The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica represents the perfect combination of a sport-utility, wagon and minivan. The Pacifica marks the first product of American and German automakers Chrysler and Daimler, and the 2006 models continue to make waves among the competition. The wagon is far from being only for soccer moms, with the 3.5-liter V-6, the Pacifica can get up to speed quite fast.
The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica has been said to fall into several categories, and can compete well in them all. The smooth, sleek lines and luxurious appointments with the high-end options provide just some of the reasons for the tall wagon’s popularity. The base model uses front drive and can be purchased very inexpensively, although the all-wheel drive, fully-loaded versions get a bit pricey.
The quiet and comfortable ride and precise handling comprise other good reasons that the Pacifica remains among the best upscale crossovers. With the unique combination of top-notch safety ratings, tons of upscale amenities, non-traditional styling, sharp handling, and supremely comfortable seats, the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica makes an excellent choice for most drivers.
Body Styles: Wagon
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Pacifica Base, Pacifica Limited, Pacifica Touring
Changes to the Chrysler Pacifica in 2006 consist of minor revisions to the exterior trim, a bigger glove compartment, and automatic tilt mirrors. The manufacturer also drops the base engine.
The Pacifica comes with exterior features that include similar options on three models: Base, Touring, and Limited. Both of the lower trim levels have the option of all-wheel drive or front drive, but the Limited solely comes as an AWD wagon. The enhancement features include 17-inch steel wheels on the base model and alloy 17-inch wheels on the Touring model. The Limited level has chrome alloy 19-inch wheels, with the chrome grille coming standard on all models. The upper-level Limited model also includes the monochromatic exterior, a power lift gate, and a power moon roof as added features.
The interior standard features on the base model include full-power accessories, cloth upholstery, a CD player, keyless entry, and five-passenger seating in two rows. The Touring models have three rows for seating six passengers, automatic climate control, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and captain’s chairs in the second row. The Limited adds to the previous features with heated leather seats and a multi-CD player that sits in the dash. The stereo systems for all models utilize a seven-speaker Infinity premium brand system with AM/FM radio and a CD player stereo in the dash. Seating up to six passengers comfortably, the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica offers a very nice cabin with many elegant touches.
The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica also offers many entertainment options to choose from, including Sirius Satellite Radio, an Infinity 385-watt audio system, and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system. Additionally, the innovative navigation system is integrated into the instrument cluster so that the driver can easily see the display without losing focus on the road. The nicely designed interior uses two-tone color accented by aluminum and faux wood trims. The base model has a second-row bench that holds three passengers, but the Limited and Touring editions have captain’s chairs in the second row for the utmost in comfort. Plus, almost all of the rear seating can be folded down to the floor to increase storage capacity to 92.2 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
Every Pacifica contains a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 250 horsepower with 250 lb-ft of torque. All models also come with an automatic four-speed transmission. Driving the 2006 Chrysler Pacifica feels great with steering that provides solid feedback, and suspension that displays surefooted control for fun while driving. Minivans and SUVs have a hard time trying to match the confident feeling of over-the-road driving that the Pacifica exudes. For a heavier wagon, the Pacifica surely provides entertainment and fun for the family, or a fun weekend for two.
Anti-lock brakes come standard. However, the side airbags for the three rows in back and the tire-pressure system remain optional features. In crash tests, the Chrysler Pacifica earns a perfect sweep, taking five stars. Additionally, the IIHS designates the Pacifica a ?Best Pick? in frontal crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pacifica: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Seats four people comfortably
- Drives similar to a sedan
- Fashionable interior
- Superior safety scores
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