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 gpeterson8741 on Friday, October 17, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Went to smaller vehicle
Pros: "Great Value, AWD is excellent, reliable"
Cons: "Blind Spots, no auxilary jack"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I had my heart set on a Jeep Grand Cherokee when I arrived at the dealership, unfortunately I couldn't get financing for a Grand Cherokee but they had a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Touring with only 40000 miles on it. I figured that I would drive the Pacifica for a year and trade it in for a Grand Cherokee, little did I know that this car would be the best thing to have happened to me. Before my first payment was even due someone backed into it (their hitch went through the front of the car.) That accident cost $4800 worth of damage, the dealer repaired the car like new. I loved the Pacifica, I found the car to have enough power and I felt that 20 MPG was acceptable. I hit very rough times after buying this vehicle, it rarely got oil changes and I drove it extremely hard. The AWD got me through some extremely bad conditions without an issue. I put over 120000 miles on it with very little problems. The 3.5 held up very well, and the 4 speed automatic that has such a horrible reputation never once failed me. At about 140000 miles the water pump went bad (on a 3.5 it is run by the timing belt)and I mistakenly drove the car with NO coolant in it. The only reason I knew there was a problem was the stream of coolant that came out of the car when I parked. The engine still ran fine and did not leave me stranded. Other than the water pump the car had no issues, at 161000 miles I decided to go to a smaller car. I regret that decision to this day, my new car with only 32000 miles on it has had many more problems compared to that pacifica. By the way the dealer sold it to someone else who is still driving it with over 200000 miles on it. I am looking for a low mileage Chrysler Pacifica to purchase right now."
By roy on Tuesday, October 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I leased this car in 06 when it was new from dealership. liked it so much when the lease expired I bought the car. I ve been the only owner. it is time for a new car."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Dan on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,050overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Solid to the ride."
Cons: "Many problems and most of all the rust."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought this car used ...put 60,000 miles on it told now it is rusting like many others of the same model. Must sell at a time when it is financially inconvenient for me."
By Alex on Monday, September 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 94,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great car!"
Cons: "Chrysler quit making them!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The biggest mistake Chrysler has made I think is to quit producing this model. If they put out the Pacifica now, with the same size and perks,same price range, I would buy one instantly. They're comfortable cars. How many people can say that, if they're not buying in the 35,000 or above range? Even the back seats are comfortable. The car is a comfortable width; spacious. It has nice details. The cup-holder is in the right place. They're nice looking cars. They're a reasonable height to get into; not too high, nor too close to the ground. They have middle compartments to store small items between the bucket seats in both the front and the back. They have grab handles above the windows. They have pushbutton seat adjusters on both the driver's and the passenger seats. I love the way they look. They drive well. When I first bought my 2004, it had 13,000 miles on it. It slid around in the rain and snow. Went to the tire guy. Tire guy said tires were bad. Said to get aggressive tires. I did. Totally changed the drive to GREAT! Leave the aggressive tires on all year and rotate. Car can drive through snowbanks. It's a wonderful car! Looks classy with the burl details inside, as well. Over the ten years I've owned it, I've replaced the tires a couple of times; replaced brake pads, replaced headlight lamps. There was a blind spot in the side driver's mirror; we just put a little round mirror insert on the regular side mirror and problem gone. Oh, and for you dog people? You can fit two large crates side by side in the rear with rear seats folded down. Chrysler just didn't advertise this great car adequately. I could write GREAT commercials for this car! It's a Pacifica! Chrysler is missing the boat. I'm missing the car. I'm due to get a new one pretty soon. I love this car. C'mon, Chrysler, make me a new one."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By farmboy79 on Thursday, September 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Styling stays constant and drive gets better"
Cons: "Does not come in convertable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Only put 30,000on it but have had zero issues. My fuel economy just increased to 24 hwy at 65,000. I feel it is just getting broke in"
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By SUZ T on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "SEATING & CARGO FLEXIBILITY, AWD"
Cons: "POOR REAR VISIBILITY, HIGHER REPAIR COSTS"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"GOT A VERY GOOD DEAL ON THIS CAR WHEN PURCHASING, & I'VE NOW OWNED IT FOR NEARLY 7 YEARS. THE AWD HAS SAVED ME MANY TIMES IN THE SNOW OR MUD, MY KIDS LOVE THE DVD PLAYER, AND I LOVE THE 3RD ROW SEAT/CARGO SPACE FLEXIBILITY. ONLY COMPLAINTS WOULD BE: POOR VISIBILITY WHEN BACKING UP, AND REPAIR COSTS (PARTS) ARE MUCH HIGHER THAN ANY GM VEHICLE I'VE OWNED. I WILL DRIVE THIS CAR FOR MANY MORE YEARS!!"
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful