2021 Chrysler Pacifica Looks More Like An SUV, But It’s All Minivan
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Chrysler is planning on releasing updates across the board for its 2021 lineup. The core focus for Chrysler is the greatest minivan on the market today, the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica has earned a 9.5 out of 10 rating from Car and Driver. The minivan has more cargo space and luxury than any SUV, which is important for customers to remember. The second and third-row seating still completely folds into the floor to provide additional space for owners. The entry-level Pacifica has been rebranded as the Chrysler Voyager, invoking the nameplate of the former minivan that once represented the top-end minivan for the Chrysler brand. However, today, the Chrysler brand is best known for its Chrysler Pacifica. The Pacifica has only gotten better for the 2021 model year.
Diving Into All the Changes For the 2021 Pacifica
Changes for the Pacifica include some exterior styling changes, that actually allow the minivan to appear more like an SUV. The popularity of SUVs and crossovers has inspired engineers to work harder to create the Pacifica as a high-end, sleek vehicle that will attract customers from the outside rather than the interior. This is a different approach from previous years and the results will show as time passes, but this is a smart move on behalf of Chrysler. The grille and exterior lighting have been redesigned. Other changes can be found in the wheel design and rear liftgate. The hybrid powertrain option is now offered across more Pacifica trims as well.
The Pacifica has removed the Touring L Plus trim for the 2021 model year. There are some changes that customers will love inside the Pacifica, including the new 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen includes the new Uconnect 5 interface. Drivers have access to a wireless connection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Amazon Alexa integration. Along with the interior camera system that will allow parents to keep an eye out on any kids or passengers in the back seats.
More On the Powertrain Options
When a customer is looking for a Pacifica and wondering about the hybrid option, they have plenty of questions. The driving range of the hybrid is impressive at its 84 MPGe rating. The Pacifica Hybrid can go up to 33 miles on electric power alone. Keep in mind, the hybrid powertrain is an option. The standard base engine is the trusted 3.6-Liter Pentastar engine that supplies 287 horsepower. The Pacifica Hybrid engine gives 260 horsepower, but it has two electric motors that are attached. The total zero to 60 mph time for the standard engine is 7.3 seconds, while the Hybrid engine helps the Chrysler minivan finish its zero to 60 mph at 7.8 seconds. Both options are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and owners can opt for all-wheel-drive for the first time ever in the 2021 Pacifica.
Top-Notch Safety Comes Standard
New safety features have been included that will reshape how safe owners can feel while driving the Pacifica. Best of all, these safety enhancements are all standard. The list of new safety features includes blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, pedestrian detection, and automated emergency braking. These updates will only make the Pacifica stand out that much more to owners and the competition at large. There are four trims for the Pacifica for the 2021 model year including the Touring, Touring L, Limited, and the Pinnacle. The expected pricing is around $35,000 MSRP (Plus destination fee). We’re happy to show off the Chrysler Pacifica here at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.
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