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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Sport Utility Crossover

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Overview
The Chrysler Pacifica is one of a growing number of what the industry calls crossover vehicles that combine attributes of sport utilities, wagons and minivans. Chrysler calls the Pacifica a sports tourer, suggesting sport-utility DNA, although it doesn't really look like an SUV crossover. However you see it, and whatever you call it, we think the Pacifica is a terrific family vehicle.

Pacifica is available with two or three rows of seating, for five or six passengers. The five-passenger base model has two bucket seats in front with a split folding bench in the second row that seats up to three. Six-passenger models swap the middle-row bench for two flat-folding bucket seats, and add a 50/50 split bench in the rear, for six-passenger capacity. Most models are configured to seat six and offer 79.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all the seats folded, which is more than a Jeep Grand Cherokee is rated to carry.

Pacifica has four sedan-like doors on its sides but a liftgate in back similar to what you'd expect on an SUV or minivan. Inside it's roomy and comfortable, whether upholstered in fabric or leather. Getting in and out is easy.

In its mechanical layout, Pacifica more resembles a minivan than anything else, except that it's been enhanced throughout with Mercedes-Benz engineering, including a complete rear suspension borrowed from the Mercedes E-Class sedan.

On the road, Pacifica is smooth and quiet. All-wheel drive is available, making it a good choice for the snow country. The ride is smooth and supple, and the four-wheel antilock (ABS) disc brakes do a good job of bringing Pacifica to a smooth stop. Pacifica is rated to tow up to 3500 pounds.

Pacifica excels in safety, with five-star front and side-impact ratings and a four-star rollover rating from the federal government's NHTSA, and "best pick" from the insurance industry's IIHS. Side curtain airbags designed to provide head protection are optional, and we recommend ordering them.

Pacifica was introduced as a totally new vehicle for 2004. For 2005, Chrysler expanded the lineup to include an entry-level, five-seat version. For 2006, all models come with the more powerful 3.5-liter overhead-cam V6. (The old pushrod 3.8-liter engine is gone.) The 2006 Pacifica lineup also gets new Signature Series models that combine popular options with a unique look, at a discounted price.


Model Lineup
The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica lineup includes four trim levels: base, Touring, Touring Signature, and Limited. Limited is built only with all-wheel drive (AWD); the other models are offered with front-wheel drive (FWD) or AWD. All models are powered by the same 3.5-liter overhead-cam V6 rated at 250 horsepower. All come with a four-speed automatic transmission with an AutoStick manual mode.

The base Pacifica ($25,165) and Pacifica AWD ($27,825) come standard with two rows of seating, dual-zone air conditioning, 200-watt Infinity audio, all the usual power assists, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, eight-way power driver seat and four-way power front passenger seat, 17-inch steel wheels, four 12-volt outlets around the cabin, and a lot of other family friendly amenities. Options for the base Pacifica include a cargo convenience package, the fancy six-CD changer with multiple CD capabilities, leather seating, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

The Touring model ($28,365) upgrades to three rows seating, a 10-way power driver's seat, automatic climate control and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Touring AWD ($31,165) comes with all that, plus leather upholstery.

Touring Signature FWD ($34,055) and AWD ($36,585) upgrade with two-tone leather upholstery with unique embossed wings, an in-dash GPS navigation system, Sirius Satellite Radio (with a free first-year subscription), heated seats, a two-tone instrument panel and unique door trim panels and interior accents. Satin silver accents highlight the leather shift lever. On the outside, Signature models are distinguished by W. P. Chrysler signature badges, a limited selection of colors, and chromed 17-inch wheels.

Limited AWD ($36,685) features a monochrome exterior. First and second-row seats are leather covered, but in also in a single color, and wood inserts warm the interior. Front seats are heated. Also standard are side curtain airbags, a power sunroof, automatic-tilting mirrors, ParkSense rear park assist, power adjustable pedals with memory, a tire pressure monitor, power liftgate, and a six-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3, DVD audio, DVD video, DVD-R and DVD-RW capability. Chromed 19-inch wheels complete the package. However, some items that are standard on Signature are optional on Limited, for example, the GPS navigation system and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Options include a 385-watt Infinity Intermezzo sound system with eight speakers ($700); Chrysler's Uconnect wireless hands-free communication system with Bluetooth technology ($275); navigation/global positioning system ($1,695); DVD video rear-seat entertainment system ($990); six-disc CD/DVD changer ($555); Sirius Satellite Radio ($195), which includes the first 12 months of service; and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps ($550).

Safety features that come on all Pacificas include dual multi-stage frontal airbags; driver-side inflatable knee bolster; three-point seatbelts at all seating positions; front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters; and child safety seat anchors. Side curtain airbags are optional ($595). Traction control is available only on the Touring FWD and Touring Signature FWD only ($175). A tire pressure monitoring system is optional ($70) on Touring.

       

Walkaround
The Chrysler Pacifica doesn't look like anything else on the road, and we think it's a home run. Its design is less radical than that of the Nissan Murano and Infiniti FX45 crossovers, and its glass-to-steel proportions are new and different. Yet the Pacifica looks unmistakably like a Chrysler, a result of its grille and other design cues traceable to the Town & Country minivan.

Pacifica doesn't look that big from the outside, yet it's as much as 18 inches longer and 6 inches wider than some of its crossover competitors. At the same time, the Pacifica is almost 3 inches lower to the ground than a typical minivan, and that makes it easier to climb inside. The expanse of sheet metal aft of the rear side doors adds visual mass that looks ungainly, but this isn't reflected in the handling.

Pacifica is loaded with Mercedes-Benz parts and technologies, including a complete rear suspension system borrowed from the Mercedes E-Class sedan. Indeed, the vice-president on the Pacifica program worked for almost three years in Stuttgart and Berlin on the Mercedes-Benz R-Class before being reassigned to the United States.

 

Interior Features
Climbing into the Pacifica is easy because it sits relatively low to the ground. Once ensconced, our first impression was one of spaciousness. The cloth upholstery in the five-passenger base model is nice and looks more expensive than we expected. Appointments become more luxurious at each level, as you step up to the Touring and Limited models. Wood, brushed aluminum and quality soft-touch materials create an attractive ambiance.

The bucket seats are thick, deep and supportive; and fit even a 6-foot, 4-inch adult like the proverbial glove. On the other hand, the enormous side bolsters may not be comfortable for wider frames. Between the seats is a center console trimmed in a soft-touch material that gives it a quality feel. There's a pair of cup holders conveniently located immediately aft of the shifter, and they work well. All four doors feature map pockets and cup holders. The high-waist design means the window sills are too high for comfortable arm resting, but enhance the secure feeling.

The leather-wrapped steering wheel is thick and chunky and has a relatively small diameter. It gives the impression that you're directing the movement of something substantial. Redundant controls for the cruise control and sound system are conveniently integrated into the steering-wheel spokes.

The instrument panel is shaped as one continuous enclosure that swoops from the back of the left front door across the center and around to the back of the right front door. Under that sweeping hood there's an interesting-looking set of instruments and controls.

When the optional navigation system is ordered, the display is positioned right in the center of the speedometer, exactly where it should be for safest use. The GPS navigation system is programmed and run by a circular switch panel to the right of the steering wheel.

Heating and air conditioning controls seemed fussy at first, but we loved having the Auto Hi and Auto Lo switches for those times when we didn't want the climate control fan blasting away at full speed but didn't want to shut it off completely. There's a nice analog clock on all but the base model for quickly telling time. All power windows can be lowered at once by pressing one button. And you can program convenience functions such as auto locking, lock notification (horn, lights, nothing), lighting when doors are opened and so on to tailor the car to the exact way you want it to operate. Some vehicles require a trip to the dealer to reprogram these settings and some don't allow reprogramming at all.

The second-row seats in Touring and Limited models are as handsome as the front seats. They're not quite as cushy, but we found them roomy and comfortable. Between them is a center console, similarly elegant to the one in front, and equipped with practical cup holders. Controls for the fan and vents, a power plug, and a tray for a purse or day pack are provided for back-seat passengers. Each seat can be folded flat individually, to handle lengthy cargo and a third occupant at the same time.

The five-passenger model uses a bench seat in the second row that seats two or three. It's split 65/35. The seatbacks can be folded down, then the seats can be tumbled forward for cargo space. We found this easy to do the first time we tried; the release levers are numbered in sequence. The only downside of the design is that it does not provide an absolutely flat load floor. The second-row bucket seats that come on six-passenger models operate similarly, but the bucket seats leave a gap in the middle. The five-seat model offers more cargo space than the six-seater, with 92.7 cubic feet of space versus the six-passenger's 79.5 cubic feet.

The third-row seats in Touring and Limited fold down 50/50 and disappear to create a flat floor for large cargoes. That's the best configuration because the third row is not a comfortable place to sit, particularly for adults. Access to the third-row seats, while not requiring extreme contortions, was best attempted only by the small and flexible.

 

Driving Impressions
The Chrysler Pacifica handles more like a car than a sport utility. We were impressed with its handling in Northern California, where the paving is excellent, the roads are twisty and interesting, and the traffic is relatively light. Pacifica also impressed us as a daily driver, hauling friends around and out on the town, and making routine trips to the grocery store.

The 3.5-liter V6 that comes on all 2006 Pacifica models is powerful and has lots of torque. The four-speed automatic is smooth and quiet in operation, though we wish it was a five-speed. We enjoyed using the AutoStick feature for manual shifting: Pull it back to select the manual mode, then left to downshift, right to upshift.

The all-wheel drive, on models so equipped, works transparently and helps the Pacifica sail through corners like a sports sedan, rain or shine. Under normal conditions, the all-wheel-drive system sends all of the power to the front wheels. But it can transfer up to 90 percent of the power to the rear wheels whenever the front wheels lose grip, under hard acceleration or in slippery conditions, for example. The AWD models use a viscous coupling in the center differential and an open differential at the rear. We found the all-wheel drive worked well in the dry weather of California's wine country and northern Central Valley, and our experience with all-wheel drive in other Chrysler products leaves us confident it'll not disappoint in a blinding rainstorm or in 12 inches of snow.

While the Pacifica's steering is not racecar communicative or direct, it's better than many, and the steering wheel feels good in the hands. We found the suspension a willing partner in the vehicle's performance: smooth and supple while controlling lean and wallow. The isolated front and rear subframes, the long wheelbase and wide stance really help to deliver a quality ride. As a bonus, the interior is very quiet at cruising speeds.

Four-wheel-disc brakes and Michelin Pilot all-weather tires easily overcame the substantial weight of the Pacifica, providing safe and sure stops. The brakes got a workout from us, and they responded every time without fade or smell or any sign of distress. ABS comes standard, allowing the driver to maintain steering control under panic braking.

 

Summary
The Chrysler Pacifica is a versatile vehicle. It accelerates quickly with its powerful 3.5-liter V6 and it corners reasonably well, which makes it enjoyable to drive. Upper-level models are luxurious and practical, while the more basic five-passenger model offers a good value.

New Car Test Drive correspondent Tom Lankard is based in Northern California.

 

Model Line Overview

Model lineup: Chrysler Pacifica FWD ($25,165); AWD ($27,825); Touring FWD ($28,365); Touring AWD ($31,165); Touring Signature FWD ($34,055); Touring Signature AWD ($36,585); Limited ($36,685)
Engines: 250-hp, 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): ABS; dual multi-stage front airbags; driver knee bag; child safety seat anchors
Safety equipment (optional): supplemental side curtain airbags for all seating rows; rear park assist; tire-pressure monitor; traction control
Basic warranty: 5 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in: Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Chrysler Pacifica Limited ($36,685)
Standard equipment: automatic dual-zone air-conditioning; power windows, mirrors, adjustable pedals and central locking; 10-way power driver and four-way power front passsenger seat; heated seats; two-driver memory settings for driver's seat, pedals, outside mirrors and stereo presets; keyless entry; alarm system; full-length console; fold-flat third-row bench seat; tire pressure monitor; AM/FM/CD changer; power liftgate; power sunroof; cruise control
Options as tested (MSRP): GPS navigation system ($1,695); Infinity Intermezzo stereo ($700); Sirius Satellite Radio ($195) includes first 12 months service
Destination charge: 730
Gas guzzler tax:  
Price as tested (MSRP): 40005
Layout: all-wheel drive
Engine: 3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 250 @ 6400
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 250 @ 3950
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 17/22
Wheelbase: 116.3
Length/width/height: 198.9/79.3/66.5
Track, f/r: 66.0/66.0
Turning circle: 39.8
Seating capacity: 6
Head/hip/leg room, f: NA/55.1/40.9
Head/hip/leg room, m: 40.0/56.3/39.9
Head/hip/leg room, r: 35.4/41.9/29.9
Trunk volume: 79.5
Payload:  
Towing capacity: 3500
Suspension, f: independent, ISO struts with integral pressurized shocks, asymmetric lower control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r: independent, five-link, coil springs, pressurized self-leveling shocks, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance: 5.9
Curb weight: 4720
Tires: P235/55HR19
Brakes, f/r: disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity: 23.0

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles for vehicles sold after 07/26/2007

Chrysler Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125 point
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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