2019 Chrysler Pacifica – Minivan or SUV?
The auto market and the industry itself has changed a bit over the years. As automakers slowly start to get more involved with hybrid, electric, and other alternative fuel vehicles, the other large factors on the playing field are two growing car segments – sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers. This is especially true with the latest concept to come from Chrysler, one of the main brands in the Fiat Chrysler Automobile group, and currently the foundation of the Alphabet Inc, Waymo One fleet. A crossover, no doubt, is next in line for the automaker, most notably known for its minivan – the Chrysler Pacifica. Going into its 2019 model year, Autoblog, American internet-based automotive news and car shopping website owned and operated by Oath Inc, has named it one of the best SUV and crossover alternatives.
Now, why is that?
According to Autoblog, the new Pacifica “combines some of the cleverest features of its predecessor (and a few from its rivals) into an inherently practical and – dare we say – attractive package. The regular Pacifica’s 9-speed automatic also has significant weight loss, making it one of the most efficient vehicles this size around, and the hybrid model should blow the rest of the segment out of the water.”
It’s true, the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and its hybrid variant are some of the best-known minivans currently out there, offering all sorts of entertainment and features that make it the perfect family minivan. So how does it work for the SUV and crossover alternative list? The Pacifica is more than just a minivan.
It’s powerful, equipped with a 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine under the hood (standard), optimized with variable valve timing for optimal power and fuel efficiency, capable of generating 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That kind of torque gives this “minivan” a Best-In-Class maximum towing capacity of 3600 pounds. Consumers will find the same engine, equipped with an Electric Start-Stop system to conserve fuel when the car is idling on all trims past the base (L). There are six trim levels in total – L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited.
It’s safe, coming standard with advanced multistage front airbags, a drivers knee airbag, supplemental front seat-mounted and side-curtain airbags (in all rows), a ParkView rear back-up camera, a LATCH-ready child seat anchor system, and more. There are also some advanced standard safety features, such as ParkSense rear park-assist with stop and a blind-spot and cross-path detection. Advanced trims are also capable of offering full-speed forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, parallel and perpendicular park-assist, and ParkSense front and rear park-assist with stop.
It’s entertaining! As we said, there are many entertainment features for the driver and all passengers to enjoy. A 7-inch touchscreen powered by the 4th generation Uconnect system, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto capability, and integrated voice command with Bluetooth technology all come standard – found on the LX, Touring Plus, and Touring L is a six-speaker sound system, but consumers can also find options for a 13 Alpine speaker system, a 20 Harman Kardon speaker system, or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound group for surround sound on select trims. Plus, there’s also the Uconnect Theater entertainment system with two 10-inch seatback touchscreens, filled with apps, games, and other features.
Did we forget to mention that’s it’s also spacious? Designed to seat up to seven or eight passengers, and equipped with a 60/40 fold-in-floor third-row second- and third-row Stow ‘n Go seats, there are multiple seating configurations. For cargo, consumers start with 32.3 cubic-feet of cargo space with all seats up, and with the second and third-row stowed away, they get a total of 140.5 cubic-feet of space.
Yeah, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica does sound like a crossover when we put it like that. Available now, find your Chrysler Pacifica minivan at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.