As accomplished as three-row SUVs might be, when it comes to hauling a big family and its stuff, minivans continue to rule supreme. One of our favourites is the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica, helped by strong overall performance, a long list of standard and optional features, newly available all-wheel drive and pleasing style inside and out.
One of the Pacifica’s greatest assets is its class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go second- and third-row seats that fold flat into the floor with relative ease. That lets you tailor the cabin to your particular needs in an instant. Naturally, there are plenty of advanced safety and entertainment features to keep everyone in the family secure and occupied.
The Touring L trim gets our recommendation for budget-minded shoppers. You’ll get roof rails, heated front seats, leather upholstery and window shades for second- and third-row passengers. It’s also the only trim available with the new all-wheel-drive system should you need additional traction during winter months. We also suggest adding the Advanced SafetyTec package to get all of the latest safety and driver assistance technologies.
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica comes in four main trim levels: Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited. The naming can be a little confusing but, as expected, the more expensive the trim level, the more standard features you get. There’s also a plug-in Pacifica Hybrid, which is reviewed separately.
Every Pacifica gets the same engine: a 3.6-liter V6 (287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque) paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Most models come with front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is optional on the Touring L via the AWD Launch Edition package. Seven-passenger seating is standard across the board, and eight-passenger seating is optional on all Pacificas.
Standard feature highlights for the Touring trim include 17-inch wheels, fog lights, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, a power liftgate and sliding doors, keyless entry/ignition, remote engine start, tri-zone automatic climate control, second-row in-floor storage bins, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a conversation mirror, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split third-row Stow ‘n Go seats, active noise cancellation, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, satellite radio and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
The Touring L trim adds roof rails, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, and window shades for second and third rows. In addition to all-wheel drive, the new AWD Launch edition package for the Touring L adds black-painted exterior accents and 18-inch wheels.
Stepping up to the Touring L Plus will get you an upgraded center console, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated second-row seats, a 115-volt household power outlet, rear interior ambient lighting, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, a rear entertainment system with DVD/Blu-Ray player, a premium 13-speaker Alpine audio system, and additional USB ports in the third row.
At the top of the range, the Limited trim comes with 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED fog lights, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, power-folding mirrors, hands-free power sliding doors and liftgate, premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, power-folding third-row seats, and additional USB ports in the second row.
Some features are offered as options on supporting trims. The Advanced SafetyTec package bundles automatic high beams, front parking sensors, automatic wipers, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, an automated parking system, a surround-view camera and a larger driver information display.
Other add-ons include a tow package and a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. For a little extra spice, the S Appearance, Red S Appearance and 35th Anniversary packages add cosmetic changes inside and out.