Reasons Why the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Ranks Highly Among Minivans
Most families value a minivan for its space and emphasis on family entertainment and comfort, but it’s now clear how much more minivans can do. The Chrysler Pacifica is one of the best minivans out there, thanks to an affordable and exciting hybrid powertrain option and heaping standard features in every category. Check out some of the things that set the Pacifica above its competition.
Powerful Standard Engine
No longer can minivans get by with a subpar engine and riding style on the excuse that they’re just for family commutes. The Pacifica’s standard 3.6-liter V6 engine has 287 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque, and fuel economy numbers up to 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg highway.
The Pacifica owes its fuel economy partly to an innovative automatic stop/start system. When the vehicle is stopped, such as at a traffic light, it will turn off after a few seconds. Just release the brake, and the model effortlessly starts up again as if it were never off in the first place! The Pacifica has made idling a thing of the past and is bizarrely still one of the few vehicles in its class to offer this invaluable technology.
Exciting Hybrid Option
If saving fuel is a top priority, the alternative hybrid model may be the best Pacifica for you. The regular V6 engine seen on pure gasoline models is paired to multiple electric motors and a continuously variable automatic transmission, and it’s all attuned to get you as far as possible for the least amount of gas. While dropping to 260 horsepower, you’ll get a stunning 80 combined mpg when driving with both gasoline and electric power.
The Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t lose any of the advantages of modern hybrid technology just for being in a larger and heavier frame. Its maximum range on electric power is 30 miles, making it competitive with significantly lighter compact crossovers. Consider the fancy leather interior and other great standard features, and it’s clear that picking a hybrid doesn’t have to make you a martyr or a trooper.
On the base gasoline Pacifica, you can expect 17-inch aluminum wheels, protective sunscreen glass, keyless entry, and an attractive exterior somewhere between unassuming and luxurious. There are convenient and affordable upgrades like power-sliding rear side doors to make getting in or out of the rear seats a breeze, plus a hands-free power liftgate that takes the pain out of your weekly grocery shopping. Stow N Go seats are standard, allowing you to collapse the rear seats into the floor in literally seconds.
Want something more suited to comfort and style? Dual sunroofs, an extra-wide infotainment touchscreen, a rear entertainment system, heated first and second row seats, automatic climate control, and more are all available on only the second or third trim level above the base Pacifica LX. This is to say nothing of the Pacifica’s optional safety technology, from rear parking sensors to blind-spot monitoring with automatic steering assistance.
The Chrysler Pacifica has too many great features and options to describe briefly. Contact us today if you’re curious about the Pacifica and would perhaps like to give it or its hybrid alternative a test drive.