2020 Chrysler Pacifica

Performance


#2 out of 5 in Minivans

MSRP
$33,745
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2020 Chrysler Pacifica Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.5

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica has a capable engine, good fuel economy estimates, a gentle ride, and composed handling.

  • By minivan standards, the Pacifica performs well. It handles better than average, with good brakes and strong acceleration. It would get a better overall performance score if it weren't for the frustrating nine-speed transmission and vague steering." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "No one will confuse this minivan – or any other – with a BMW 3 Series in terms of driving dynamics. But as minivans go, the Pacifica felt responsive with minimal levels of body roll. It felt more nimble than the larger Toyota Sienna." -- Autoblog (2017)
  • " … the Pacifica actually is pretty fun to drive. Sure, it's tall and bulky, and somewhat heavy ... but it feels more agile and sprightly than you'd guess." -- Jalopnik (2017)

Acceleration and Power

Powering the Pacifica is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The Pacifica can be slow to accelerate from a stop, but it hustles well at speed. The transmission typically feels refined, but some rivals have even smoother gear shifts.

Getting 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, this vehicle earns great fuel economy estimates for the segment.

  • Off the line, the Pacifica feels a little sluggish and unresponsive, but with a heavy foot, it accelerates well." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Chrysler has engineered most of the weirdness out of its 3.6-liter V6/nine-speed automatic combo, to the point where the Pacifica feels significantly quicker than its rivals, even if it can't quite match the smoothness of an Odyssey V6." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "A revised 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivered 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, making the climbs up California's hills effortless. Likewise, the new nine-speed automatic transmission never strained or felt clunky." -- Autoblog (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Pacifica coddles its occupants, and its suspension absorbs most road flaws. It's also relatively agile for a minivan, staying composed around corners and featuring responsive steering and strong brakes. Front-wheel drive is standard.

  • "Considering the Pacifica's size … handling is decent. Body roll is limited, and it makes it around corners well, even if the steering doesn't feel all that precise. Midcorner bumps are dispatched with few issues." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The Pacifica's steering is responsive, the turn-in quite good and the van feels stable when cornering at reasonably-quick-but-not-law-breaking speeds." -- CNET (2017)
  • "New, too, is an independent rear suspension … that in conjunction with the mass reduction provides a refined and sporty ride and handling balance. Nicely calibrated electric power steering … helped make short work of what twisty roads we encountered." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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