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With so many brands leaning hard into the #overalanding trend, it’s nice to see Chrysler recognizing that not all of us need a four-inch suspension lift and quarter-inch steel bumpers to enjoy the open road. Instead, Chrysler is leaning into what the core of its minivan business is about: taking long trips with the whole fam. But is the Road Tripper package for the Pacifica minivan useful, or just a set of decals?

What is the Road Tripper package for the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica?

2023 Chrysler Road Tripper
2023 Chrysler Pacifica Road Tripper | Chrysler

You can spot a Road Tripper Pacifica van in the wild by its bright orange badges, slightly different wheel arches. It also gets some semi-gloss badges and crystal accents on the grille and doors, as well as a roof rack. The big functional upgrade is that it comes with the Trailer Tow Group, which means that you can tow up to 3,600 pounds. Other than that, its basically an upgrade package for the Pacifica Touring L, the Touring L AWD and the Touring L Hybrid. It costs between $1,495 and $2,395, depending on the version you upgrade.

The Road Tripper does add some unique content, but at its heart, it’s a basic Pacifica. That means that it comes with the Stow ‘n Go seating, a nearly 300-horsepower V6, or a hybrid powertrain, and several safety features. Of course, the back seat passengers need to stay entertained, too, so you order the Uconnect Theater with Amazon Fire TV.

How much is a Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica starts at $37,095 for the Touring version in gas-powered trim, or $48,478 for the Hybrid. The gas-powered version can seat up to eight, while the Hybrid seats seven. Only the gas-powered version comes in all-wheel drive, which adds about $3,000 to the base price. When it comes to Pacifica trims, the Touring L packs in most of the features you’ll want, while the  Limited and Pinnacle trims add up to make the Pacifica feel positively luxurious, however the start at $52,000 and $54,000, respectively.

The Pacifica is also large, and can hold up to 140.5 cubic feet of cargo. Though it has a  3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, it doesn’t score that great when it comes to reliability. At J.D. Power, it’s one of the worst-rated minivans for reliability with a score of just 67 of 100. A Honda Odyssey, for example, scores a 77.

Where did the name come from?

The orange special badge on a Paficia Road Tripper Minivan.
2023 Chrysler Pacifica Road Tripper badge | Chrysler

Chrysler decided to turn to social media to find a name for the new van. Chrysler put several names on its Twitter and Instagram channels and asked for votes. The Road Tripper name beat out several others in the online poll.


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