2019 Pacifica New Car Test Drive
The Chrysler Pacifica emerged as a 2017 model, at a time when other manufacturers had abandoned or cut back on minivans. It proved to be time and money well-spent: Handsome looks and refinement placed the Pacifica near, if not ahead of, the family-van pack.
Chrysler has made several revisions for the 2019 model year. A new 'S'? Appearance Package with black accents and wheels is available on Hybrid models. New 17-inch wheels are now standard on Touring L Plus and Hybrid Limited trim levels. LX trim gains automatic headlights. Several models add a heated steering wheel.
Six gas-engine trim levels are offered: L, LX, Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. Hybrid-powertrain models come in three trim levels.
Lighter in weight and more efficient than it used to be, Chrysler's 3.6-liter V-6 develops 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, driving a 9-speed automatic transmission. All Pacificas have front-wheel drive.
Under Hybrid hoods, the 3.6-liter V-6 mates with electric motors, making up the gasoline/electric powertrain that includes an electrically-variable transmission. Hybrid Pacificas are rated at 82 MPGe (gas-mileage equivalent) running on electricity alone. They can travel up to 32 miles on battery power, when recharged via a plug.
Chrysler offers plenty of individual options for specific models. They include 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio, a surround-view camera system, and a tow package.
Also available on certain trim levels are such active-safety features as adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors are standard.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Pacifica “Good” ratings in each test, except for the small-overlap crash on the passenger side, which was judged “Acceptable.” Frontal collision prevention is rated “Superior,” as long as optional safety technology is installed. Ease of child-seat use is deemed “Marginal.” The 2019 Pacifica earned a Top Safety Pick designation.
Five-star crash-test ratings were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, overall as well as for front and side impacts. Only in rollover prevention was a four-star rating issued. But that's a calculated figure, and tall vehicles typically get four stars..
Prices do not include $1,495 destination charge.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica L ($26,985), the base model, has a 3.6-liter gasoline engine and front-wheel drive. Standard features include cloth upholstery, third-row fold-away seating, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, 17-inch wheels, blind-spot monitors, and rear parking sensors. Base models seat eight, with a second-row bench.
The LX ($29,795) substitutes second-row bucket seats for seven-passenger capacity, adding a power passenger seat and overhead console.
The Touring Plus ($33,245) includes passive keyless entry, power sliding side doors and liftgate, and satellite radio.
The Touring L ($36,545) features leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a chromed roof rack.
The Touring L Plus ($39,395) comes with a 7.0-inch driver information display, 8.4-inch touchscreen, heated front and second-row seats, and 13-speaker Alpine audio.
The Limited ($44,445) gets hands-free sliding doors and liftgate, tri-pane panoramic sunroof, 18-inch wheels, HD radio, navigation, nappa leather-trimmed seats, second- and third-row fold-away seating, and an in-van vacuum.
The Hybrid Touring Plus ($39,995) comes with a 7.0-inch driver's display, blind-spot monitors, and power sliding side doors.
The Hybrid Touring L ($42,195) includes heated front seats, perforated leather upholstery, and a power liftgate.
The Hybrid Limited ($45,545) adds nappa leather-trimmed seats, hands-free power sliding doors and liftgate, and heated steering wheel..