Chrysler Pacifica Review

Posted on 22. Sep, 2005 by in Auto News

The original Pacifica crossover is launched by Chrysler before high gas prices sky the entire genre with turbocharging. The Pacifica combines the utility of a minivan (without the stigma of actually having a drive) (bumper stickers without dirty looks from drivers with "Proud To Be Vegan"), the raised seating position of an SUV and the handling of a saloon (without fuel efficiency). While it might not be all that it takes to S-tractor roust out of her SUV, the combi-stilts is still the original and best shot over the bow SUV.

In keeping with its mission, the multi-tasking Pacifica did not look like anything else on the market. With its dramatic waist from behind, diving forward, the forward-leaning Pacifica sheet all the style of a Sinatra fedora. The details are just as convincing. Unlike its minivan competitors, the crossover fit with 17 "wheels, the wheel arches. The door handles are'm not refugees from a bottomless parts. This bright work sparingly and deployed with taste. Short, the Pacifica first Pentastar product in a long time not what it looks like was designed by committee.

Pacifica ads promise a luxury sedan-like interior. In a stark break with the tradition of industry, it delivers. The Sebring cabin is simple and stylish, it is made of materials that do not seem out of place would be made in a mid-level Mercedes. In case you are not quite convinced that Chrysler may have class, the company has added a little technological whiz-bang. In the flat world of navigation systems tacho the Pacifica oversized screen is sitting bang in the middle of an ergonomic triumph. It's a shame Chrysler navigation software is easily disoriented and provides wrong directions.

Our test Pacifica came with four individual bucket seats (the base model has a minivan-esque rear seat). The front is more support than a third teacher, complete with fold down armrests, power in all directions (but loose) and memory. The backs are set theater style. They slide back and forth, back and the passengers easy access to separate controls for the air conditioning and optional DVD system (perfect for today's non-conversational children). The seats in the far, far back are only suitable for children, dogs and parents. Although all the rear seats folded down, there is no way to create a completely flat load floor without acetylene.

While the rear passengers can enjoy great views' round, the drivers will find that the rear window Pacifica carries an uncanny resemblance to a letter slot. If you look in the rearview mirror, the window fills the entire frame. The wiper does the size of a pencil. Vision would be worse if the door of solid steel.

Chrysler to work together with Infinity one of the world's best and most difficult audio systems. It is a hodgepodge of odd-shaped keys, seesaws, slides and a large plastic knob. Under the CD-equipped control unit there … another CD player. The overall design is compromised so ergonomic that Chrysler just gave up and added two multi-function ICE control buttons on the back of the steering wheel. Fortunately the rudder-based switches offer a simple and effective alternative to the main unit RTFM Hell.

You might think that 250 horses would be enough to motivate a two-ton vehicle. And she is. Kind of. The Pacifica ambles to 60 in a little under 10 seconds. Shifting manually by car gives you stick to something to do while away the time, but the system does little to address the animal to increase the acceleration. When the Pacifica is rolling 3.5-liter V6, the picture brightens considerably. The large crossover cruises effortlessly and 90 mph. When you call in to the engine room at slower speeds, the engine responds authoritatively. Unfortunately sloth has not equal contentment. Chrysler and our chronically optimistic pals at the EPA in that the Pacifica gets 17/23 mpg. Our test Pacifica in only 16.2.

At least it burned its fuel with grace. With struts up front and a five-link-leveling at the rear, the Pacifica errs on the fun-to-drive side. It turns in sharply, changes directions well and usually loops through the corners with more polish than you might expect from a vehicle this large. The Pacifica can not be more than a rolling chicane to an MX5, but Chrysler is hardly a crossover automobile penalty.

Buying a Pacifica is one of those rare cases where you really everything (assuming you have a spare $ 30k) can have: the comfort of a luxury sedan, the functionality of a minivan and the psychological security of an SUV. All Pacifica needs to mount a comeback in order to capitalize on the current exodus is the SUV, better mileage. The moment DCX installed an economical engine is the moment of Pacifica get the attention it deserves.