A Complete Review of the Chrysler Pacifica

December 8th, 2023 by

Black Chrysler Pacifica

What You Need to Know About the Most Recent Models (2017–Current)

With the crossover SUV’s rise in popularity, minivans have become a rarer sight on the road in recent years. However, if you’re looking for a family vehicle that offers the most possible interior space; is a good value for the money; and has superior road stability, steering, and handling, then a minivan may be a great choice for your next vehicle.

When it comes to minivans, the Chrysler Pacifica is a stylish option with a long list of features that makes it a top contender in its class. Here, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the Pacifica into one resource — from rankings and model comparisons to pricing information and roundups of interior, performance, and safety features — so you can feel confident you’re making the right decision.

Chrysler Pacifica Scorecard

Rated by our team of vehicle experts, this scorecard reflects the Pacifica’s performance when compared to other minivans.

The Pacifica earned high marks across the board, with top scores in the safety, interior, and value categories.

Interior – 9/10
Performance – 8/10
Safety – 10/10
Reliability – 8/10
Fuel economy – 7/10
Value – 9/10
Overall rating – 8.5/10

Pros & Cons of a Chrysler Pacifica

The following chart provides a detailed look at the pros and cons of the Pacifica by model year. It’s important to note that model years 2017–2020 shared many of the same characteristics. Similarly, after the Pacifica was redesigned for 2021, Chrysler has not made any significant design updates to subsequent models.

Model Year Pros Cons
  • Smooth ride
  • Good handling
  • Responsive acceleration
  • Robust list of standard features
  • Upscale interior
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Stow ‘n Go seats
  • Hybrid Powertrain Available
  • Less cargo space than competitors
  • Less supportive rear seats
  • Lower reliability rating
  • All-wheel drive availability
  • Excellent visibility
  • Upscale interior
  • Stow ‘n Go seats
  • Robust list of standard features
  • Standard V6 engine
  • Hybrid Powertrain Available
  • Can be slow to shift gears
  • Subpar fuel efficiency
  • Less roomy and comfortable rear seats
  • Higher base price

Chrysler Pacifica Interior Features

Much like other vehicles, the Chrysler Pacifica’s list of interior features varies based on model year and trim level. The features noted in the following chart are a representation of what could be included.

Keeping the 2021 redesign in mind, the list of interior features for 2021–2023 Pacifica models will largely be the same. This is also the case for 2017–2020 models. Additionally, unless otherwise noted, this list of features is inclusive of previous years. For example, all features from the 2017–2020 model years are included in 2021–2023 models as well.

Model Year Key Interior Features
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Seating for up to eight passengers
  • Stow ‘n Go seats
  • Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Rear seat entertainment system (Uconnect Theater) with HDMI port
  • Onboard Stow ‘n Vac vacuum cleaner
  • Maximum of 140.5 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Wireless device charging
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Famcam
  • Intuitive infotainment system

Chrysler Pacifica Performance Features

Red Chrysler Pacifica


All Pacifica models (both before and after 2021) come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of producing 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

If fuel efficiency is a main consideration for you, the Pacifica is also available in a hybrid model.

Gas Mileage

Fuel efficiency holds steady across Chrysler Pacifica models, with the front-wheel-drive version of the minivan averaging 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. These numbers decrease slightly when opting for an all-wheel-drive model (available for 2017 and beyond), as these vehicles typically top out at 17 mpg and 25 mpg for city and highway driving, respectively.

Riding, Handling & Braking

With its low center of gravity, the Chrysler Pacifica gets high marks for handling performance and delivers a smooth, gentle ride. Combined with its responsive braking, the word that comes to mind when describing the Pacifica’s on-road performance: controlled.

Towing Capacity

No matter which model year you choose, your Chrysler Pacifica can tow up to 3,600 pounds when properly equipped.

Chrysler Pacifica Safety Features

When you’re looking for your next vehicle, safety is always a main concern. And when it comes to safety, the Pacifica gets top marks. For every year since 2017, it has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and in 2017, 2021, 2022, and 2023 earned the top designation of Safety Pick+. What’s more, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Pacifica a perfect 5/5 safety rating for all seven years (2017–2023).

Chrysler’s dedication to keeping drivers and passengers safe is also evident through the robust lineup of safety features included in Pacifica models. On newer models, these consist of:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear-seat alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Automatic high beams

How Does the Chrysler Pacifica Rank?

Rankings vary from year to year, but here’s how the Pacifica has stood out over the years:

Chrysler Pacifica Model Comparison

Trim level Original MSRP Key Features
L 2018: $28,090

2019: $28,390

  • 17-inch steel wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB port
LX 2017: $31,220

2018: $32,020

2019: $31,190

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Seven-passenger seating
  • Stow ‘n Go seats
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Three-zone climate control
  • Electric parking brake
Touring 2017: $32,090

2018: $32,390

2019: $32,690

2020: $34,990

2021: $36,690

2022: $37,095

2023: $39,615

  • Power-sliding rear doors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Satellite radio
Touring Plus 2017: $33,455

2018: $31,055

2019: $31,705

  • Automatic headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Power-sliding rear doors
  • Automatic climate control
  • LED tail lights
Touring-L 2017: $36,090

2018: $36,590

2019: $37,690

2020: $38,240

2021: $39,990

2022: $40,465

2023: $43,275

  • Power liftgate
  • Roof rails
  • Remote start
  • Leather seating
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Heated front seats
Touring-L 35th Anniversary Edition 2020: $40,230
  • Exterior and interior cosmetic updates
Touring-L Plus 2017: $39,390

2018: $39,790

2019: $40,790

2020: $41,040

  • Upgraded headlights
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Second-row entertainment system
  • Blu-ray player
Touring-L Plus 35th Anniversary Edition 2020: $42,335
  • Exterior and interior cosmetic updates
Limited 2017: $43,990

2018: $44,790

2019: $45,840

2020: $45,940

2021: $49,885

2022: $49,145

2023: $50,550

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Two sunroofs
  • Xenon headlights
  • Driver seat memory settings
  • Navigation system
Limited 35th Anniversary Edition 2020: $46,375
  • Exterior and interior cosmetic updates
Red S 2020: $50, 485
  • Exterior and interior cosmetic updates
Pinnacle 2021: $54,885

2022: $49,145

2023: $56,180

  • Surround-view camera
  • 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Interior camera system
  • Automated parking system
  • Parking sensors with automatic braking
  • Rear seat entertainment with wireless headphones

Is the Chrysler Pacifica a Good Vehicle?

The Pacifica has earned a reputation as one of the stand-out vehicles in its class, thanks to its upscale design and finishes, robust list of standard safety features, and roomy interior. As far as minivans go, the Pacifica is a model that’s hard to beat.

Should I Buy a Chrysler Pacifica?

With its stellar reputation as a reliable vehicle and a long list of features and accolades, the Chrysler Pacifica is an option that’s worthy of consideration if you’re in the market for a pre-owned minivan.

However, as a higher-end minivan, the Pacifica comes with the price tag to match and may be a stretch if you’re a budget-conscious shopper. If this model is too much of an investment, the Kia Carnival, Chrysler Voyager, and Honda Odyssey are all great alternatives to add to your list.

Cost of a Chrysler Pacifica

White Chrysler Pacifica

What you’ll pay for your used Pacifica depends on several factors. Model year, mileage, trim level, and condition will all impact the purchase price.

For a pre-owned Pacifica, prices can range from $10,000 at the lowest to upwards of $80,000 for a model with custom upfits.

The MSRP for a 2023 Pacifica ranges from $39,615 for the base Touring trim up to $56,180 for the top-tier Pinnacle trim.

Chrysler Pacifica Insurance

Car insurance premiums vary based on a number of different factors. What you’ll pay to insure a Pacifica is ultimately determined by:

  • Driver’s age, gender, and marital status
  • Driving record
  • Make, model, and year of the vehicle
  • Annual mileage
  • State requirements
  • Credit history
  • Where the vehicle is regularly parked
  • Vehicle’s safety features
  • Type of insurance coverage
  • Deductible

The good news? Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to save with popular auto discounts. These can include:

  • Safe driving records
  • Good student
  • New customer
  • Automatic payment
  • Anti-lock brakes and other safety features

According to CarEdge, it will cost you an average of $1,468 per year to insure a Chrysler Pacifica, compared to an average of $1,548 for all car models.

Chrysler Pacifica vs. the Competition

When compared to its main competitors — the Honda Odyssey, Kia Carnival, and Toyota Sienna — the Pacifica has a slight edge over all three. While the Odyssey can accommodate more passengers than the Pacifica, Honda’s offering has a subpar rear-seat entertainment system, doesn’t come in an all-wheel drive option, and requires complete seat removal if you want extra cargo space.

While the Carnival has the Pacifica beat with its superior warranty, Kia’s entry doesn’t come in a hybrid model, and similarly to the Odyssey, the second-row seats need to be removed for extra rear storage.

As for the Sienna, there’s no denying its excellent fuel efficiency (36 mpg, city and highway), but its comparatively sluggish acceleration, limited cargo space, and difficult-to-remove second row potentially outweigh this benefit.

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