By KBB.com Editors
On paper, the Chrysler Pacifica seems like a good idea, but the segment-starting crossover has not become the sales leader for which the company had hoped. Perhaps the Pacifica's combination of a low interior ceiling and high sticker price has failed to lure customers away from more traditional family vehicles such as the minivan and the SUV. While the Pacifica's long list of standard features and optional all-wheel drive (a feature no longer available on Chrysler minivans) are attractive, those who don't require a third-row seat need only look to the Dodge Magnum, which offers the same roomy wagon-like interior but delivers better performance and more eye-catching styling.
If you like the look of a sport wagon and prefer something more upscale than the Town & Country minivan, you should investigate the Pacifica. Individual captain's-chair seating is a blessing for siblings who don't like to sit next to each other, and the long list of optional accessories should be enough to please everyone in the family.
If you're looking for V8 power or the tall ceiling and overall interior space of a SUV or minivan, you best look elsewhere.
The Pacifica undergoes a minor exterior freshening, while interior upgrades include one-touch up/down windows, new two-tone color choices, side-curtain airbags and a CD/DVD/MP3 audio system. A new 4.0-liter V6 teamed to a six-speed automatic transmission becomes standard on all models except the front-wheel-drive base Pacifica, which retains the 3.8-liter engine. An Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and a tire pressure monitoring system are made standard on all models.
Driving Impressions Even when negotiating the tightest of turns, the Pacifica remains composed and stable. Body roll is minimal, and the rear end can seem as if it's stitched to the pavement,...refusing to break loose under all but the most aggressive maneuvers. The steering feel is light and responsive, with a good amount of positive feedback from the road and, even though the Pacifica rides on tall 17-inch tires, the turn-in is very quick, allowing you to perform emergency maneuvers with complete confidence.
The Pacifica's speedometer-mounted navigation screen is much easier to read while driving than those that are placed elsewhere on the dash.
Second-row captain's chairs are available with optional heating and are separated by a powered center console.
The Pacifica's interior represents a huge step forward for Chrysler. Plastic trim has been kept to a minimum, and what plastic there is has a rich, high-quality feel. The base model offers seating for five, while all other trim levels provide three rows of captain's-chair seating. Seating comfort is excellent in all three rows, and the front and middle rows are available with optional heated seats. Standard side-curtain airbags cover all three rows, and the optional navigation system has its screen in the center of the speedometer dial. That's great for the driver, but doesn't work so well for erstwhile, and frustrated, navigators in the co-pilot's seat.Exterior
The Pacifica's design is surprisingly reserved. There are no retro themes here. Instead, the styling is fresh and contemporary. The long side glass is deeply tinted for better privacy and provides excellent outward visibility for the driver. Big rear doors aid entry, as does the low step-in height. For 2007, the Pacifica receives new sheetmetal around the hood, fenders, grille and headlamps. Other exterior changes include new wheels and dual chrome exhaust tips.
The Pacifica comes with front-wheel drive, dual-zone manual air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), three-row side-curtain airbags, five-passenger seating, remote keyless entry, power windows, dual heated power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD and Infinity speakers, eight-way power driver's seat, rear wiper/washer, AutoStick transmission, tilt-wheel with touch controls and cruise control. The Touring trim adds seating for six, automatic air conditioning, garage door opener, 10-way power driver's seat and aluminum wheels. Limited models include a power liftgate, driver's seat and mirror memory, power moonroof, rear park assist, power adjustable pedals, six-disc in-dash DVD/MP3/CD changer, leather seats, leather and wood steering wheel and 19-inch chrome wheels.
Options include all-wheel drive, heated front and rear seats, navigation, power moonroof, HID headlamps, rear-seat DVD player, Infinity Intermezzo sound system, power rear liftgate and a ten-way power driver's seat.
The Pacifica offers two V6 engines, both strong enough to move the vehicle at a good clip. While the 3.8-liter engine remains a bit course for our taste, the new 4.0-liter V6 feels just fine. Strong power and a willingness to move when asked are this engine's best attributes. The six-speed automatic works seamlessly and helps provide good fuel economy.
200 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25
253 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 16/24 (AWD)
By tinora on Saturday, July 19, 2014
I want this caroverall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"My daughter owns a pacifica and she loves it. She also has an audi 6. But the pacifica is by far the favorite. Very efficient in gas."
By Jim in Hayward on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Party bus fits 6 FULL SIZE adults with ease."
Cons: "Suspension needs improvement"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I had a few other choices including the GM Acadia (and it's Saturn copy), the hugely expensive Acura MDX or a Ford thing (forgot the name). I have never thought I made a wrong choice. I drove it hard the first 2 years and have since driven it only 5-7K miles per year (we have multiple cars and I work from home for the last 4 years). The breaks need work next month as I live at the top of a large hill but other than an oil change every 5-6K miles I have not had a lick of work done on her. I have the AWD Touring version with 19" tires and love it. Very comfortable, lots of power, love catching and passing speeding arseholes on the highways. Fold-down rear-row works for my dogs to have a sleepy place when traveling. Mileage is @ 20mpg avg since purchase 7 years ago. Great vehicle from Chrysler."
By Zeke on Sunday, July 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "safe, dependable, comfortable ride"
Cons: "gas mileage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is a great car for safety and ride and reliability. The leather seats are heated which is nice for cold winters. The 3.8 engine is powerful enough to handle this car with ease."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Artie on Saturday, June 21, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: wanted something newer
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Had my suv for 3 years, my wife and i wanted something newer, never had a problem or got stuck with this suv, VERY reliable truck in the snow and ice !!"
By CAL on Saturday, June 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,700overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Cons: "NOT A GOOD CAR"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"HAD TO REPLACE MOTOR MOUNTS 3 TIMES IN A YEAR AND ONE HALF. REPLACE THE AIR CONDITIONER WINDOWS TOO DARK HARD TO SEE AT NITE BACKING UP BLIND SPOTS TO SEE WHEN YOU TURN THE CORNERS"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By ola57 on Saturday, June 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "a work horse"
Cons: "out of production...sad"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"best car I have owned in 30 years. i will drive it until it has 200K. so sorry they no longer make this car."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful