7 Passenger Seating Vehicles – Dodge and Chrysler
When searching for a seven passenger vehicle like a minivan, the choices can be a little overwhelming. Most would say Dodge and Chrysler make some of the best minivans … and they would be right. The Dodge Grand Caravan has been a trusted name in the minivan industry for quite some time, and Chrysler just released the new Pacifica, and it is taking the minivan world by storm.
But these aren’t the only two seven-passenger vehicles made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) . In addition to the new Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan, FCA also has the Dodge Journey and Dodge Durango. So get the gang together, and take a closer look at the four seven-passenger vehicles available at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The new Pacifica replaces Chrysler’s original minivan, the Chrysler Town & Country. Though the new Pacifica was released a few months ago (April 2016), the Chrysler Pacifica has already earned several awards and it was just named an I.I.H.S. Top Safety Pick+. Due to Chrysler’s careful engineering and attention to detail, the Pacifica is not only spacious, but it is one of the most fuel efficient minivans available. The new Pacifica is powered by a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that has an average fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.
2016 Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan has been the go-to car for soccer parents for quite some time and as a long-lasting minivan, a lot of memories are made in it as the family grows up together. The 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan is the most affordable minivan on the market and it is available in a variety of different trims. The Grand Caravan is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 24-Valve VVT engine that produces 283-horsepower, and gives it a fuel economy of 17/25 MPG city/highway.
2016 Dodge Durango
The 2016 Dodge Durango was ranked the best three-row mid-size SUV by Car and Driver, one of the most trusted publications in the auto industry. The Durango is available with two engines and in five trims. The standard engine is a 295-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and it has a standard towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The other engine on the Durango lineup is standard on the Durango R/T and it is a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI MDS VVT engine that produces 360-horsepower and offers Best-in-Class towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. When equipped with a 3.6-liter engine the Durango also has a Best-in-Class highway fuel economy of 27 mpg and a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city.
2016 Dodge Journey
A little bit smaller than the other three vehicles is the 2016 Dodge Journey, which is a crossover utility vehicle (CUV). Seven-passenger seating is available on all five trims but the base trim, which is only a two-row vehicle. The Journey’s base engine is a 2.4-liter I4 DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT engine, but the 3.6 V6 is an option and it is standard on the Journey R/T. The 2.4-liter engine generates up to 173-horsepower, but the smaller engine makes it the most fuel efficient on this list. The Journey’s fuel economy is almost tied with that of the Durango as it has average fuel economy of 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.
Interior and Exterior
Both the Dodge Grand Caravan and new Pacifica are the only two minivans on the market that have Stow ‘n Go seating, and boy is that a great minivan feature. When extra cargo space is needed, Stow ‘n Go seats can literally fold into floor storage compartments to make room for big cargo, which is a lot more convenient than removing the seats. When the seats aren’t folded into the floor, the floor compartments can be used as extra storage space.
When Chrysler made the new Pacifica, they put all of the bells and whistles in it and the standard Stow ‘n Go seating in the second and third rows are are just one of the new Pacifica’s many highlights. This minivan even has eight-passenger seating, available with an add-on compartment between the second row*. The new Pacifica comes standard with a five-inch touchscreen display in the dash and several standard safety features including a rearview backup camera.
Available convenience features include the Stow ‘n Vac, a built-in vacuum cleaner, which is a nice feature for quick clean ups. There is also the option for ventilated front row seats, heated front and second row seats so are second and third row window shades. Oh, and nearly everything is automatic. A panoramic sunroof is also an available option on the new Pacifica Limited trim. MSRP for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica starts at $28,595.
Dodge Grand Caravan
The Dodge Grand Caravan comes standard with a third-row Stow ‘n Go bench and is available with Stow ‘n Go seating in both rows. When the seats are folded up, there is over 143 cubic feet of cargo space. Many convenient features come with the Grand Caravan , and its exterior design is one that you can always spot in a crowded parking lot. a starting MSRP of $23,595, which is a great deal.
The Dodge Durango is a large SUV and it has second row of fold and tumble seats. Shifting the second row and making use of the third row (60/40 split), drivers can open up about 84 cubic-feet of storage space. Plus, the front passenger seat folds down (not in the Citadel), in case you’re bringing that incredibly long surfboard along for the ride. Its tech has been upgraded, including a powerful infotainment system. Over time, its exterior has stayed true to its original, but recently received a sporty look. The starting MSRP for the Durango is $30,495.
Dodge mixes it up a bit for the Journey. The Journey’s second row tilt and slide is the go-to for storage space, and the third row is a 50/50 split. When making complete use of cargo space, drivers have 67 cubic-feet. The Journey’s upper trims have some of the same novelties that are in the new Pacifica such as sunscreen glass, LED lamps, and an infotainment system. Starting MSRP for the 2016 Dodge Journey is $20,995.
From LATCH-Ready child seating to advanced multi-stage front airbag systems, and safety systems that assist the driver on the road or when simply parking (pending on trim options), there’s plenty of options to keep all passengers safe.
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