2021 Chrysler Pacifica Wins CarBuzz 2020 Family Fun Award
Well, we just did a roundup of 2020, but we weren’t lying when we said there was a good chance of more awards and accolades popping up before the end of 2020, especially when it comes to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA; Stellantis) and the large collection of brands under the umbrella. This new win is coming from CarBuzz, one of many organizations that provide consumers with industry news and reviews to help with making informed decisions when in the market for buying a new vehicle. With a complete Buyer’s Guide and BuzzScore rating system, CarBuzz also has its own set of awards lists, and the 2020 CarBuzz Family Fun Award just concluded, snagged up by the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. CarBuzz Managing Editor Roger Biermann had a lot to say about it.
“The Pacifica has turned the minivan segment on its head, appealing to a broader range of image-conscious family buyers than ever before. But it’s done so in a way that makes family motoring fun again…The 2019 Pacifica had already impressed as a runner-up in last year’s CarBuzz Awards, but meaningful updates for the 2020 and 2021 model years, including the addition of all-wheel drive (AWD), the ultra-luxurious Pinnacle model and refreshed styling, made the Pacifica impossible to ignore this time around. All-weather ability in the form of the Pacifica AWD, world-beating gas mileage from the Pacifica Hybrid, and the industry’s best infotainment system found in a minivan, courtesy of Uconnect 5, were all key factors in awarding this year’s winner. There is simply no other family car with this breadth of ability, technology and features, making the 2021 Pacifica a worthy winner in our eyes.”
With the CarBuzz award, the Chrysler Pacifica has earned 140 honors and industry accolades, continuing to make it the most-awarded minivan in the last four years. Seeing as how the Chrysler Pacifica started popping up in 2016, that would make it the most-awarded vehicle since its inception. Always upgrading, always improving, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica brings more this year with the all-new Uconnect 5 system, in-vehicle Amazon Alexa capabilities, the new segment-first USB Type C ports, a new FamCAM interior camera, and the most advanced all-wheel drive system (AWD) in its class. Add all this to the already great features like Stow ‘n Go seating, 97 standard safety features, and available rear-seat Uconnect Theater, and it becomes increasingly clear why the Chrysler Pacifica is constantly heralded as the best family minivan to date.
There were some runner-ups to the Pacifica, also an FCA vehicle. The 2021 Dodge Durango joined Pacifica as one of three finalists for the 2020 CarBuzz Family Fun award. Released this year with the new 710-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat trim, making the Durango the most powerful SUV ever, it’s also a winner in more ways than one. Entering 2021 with a new aggressive exterior style and a new interior with a Challenger-inspired driver-centric cockpit, the Durango will always be a part of the Brotherhood of Muscle. The new Durango will also be sporting the five-times-faster Uconnect 5 on the largest-in-class 10.1-inch touchscreen. 2021 is going to be a fancy year with all this new tech!