The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica has something for everyone. While it is not an SUV, it is better than any, I repeat any crossover or minivan I have driven in a long time.
To say out loud that Chrysler Pacifica is the most attractive minivan on sale today is not a controversial assertion.
Pacifica’s features, its bells & whistles outweigh the few areas where this minivan doesn’t score full points. The gear shifts are slow and the brake response needs to improve a bit. Handling is just about average for a minivan but the fuel consumption however is really good. Inside the city you are looking at 11.8 liters per 100 km and on the highway you are hovering around the 9 liters per 100 km with AC on full blast.
Chrysler have been the market leader when it comes to minivans ever since they created the world’s first ever minivan in 1983. More improvements came in the year 1991 when Chrysler introduced four-wheel anti-lock brakes.
Innovation hasn’t stopped since; today Chrysler’s Pacifica Hybrid is partnering with Waymo, Google’s self-driving technology to lead us into the future of transport.
Chrysler Pacifica Specs:
Engine: 3.6 Liter V6 Pentastar
Horsepower: 287 Bhp
Torque: 355 Nm
Drive System: Front Wheel Drive
Transmission: 9 Speed Automatic
Chrysler Pacifica Exterior:
Pacifica is sculpted keeping advanced aerodynamics in mind. I wouldn’t call this minivan ‘stunningly beautiful’ but it’s definitely not bulky and box-looking like some of the others in its class.The grille is short and smooth with a prominent Chrysler chrome badge in the center. Headlamps are good looking and laced with day-time running lights.Fair bit of chrome outline on the front fascia. The door handles also have decent amount of chrome and look nice and shiny. In UAE summers, the chrome door handles do get a bit warm. So does the steering wheel that has a chrome lining. The whole minivan is accentuated with chrome linings that run around the windows, around the roof and even towards the bottom of the doors.Wheels are 18-inch Cast-Aluminum that are fully polished.
Chrysler Pacifica Interior:
The Pacifica is purpose-built for minivan buyers.
The 7 seater interior is airy, spacious, and feels homely. There are cupholders, power adapter points, AC vents, infotainment display screens strategically designed and placed all around the car. Even people in the third row can not complain of connectivity.
The Pacifica Limited I drove had a classy Deep Mocha Nappa Leather trim. It looked like good craftsmanship with attention to detail and luxury materials used everywhere.
Chrysler’s U-Connect infotainment and theater system is a winner. Instead of modern, touch-sensitive, hard to use controls; Pacifica goes old school with knobs and dials for volume and media selection.
There are two 10 inch HD touch screens installed at the back of the front seats for the second-row captain chairs. The second row occupants are going to love the two HDMI inputs and 9 built in games & apps.
The Pacifica’s second row seats (captain’s chairs) can be manually folded and stowed compactly inside the floor bins. The third row seating has an automatic stow away button that does the folding away for you. We easily fit in 7 adults in the car and no one was complaining of tight leg or head room.Pacifica also scores high on ride comfort. There is hardly any engine sound even while driving at highway speeds. It has low sound exhaust, an Active Noise Cancellation technology, laminated window glass and triple-seal doors that contribute to a peacefully quiet ride.
Looking at its cargo capacity, I can’t find a passenger vehicle that can beat the Pacifica. Since I had the car for the weekend, I decided to hit the mountains in Fujairah with my buddies. We fit in 20 boxes, our BBQ grill set up, all our camping equipment and 2 dogs. We still had space for a portable vacuum cleaner 🙂
- Rain-Sensitive Automatic Wiper System
- Electronic Stability Control
- Inflatable Spare Tyre Kit
- Blind Spot Monitoring & Rear Cross-Path Detection
- Lane Departure Warning
Pacifica 2019 Price in UAE
Starting price AED 200,000
Performance - /10
Driving Pleasure - /10
Look and Style - /10
Fuel Economy - /10
Value for Money - /10