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The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica puts on a clinic for why a minivan is a smart option for families, then takes it up a notch with a hybrid powertrain and AWD.

What’s New for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica

For 2021, the Chrysler Pacifica continues its near 40-year evolution from the simple Dodge Caravan of yore to a straight-up luxury family hauler. A new Pinnacle trim sits atop the heap with suede headliner, fancy upholstery and a pair of second-row lumbar throw pillows. For Snow Belt customers, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) components have been upgraded and are now available on all gas-powered models. The suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) grows with new standard and optional tech while the front fascia and lighting designs are refreshed. On the infotainment front, a 10” touchscreen display is now standard across the lineup, running Uconnect 5 – the latest iteration of this software.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $37,315

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD or AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

19 City / 28 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 7-8

The Breakdown

Standard 7″ digital instrument panel

LED front, rear, and daytime-running lamps

ParkSense active park assist

Hybrid powertrain allows 100% electric driving

Stow ‘n Go not available for hybrids

Chrysler continues their minivan innovation

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Specs

Trims & Pricing

Touring - $37,315
Touring L - $40,615
Limited - $50,310
Pinnacle - $55,590

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Powertrain

2021 Chrysler Pacifica 3.6L V6 - carsforsale.com
2021 Chrysler Pacifica 3.6L V6 - carsforsale.com

The basic 2021 Chrysler Pacifica consists of a 3.6-liter V6 making 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque powering the front wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. AWD, optional on lower trims and standard further up the trim ladder, runs in the background and will transfer available torque as needed to the wheels with more traction.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid - carsforsale.com
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid - carsforsale.com

Opting for a hybrid Pacifica brings a pair of electric motors and 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to the powertrain party for a combined 260 horsepower. Chrysler will assist owners in coordinating home installation of a Level II charger through their third party partner, Qmerit, to offer quick charging of the plug-in system and the ability to schedule charging during off-peak hours.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Fuel Economy & MPG

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

All 2021 Chrysler Pacifica models benefit from idle stop/start tech and active front grille shutters to improve aerodynamics. For gasoline powered models, that helps achieve 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for FWD versions. Adding AWD brings those EPA estimates down to 17 and 25, respectively.

Opting for the hybrid powertrain means 82 MPGe of efficiency are on tap, which translates to 30 mpg combined. Regenerative braking is used and 32 miles of all-electric driving are possible which, when adding in a fully fueled gas motor, means over 500 miles of bladder-busting driving range. As well, hybrid models still qualify for the $7500 federal tax credit.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

Stow ‘n Go is the Chrysler Pacifica pièce de résistance thanks to simple operation and the resultant flat load floor. When the seats aren’t stowed, those under floor spaces allow for ample storage. Unfortunately, this feature doesn’t work with hybrid models due the battery pack being in the way, but on all Pacificas, the second-row middle seat can be folded down or easily removed to create quick third row access.

Leather upholstery is on hand for Touring L models and up but the driver’s seat has power adjustability including 4-way lumbar support on all trims. Automatic climate controls are split into three zones and Limited models feature heated and ventilated front seats, laminated front door glass and a power folding third row. Top-spec Pinnacle Pacificas come with the Ultra console, power-adjustable front passenger seat, and triple-paned sunroof that gives every row a skyward view.

Entertainment & Technology

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Faster processing power from Uconnect 5 and wireless connection for Apple and Android smartphones make the huge 10” infotainment display that much better, especially as it is all standard equipment for 2021 Chrysler Pacifica models. A six-speaker stereo is also standard, but audiophiles will want the available Harman Kardon system with its 19 speakers and 10” subwoofer.

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The new FamCAM network of interior cameras allows front row folks to keep an eye on those in the back including rear-facing child seat passengers. Up to 12 USB ports throughout the cabin are available as is 115V power, Qi wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi. The Uconnect Theater system consists of dual 10” monitors on front seatbacks, wireless headphones, built-in games, HDMI ports, Blu-Ray capability, and more.

Safety Features

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica earned a 5-star rating from NHTSA, thanks in part to the eight standard airbags and half-dozen active safety features under the SafetyTec Plus umbrella. That includes pedestrian AEB, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane keeping assist as standard equipment. An optional Safety Sphere package adds ParkSense, which will handle steering duty for parallel parking and a 360-degree exterior surround view camera.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Trims & Pricing

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Touring - carsforsale.com

Touring – $37,315

With the entry-level Touring trim, buyers will find 17” alloy wheels, body-colored exterior trim, LED lighting front to back, and heated side mirrors. Front-wheel-drive (FWD) is standard as is the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 but AWD can be selected for an additional $3000 and the Hybrid model starts at $41,490. Creature comforts include an acoustic windshield, active noise cancellation tech, triple-zoned climate controls and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Chrysler’s SafetyTec ADAS suite is included here as is Uconnect 5, the company’s latest infotainment software. It is controlled via the centrally mounted 10” touchscreen that includes wireless integration of Apple and Android phone mirroring. A dual-pane sunroof can be added for $1595 and the $895 “S” Appearance package brings black 18” rims, black accents, premium cloth upholstery, and a host of “S” badges inside and out.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L - carsforsale.com
2021 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L - carsforsale.com

Touring L – $40,615

Gloss black and bright chrome accents dress up Touring L models outside and a 7” full-color digital instrument panel increases the level of tech. All-wheel-drive is available as is the Hybrid version, which adds $5800 to the bottom line.

Additional standard features include heated front seats and steering wheel, McKinley perforated leather upholstery, and sunshades for second and third row occupants. For $2295, the Premium and Safety Sphere Group nets an upgraded Alpine audio system, improved vehicle insulation, navigation, and more ADAS like semi-autonomous parking.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Limited - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Limited – $50,310

Cresting 50-grand, the Chrysler Pacifica Limited is equipped with AWD, 18” alloys, a triple-pane sunroof, and vehicle telematics. Like every 2021 Pacifica, there is a hybrid option that also contains Limited features like hands-free operation of the sliding doors and liftgate, Wi-Fi hotspot, Nappa leather upholstery, and the integrated Stow ‘n Vac, RIDGID branded vehicle vacuum. The only option with Limited trim is the Red “S” Appearance package that brings snazzy red leather seats to the party.

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle - media.stellantisnorthamerica.com

Pinnacle – $55,590

New this year, Pinnacle trim is loaded to the gills with size-20 wheels, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, the FamCAM interior camera system, and quilted caramel-colored Nappa leather seating. Berber carpet, a suede headliner, and second row lumbar pillows continue the fancy fest while Uconnect Theater adds dual 10” screens to front seatbacks and includes a Blu-Ray DVD player, built-in games, and wireless headphones.

Warranties

The basic vehicle warranty on a new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica lasts for 3 years or 36,000 miles. A term of 5 years or 60,000 miles applies to the powertrain components and roadside assistance. Rust perforations are covered for unlimited mileage during the first five years of ownership and the hybrid battery pack comes with 10 years or 100,000 miles of warranty protection.

What we think

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2021 Chrysler Pacifica – media.stellantisnorthamerica.com |  Shop 2021 Chrysler Pacifica on Carsforsale.com

Families needing maximum space to haul kids and cargo would be remiss to not consider the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. It has as much, if not more, interior space than most SUVs, can be stacked to the sky with fancy bits, and offers as much tech as you can handle.

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Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his 1990 Cherokee and 1989 Starion, so it’s not surprising that he would put his mechanical engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire to use in the car world as a vehicle dynamics engineer. Now engineering sentence structures, his writing infuses his auto experience with his time in marketing and his sales experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he focuses on some of the more technical mechanical systems that are found under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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