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What’s New in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

Chrysler Pacifica fans should be excited as the 2021 model year is just around the corner. Kelley Blue Book weighs in to offer reviews about this popular line of minivans. Is it primed this year to compete with the likes of the Toyota Sienna or the Honda Odyssey? Well, there are tons of features and updates coming in 2021. Not that the Pacifica could get any better in the eyes of the model’s loyal enthusiasts.

What’s new for the Chrysler Pacifica in 2021?

The updates are substantial for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. On the style side of things, the Pacifica will get an enhanced look with a larger grille, new fascia, and reshaped headlights. The tail end looks different too, now with a taillight that stretches from edge to edge.

Also, Chrysler added the all-wheel-drive capability in 2020 that will continue into the 2021 models with the standard V6 engine configuration that’s optional for the hybrids.

The Pacifica Hybrid is the only hybrid variety in the class. The hybrid model is still a standout option, offering up to 30 miles in EV mode. The Pinnacle trim is new for 2021 too for those who crave upscale and luxury touchpoints.

The tech upgrades are impressive, too

Also new for 2021, and incredibly impressive is the upgrade of the latest Uconnect 5 infotainment system. The 2021 Pacifica is the first in the lineup for the Fiat Chrysler fleet to get this revised version. The new Uconnect 5 system is reported to process five times faster, capable of over-the-air updates, and will have Amazon Alexa integration.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technology will both be supported, and there is a capability for pairing two phones at once. Adding to the tech is the available FamCAM feature, which allows the front occupants to monitor the second row, with zoom and rear-facing infant monitoring as well.

What Kelley Blue Book says about the Chrysler Pacifica

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Kelley Blue Book says the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica continues to be an ideal choice for families. It’s comfortable and capable with the latest in standard safety and driver aid features. The all-wheel-drive and hybrid variations keep it leading the pack. The hybrid makes the Pacifica even more sensible in terms of cost of ownership.

The minivan contender’s kryptonite 

The Chrysler Pacifica may not be perfect in all areas, including its lower resale values compared to others in its class. And the pricing may be a point of contention too. While the 2021 model’s official price ranges have yet to be outlined, the Pacifica is loaded with new features and upgrades that will more than likely translate to a higher MSRP. Cars Direct is predicting incremental increases across the various levels to range between $35,240 and $46,190.

Still a winner for many families

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is going to continue to dominate the minivan segment. It will have all the favorites, like Stow ‘n Go seating, configurations for up to eight passengers, and the updated Uconnect 5 infotainment system. The plug-in hybrid availability that brings a $7,500 federal tax rebate for California and single-occupant carpool lanes makes it an even sweeter purchase. The FamCAM feature may prove to be the addition that families didn’t realize they needed and wonder how they ever lived without it.

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is expected to be available this fall. Families have plenty to get excited about considering the updates and extras that will now be offered. It’s proving to be a formidable rival to the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. Of course, Pacifica enthusiasts already know their preferred family mobile is top-notch. And the 2021 model may be proof that Chrysler can, in fact, improve on perfection.