- Transmission: 9-Speed 948TE FWD Automatic
The Chrysler Pacifica is currently available with just one engine, the 3.6L "Pentastar" V6. This engine is used throughout Chrysler and Dodge's lineups for a few very good reasons, it's powerful, it's fuel efficient and it's refined. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. With 287 hp on tap, the Pacifica is perhaps a little faster than it really needs to be, but on-ramps and merging should be a snap. Chrysler even claims up to 28 mpg on the highway with this engine. For those who want a little better fuel economy, a hybrid version of the Pacifica will be available later in the year. With the ability to run on electricity alone for up to 30 miles, the Pacifica Hybrid will be the first hybrid-powered minivan available in the U.S.
The Pacifica comes in five different trim levels that take the vehicle from somewhat basic, to full-on luxury.
The base Pacifica LX comes with several notable standard features, including keyless entry, heated exterior mirrors, 17-inch aluminum wheels, 3-zone climate control, a backup camera, a USB media hub, a 6-speaker stereo with noise cancellation, voice command-activated Bluetooth, an 8-way adjustable powered driver's seat and fog lamps.
The Touring trim costs just a smidge more than the LX and features powered sliding doors, SiriusXM satellite radio and automatic high beams. The Touring L trim adds leather seating surfaces, nicer wheels, a power rear liftgate, heated first row seats and additional exterior chrome.
The Touring L Plus ups the ante even more and really starts to take the Pacifica into luxury vehicle territory. It adds a Uconnect theater system, a 13-speaker sound system, a power front passenger seat, heated second row seats, a heated steering wheel and power rear windows.
The top of the line Limited version adds Napa leather seating surfaces, ventilated front seats, power third row seats, a navigation system, a built in vacuum cleaner and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof.
Options are pretty copious on the Pacifica and several notable packages are also available. Stand outs include a 760-watt Harman/Kardon 20-speaker stereo, an advanced safety package with all manner of electronic safety aids and a tow package that includes a trailer sway control system to keep everything in check out back.
The Chrysler Pacifica is a brand new vehicle for 2017. It replaces the Town and Country as the only minivan in Chrysler's lineup, sharing very little with the outgoing vehicle. One look at the new Pacifica is all it takes to see just how much has changed since last year. The Pacifica is smooth, sleek and extremely handsome by minivan standards, making the outgoing Town and Country look uninspired and dull by comparison. The interior is all new as well of course, with more features and technology than ever before. The 2017 Pacifica should be a fantastic vehicle for moving bigger groups of people about comfortably, conveniently and at a price that won't break the bank.