2021 Chrysler Pacifica
The multi-award-winning 2021 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is making a comeback with its revamped styling, more standard safety features, and the debut of their new Pinnacle trim. The Pacifica has gained a reputation for its great accommodations for families, comfort and entertainment features, and unique all-wheel-drive capabilities. Some goodies to expect include an available Fam-Cam interior, updated Uconnect 5 with Amazon Alexa, and an available wireless connection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
3.6-liter V6/dual electric motors
Avail. Engine Type
The 2021 Pacifica has a standard 3.6-liter engine that is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The motor is able to gather up an excellent 287 horsepower with 262 lb-ft of torque. There is also a power-saving stop/start function that cuts engine power when the vehicle comes to a stop.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is more equipped with saving gas through its front-wheel drivetrain. This motor, which is available on all trims, also makes use of a V6 engine. It joins a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and has a little extra help with the dual electric motors charged by a lithium-ion battery.
The Hybrid has 260 horsepower and can ride to and fro on 32 miles, without the use of gasoline. When the gasoline is activated, it brings the car’s total range up to 520 miles. Either by using the 240-volt charger or the included 120-volt, recharging the battery takes a few hours.
Driving and Handling
The minivan’s all-wheel-drive system is behind the added stability of the Pacifica, as well as better handling in challenging weather and road surfaces. The car is effective when it comes to detecting front-wheel slippage and disengages when it is not needed.
The electric counterpart is simply smooth and sophisticated with the aid of its continuously variable transmission (CVT). Even when driving on gasoline power, the ride brings in that necessary oomph and makes a seamless transition between both motors.
The theme for 2021 seems to be “Look Expensive”, as the car has a sleeker look, a new grille, LEDs for the head-, tail-, and foglights, as well as a restyling for the alloy wheels. A new design additive is a Fathom Blue paint option.
The Pacifica Touring cruises on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited uses 18-inch alloys. The high-ranking Pinnacle trim has 20-inch alloy wheels. Besides its drivetrain, Hybrid’s don’t have much distinction from the gasoline models, however, one can at least tell the difference with its badging that simply says “hybrid”.
Inside, the cabin greets eight passengers, but that’s only if one selects a second-row bench rather than two captain’s chairs…that would only be one less person to fret over in the carpool. Hybrid models, however, do not offer a bench.
As expected, the cargo room is more than plentiful, especially with the Stow n’Go seating, which allows owners to remove second-row seats and store them within the floor. Overall cargo space ranges from 32.3 cubic-feet to 140.5. Additionally, the car has a low step-in height and power-operated side doors that allows for easy access for each and every passenger.
A spotlighting entertainment feature is certainly the Uconnect 5 infotainment system. By using either the standard 10.1-inch touchscreen or the available 12.3-inch touchscreen, one can enjoy Amazon Alexa compatibility, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation by TomTom, along with SiriusXM 360L, which is a new streaming and satellite radio service. Buyers also get the option of USB-C ports with this technology.
Other comforts ranging between trims involve Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, built-in vacuum cleaner, heated second-row seats, tri-pane panoramic sunroof, rear-seat entertainment system, ventilated front seats, and Harman Kardon audio system.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2021 Pacifica has a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Furthermore, it comes with a great range of standard safety features, with fan-favorites being automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control with lane-departure warning.
Buyers are covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles with the Limited warranty, 5 years or 60,000 miles for the Powertrain, and 10 years or 100,000 miles for Hybrid components.