New Pacifica is IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and Awarded for UX

September 22nd, 2016 by


Though a new minivan model, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is no stranger to awards, and they keep on coming. The new Pacifica was awarded for its panoramic sunroof by the  Southern Automotive Media Association at Topless in Miami, earned a spot on the Wards 10 Best Interiors List for 2016, and was voted the “Family Car of Texas” by Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA).

Just recently, the Pacifica has added two more significant awards to the trophy case. Chrysler announced it is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and WardsAuto awarded it for its UX (User Experience). Don’t expect the news to stop either, the Pacifica will increase its award-winning potential when it adds the Pacifica Hybrid to the lineup later this year.

IIHS Top Safety Pick+

This week, the Pacifica became one of three minivans that is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The Pacifica rated “Good” in all five of the crash tests that the IIHS does to evaluate vehicles. The Pacifica is available with more than 100 safety and security features and its 72 percent high-strength steel body frame helps to keep passengers and the driver safe.

WardsAuto 10 Best User Experience List

WardsAuto has been evaluating cars for decades, and this year, they added a new category, Best User Experience (UX). The Pacifica’s careful design that makes it user-friendly for drivers and passengers helped it place in the new UX category.

The minivan has features to not only keep the kids entertained, but mom and dad as well according to Ward’s. Features that make this possible include the largest display screen (an 8.4-inch touchscreen), and available features including a 7-inch instrument cluster display screen, UConnect theatre, Stow n’ Go seating, a built in vacuum, and liftgate sliding doors.

New Pacifica Hybrid Coming Soon

To top it all off, the Chrysler Hybrid Pacifica was also also on display in Miami at the Miami International Auto Show last week, and people were loving it. The Pacifica Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid minivan and it has a pure electric range of 30 miles and an estimated average of 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) on the highway.

The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that is paired to a 16-kWh battery pack and a twin-electric-motor setup. This setup produces up to 260-horsepower, which is impressive for a hybrid. The charging port for the battery is a 240-volt system which can charge the battery in only two hours. What’s not to like?

If you are interested in the new Chrysler Pacifica, check out our inventory at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram here. Also, let us know your thoughts on the hybrid model to come soon on our Facebook page.

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