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Chrysler Pacifica VS Toyota Sienna – War of The Minivans?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

The Pacifica and Sienna minivan models are the latest minivans out for Chrysler and Toyota in the market at the moment. You may be wondering “what can the Pacifica and Sienna offer me?”. Let’s take a look at what both minivans offer.  

SEATING:

Chrysler Pacifica: The 2018 Pacifica seats seven passengers. It includes a feature that allows the second-row seats tilt out of the way to get to the third row without having to remove a car seat. Speaking of seating, the Pacifica also features Stow ‘n Go seating which allows for the second and third-row seats to fold into the floor. Some optional features include leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. If you live up north you won’t have to worry about freezing because the Pacifica has heated everything. Heated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.  

Toyota Sienna: The 2018 Sienna also seats seven passengers. The Sienna also has three rows which, if adjusted appropriately, you can comfortably fit adults in the first two rows and slightly shorter, limber adults in the third row, too. Another interesting feature is you can push and hold a button at the top of the liftgate to make the third-row seats fold away.     

TECHNOLOGY:

Chrysler Pacifica: Entertainment is vital when you have a long trip ahead of you and have children that need to be entertained. But not to worry. The Chrysler Pacifica has backseat entertainment and its appropriately named the Uconnect infotainment system. For quick use, it has physical buttons and knobs on every 4th Generation Pacifica and a new 4G LTE connection.      

Toyota Sienna: The Toyota Sienna is not staying behind in the technology department. Toyota has completely revamped its Entune infotainment system. It has more USB ports and a brand new 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. However, it doesn’t have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.   

SAFETY:

Chrysler Pacifica: Let’s face it when you’re a driver your top concern is always getting to your destination safely. It’s a relief to see that the Pacifica earned a perfect crash-test score (again) in 2018. The crash-test isn’t the only feature where it scored high. In 2018 Chrysler also moved blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors with rear automated emergency braking from being optional to being standard.  

Toyota Sienna: The Sienna now has standard equipment which includes the Toyota Safety Sense P, a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.

THE CAR IN NUMBERS:

Chrysler Pacifica: With the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, the Chrysler Pacifica delivers 287 horsepower and has a 262 lb-ft of torque. It also has one of the Best-in-Class towing capability and delivers 28 mpg highway.

Toyota Sienna: Toyota Sienna also has a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine and delivers 296 horsepower (slightly higher than the Pacifica) and it has a 263 lb-ft of torque. The fuel economy of the Sienna is 22 MPG combined city/ highway.

PERFORMANCE:

Chrysler Pacifica: Most minivans aren’t known to have dynamic handling and this is where the Pacifica steps in. A huge thanks to that is in part to the responsive steering and strong brakes, it remains composed around corners and on winding roads.

Toyota Sienna: Toyota Sienna has a heavier steering wheel. It trades some ride smoothness for quality handling responses. The Sienna also has a tighter turning circle: 37.5 feet.

PRICE:

Chrysler Pacifica: The 2018 Pacifica starts at $26,995 (plus destination fee). It includes a piece of standard equipment, such as a 7- inch in-dash touchscreen; Bluetooth connectivity; a blind-spot monitoring system with a rear cross-traffic alert; and as an added bonus it has a dual-zone manual climate control system.  

Toyota Sienna: The 2018 Sienna has a starting price of $30,850 (plus destination fee). It also includes Bluetooth and a 7- inch touchscreen. Toyota also has three-zone automatic climate control and the aforementioned advanced safety features: a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control; and a lane-departure warning with automatic steering assistance.    

There’s a lot for you to consider when it comes to purchasing the minivan that best suits you.

You can search our inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s or come see us 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 Named in the 10 Best List of Trucks and SUVs

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

The images speak for themselves. The minivan is spacious enough for a family of six. Its exterior design and feature make the Chrysler Pacifica the sleekest minivan out in the 2019 market. And parents won’t need to second-guess if their children will be comfortable or “what will they do until we get to our destination?”

This vehicle has it all. Comfort, theater-like entertainment and the ability to detect oncoming danger.

Hazaa for Chrysler’s Pacifica. It has been added (again) to “Car and Driver’s top 10 Best” lists and they are winners (again) in the Van category. This is Pacifica’s third nomination and third consecutive win.

“Pacifica beat its other competitors in a comparison test, against Odyssey, and a Toyota Sienna in 2017 and 2018,” according to caranddriver.com.  

Car and Driver, a magazine published by Hearst publishing and one of the most highly regarded car magazines by car enthusiasts and automotive manufacturers in the automotive-sphere for its integrity and engineering insights, has a system under which it evaluates its candidates against its perspective peers.

It’s the 100-point scale, where each score is based on how well they do their intended purposes (driving and safety) and how easy it is to operate (technology).  

There are six Chrysler Pacifica trim levels that are offered in the market at the moment, the L, LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited.

Perhaps the fact that this model has made this list time and time again speaks in volume to the same basic design, powertrain and performance level it offers. This years model meet the high bar that previous models have set.  

The saying goes, “why fix something that’s not broken?” and it seems like Chrysler has learned not to mess with something that has worked for them previously.

SEATING:

Pacifica has a way of making people feel comfortable whether in the passengers or driver’s seat. Need to make more room? This model has the capability to quickly convert itself into a three-row vehicle and also store the second and third rows with the aid of Stow ‘n Go seating. There’s no need to worry as you have over 243 possible seating configurations that allow you to convert into the seating of your choice.  

If looking up at the sunny sky is something that entertains the children, or passengers alike, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is available with a Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof.   

TECHNOLOGY:

The all-new 2019 model is a reinvention of the previous model year Pacifica with easy functionality, versatility, and also technology.  

It’s the availability of a full array of 4G Wifi with theater rear-seat entertainment system and with everything, it has to offer this minivan is the perfect vehicle for families who take long trips with their children.

Have your hands full with groceries or other packages? The Chrysler Pacifica is designed with those inconveniences in mind. It’s designed to let you open the vehicle with hands-free power liftgate with the simple kick of the foot.  

SAFETY:

Imagine cruising out on the open road with no worries of accidents happening because of the security that the Chrysler Pacifica offers. The top of the line Advanced SafetyTec featuring Forward Collision Warning With Active Braking, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and a 360° Surround View Camera System.

The Forward Collision Warning With Active Braking will provide you with both audible and visual warnings and apply Automated Emergency Braking if need be.

With Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist the word you are looking for is automatic. This feature will automatically help guide you back into your lane if you’ve drifted outside unintentionally.

The available 360° Surround View Camera provides a bird’s-eye view, using four cameras around the vehicle to fabricate a fully stitched image.

The Chrysler Pacifica was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2019 when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

THE CAR IN NUMBERS:

The 2019 mini-van weighs 4,330 lbs with its dimensions being 204″ L x 80″ W x 70″ H. With the cargo value of 32.3 ft³, 140.5 ft³ (with the seats included), this vehicle has more than enough space for little Jimmy’s soccer team.  

PERFORMANCE:

Going after life’s goals can be challenging that’s why there’s a minivan that can keep up with everything life can throw at it. With the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine, the Chrysler Pacifica delivers 287 horsepower and has a 262 pound-feet of torque. It also has one of the Best-in-Class towing capability and delivers 28 mpg highway.

PRICE:

The 2019 Pacifica has a starting MSRP of $26,995 (plus destination fee).

With all of its features and top performances review, it is no wonder that the Chrysler Pacifica was named once again in the ‘10 Best List of Trucks and SUVs’ for 2019.

Check out the Chrysler Pacifica at Miami Lakes Automall.

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WardsAuto Names Pentastar V6 with eTorque on Best Engines List

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Chrysler Pentastar V6 eTorque WardsAuto

Boy, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been one busy auto group this year. 2018 has seen a lot of changes for vehicles under the FCA umbrella, starting with their new Global Medium Engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine that showed up in the 2018 Jeep® Wrangler JL during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and again in the 2019 Ram 1500 during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Then, to improve their engines, FCA invented a new aluminum alloy for their cylinder heads. Their latest achievement is landing on the WardsAuto “10 Best Engines List” with their already award-winning Pentastar V6 engine, now with eTorque.

That’s right, the same mild-hybrid system that showed up in the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2019 Ram 1500 has won FCA a place on WardsAuto “10 Best Engines List”. When eTorque first showed up in the Jeep Wrangler JL, it was only a tease of hybrid functions coming to the off-road automaker, including auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging, and regenerative braking. Later, when eTorque popped up on the 2019 Ram 1500, we saw even more potential.

The 2019 Ram 1500 lineup comes standard with a 305hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, able to generate 269 lb-ft of torque, and comes standard with the eTorque mild-hybrid system. Able to generate an additional 90 lb-ft of torque within 400 milliseconds, drivers get 90 lb-ft of torque from a cold start and can ramp up to over 300 lb-ft of torque for a tough job. There’s a lot of potential.

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica and 2019 Ram 1500 Win Best Buy by Consumer Guide

Friday, December 14th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Chrysler Pacifica Ram 1500 Consumer Guide

It’s always nice when an auto brand we love receives some recognition. Nothing says like “one of the best” like an award, and when that award comes from Consumer Guide® Automotive, consumers can rest assured that the award came from a reputable source. Consumer Guide recently completed its 2019 Best Buys review, and named two Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as some of the best – the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2019 Ram 1500.

Consumer Auto Guide Best Buys Awards

Since 1976, Consumer Guide has been a leading publication that publishes authoritative and objective reviews of new and used cars and trucks. Staffed by full-time automotive editors with more than 100 years of combined automotive experience, they’re able to provide professional, unbiased evaluations of new and used vehicles, as well as expert shopping advice. When it comes to the Best Buys, Consumer Guide Automotive editors analyze, compare and evaluate numerous vehicles by putting them through numerous tests that help distinguish themselves as good values compared to other vehicles in their class.

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Waymo Launches First Driverless Ride-Hailing Service

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Waymo Ride-Hailing Service

Soon after the self-driving Waymo successfully launched and tested its Early Rider program in Phoenix, Arizona, the autonomous car was certified as an autonomous transportation network the same city. That makes the Waymo the first ever driverless vehicle that consumers could use. It initially started the early launch of the Waymo ride-hailing program, where consumers could shop at big names like Walmart and ride-hail a self-driving Waymo vehicle. The success was so great, that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles invested $30 million into upgrading their Chelsea Proving Grounds to test autonomous vehicles for retail, or consumer use. Waymo also bought over 60,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid units from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to expand their fleet to other states. The Waymo launched a robotaxi service in Phoenix, Arizona and its next objective to conquer is California. But before then, the official Waymo ride-hailing app has been made available to about 400 riders participating in the first phase of the program.

Can you imagine that? How easily do we hail a ride today? It’s not like the old days where one had to call a cab or hope there was one passing by. Now, we just need to unlock our smartphone, open an app, pick our destination(s), and a driver will arrive to pick us up. Now take that scenario, but someone’s missing. Only the vehicle shows up – no driver. Say hello to “Waymo One”.

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Chrysler Waymo Expands Driverless Program to California

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Chrysler Google Waymo California

The self-driving autonomous vehicle project, Waymo, is the first self-driving vehicle to get approval as a driverless ride-hailing service. The decision was made in Phoenix, Arizona by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Approved as a Transportation Network Company for the metro area of Phoenix, the Waymo will continue to expand beyond just Phoenix and will aim to have their own driverless ride-hailing service available to consumers around the nation.

Ride-Hailing an Autonomous Car?

Yes, Google/Alphabet Inc., have done wonders with the self-driving Waymo project. Sometime by the end of 2018, according to an anonymous source, Waymo will be launching their own ride-hailing app, just like Uber and Lyft, but it will be the world’s first for a self-driving car service. It starts with consumers in the metro area of Phoenix, Arizona able to use this app, in an area of 100 square-miles, but that’s just the beginning.

Thousands of modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans make up the fleet for the driverless ride-hailing service. Google/Alphabet Inc. actually purchased over 60,000 units of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to expand their self-driving fleet while expanding their testing grounds. By this time in 2019, everyone in the U.S. could get a driverless car to transport them around, and the next goal is to get a permit in Silicon Valley, California.

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The 2019 Chrysler 300 Goes Out on a High Note

Monday, October 1st, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Chyrsler 300

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been keeping a lot of their new models on the downlow, and while 2018 comes to a close, many automakers are starting to tease out their 2019 model lineup. With FCA currently going through some changes, their shift towards hybrid vehicles and electric cars may push some aside for good. One of these is the Chrysler 300, but before it gets the axe, they’re bringing the sedan back for one more model year. Check out what’s good on the 2019 Chrysler 300.

Looking for Performance?

Right out of the gate, for consumers that want a sedan that can perform, then the 2019 Chrysler 300C is definitely the sedan to get. Powered by a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, this baby generates 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. Designed with a Multi-Displacement System (MDS), Fuel Saver Technology, and optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) technology, the fuel economy isn’t all that bad either, with 25 mpg available on the highway. Ride on 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels with a Platinum Chrome finish and get the best control out of the 300C with sport mode activated for increased engine and throttle responsiveness and firmer steering. Choose the best gear for the ride with paddle shifters, or leave gear shifts up to the standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system, all trims that come equipped with a V6 engine can also ride on either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive without any input from the driver. All trims but the 2019 Chrysler 300C come with the V6 engine, so there’s plenty to choose from.

Only Interested in Style?

If looking for a sedan that has enough attitude without a V8 HEMI, the rest of the lineup is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine, also optimized with VVT, able to generate 292 horsepower and offer 30 mpg on the highway. Check out the 2019 Chrysler 300S for performance-tuned suspension, performance-tuned steering, blacked-out exterior accents, and Black Noise wheels. Inside, enjoy leather-wrapped sport seats and exclusive Piano Black interior accents, or take control with paddle shifters and sport mode to really get the most out of this vehicle.

Being top-of-the-line, the 300C has some of the best interior features around. Segment-exclusive deep-quilted and perforated Nappa leather seats and door panels, hand-sanded natural pore wood, French accent stitching and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with unique chrome accent ring are just some of the standard features to look forward to. For the interior cabin, consumers can choose the available signature two-tone Indigo/Linen or Mocha for a little more color.

There’s also the selection of exterior colors and interior style to look forward to. Depending on the trim, consumers may choose to paint their 2019 Chrysler 300 in any of the following colors – Bright White, Ceramic Gray, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal, Green Metallic, Maximum Steel, Ocean Blue, Silver Mist, and Velvet Red. Some personal style may already be apparent, such as those found in the 300S and 300C, but consumers may also choose from Black, Black/Linen, Black/Caramel, Black/Smoke, Mocha, and Indigo/Linen where applicable.

How Safe is the Chrysler 300?

Aside from having advanced multistage front airbags, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Keyless Go, a ParkView rear backup camera, and more, the 2019 Chrysler 300 can also offer some nifty advanced and automatic safety features. Opt-in for the SafetyTec Plus Group for safety features such as Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus with Full Stop, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Blind-spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path detection.

There’s so much to look forward to for the 2019 Chrysler 300. Find yours at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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The Late Automotive Giant – Sergio Marchionne

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall Sergio Marchionne

Before Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) became the automotive group it is today, both Fiat and Chrysler were saved by the former CEO Sergio Marchionne. Having stepped down due to illness, Marchionne passed away July 25, 2018. He was born in Italy, and migrated to Toronto, Canada at age thirteen to pursue a higher education. By the time Marchionne graduated grad school, he held a Master’s degree in business administration and law, and then entered the world of accounting. He quickly became recognized as an accountant, tax specialist, attorney, and business strategist as he worked up the ladder in multiple companies before taking his talent to the automotive industry.

The Fiat Group quickly realized the good Marchionne could do for the company when he restructured their debt, settled contractual obligations to General Motors with a $2 billion payment, and drew up a four-year plan to make 20 new models to expand the product line for Fiat. Marchionne was quickly appointed as CEO in 2004, and following this, helped to save the Detroit automotive company, Chrysler Group LLC, out of bankruptcy by purchasing 20-percent of the company in 2009. He was also appointed as the CEO of Chrysler around the same time.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Apple Make Sweet Music

Friday, July 6th, 2018
Miami Lakes Automall FCA Summer Edition Campaign

Miami Lakes Automall FCA Summer Edition Campaign

Ya’ll ready for some summer love? Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has started its 2018 Edition of FCA’s summer advertising campaign. With a focus on several FCA brands, Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, and FIAT, commercials will be airing on various media channels, digital and TV, to promote these brands and select vehicles. In partnership with the technological giant Apple, FCA and Apple will be working together to also promote Apple CarPlay and the “Apple Experience” with the summer advertising campaign, set to feature ten music artists across multiple labels, including a Jeep brand collaboration with multi platinum, Grammy®-nominated band OneRepublic (Interscope Records) to launch the sixth Summer of Jeep campaign.

“FCA offers an incredible Apple experience, giving consumers the ability to enjoy Apple Music’s catalog of 45 million songs and to listen with premium BeatsAudio sound, in addition to all the features that come with CarPlay. This collaboration inspired us to leverage the strength and identity of each of our individual brands…Additionally, as the only automaker to now offer branded playlists on Apple Music, this allows us to provide increased relevance to targeted audiences.” – said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA.

The “Apple Experience” is an offer the FCA started in June 2018 that would give new consumers a chance to get Apple Music for free. Customers in the U.S. and Canada would get six months of Apple Music free if they were new Apple Music users and three months free if they were existing customers with the purchase of any new Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Jeep or Ram vehicle with standard Apple CarPlay support. It should go without saying that all of these ads will be showing off Apple CarPlay functionality, although Google Android Auto will most likely also be standard if Apple CarPlay is.

Of the ten music artists being featured, those who have music featured in the commercials are OneRepublic, Alice Cooper, Brothers Osborne, Dej Loaf & Leon, and Nicky Blitz. Other music artists, such as Sofia Reyes, Dave Cobb, Gus Wenner, and Kathryn Hahn also worked together with the above artists to make curated playlists for the Summer of Jeep campaign, now available on Apple Music. The main focus for FCA though, is OneRepublic with Interscope Records.

“With this new campaign, Interscope continues our relationship with the FCA-crafting campaigns that speak to the power of music…Our diverse roster and FCA’s respect for the magic of artistry and the creative process are evident in the new Summer of Jeep spot featuring OneRepublic.” – said Steve Berman, Vice Chairman Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

You can watch some of the videos for the Summer of Jeep campaign below.

Playing in the background of the Jeep Brand commercial, “Sold Out”, is the new single from OneRepublic, “Connection”. Featured in this commercial is the redesigned Jeep Cherokee and the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL.

“Under My Wheels” by Alice Cooper will be playing behind the Dodge brand commercial,”The Rider”. With a taste for high-octane speed, the Dodge Durango SRT is featured in this commercial.

The Brothers Osborne and their new track “While You Still Can” plays in the background of the “Support the Port” commercial, showing off how the Ram 1500 helps the brothers in their project to renovate the Historic Theatre in Port Saint Joe, Florida.

Looking for your own Jeep, Dodge, Ram, or Chrysler vehicle? We have plenty at Aventura CJDR.

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Is the FCA Locked into Autonomous Driving?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
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Miami Lakes Automall FCA Autonomous Driving 2

Soon after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced their five-year plans, many noticed there was a much larger focus on the expansion of the Jeep® brand and alternative fuel sources. Although the auto market has been shifting towards hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles in recent years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has only dipped their toes in with the unsuccessful Fiat 500e and very successful Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The popular plug-in hybrid minivan has also had a large role to play with the once Google-owned project, the self-driving autonomous vehicle, the Waymo. We see even greater potential in the autonomous market before its saturated with every auto brand that makes vehicles with a GPS system and a camera.

The first self-driving autonomous vehicle to make a large impact on the auto industry was the self-driving Waymo vehicle, a modified Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Redesigned with the latest generation of custom-built radar, LiDAR, vision systems, and an all-new AI computer platform for safe operations. The vehicle is driving itself after all, so it needs the most up-to-date tech and software available.

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