2008 Chrysler Pacifica

  • 2008 Chrysler Pacifica Limited Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      253/262
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $34,150
  • 2008 Chrysler Pacifica LX Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      200/235
    • ENGINE
      3.8L V6
    • MSRP
      $24,635
  • 2008 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      253/262
    • ENGINE
      4.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $28,265
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2008 Chrysler Pacifica Review

A stylish exterior, versatile interior, and satisfying ride make an excellent alternative to the usual choices on the market.

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Overview

The 2008 Chrysler Pacifica is a luxury crossover that combines attributes of wagons, minivans, and sport utility vehicles. With a stylish exterior and better handling than most minivans, it still has room for up to six passengers and plenty of utility for SUV fans.

The 2008 Pacifica comes in three trim levels: LX, Touring and Limited. All three are available in either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive versions. The LX has a smaller, 3.8-liter V-6 engine. Otherwise the LX and Touring models differ mainly in its interior features, while the top-of-the-line Limited trim adds larger wheels, numerous exterior upgrades, and luxury interior features. Some of these features are available as options on the lower trim levels.

The Range

Body Styles: crossover wagon
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, six-speed automatic
Models: Chrysler Pacifica LX, Chrysler Pacifica Touring, Chrysler Pacifica Limited

What's New

The Pacifica received an overhaul in 2007 that included interior and exterior upgrades, increased power, and more standard safety equipment, so the 2008 model carries over with only minor changes.

Exterior

The 2008 Chrysler Pacifica looks like nothing else on the road. In front, it sports Chrysler’s signature three-bar grille flanked by wing-like, dual-lens headlights similar to those on the Chrysler 300 sedan. The hood features evenly-spaced strakes running rearward from the grille toward the base of the windshield. The Pacifica stands almost three inches lower to the ground than a typical minivan, giving it a sedan-like feel unusual for a vehicle its size as well as making entry and exits easier than in a typical SUV. A distinctive character line marks the profile of the Pacifica, starting at the front wheel and ramping upward as it moves to the rear. The LX and Touring trims come standard with 17-inch steel wheels. The Touring model adds foglamps, and the top-of-the-line Limited trim adds 19-inch chromed aluminum wheels, body-color fascias, a power liftgate, a sunroof, rear parking assist, laminated door glass, and xenon headlights.

Interior

The interior of the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica is relatively upscale among crossover wagons. The base Pacifica LX offers seating for five with a three-across second-row bench, dual-zone air-conditioning, remote keyless entry, full power accessories, power front seats, and a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. The Touring and Limited models seat six with second-row bucket seats and a split-folding third-row bench. The Touring model features automatic temperature control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, satellite radio, and an upgraded audio system. The Limited model adds leather upholstery, heated front and second-row seats, wood trim, driver’s seat memory, and a six-CD changer. Some of these features are available on lesser trim levels. Stand-alone options include a navigation system with a back-up camera, an entertainment system with rear video screen, a premium Infinity surround-sound system, and Bluetooth hands-free technology.

Getting in and out of the Pacifica is surprisingly easy thanks to a low entry height and upright seating. Both second- and third-row seats fold flat to optimize versatility, opening up a maximum 92 cubic feet of cargo space in the LX and close to 80 in the Touring and Limited models. However, legroom in the third row is fairly tight and probably most comfortable for children.

Performance & Handling

The base, front-wheel drive 2008 Pacifica LX has a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that generates 200 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque. It’s teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive and a stronger, four-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission are both available as optional upgrades on the LX and standard on the Limited and Touring models. The four-liter engine generates 253 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

The Mercedes-Benz suspension on the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica delivers carlike handling, and a more stable feel than typical minivans and truck-based SUVs. The steering is solid and precise with good feedback. The smaller V-6 labors under the Pacifica’s heavy curb weight, but overall, the Pacifica provides a very enjoyable ride for a family wagon.

Safety

All models of the 2008 Pacifica include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, stability control, full-length side curtain airbags, and a driver’s-side knee-bolster airbag. In government frontal- and side-impact crash tests, the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica scores a perfect five-star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gives the Pacifica its highest rating of ""good"" for frontal-offset crash protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chrysler Pacifica 3.8-liter V-6 FWD: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Pacifica 4.0-liter V-6 FWD: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Chrysler Pacifica 4.0-liter V-6 AWD: 14/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious comfort for four
  • Excellent handling for its size
  • Luxurious cabin
  • High safety ratings

You Won't Like

  • Tight third-row seating
  • Lackluster performance from base engine

Sum Up

A stylish exterior, versatile interior, and satisfying ride make an excellent alternative to the usual choices on the market.

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