2020 Pacifica New Car Test Drive
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica demonstrates that minivans aren't extinct. Not yet. In fact, it scores high on the list of remaining examples of the family-hauler breed. In addition to gasoline-engine versions, the Pacifica Hybrid continues as a sterling illustration of fuel-efficient practicality.
For the 2020 model year, the Pacifica sees only a few changes. A new Red S appearance package features a Rodeo Red leather interior, 20-inch wheels, advanced safety features, 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio, rear-seat entertainment, and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof. The Voyager nameplate has been revived, replacing value-priced L and LX trim levels to attract fleet buyers.
Chrysler offers quite an array of trim levels, starting with twin Voyagers and including Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus, Limited, Red S, and 35th Anniversary Editions. Hybrids come in half a dozen trims.
In regular Pacificas, a 3.6-liter V-6 develops 287 horsepower, mating with a 9-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
Plug-in Hybrid models tie an Atkinson-cycle version of the 3.6-liter V-6 to an electric motor and a 16-kwh battery. Total output equals 260 horsepower. Hybrids can travel about 32 miles on electricity alone, earning an EPA rating of 82 MPGe (equivalent) and 30 mpg in combined driving. Pacifica Hybrids may be charged at an electrical outlet. Federal and local tax credits have been available for hybrid vehicles.
Both engines deliver energetic acceleration, even though the Hybrid weighs more.
Crash-test scores are admirable. The NHTSA gave the 2020 Pacifica a 5-star rating overall, as well as for frontal and side impacts. Rollover prevention (a calculated figure) rated four stars-typical for taller vehicles.
The IIHS has given the Pacifica a Top Safety Pick award for the past three years. The minivan has earned “Good” scores for all tests except the small-overlaps (passenger side), which was judged “Acceptable.” Headlights have not fared well, rated either “Acceptable,” “Marginal,” or “Poor,” depending on type.
Blind-spot monitors, rear parking assist, and rear cross-path detection are standard on Pacificas, but additional safety technology costs extra. Active-safety features are available in an Advanced SafetyTec package that includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control. For the new value-priced Voyagers, even automatic braking is part of an option group.
Prices include $995 destination charge.
Aimed at fleet buyers, the Voyager L ($28,480) comes with 17-inch steel wheels, seven-passenger seating, cloth upholstery, and a 7.0-inch infotainment screen. The Voyager LX ($31,290) adds alloy wheels, a power driver's seat and tri-zone climate control.
The Touring edition ($35,240) includes power-sliding rear doors, remote start, an eight-way power driver's seat, cloth upholstery, 7.0-inch touchscreen, 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Stow 'N Go seating system. Infotainment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Touring L ($38,240) upgrades to perforated leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and front seats, memory driver's seat, and second-row window shades. The Touring L Plus ($41,240) adds an 8.4-inch touchscreen, navigation, power passenger seat, heated second-row seats, and 13-speaker Alpine audio.
Two 35th Anniversary editions (Touring L, $40,230; Touring L Plus, $42,935) are available, equipped with an all-black interior, DVD player, and eight-passenger seating.
The Pacifica Limited ($46,190) features nappa leather upholstery, an integrated vacuum cleaner, navigation, power-folding third row, and 18-inch wheels. A 35th Anniversary Limited ($47,285) also is offered.
A Pacifica with the Red S package ($50,135) includes red leather upholstery, black exterior trim, brushed-silver instrument panel, 20-inch wheels, and 20-speaker audio.
The Hybrid Touring ($41,490), Touring L ($43,790), Touring L 35th Anniversary ($45,780),
Hybrid Limited ($47,340), Limited 35th Anniversary ($48,335), and Hybrid Red-S ($50,435) employ the gasoline/electric powertrain and are equipped similar to gas-engine equivalents.