Chrysler Pacifica Origins
The Chrysler Pacifica is a midsize crossover vehicle that unites the ease and comfort of driving a car with the utility of an SUV. The Pacifica is touted as an original crossover wagon, yet in contrast with the competition it offers more luxurious features and pleasant upgrades.
The Chrysler Pacifica was the first creation to emerge from the Chrysler-Daimler-Benz business venture, widely known as the "merger of equals." At a cost of nearly $1 billion, the Pacifica remained in the development phase for two-and-a-half years and was finally ready for launch by the 2004 model year. The vehicles were manufactured at Chrysler's Canadian plant located in Windsor, Ontario.
The Pacifica includes a long list of standard features; however, its popularity has never hit a persistent level. The vehicle gains little recognition for reliability, and its price is out of range for many buyers. Chrysler manufactured the Pacifica until the 2008 model year, at which time production ceased due to unremarkable sales.About the Chrysler Pacifica
The Chrysler Pacifica is applauded for its suspension and smooth ride, which resemble a car more than a midsize crossover. It uses some of the technology that made Mercedes-Benz popular—like its suspension system, which mirrors the popular Mercedes E-Class. It also boasts comfortable seats and an upscale interior, and it rides well for a vehicle of its size.
Chrysler offers the Pacifica in a range of models, from a standard base model to a limited edition with many available options. The Pacifica also has a few notable moments in its career. It won an award for "best pick frontal" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as five star safety crash ratings for front and side impacts.Chrysler Pacifica Features
The 2008 Chrysler Pacifica shows improvement upon previous models and offers three trim levels. The base model, the LX, houses a 3.8-liter V-6, seating capacity for five, 17-inch steel wheels, and many standard features such as dual-zone temperature control and load-leveling rear suspension. The LX is offered in front-wheel drive or full-time, all-wheel drive. The AWD model upgraded its engine to a 4.0-liter V-6, delivering 233 horsepower. The LX also offers many high-end optional features such as rear DVD entertainment, alloy wheels, and a 10-way power driver's seat.
The Touring models come with a 4.0-liter V-6 engine and an extra bucket seat that increases capacity to six persons. The standard high-end features include cabin air filtration, Sirius satellite radio, heated outside mirrors, leather-wrapped accessories, fog lamps, and more. Additional options include a rear parking assist system, a high-quality surround sound system, GPS navigation, and tire upgrades.
The Limited models boast the ultimate in luxury with all the standard features of the previous trims in addition to standard leather seating, heated seats, a sunroof, and more.Chrysler Pacifica Evolution
The 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was the first model to leave the assembly line. Chrysler offers it in two trim levels: a base and a limited version. The 2004 Pacifica contains a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 210 horsepower, which isn’t very popular simply because of the vehicle's size. In addition, numerous repair issues make the 2004 Pacifica less than desirable. The 2004 Pacifica comes with some impressive features such as dual zone climate control and power seating, but it wasn't until the Touring edition came out in 2005 that the features list expanded.
A 250 horsepower V-6, 3.5-liter engine comes standard on all of the base 2005 Pacifica models, excluding those with front-wheel drive. The Touring model features a longer list of options and more standard features than the 2004. Chrysler also adds a two-passenger third row seat and replaces the second row bench seat with bucket seats in this design.
The 2006 Pacifica shows little change from previous years; however, it eliminates the 3.8-liter engine option, making the 3.5-liter the only one available.
In 2007, the 3.8-liter returned to the front-wheel-drive models, with a 4.0-liter V-6 added to every other model. The vehicle flaunts redesigned headlights, hood, fenders, wheels, and grille. Higher-quality fabric and optional rearview camera are also on the features list.
Sales continued to fall short of expectations in 2007, with Chrysler selling fewer than 73,000 units. On November 1, 2007, Chrysler announced the end of production for Pacifica vehicles.