The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica develops a unique twist, which makes it hard to categorize in the minivan, sport utility vehicle (SUV), or station wagon segments. Chrysler calls it a ""sports tourer."" Introduced as an all-new vehicle in 2004, it combines elements of Chrysler’s sporty sedans and innovative minivans and puts them all together with Mercedes-Benz engineering.
Body style: crossover wagon
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 3.8-liter V-6
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica AWD, Chrysler Pacifica Touring, Chrysler Pacifica Touring AWD, Chrysler Pacifica Limited
A mid-level Touring model joins the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica lineup, and the base model loses a few standard features to accommodate a lower price.
The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica doesn't look massive from the outside, but it’s as much as 18 inches longer and six inches wider than some competing crossovers. Still, it is almost three inches lower to the ground than an average minivan, which makes it easier to climb inside. The base model features colored bodyside moldings, black grille trim, remote power heated mirrors, 17-inch steel wheels, variable intermittent wipers, and delay-off halogen headlamps. The Touring adds body-color bodyside moldings, a chrome grille, an auto-dimming driver’s-side mirror, a power sunroof over the front row, and silver aluminum wheels. A power liftgate, roof rack, and rear step bumper are standard on the Limited model, which rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels. Options for the Touring and Limited models include high-intensity discharge headlamps, an extra-large power sunroof, and a cargo convenience package with cargo net, rear scuff pad, tonneau cover, and adjustable roof rail cross bars. Seventeen-inch chrome wheels are available for the base and Touring models, and the Limited’s 19-inch wheels can be upgraded to chrome.
The 2005 Chrysler Pacifica’s cabin is spacious and easy to access, thanks to the Pacifica’s low stance. The front bucket seats are thick and supportive with large side bolsters. The center console is trimmed in a quality soft-touch material. The instrument panel is designed in one swooping enclosure from the back of the driver’s-side door around to the back of the front passenger door. Double hoods keep the sun off the instrument faces for easy readability. In an innovative design, the optional navigation system has its display in the center of the speedometer, ideal for safe use. The second-row seats in Touring and Limited models are roomy and comfortable, with a center console similar to the one in front. The second-row seats are split 50/50 in Touring and Limited models so one can be folded over to handle lengthy cargo, while the other accommodates a third occupant. The five-passenger model's second-row seat is a bench-type and splits 65/35. Third-row seats fold down 50/50 and disappear to create a flat cargo floor. Use of the third-row seats can be tricky, as access is difficult and there is very little room.
Even the base FWD model of the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica comes with a substantial list of standard equipment. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat and four-way power front passenger seat, and four 12-volt outlets distributed throughout the cabin. The dual-zone air conditioning is automatic in the Touring and Limited models. The Touring and Limited models also add a dash-mounted, analog clock, a programmable garage door opener, a mini-trip computer, and a 10-way power driver’s seat. Optional features for the Touring and Limited models include heated seats, a premium eight-speaker sound system, Chrysler’s Uconnect wireless hands-free communication system with Bluetooth, a navigation system, and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system. Sirius Satellite Radio is also available as an option.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 FWD-based Chrysler Pacifica is powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 that generates 210 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. All other models get a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 250 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Drivers have the choice of front or all-wheel drive and come with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety features for the 2005 Chrysler Pacifica include dual, multi-stage frontal airbags; a driver’s-side inflatable knee bolster; three-point seatbelts at all seating positions; front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters; and child safety seat anchors. Side curtain airbags are standard on the Limited and optional on the base and Touring. Traction control is available only on the Touring FWD. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on the Limited and optional on the Touring. It earns a perfect five-star grade across the board in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chrysler Pacifica, FWD, 3.8-liter V-6: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Pacifica, FWD, 3.5-liter V-6: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Pacifica, AWD, 3.5-liter V-6: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Excellent safety ratings
- Sedan-like handling
- Upscale interior design
You Won't Like
- Spotty reliability
- Slightly cramped for six
An appealing blend of performance, style, and comfort in a family-friendly package.
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