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2021 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Review - Prices, Trims, Features, Performance and Rivals Comparison

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Tijo Tenson

Content Writer July 08, 2020 at 02:57 PM
2021 Chrysler Pacifica has been revealed with updated styling inside out and with a crucial addition of optional AWD setup for all its variants. It will be open for pre-orders starting from the third quarter of 2020 and will also be available in a special AWD launch edition. Pricing has also been bumped up and will start from an estimated $35,000.

In a world dominated by crossovers and SUVs, minivans are not getting the due value they deserve. In all sense, minivans are more sensible and practical when you look at the bigger picture. There are not many players in this segment, and those who have stayed put have been here from the beginning. One among the lot is Chrysler's Pacifica minivan. It is the definition of perseverance and will.


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There's no denying that Chrysler Pacifica has come a long way, learning from its mistakes and climbing one step at a time. Now it stands among the top three minivans in the US. 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will turn things around more in its favor with the impressive and incremental updates it has recently been revealed with.

It now stands second to Honda Odyssey which has got the minivan formula perfect over the years. Toyota Sienna has slid down in this race but it's not far behind. Chrysler has been studying its audience closely and thus have pitched in a much more wholesome car. With many sweet new additions for 2021, the new AWD system is only the icing on this cake!

What are the pricing and new features in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

Most of the updates are confined to looks and technological upgrades and the mechanical bits will remain more or less the same as the 2020 model, with the only alteration in the accessibility of AWD systems. Pricing has also been marginally bumped up and the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica now starts at an estimated $35,000 and will be out in the wild from 2020 fall.

On the outside, you are treated to a more beefed up body that gets new front grille, redesigned headlights and taillights. To top it all up, its new wheels complement the refreshed look. Talking of trims, Chrysler has discontinued the Touring L Plus variant of the Pacifica and has added a top of the line Pinnacle trim which gets some interesting goodies to stand out from the rest. Various new features in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica are:

  • Redesigned exterior with a sleeker design langauge
  • Standard AWD across the line-up
  • Improved and more intuitive infotainment system
  • Updated interior with new upholstery and refreshed dashboard 

What are the Engine and Transmission updates in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

Chrysler has not fiddled much with the already potent powertrain setup of this minivan. The award-winning Pentastar 3.6L V6 engine of Pacifica will be carried forward along with the smooth-shifting 9-Speed automatic transmission. The quick 9-Speed gearbox makes it a hatchback in disguise as you barely notice its curb weight even around cities.

The Pacifica is already a swift sprinter in its FWD format, accelerating in under 7.5 seconds to cross the 60 MPH mark. With the onset of the optional AWD, expect it to lead this pack. Performance figures remain unchanged at 287 hp and 262 lb-ft. With overall weight being the same, expect to get the same performance in a much more loaded package.

Model

2021 Chrysler Pacifica  (Expected)

2020 Honda Odyssey

2020 Kia Sedona

2020 Toyota Sienna

MSRP

$35,000

$34,790

$33,700

$34,235

Engine

3.6L Pentastar V6

3.5L NA V6

3.3L NA V6

3.5L NA V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power 

287 hp @ 6400 RPM

280 hp @ 6000 RPM

276 hp @ 6000 RPM

296 hp @ 6600 RPM

Torque

262lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

262 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

248 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM

263 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

0-60 MPH

7.4 secs

6.6 secs

7.9 secs

7.0 secs

Quarter mile

15.6 secs

15.0 secs

16.1 secs

15.3 secs

Top speed 107 MPH N/A N/A 117 MPH

The Pacifica is still shy of the Honda Odyssey which with its insane 10-Speed automatic transmission, makes it almost a whole second quicker than the American. You know what they say about the Japs, It's the best or nothing! Kia tends to take the calm and composed route with this Sedona as it focuses more on comfort rather than outright performance. Toyota Sienna is the most powerful minivan of this lot but is let down from taking the top spot primarily due to its weight.

What are the expected MPG figures for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

As there aren’t many variations in the mechanical front, 2021 Pacifica retains its track record of providing reasonable MPG figures. The fuel tank size remains the same at 10 gallons as the 2021 Pacifica returns a combined 22 MPG. It should be noted that the figures mentioned below are for its FWD trims and in the AWD set-up, the numbers will go down considerably, but not steeply.

A crucial part of the balanced fuel efficiency figures is Pacifica's competent 9-Speed automatic gearbox. Power and torque are linearly laid out across the rev-range which helps it to pick up momentum without putting a hole in your wallet.

Model

2021 Chrysler Pacifica (Expected) 2020 Honda Odyssey 2020 Kia Sedona 2020 Toyota Sienna

MPG (City)

18

19

18

18

MPG (Highway)

28

28

24

24

MPG (Combined)

22

22

21

20

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.0

19.5

21.1

20.0

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

342/ 532/ 418

371/ 546/ 429

380/ 506/ 443

380/ 520/ 450

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.0 8.0 8.4 8.4

This is a sector in which size matters! Fuel tank size is key for going the extra mile and Kia Sedona shines brighter than all in this case. It has a humongous 21.1-gallon tank that can help you do a cross country trip without a pitstop. Toyota Sienna with its similarly sized fuel tank showcases a similar range. Ironically, 2021 Pacifica which has the largest footprint has the smallest fuel tank and thus the least range.

What are the updates in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica interior?

The interior of 2021 Pacifica also gets its due attention to the groove with its exterior updates. It remains the most practical cabin among the minivans with loads of cubby holes for storage and other hidden compartments which makes you feel like the part of a treasure hunt! The base variants are similar to the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica in terms of the quality of materials and its fit and finish. But it's in the Pinnacle trim that you see its luxury side turn up.

It gets stitched leather upholstery and also gets extra paddings for the lumbar support of second-row seats, something up until now could have only been experienced only in uber-luxurious sedans. Also, the notable Stow ‘n Go seats of Chrysler Pacifica are being retained for sure. Other major updates are confined to the dashboard with a new 10.0-inch infotainment system that runs on Chrysler’s new Uconnect 5 interface.

Model

2021 Chrysler Pacifica (Expected) 2020 Honda Odyssey 2020 Kia Sedona 2020 Toyota Sienna

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

40.1/ 63.8/ 41.1

40.7/ 63.1/ 40.9

39.8/ 63.9/ 40.9

41.0/ 65.0/ 40.5

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

39.6/ 63.0/ 39.0

39.5/ 61.6/ 40.9

39.4/ 63.1/ 41.1

39.7/ 64.6/ 37.6

Third Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

38.7/ 61.2/ 36.5

38.3/ 60.0/ 38.1

38.9/ 59.4/ 34.8

38.3/ 61.1/ 36.3

Cargo Capacity (behind 3rd/2nd/ 1st row) (cu. ft.)

32.3/ 87.5/ 140.5

38.6/ 92.3/ 158.0

33.9/ 78.4/ 142.0

39.1/ 87.1/ 150.0

Apart from added paddings for the seats and leather upholstery, the basic seating structure remains the same for Pacifica with its 7-seater configuration. The third-row seats are airy and are just shy of a fraction of an inch as compared to the segment topping Kia Sedona in terms of interior space. Toyota Sienna tends to focus more on the front seats as it gets the most spacious first row. The second-row seats are more or less of the same dimensions, but then again the Toyota Sienna tends to have an edge here with its smart layout. Various creature comfort features in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica are:

  • Caramel Nappa Leather upholstery
  • Lumbar pillows for second-row seats
  • Stow n’ Go seats
  • FAMCAM interior camera
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Integrated hand vacuum

What are the infotainment system updates for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

An all-new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system is added in the 2021 Pacifica but is confined to only the top of the line Pinnacle trim. It runs on Chrysler’s new Uconnect 5 interface which is heavily reworked with animations and intuitive layout. It is placed in the landscape mode which helps dominate most of the plush dashboard and keeps the design minimal and sophisticated.

The interface can be customized and gets both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Amazon Alexa also makes an entrance here which gives driving around in this minivan a whole new level of experience. The various modernized infotainment features on offer are listed below.

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Uconnect-5 interface (based on android)
  • Amazon Alexa Integration
  • Wireless Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • 12 USB ports including USB C-Type port with fast charging
  • SiriusXM and HD radio connectivity
  • 19 speaker setup with a Harman Kardon subwoofer
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot

What are the changes for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica exterior?

The exterior is one of the two areas which gets a considerable overhaul in terms of updates. The dimensions of the Pacifica minivan will remain the same but the 2021 model has grown out a few extra muscles. On the front, you are treated to a sleeker-looking LED headlamp setup which goes well with the redesigned grille. The creases on its bonnet and fender flares are more prominent now to give it a more brawny appeal.

It also gets an array of new exterior color options to stand out from the crowd and it sure is plentiful with 10 shades.LED lighting is standard all-around and it helps upscale its lux-feel. It can also be argued as the daily driver for Batman in an alternate universe as the new black treatment runs deep. The “Chrysler” wing logo also gets murdered out to give it a dense gangsta look. 

Model

2021 Chrysler Pacifica (Expected) 2020 Honda Odyssey 2020 Kia Sedona 2020 Toyota Sienna

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4330

4354

4411

4505

Length (in.)

203.8

203.2

201.4

200.6

Width (in.)

79.6

78.5

78.1

78.1

Height (in.)

69.9

68.3

68.5

70.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1

4.5

6.7

6.5

Wheelbase (in.)

121.6

118.1

120.5

119.3

The tailgate also gets redesigned with prominent cuts and creases to give it a bulkier look. All of these updates are complemented with 6 new wheel designs. The argument is strong with the 2021 Pacifica as we are now convinced that it is the best looking minivan of this lot. Toyota Sienna sure has the biggest road presence but it now looks too bland to be a cool mom’s ride. Honda Odyssey makes it a bit tough to nitpick, but once you go for the Red S trim of the Pacifica, there is no turning back. Various exterior features in the 2021 Pacifica are:

  • LED lighting all round
  • LED fog lamps
  • 6 new wheel designs
  • New Fathom Blue exterior color
  • Redesigned grille
  • Tweaked front and rear bumper
  • Beefed up tailgate and hood

What are the added safety features in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

Safety has not taken the back seat in the 2021 Pacifica. Chrysler has given due importance for the safety features on offer and now adds 14 new standard features to up its game. The total number of standard safety features on offer in the 2021 Pacifica now stands at 97. That's an immense number of features even for a minivan of Pacifica's caliber. This makes it the minivan with the most standard safety features in its segment. This puts the Pacifica in an impressive position as compared to its counterparts.

While the 2021 model will take its own sweet time to be tested and given ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), but as the chassis and body remain the same as 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, expect the upcoming Pacifica to also bag a full 5-star rating from the NHTSA. Notable safety features in the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica are:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking(PAEB)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Advanced Brake Assist
  • 360 Surround View Camera
  • ParkSense Parallel Assist
  • Front and Rear Park Assist

When will the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica launch, and should you wait for it?

2021 Pacifica was revealed at the Chicago Auto Expo which took place in February 2020 and is slated to be on the roads by the fall of 2020. Pre-bookings on the refreshed minivan will be starting in the third quarter of 2020. An AWD launch edition can be booked now and will be available earlier than the other trims. The Pacifica's pricing has been bumped up marginally but it remains a bang for buck proposition in its segment.

With the addition of AWD and more safety features, it now gives the likes of Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona a tough face-off. To sum things up, with the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica being put through a thorough update inside-out, we can whole-heartedly recommend this car to the masses.

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Can Chrysler Pacifica seat 8 people?

Chrysler Pacifica has one of the most versatile cabins in the minivan segment. It is the only one to get Stow n Go seats that fold fully into the floor to offer maximum cargo-hauling capacity. It can also be configured to seat eight people at a time.

Is Chrysler Pacifica AWD?

Up until the model year 2020, the Chrysler Pacifica was only a front-wheel driven minivan-like most others in its segment. There was no option for an AWD unit. However, Chrysler has announced that the Pacifica will get an AWD setup in the model year 2021.

Who stars in Chrysler Pacifica commercials?

The new advertising campaign of the Chrysler Pacifica features Hollywood actress Kathryn Hahn. This ad was launched on TV on the 17th of February. Besides TV, the commercial also appears on several social media platforms.

Is Chrysler Pacifica reliable?

Chryslers were never known for their reliability quotient. The same stands for the Pacifica as well, as with a below-average rating of 2.5 out of 5, it stands out to be one of the least reliable cars in its segment.

Does the Chrysler Pacifica have Wi-Fi?

Yes, Chrysler Pacifica is equipped with an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to 8 devices simultaneously and works seamlessly with its upgraded Uconnect software.

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