2024 Chrysler Pacifica


Overview

Kids love to give things a nickname and the Chrysler Pacifica is deserving of many. This is the van that started Stow ‘n Go seating, tucking its second-row seats into the floor as smoothly as magician David Blaine pulls off one of his amazing card tricks. Available with either front- or all-wheel drive, the Pacifica has a leg-up in terms of powertrain options compared to competitors such as the Kia Carnival, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna. The standard setup is a 287-hp V-6 with a nine-speed automatic transmission; the Pacifica Hybrid model rolls with a 260-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivered a whopping 540 miles of range in our most recent highway fuel-economy test. The Pacifica’s sliding rear passenger doors enable it to do what SUVs can’t, which is get folks in and out of the second- and third-rows quickly. Call it whatever makes the kids giggle, but the Pacifica is a seriously versatile minivan.

What’s New for 2024?

Not much changes for the Chrysler Pacifica in 2024. Chrysler gives the Pacifica Pinnacle a new interior color option called Sepia, while other trims see Red Hot and Baltic Gray added as new paint choices. The plug-in-hybrid Pacifica gets its trim levels reshuffled, leaving just two; Hybrid Select and Hybrid Pinnacle. A new Emergency Vehicle Alert System had been added to the Pacifica’s Uconnect infotainment system, which can tell if emergency vehicles are approaching and encourage the driver to yield.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The midrange Touring L offers the best mix of features and value as it adds a host of additional niceties over the base Touring model. Standard items include a heated steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, heated front seats, and 18-inch wheels. We’re fine sticking with front-wheel drive, but we understand some consumers may want the additional peace of mind this van’s optional all-wheel-drive system offers. We’d suggest staying with the standard 3.6-liter V-6, though, as we had a few reliability hiccups with our long-term Pacifica Hybrid during its 40,000-mile stay.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

It’s not the quickest minivan we’ve tested, but the front-wheel-drive Pacifica is far from sluggish. It reaches 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, about mid-pack in terms of performance, and feels plenty peppy around town. In gas-only guise, the Pacifica packs a 287-hp 3.6-liter V-6 and a nine-speed automatic transmission under its hood. The Pacifica Hybrid makes less total horsepower (only 260 ponies) from its 3.6-liter V-6 and two electric motors, which are backed by a 16.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In our testing, the Pacific Hybrid needed an additional 0.5 second to hit 60 mph relative to its more powerful kin. You can’t get all-wheel drive on the Pacifica Hybrid, though; it comes in front-drive only.

Towing and Payload Capacity

The maximum towing capacity for the Chrysler Pacifica is 3600 pounds. Chrysler doesn’t recommend towing with the Pacifica Hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

In addition to being space efficient, a minivan should also be fuel efficient. The Pacifica Limited we tested delivered an impressive 31 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route. According to the EPA, the Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 33 miles on electric power and is rated at 84 MPGe combined. Around town, we matched the EPA’s 33-mile range estimate. On the highway, the Pacifica Hybrid managed 23 miles of electric-only driving before the gasoline engine kicked on. For more information about the Pacifica’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Airy, spacious, and packed with cubbies, cupholders, slide-out bins, and connectivity, the Pacifica is big on the features that minivan buyers love. Fit, finish, and materials are all decent, but a few down-market plastic pieces lurk inside the cabin. Upscale Limited and Pinnacle models come with taller center consoles that blend more seamlessly with the dashboard, giving those trims a more SUV-like feel from behind the wheel. The fancy Pinnacle model comes with quilted-leather upholstery and even offers matching lumbar pillows for the second-row captain’s chairs—a feature we haven’t seen since the last time the ultra-luxurious Mercedes-Maybach S-class visited our office. The Pacifica’s standard Stow ‘n Go seats offer less padding than those of rivals. Blame the fact these chairs need to be compact enough to fold into the van’s floor. To make up for relinquishing the Stow ‘n Go second row in the Pacifica Hybrid (the battery pack takes up all the underfloor-storage space), Chrysler engineers added extra cushioning to the standard captain’s chairs. When it comes to hauling cargo, the Pacifica doesn’t disappoint. We managed to fit 53 of our carry-on suitcases inside with the second- and third-row seats stowed. A built-in vacuum cleaner is available as an option, but it occupies space that can otherwise be devoted to an optional mini-spare tire.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Chrysler’s Uconnect 5 infotainment system displays on a glossy 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s framed by climate-control vents on the van’s dashboard. Uconnect 5 offers a reconfigurable home screen and Amazon Alexa integration. It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, which can be connected wirelessly, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. An optional rear-seat entertainment system provides dual touchscreens to keep the kids placated and can be had with Amazon Fire TV, which provides access to movies and TV via embedded streaming apps. Up to 12 USB ports dot the Pacifica’s cabin, including some that are the USB-C type, which offer quicker charging speeds for smart devices.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Pacifica adds to its safety standing by offering nearly every conceivable driver-assistance feature available today. For more information about the Pacifica’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Chrysler offers a warranty package that is par for the class. The Kia Carnival does offer lengthier terms, but the Pacifica allows for longer use of the roadside-assistance plan. The Pacifica Hybrid model has a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on hybrid components.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid components are covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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Specifications

Specifications

2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD

VEHICLE TYPE

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door van

PRICE AS TESTED

$54,885 (base price: $39,535)

ENGINE TYPE

DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

Displacement

220 in3, 3605 cm3

Power

287 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

9-speed automatic

CHASSIS

Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink

Brakes (F/R): 13.8-in vented disc/13.3-in disc

Tires: Falken Ziex CT50 A/S, 245/50R-20 102V M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 121.6 in

Length: 204.3 in

Width: 79.6 in

Height: 70.7 in

Passenger volume: 159 ft3

Cargo volume: 32 ft3

Curb weight: 4987 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 7.9 sec

100 mph: 22.0 sec

Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.3 sec

Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec

Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.9 sec

1/4 mile: 16.1 sec @ 87 mph

Top speed (governor limited): 111 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 183 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.81 g

Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Observed: 17 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/city/highway: 20/17/25 mpg

2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door van

PRICE

Base/As Tested: $56,090/$60,075 

POWERTRAIN
DOHC 24-valve 3.6-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6, 220 hp, 235 lb-ft + 2 AC motors, 114 and 84 hp, 231 and 92 lb-ft (combined output: 260 hp); 12.5-kWh (est.) lithium-ion battery pack; 6.6-kW onboard charger

Transmission: continuously variable automatic 

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 13.0-in vented disc/13.0-in disc

Tires: Nexin Npriz RH7a
235/60R-18 103H M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 121.6 in

Length: 204.3 in

Width: 79.6 in
Height: 70.0 in

Passenger Volume, F/M/R: 58/54/47 ft3
Cargo Volume, Behind F/M/R: 141/88/32 ft3
Curb Weight: 5094 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 7.8 sec

1/4-Mile: 16.2 sec @ 89 mph
100 mph: 20.9 sec

Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 8.1 sec

Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.4 sec

Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 4.8 sec

Top Speed (gov ltd): 106 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 183 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.79 g 

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Observed: 24 mpg

75-mph Highway Driving: 33 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 540 mi 

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Combined/City/Highway: 30/29/30 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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