Have kids and stuff? Get yourself a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica. The Stow ‘n Go seating alone makes it worthwhile not to mention a glass roof and loads of tech.
Minivans are a family’s best friend with huge interior space and sliding doors, and the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is one of the best in the segment. It doesn’t hurt that Chrysler introduced America to the minivan nearly 40 years ago and has sold just shy of 15 million since. However, they’ve not been resting on their laurels as evidenced by the Pacifica launch in 2017.
A few years on, there’s plenty of new features like the Red S Appearance package which features snazzy Rodèo Red and gray trimmed seats along with added tech. The dual-pane panoramic sunroof is now available across the gas-powered lineup and Hybrid Touring models pick up second row sunshades. Later this year, an AWD powertrain option is expected with full availability for the 2021 model year.
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Stow ‘n Go seating is still a great innovation
Hybrid runs up to 30 miles in all-electric mode
Anniversary package has black leather with “Cranberry Wine” stitching
Dual 10″ rear passenger screens available
No Stow ‘n Go seating with hybrid battery
Looks, tech, and a hybrid option keep it top tier
Chrysler’s long-running, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 makes 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft in 2020 Chrysler Pacifica application. It routes that power through a 9-speed automatic to the front wheels, though an all-wheel-drive setup is coming soon. Opting for the hybrid powertrain nets a pair of electric motors and 16 kWh lithium-ion battery integrated with a modified version of the Pentastar engine. It makes slightly less power overall but of course offers the benefit of improved efficiency. Regardless of powertrain, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica features a fully-independent suspension consisting of front struts with coil springs and a rear, twist-blade setup that allows for a comfortable ride.
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica’s hybrid model is the fuel economy darling, but the gas-powered version is no slouch. It can manage 28 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city, assisted by idle stop-start tech. With the hybrid setup, owners can go up to 30 miles on electric power alone or tap the 80 MPGe rating to drive for over 500 miles without filling up the tank, or the battery. Regenerative braking is used to capture kinetic energy and lend a hand in charging the battery. But you’ll need to plug the 6.6 kWh on-board charger into the wall to get fully juiced. With a 240-volt Level II charging setup, Chrysler estimates 2 hours for a full recharge.
Inside the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, cloth seats are found on base Touring trim but leather of differing grades is on tap for all other trims. However, the best part of a Pacifica’s interior is the clever Stow ‘n Go seating. Simply fold and drop the second-row buckets and third row bench into floor storage compartments to create a flat load floor. When the seats are up, those integrated floor cubbies can be used to store your stuff but be aware that hybrid models do not accommodate this setup as the battery pack requires that packaging space.
Additional Chrysler Pacifica amenities like heated and ventilated seats, tri-zoned HVAC, and a double- or triple-paned glass roof make the cabin a pleasant place to be. To make third row access easy, the second-row seats have an Easy Tilt feature that tilts the seat forward to allow ingress and egress, even with a rear-facing child seat mounted. And when those kids make the inevitable mess, an integrated RIDGID-made Stow ‘n Vac handles cleanup duty.
All 2020 Chrysler Pacifica minivans come with Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment software that supports Apple and Android phone mirroring. Lower trims feature a 7” touchscreen for managing this tech while an 8.4” display is available. SiriusXM is on tap with the option for navigation and real-time traffic info. A rear entertainment system with dual, 10” screens mounted on the front seatbacks, wireless headphones, and HDMI inputs keeps kiddos engaged. Two premium audio systems are available with the Harman Kardon version showing off its 20-speaker setup. 115-volt power, USB ports in all 3 rows, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all available as well.
NHTSA awarded the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica its highest 5-star rating which is no surprise given the 8 standard airbags and array of active safety systems. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and rear parking sensors are all standard equipment. The optional Advanced SafetyTec group adds on with forward collision warning, a surround view camera and automatic high beams. It also has a semi-autonomous parking system, ParkSense, that handles the steering while drivers manage transmission and throttle during parallel or perpendicular maneuvers.
Available with the gas or hybrid powertrain, entry-level Chrysler Pacifica Touring trim comes with power-sliding doors, heated, body color side mirrors, and 17” wheels, though 20” alloys are optional. The S Appearance package can be selected to dress up the van with black trim inside and out plus 18” gloss black rims. Interior comfort is assured with triple-zone, automatic climate controls, active noise cancellation, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and second row sunshades.
Opting for the Cold Weather Group brings a heated steering wheel and front seats. Infotainment duties are handled with Chrysler’s Uconnect software run through a 7” touchscreen featuring Apple and Android phone integration. As with all trims, standard driver-assistance aids include blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and backup parking sensors.
A roof rack and optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof are on tap with Touring L trim along with remote engine start and power-adjustable driver’s seat. All seats feature McKinley perforated leather upholstery and sunshades are integrated into second and third row windows. A 115-volt, household power outlet is included here and check the Premium Audio Group box to add a 13-speaker Alpine stereo system, additional USB ports, and the larger 8.4” touchscreen display.
Touring L Plus is the only Chrysler Pacifica trim not available with the hybrid setup, but it makes up for that with standard features like heated second row outboard cushions, a 7” configurable digital gauge cluster, and the 8.4” Uconnect system plus navigation. Hands-free operation of the sliding doors and liftgate are optional as is the 35th Anniversary Edition package. It includes the dual-pane panoramic roof, an all-black interior with Cranberry Wine stitching, and an overhead DVD player for rear occupants.
2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited comes loaded with the hands-free door functionality, 18” wheels, and features side mirrors that are heated, power folding, auto-dimming on the driver’s side, tilt-down in reverse, and more. This is the only trim with the massive, triple-paned panoramic roof setup, Nappa leather seating, and ventilated front seats. Options include the 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo and Red S Appearance package with Rodèo Red leather, Uconnect Theater system, and Advanced SafetyTec suite of driver aids.
Chrysler’s basic vehicle warranty covers the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica for 3 years or 36,000 miles while the powertrain and roadside assistance warranties are good for a 5-year/60,000-mile term. Body corrosion is under warranty for 5 years with unlimited mileage and hybrid components feature a 10-year/100,000-mile coverage period.
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When you’ve got kids and all the associated stuff-of-life, there’s no getting around the fact that you need a minivan. It’s a small segment, as many automakers have moved solely into SUVs, but Chrysler has firmly planted their stake in the game with the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica and it shows. I would certainly drive one.