Posted on March 4, 2020 by Kelly Wilk
2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD | Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton
Minivan Move Over!
I am a kid carter; with an 8 year old, one toddler and a need to get us, and our baggage, around town without anyone the worse for wear. It wouldn’t hurt however to do it with some oomph, a little extra convenience and perhaps even, perish the thought, some style. Parents need that you see; and with the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD I could see myself getting all of that. And the multitudes of families in the Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Brampton and Peel areas they can look forward to going to their local dealership to get that too.
During their redesign Chrysler seems to have put on their thinking caps and have considered this as well. Whether on a road trip to Grandmas or just a trip to the corner store parents deserve a little comfort as family lives not to mention family drives are a little on the nutty side. If one kid has spilled something the other will be playing the are-we-there-yet chorus and between eating what was dropped and licking the one who is now crying the family dog won’t know what to do. Chrysler has in the distant past been in the business of kid carting but that was in 2004. I definitely agree that it was time for an upgrade. The Chrysler’s minivan offered the four-corner grip of all-wheel drive. Now the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is strutting an updated version of itself, which should be rolling into dealerships in 2021.
What are these shiny new specks for the shiny new minivan? For one there is a brand new traction system. It also has the finesse I was talking about. The trim level has been made top of the line and very appropriately named “Pinnacle.” Now that’s what I’m talking about! If you want to talk trim levels there will actually be four to choose from, the Touring, Touring L, Limited as well as the 2021, Pinnacle. However the Pinnacle seems figuratively as well literally where it’s at.
The, FCA says, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD has “the most luxurious interior in its class.” It boasts quilted Nappa leather on all three rows, lumbar pillows on the middle-row captain’s chairs, Caramel and Piano Black interior accents, a new “Ultra console” down the cabin’s centre, as well as standard 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. The dated slim-line-grille smile been transformed across the board for the Pacifica design with a larger, ovoid grille that to some does not seem as fancy but with the a new front grille, headlamps, fog lamps and tail lamps Chrysler was going for “a more athletic, utility-vehicle look.” Soccer game here we come!
Speaking of which, they have made a miraculous thing occur by engineering Pacifica’s all-seats-fold-into-the-floor Stow ‘n Go seating which is also compatible with all-wheel drive. This is a small feat with the current need for under-floor axle-to-axle driveshaft mechanics. The only thing that The Pacifica has stood still on is that this version will remain available in standard and hybrid models but the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD system is only available in non-hybrid versions.
Gas versions of the Pacifica retain 3.6-liter, 287-hp V-6 creating 262 lb.-ft. of torque via a standard nine-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid takes that adding kilowatt assistance produced by electric motors and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The transmission is a dual-motor “eFlite” electronically variable unit. Above and beyond the fresh restyling is the technological component that seems more and more prevalent these days. So for your entertainment as well as all those up-to-the-minute vital informational details about the road ahead the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD has been given what they have named the Uconnect 5. It is the first vehicle from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to have the FCA’s Uconnect 5.
The run down on that is this. Uconnect was already using the Android Auto, Apple CarPlay ability as well as the 4G LTE Wi-Fi access. Now that the new 5 system has been added to with the Amazon Alexa compatibility it can adopt over-the-air updates, and has the flexibility to accommodate two devices being used simultaneously. This is also largely ironic as I can’t even get the devices in my living room and kitchen to do that! Another amazing new upgrade to this system is the USB Type C ports that rumour has it can charge devices up to four times faster than a standard USB outlet.
Wow. I think I just found my new living room!
All these handy dandy, completely convenient connections are up for display on the 10.1-inch touch screen, which is the largest standard touch screen available in the segment. However the technological upgrades are certainly not limited to the traffic reports and playing the Mini Pops. I am of course talking about the number one. “What is the number one rule” we say to the one who is old enough to know better, it is safety.
The Chrysler Pacifica still has all the all-important features plus 14 new ones. Some of these are the Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise, Lane-Sense Lane Departure Warning and Pedestrian Alert with Emergency Braking. There’s even a FamCAM, which gives anyone in the front row a perfectly accurate view of the one who actually started it, even if they are in a rear-facing car seat. Kid won’t be able to get away with a thing. And that as Martha Stewart says “is a good thing.”
2021 Chrysler Pacific Run Down
- VEHICLE TYPE:Front- or all-wheel drive, seven- or eight-passenger minivan
- ENGINE: Pacifica:6-liter V-6; Pacifica hybrid:3.6-liter V-6 assisted by two electric motors and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery
- HORSEPOWER: Pacifica:287 hp; Pacifica hybrid: 260 total-system hp
- TORQUE:262 lb.-ft. at 4000 rpm (V-6)
- TRANSMISSION: Pacifica:Nine-speed automatic; Pacifica hybrid: dual-motor “eFlite” electronically variable transmission
- EPA MPG:Not yet rated (for reference, FWD 2020 Pacifica model with same drivetrain as 2021 model rated 19 city/28 hwy/22 combined; AWD model N/A; 2020 hybrid model EPA rated to have a 33-mile range in only electric-only driving, 30 mpg combined fuel economy in hybrid mode)
- WHEELBASE:6 inches
- LENGTH:3 inches
- PAYLOAD CAPASITY: (behind 3rd/2nd/1st rows):3 cu. ft./87.5 cu. ft./140.5 cu. ft.
- CURB WEIGHT: FWD:4,521 lbs.; AWD: 4,883 lbs.
- TOWING CAPABILITY:3,600 lbs.
- BUILT IN:Windsor, Ontario, Canada