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Minivans are the quintessential vehicle for families––they are known for being roomy, safe, and kid-friendly. Additionally, you can find minivans from some of the world's most popular brands, including Kia, Mercedes, Toyota, and, our personal favorite, Chrysler. However, you may not already know that Chrysler created the first American minivan, the Voyager, which is still in production. Without Chrysler, the minivans we know today may not even exist. So, if you’re looking for the best of the minivan segment, look no further than Chrysler. This is why after years of innovation and development, we’re proud to tell you about the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica.
The Chrysler Pacifica was first released in 2004 but went on hiatus from 2008 until making a huge comeback in 2017. Several years down the road, the Pacifica went through many changes and now has a hybrid variant. If you are in the market for a new minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica is the best option. For 2021, the Pacifica is the safest, most tech-advanced model built so far.
When you purchase a minivan, safety is likely one of your top priorities. This is especially true if your minivan is going to be your family vehicle. The good news is that the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica doesn’t let you down here. It comes with many driver assist features, including pedestrian automatic emergency braking, full-speed forward collision warning plus, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and LED head and taillights. These terms can be long and confusing, so let’s break them down one by one.
Pedestrian automatic emergency braking is one impressive assist feature. Thanks to sensors, cameras, and monitors, this technology can detect pedestrians in front of the vehicle, automatically stopping when a person is present in the Pacifica’s path. Not only does this help when driving forward through parking lots or through crosswalks, but it also prevents pedestrian/vehicle collisions when turning. Next up, we’ve got full-speed forward collision warning plus. This is basically the car version of front pedestrian collision. This technology uses monitors to alert you of sudden stops ahead, and when necessary, automatic braking can be applied. This helps prevent pileup accidents and rear-end collisions.
Now, let’s look at adaptive cruise control with stop and go. This is basically classic cruise control with automatic distance indicators that help you speed up or slow down. In short, you’ll be able to set your speed without needing to cancel it and rest it to match the traffic’s flow. This works by using sensors and distance indicators that can monitor the speeds of surrounding vehicles. Lane departure warning and lane keep assist do exactly what their names indicate: they keep you from unintentionally lane drifting, along with automatic steering to center your Pacific within its designated lane.
Finally, blind spot monitoring can send you alerts when vehicles appear within the Pacifica’s blind zone. It does this by using a little blind spot warning light/icon on your exterior mirrors. The icon will appear on the same side that the approaching vehicle is on.
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica also comes with some park-assist features. Rear cross path detection will monitor for other vehicles while you’re backing up, preventing parking lot collisions. ParkSense’s rear park assist system comes with automatic braking and obstacle alerts when backing up. Whether your issue is an approaching vehicle or a random object, these assistance features help to prevent parking lot collisions, and they make it a lot easier to street park as well. Just make sure to stay aware, as these features don’t replace your presence; they only assist in keeping your attention.
As if safety tech isn’t enough, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is loaded with entertainment and convenience features as well. While the van may be “mini,” its interior touchscreen is not small at all. In fact, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica includes the largest touchscreen of its class, landing at 10.1 inches. You can connect two phones to it, and it offers up to 19 customizable widgets. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM Radio with 360L, and Amazon Alexa. You’ll also get Uconnect, which helps you easily buy fuel, food, and much more.
Now, we’re getting into the really special stuff. Keeping your kids safe means making sure they stay in the backseat until they’re of age, which is why the FamCAM feature is so effective. Now, you can monitor your younger passengers through an HD camera with both night and day lighting options. You can even select which seat and which view you need—no matter who’s sitting where, you can monitor kids with ease. Speaking of kids, the 2012 Chrysler Pacifica also includes the best family entertainment system available in a minivan. It offers two backseat-mounted touchscreen Blu-ray players with games. These include inputs for HDMI cables, wireless headphones, Bluetooth, and even streaming capabilities.
Adults can stay entertained, too, with wireless phone charging, a built-in vacuum, and active noise cancellation. You’ll also get remote start via keys and smartphone access, remote keyless entry, memory driver seats, and even a garage door transmitter, depending on your trim choice. The highest trim even offers rain detecting windshield wipers, deep window tint, and illuminated beverage holders. The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is tech-packed and offers entertainment and convenience for every age.
When buying a minivan, you’ll probably be interested in how well it performs, especially when it comes to fuel economy. This varies if you choose the plug-in hybrid route, but the Pacifica gets up to 28 miles per gallon if you go with front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive gets a bit less, landing at up to 25 miles per gallon. Overall, the difference is minor when you consider the benefits of an AWD Pacifica.
Before we get there, let’s look at what the FWD and the AWD Pacifica’s do share in regard to performance. You could be interested in power, especially if you need to tow or haul anything. Minor hauling is definitely not out of the question with the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica. The FWD’s range is up to 532, and AWD can go around 475 miles before needing a fill-up. Both versions offer up to 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It can even tow up to 3,600 pounds if needed. They come with a V6 engine and a 9-speed transmission. In short, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica comes with enough power to get average jobs done, but not so much power that you’re draining your fuel tank.
If you’re interested in an all-wheel drive minivan, the Pacifica is ideal. It gets a 100% score on its power distribution, followed only by the Toyota Sienna’s 80%. Other minivans in its class don’t even offer AWD options. The AWD minivan is great if you live anywhere with hills, inclines, rough backroads, or unpredictable, cold weather. While the FWD variant will save you a little money on fuel, the AWD is best where road capability is concerned.
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