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2019 Chrysler Pacifica Introduction

The Chrysler Pacifica emerged as a 2017 model, at a time when other manufacturers had abandoned or cut back on minivans. It proved to be time and money well-spent: Handsome looks and refinement placed the Pacifica near, if not ahead of, the family-van pack.

Chrysler has made several revisions for the 2019 model year. A new “S” Appearance Package with black accents and wheels is available on Hybrid models. New 17-inch wheels are now standard on Touring L Plus and Hybrid Limited trim levels. LX trim gains automatic headlights. Several models add a heated steering wheel.

Six gas-engine trim levels are offered: L, LX, Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. Hybrid-powertrain models come in three trim levels.

Lighter in weight and more efficient than it used to be, Chrysler’s 3.6-liter V-6 develops 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, driving a 9-speed automatic transmission. All Pacificas have front-wheel drive.

Under Hybrid hoods, the 3.6-liter V-6 mates with electric motors, making up the gasoline/electric powertrain that includes an electrically-variable transmission. Hybrid Pacificas are rated at 82 MPGe (gas-mileage equivalent) running on electricity alone. They can travel up to 32 miles on battery power, when recharged via a plug.

Chrysler offers plenty of individual options for specific models. They include 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio, a surround-view camera system, and a tow package.

Also available on certain trim levels are such active-safety features as adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors are standard.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Pacifica “Good” ratings in each test, except for the small-overlap crash on the passenger side, which was judged “Acceptable.” Frontal collision prevention is rated “Superior,” as long as optional safety technology is installed. Ease of child-seat use is deemed “Marginal.” The 2019 Pacifica earned a Top Safety Pick designation.

Five-star crash-test ratings were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, overall as well as for front and side impacts. Only in rollover prevention was a four-star rating issued. But that’s a calculated figure, and tall vehicles typically get four stars.

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