By KBB.com Editors
On paper, the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica seems like a good idea, but even though it has been credited with starting the crossover utility vehicle segment, it 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 a minivan, you should investigate the 2008 Chrysler 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 base model is renamed the LX and 19-inch chrome wheels are now available on Touring models.
Driving Impressions Even when negotiating the tightest of turns, the 2008 Chrysler 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. We think you'll find that the driving experience is impressive in the front-wheel-drive Pacifica and even better with all-wheel drive. The AutoStick manual function has been greatly improved, delivering much quicker response time when changing gears.
The Pacifica's speedometer-mounted navigation screen is much easier to read while driving than those that are placed elsewhere on the dash. The screen also serves as the rearview monitor display.
Second-row captain's chairs are available with optional heating and are separated by a powered center console.
The Pacifica's interior shows how good an interior can be with the right material and design. 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 every row, and the optional navigation system has a screen in the center of the speedometer dial---which is 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. In 2007, the Pacifica received new sheetmetal around the hood, fenders, grille and headlamps, which carries over onto the 2008 model. Other exterior changes include new chrome wheels and dual chrome exhaust tips.
The Pacifica LX 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, 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 385-watt sound system with 5.1 Digital Surround Sound, 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 coarse 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, and it is even rated for slightly better fuel economy than the smaller, standard engine. The six-speed automatic works seamlessly and contributes to the good fuel economy.
200 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
235 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22
253 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 (FWD), 14/22 (AWD)
By JR Smith on Saturday, March 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very comfortable, powerful engine plenty of room"
Cons: "Wish it got better city mpgs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"My wife and I bought this car 6 Months ago and we Love it. We average 24 to 26 mpg highway. It is ashame that Chrysler quit making this car. But would recommend it to anyone"
By kawmagnum on Thursday, February 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "A do everything vehicle"
Cons: "For the money ,none."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Chrysler screwed up with the tires/wheels. I did not care for the ride, brakes and handling with 17" wheels and stock tires.Replaced 18" al rims and Michelon Primacy mxv4. New brakes at 70k miles including fluid. Transformed the driving dynamics, ride and quiet. 3.8l with added tow package. Owned since new and only repair was 2 abs sensors, 1 covered under warranty. Mileage 21-25mpg. Other had Bad experiences from used/not maintained vehicles?"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By katty on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,800overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Cons: "model no longer available"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"This AWD car drives great in the snow. It is very comfortable and roomy. Have had very few problems."
By dre skull on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I don't own this caroverall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "it is what it is"
Cons: "i have driven smoother vans"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This car is high maintenance and tires are so expensive thought would be a nice car for me because of the sharp look that it has I judged it wrong"
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By mike4short on Friday, January 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,677overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cheap, Roomy and Comfortable, great handling"
Cons: "Slow and sluggish, Burns gas, Expensive to fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I have owned a 2005 Chrysler for a couple of months and so far its been a terrible experience. I've spent well over 1000 bucks to fix it and its still not in perfect shape. The ABS light comes and stays on. The engine reads 3.8 L but really drives like a 2.3 L. The speakers aren't great too. You have to increase the volume to the 20's before you can really hear anything.There's too many blind spots. It also takes too long to take off. Very slow and sluggish indeed. The gas mileage is about 17 mpg in the city and about 24 mpg hwy. The handling is quite good though and the its quite roomy. Overall its not worth the trouble there are better alternatives."
5 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By nettie on Thursday, January 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, feel safe, kids love the DVD"
Cons: "cheaper vent plastic, no engine light manual"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"i love the touring version with the DVD system for the kids. i love that it has both front and rear heated seats. i was able to carry a lot of cargo - even a string bass! i love that you can fit six adults comfortably. it is not that wide ov a vehicle so you are not sitting a mile away from the passenger and rides really nice. i did have issues with the suspension and the check engine light would go on every few months. the vents broke pretty easily. the cover over the stick shift never closed the gears and it was hard to keep clean."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful