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Chrysler Pacifica Named in the 10 Best List of Trucks and SUVs

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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How Chrysler Changed the Minivan Game

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It should come as no surprise that the success of the Chrysler Pacifica lead to Chrysler having ideas about how to expand their widely popular minivan. Ideas were floating around about enhancing the vehicle with further upgrades and amenities. They only needed to keep pushing the boundaries of what customers wanted.

Families had already fallen in love with all the great features, like the popular Stow ‘n Go seating and the Uconnect system, that were added to the Chrysler Pacifica. After the Pacifica’s debut, the Chrysler brand saw sales of nearly 63,000 vehicles sold in the first year. Competing with the likes of the Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan and the Kia Sedona was only going to get harder with more time on the market.

Popularity fades for vehicles and their shelf life is only as good as the speed at which new features and benefits can be added. Luckily for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the auto group that encompasses Chrysler and many other brands, their forward thinking and innovation continued. The idea to not stop producing quality products didn’t end with the popular Pacifica model. For a brand like Chrysler that only has two vehicles being sold, the Chrysler 300 and Chrysler Pacifica, there was a need to find something special.

Rather than craft a new vehicle altogether, Chrysler went a different route. The entire minivan market was missing one large ingredient in its segment. The hybrid minivan. And Chrysler changed the game with the release of their new flagship Pacifica plug-in hybrid. Thus becoming the first hybrid minivan ever made in America.

Success Strikes Again

Chrysler has been around for nearly one hundred years thanks to innovation and a commitment to excellence. Most recently, Waymo, a company that produces autonomous technology for vehicles, agreed to purchase 63,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models. The hope is to develop completely human-less driving, aka autonomous, in a retail vehicle capacity. Imagine buying a car you never drive; that’s the goal Waymo is working to develop and make a reality.

If you’re looking for how the future will look like, it starts with vehicles as popular and powerful as the current Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and extends to the remarkable technology that companies like Waymo are putting into an already innovative minivan. The future of driving will change a lot once these products hit the road. But what does that mean for Chrysler?

What Does the Future Hold For Chrysler?

Most recently, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne announced plans to grow other brands under the umbrella that FCA produces. With the focus on expanding other brands like Jeep and Ram, Chrysler hasn’t gotten the same news. Luckily for Chrysler fans, the innovation tied to the brand has kept this company popular since 1925, the first year Chrysler went into business.

The founder of the company, Walter Chrysler, would be proud of the latest and greatest minivan on the market today. The hybrid powertrain provides drivers up to 33 miles of battery life driving before switching to gasoline in the revised, powerful 3.6-Liter Pentastar engine. This allows the Chrysler Pacifica to stand out among all the rest of the crop in the minivan market.

Remarkably, the best part about this ingenious idea to craft a hybrid minivan was making charging easy and fast. With a 240-volt charger, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can be fully charged in about two whole hours. If you want to use a regular outlet to charge your Pacifica Hybrid, just leave it charging overnight and you’ll be good to go.

Come To Miami Lakes Automall To Drive Chrysler

If you’re currently hoping to drive a new vehicle, we’re your most knowledgeable destination to buy, lease, trade-in or sell a vehicle and go home with something fresh. Our line-up includes the new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and we can’t wait to show it off for you.

If you’re in need of an appointment at our service center, our staff can help you out with a simple appointment you can make right here. Let us cater to your needs and we’ll suggest any maintenance required down the road. Providing your vehicle with top performance, safety and driving ability is our goal along with your happiness. Stop in to see what we’re capable of at Miami Lakes Automall!

FCA’s Future Plans Look Bright for Jeep and Ram

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 Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) has been riding some recent highs to start this summer along with upcoming plans to announce a new CEO. News just broke about Wayco, a company that helps create autonomous vehicles, purchasing 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans with the hope of having retail autonomous vehicles by 2023. Not only has their choice for their autonomous vehicle, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica a smart choice, critics and fans agree.

 The Chrysler Pacifica has been awarded many accolades this year, like winning Cars.com’s “Family Car of the Year” award for the second year in a row, but other brands under the FCA umbrella have seen surges of sales increase from last year to this year, such as the Jeep brand.

 The Next CEO of FCA

 FCA’s CEO Sergio Marchionne is set to retire after this year and the next CEO has not been announced. Speculation has pointed to a few names that could serve as Marchionne’s replacement. Mike Manley has been with the company since 2000 first serving as a director in the United Kingdom, he then became CEO of the Jeep brand in 2009, then moved to become CEO of Ram in 2015. This move would make the most sense as both brands are popular and expected to continue to grow apart of the FCA umbrella.

 Alfredo Altavilla, current Chief Operating Officer for Europe, Africa and Middle East and a head of business development for FCA, has been another contender to take over as FCA CEO. Having been with the company since 1990, he’s been able to witness the expansion over into multiple European markets and has the ear of Marchionne.

 The final name in contention to become the next CEO is current Chief Financial Officer of Systems and Castings, Richard Palmer. He’s been linked to Marchionne as someone trusted and knowledgeable to handle the role. Palmer has been with FCA since 2003, first joining the company after leaving as CFO of robotics manufacturer Comau. There’s only rumors as to who will succeed the current CEO, but the future for FCA is up for grabs for these candidates.

Marchionne’s run as CEO started when Chrysler was dealing with financial complications and Fiat wasn’t doing as well as it is today. With the auto industry changing, FCA will look to continue expanding their brands with a fresh approach to car building, adding to the already incredible legacy that their combined flagship brands hold. From Jeep to Chrysler to Ram, Dodge and Fiat, there’s been consistent growth since the great financial recession of the previous decade.

 New Changes Coming For FCA Brands

 Most recently, Marchionne announced a plan to create and grow the mid-size pickup for the Ram brand, while decreasing the size of the Fiat lineup. Ram wants to significantly upgrade the technology of their existing heavy-duty lineup. Fiat has new plans to have a fully electric lineup in their 500 family vehicles.

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All of the Chrysler Pacifica’s Innovative Features Surpass Other Minivans

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Few vehicles have been able to dominate a vehicle segment like the Chrysler Pacifica has dominated the minivan segment. When Chrysler was designing the vehicle (Pacifica) to replace the Chrysler Town & Country, they strove to do the same thing they have always done with their minivans, create an innovative vehicle that is as technologically savvy as it is user-friendly. Here are some of the most innovative designs and technologies that the Chrysler Pacifica has.

Stow ‘n Go Seating

Stow ‘n Go Seating is not new to the minivan segment, but it is still one of the most desirable and user-friendly features in the vehicle world, and even though it’s been around for more than a decade, the feature is only available on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and that’s a big advantage of the Chrysler Pacifica.

The Stow ‘n Go seating system is an innovative seating feature because it is purposeful 100 percent of the time because it there are two functions and when one function is not in use, the other function can be used. The first major advantage of Stow ‘n Go seating is the ability users have to stow the second- and third-row seats into built-in floor storage compartments. When the seats are stowed, the area behind the front two seats is transformed into a large flat area  that has more than 140 cubic feet of room for cargo, which is generally only possible with a truck bed — but there’s even an advantage to this cargo space over the space in a cargo bed — this cargo space is covered and secure.  The seats are extremely easy to fold up and store and some Pacifica trims even have a power feature in which the vehicle can fold the seats up without additional help.

The second function of Stow ‘n Go seats is that users can utilize the built-in floor storage compartments to store other things (bags, purses, coolers, backpacks, sports equipment) when the compartment is not being used to store seats. That is a great advantage when traveling with a full van because passengers don’t have to crowd the aisles up with their personal belongings, they can just put them in the floor storage compartments.

Hybrid Powertrain + Regenerative Braking

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first and only minivan available on the market. Not only does it add to the list of fuel efficient vehicles, but it is one of the few fuel efficient vehicles that has seating for seven passengers — and that makes it pretty remarkable. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an internal combustion engine and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery and the engine and battery can work together in hybrid mode or independently power the minivan. The Pacifica Hybrid’s battery can power the van on pure electricity for 33 miles, and when the vehicle is working in hybrid mode, the Pacifica Hybrid has a combined city/ highway average of 84 MPGe.

Accompanying the hybrid powertrain is another innovative technology called regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is an awesome technology because it recycles energy being used to by the vehicle’s brakes into energy that can be used to recharge the battery. Regenerative braking is not unique to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, but it is still a new technology and the Pacifica is the only minivan that has it.

Want to learn about more of the innovative technology in the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid? Come in to Miami Lakes Automall to see a Chrysler Pacifica and test drive one. We are open seven days a week and we have a large selection of Chrysler models.