Crossover & Midsize

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Is the Most Versatile Minivan You Can Buy

Parents are faced with the expectation that they need to do everything and be everywhere all at once. While this is obviously an impossible task, there is a vehicle that can help. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is a do-it-all minivan that is more versatile than any other model in its class.

Shuttling around a brood of people can be challenging. Will everyone be comfortable? How will you get where you are going with the peace of mind knowing that everyone is safe? Will you be able to also fit the belongings of your loved ones or the groceries you picked up to feed your family with everyone in the vehicle? These are all questions asked by the target market for any van, and the Chrysler Pacifica answers the call. 

There’s no question why this minivan is so popular amongst growing families. The Pacifica is more family-friendly than SUVs due to its abundance of space. Plus, it provides more options than its main rivals, the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The Pacifica rises to the occasion by providing all the things van drivers need without compromising style or safety. 

Many car buyers may not be aware of just how versatile the Chrysler Pacifica can be. Let’s take a closer look at everything the Pacifica has to offer and why it just might be the perfect fit for your family. 

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica offers the power of choice

A black 2021 Chrysler Pacifica parked in front of a house
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica on display | Photo via Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Most minivans on the market for the 2021 model year take a one-size-fits-all approach. The 2021 Honda Odyssey only offers a gas-powered engine, while the redesigned 2021 Toyota Sienna moved to a hybrid platform.

Meanwhile, Chrysler puts the consumer in control. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica offers a standard gas-powered engine and is available as a plug-in hybrid. This allows buyers to test-drive both options, so they can decide which one they’d prefer.

The Pacifica’s 3.6-liter V6 engine offers plenty of power to keep up with your active lifestyle. It delivers 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, and it returns an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city/highway combined. 

Meanwhile, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also utilizes a 3.6-liter V6 engine, as well as a pair of electric motors. Together, these components produce 260 hp and achieve an EPA-estimated 30 MPG combined. Additionally, it has an all-electric driving range of 32 miles and a total driving range of 510 miles on a full charge and tank of gas.

Helpful and customizable technologies

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is one of the richest vehicles on the market when it comes to technologies. Buyers can equip the Pacifica with Chrysler’s latest infotainment system, dubbed Uconnect 5. This available system is paired with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, and it’s one of the easiest-to-use connective systems on the market. Plus, it’s highly customizable. For instance, you can set driver preferences for up to six users.

Many shoppers will ask, “how safe is the Chrysler Pacifica?” Thankfully, it’s more well-equipped than ever when it comes to standard driver-assistance technologies. It comes standard with crucial systems like automatic emergency braking. Plus, it offers available innovations like perpendicular and parallel parking assistance.

A sure-footed minivan

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Whether you’re driving on a snow-covered road or towing a trailer, it’s always better to have a little extra confidence. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica helps provide just that with its available all-wheel-drive system. Notably, the Pacifica and the Toyota Sienna are the only minivans to even offer AWD.

Like most minivans, the Pacifica comes standard with a front-wheel-drive system. But many buyers may want to invest a little extra for the benefits of AWD. What’s the big deal about this feature? This drivetrain sends power to all four wheels, ensuring the vehicle delivers better traction on slippery surfaces. This dramatically improves your driving experience in the rain and snow, as well as on uneven terrain.

This feature does come with a small downside, as it reduces the vehicle’s fuel efficiency to an EPA-estimated 20 MPG combined.