2019 Chrysler Pacifica

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2019 Chrysler Pacifica Performance Review

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Performance: 8.3

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica isn’t sporty – what minivan is? – but it delivers solid performance for a minivan. Decent acceleration and poised handling help it feel more agile than you might expect. The Pacifica smoothly cruises over bumps and dips in the road, and it gets good fuel economy estimates.

  • "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

The Pacifica features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. Acceleration is good, though you have to really step on the gas to get it going. The Pacifica may not shift gears as smoothly as rivals, but it feels quicker.

According to EPA estimates, the 2019 Pacifica gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (19/28 mpg with the engine stop-start feature). Those are excellent estimates for a minivan.

  • "Off the line, the Pacifica feels a little sluggish and unresponsive, but with a heavy foot, it accelerates well. … Zero to 60 mph takes 7.7 seconds, which is pretty quick for the segment." -- Edmunds
  • "… 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. … The harmonious combination of the upgraded engine and transmission felt like the single-biggest differentiator between the old and new minivans." -- Autoblog (2017)

Alternative Powertrains

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is reviewed separately. This plug-in hybrid minivan comes with a V6 engine and two electric motors. Together, they produce 260 horsepower. The EPA has not tested the 2019 model as of this writing, but the nearly identical 2018 model earned estimates of 84 MPGe, and it has an all-electric range of 33 miles.

Handling and Braking

Minivans are expected to deliver a smooth, cushioned ride, and the Pacifica delivers. Unlike some smooth-riding rivals that have clunky handling, this van is poised around turns, corners, and winding roads. Minimal body roll, responsive steering, and sturdy brakes help improve driver confidence. 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
  • "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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