Uconnect Theater with two 10-inch touchscreens. The Pacifica is America’s first hybrid minivan, and it delivers an all-electric range of 32 miles and driving range of 520 miles, providing a no-compromise vehicle when it comes to efficiency and comfort.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’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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New Chrysler Pacifica May Be An All-Wheel-Drive

 

There was a rumor that the Chrysler Pacifica was preparing an all-wheel-drive (AWD) variant. It will add a huge benefit in the minivan segment as the Toyota Sienna is currently the only competitor that offers an all-wheel-drive. An AWD option could help improve Pacifica’s popularity.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Pacifica will get an AWD option, but there hasn’t been a lot of news on it. An all-wheel-drive vehicle may be the vehicle that many living in inclement weather, such as ice and snow, are waiting on. The Pacifica could soon be the go-to vehicle for those wanting a minivan and an all-wheel-drive.

The strong sales in Canada drive the high demand on the Pacifica offering AWD. Offering AWD can help Chrysler gain more sales in colder regions of the United States as well. The popular SUVs account for more than 30 percent of new vehicle sales.

It’s believed that the next-generation Chrysler Pacifica can be announced within the next two months. If it comes out within that time-frame, it would be sooner than it was expected. The 2018 Pacifica is still relatively new, having launched for the 2017 model year and after the Dodge Grand Caravan, it is currently the second best-selling minivan in America.

Chrysler could decide to go all out with the vehicle design. It could develop a new plug-in hybrid powertrain to coexist with the AWD variant. It can also switch to an entirely new architecture allowing for an AWD powerplant.  

The Pacifica AWD production is expected to start in the second quarter of 2020, according to data organized from industry sources obtained by Automotive News. The timing couldn’t be at a better time as it matches the launch of a potential new-generation Pacifica. If the new minivan makes an appearance before the end of 2019, it makes sense for three to six months after that to be put into production.  

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) could also inaugurate an SUV based on the platform of the Pacifica. As stated, nothing has been announced yet. Former FCA CEO, Sergio Marchionne, said “the platform is ready, and the plant can take it” so the automaker can “probably get it up and running in 18 months.”

PACIFICA AS A POSSIBLE CONTENDER:

A possible contender might be an alternative in the Chrysler Pacifica. Chrysler has mentioned that the Pacifica “could support” the all-wheel-drive option. Although, it did not initially roll out an all-wheel-drive.

Current reports have been advocating that the all-wheel-drive Pacifica has been called off. So, don’t hold your breath. Chrysler U.S. brand director Bruce Vasilek said they were open to the idea, but plans have been put away at the moment.

Vasilek said that Chrysler would “continue to monitor AWD vans and will consider it in the future,” in regards to the Pacifica. For now, FCA sources have said that the minivan will stay as a front-wheel drive. The Pacifica platform will probably serve as the support for the next-generation Chrysler 300.

Chrysler excavated the all-wheel-drive when they introduced the Stow ‘n Go seating option in its vans. What Stow n’ Go seating allows is for the second and third-row seats to fold flat into a storage compartment on the floor. Stow ‘n Go won’t work if a driveshaft is added to the Pacifica.  

BENEFITS OF ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE:

So how exactly does an all-wheel-drive differ from a four-wheel-drive? A four-wheel-drive will stay in rear-wheel drive mode until it’s physically shifted to the four-wheel mode. The all-wheel-drive is associated more with car-based platforms like crossover and minivans, while the four-wheel-drive is typically found in trucks.  

Chrysler also wanted to introduce a three-row crossover based on the Pacifica platform, but there hasn’t been any information on it. After its discussion many years ago, the long-rumored new model which was to offer the all-wheel-drive, hasn’t come to fruition. Although Chrysler has a five0year outlook set in place, Marchionne, announced in the summer of 2018, that the company had not laid out a road map for Chrysler brand’s future product plans yet.

DO WE NEED AN ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE MINIVAN?:

Product Planning Director for the Chrysler Group, Todd Breneiser, said that Chrysler’s minivan owners aren’t shrieking for an all-wheel-drive. “There’s a vocal minority that would really like to have the all-wheel-drive, and that’s in the same parts of the country where we see the high take rates for other all-wheel-drive vehicles, but for the general population, I wouldn’t say it’s in high demand,” Breneiser said in a telephone interview with cars.com.

Minivans are well equipped to handle large amounts of snow with a front-wheel-drive. An all-wheel-drive isn’t always a must especially if winter tires can improve traction. One thing is for sure, an all-wheel-drive Pacifica might be a game-changer.

You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’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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Eugenio Derbez Lends his Talent to Latest Pacifica Commercial

Eugenio Derbez, Mexican actor, filmmaker, and comedian, is lending his voice to a Chrysler Pacifica Marketing Campaign. Derbez took on the persona for a new multicultural 30-second spot “Tough Decision” which debuted on April 1st online and television. The 30-second spot is “specifically created for the Hispanic market,” according to prnewswire.com.  

Head of Multicultural Advertising, FCA US LLC, Juan Torres, thinks advertising to multicultural consumers is a high priority for their company. “Multicultural sales and Latinos largely drive today the U.S. auto industry growth has a high affinity for the minivan segment. Collaborating with Eugenio Derbez allowed us to use his bold and fun attitude to match that of the minivan. The 30-second spot uses humor and Eugenio’s iconic voice to highlight the advantages of minivan ownership and communicate to consumers the unique features of Pacifica.”

“Tough Decision” opens with a salesman striving to persuade a customer to buy a Pacifica. Derbez’s voice brings the Chrysler Pacifica to life, giving the minivan a colorful personality that can’t wait to discuss all of its benefits, features, and details that it has to offer. With its available Uconnect Theater with two 10-inch touchscreens, class-exclusive hands-free dual sliding doors, Stow ‘n Go seating, and class-exclusive Stow n’ Vac, this minivan can speak for itself.

The commercial can be viewed via the Chrysler brand’s official Youtube channel. The 30-second spot will also air on top Hispanic networks that include Telemundo, UniMas, Galavision, estrellaTV and Universo. “Tough Decision” was a collaboration in partnership with Austin-based agency GSD&M.

However, this isn’t Derbez first collaboration with Chrysler on the Pacifica. Back in 2017, Derbez starred in another commercial for Chrysler Pacifica directed by Angel Garcia named “Mariachis.” It can be viewed on Vimeo and Derbez’s Facebook fan page.     

Derbez has starred in the movie Instructions Not Included, which grossed in just under $100 million worldwide. Derbez also wrapped production on the Lionsgate/Pantelion feature ‘How to be a Latin Lover’ in 2017. He was also the leading man for the comedy La Familia P. Luche which aired on Canal de las Estrellas on September 16, 2012.

Derbez’s latest action-film is the live-action Dora and the Lost City of Gold. The movie will be in theaters on August 2, 2019. Derbez will play a corrupt explorer named Alejandro Gutierrez who ends up being the antagonist.

2019 CHRYSLER PACIFICA/PACIFICA HYBRID:

The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid reinvented the minivan segment with an unmatched level of versatility, technology, functionality, and bold styling. Re-structured from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan section. The Pacifica Hybrid takes the revolutionary vehicle one step further with an advanced and innovative hybrid powertrain.

With it being the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment, it achieves more than 80 miles per gallon which is equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, a total range of more than 500 miles and an all-electric range of more than 30 miles. The Chrysler Pacifica has remained in its spot as the most awarded minivan since 2016 because of its more than 100 available safety and security features. Both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid serve as a no-compromise minivan that is ideally suited for today’s families.    

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CHRYSLER?:

Chrysler Pacifica is thinking about expanding into an all-wheel-drive vehicle, but there hasn’t been a lot of news on it. An all-wheel-drive vehicle can be the vehicle of choice for those living in freezing weather where there are snow and ice. For those wanting a two-in-one deal, the Pacifica could soon be able the go-to vehicle.

Although the Pacifica did not initially roll out an all-wheel-drive, there was a rumor circulating that it could become an option. Chrysler has suggested that the Pacifica “could support” the all-wheel-drive. An alternative in the Chrysler Pacifica might be a possible future project.  

Bruce Vasilek, Chrysler U.S. brand director, said that the company is open to the idea of an all-wheel-drive variant, but the plans have been put aside for the moment. Other reports are saying that the idea for an all-wheel-drive on the Pacifica has been canceled. Customers will have to wait and see on any further news that comes out.  

ABOUT CHRYSLER:

The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with technology, distinctive designs, intuitive innovation, and craftsmanship since the company was established in 1925. Chrysler brand continues to lift the bar by blending class-leading, high-tech features into its products; including the Uconnect 4 system with Android Auto Uconnect Theater and Apple CarPlay with available streaming. Included is also the plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Pacifica Hybrid, the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system on the Pacifica.

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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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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