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2008 Chrysler Pacifica Sport Utility Crossover

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2008 Chrysler Pacifica Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica Sport Utility Crossover

A powerful 4.0L V6 engine and six-speed transmission give the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica gutsy acceleration and luxurious cruising ability. The optional third-row folding seat allows eight adults to ride comfortably. With the third row folded, up to 45 cubic feet of cargo fits into the back. The Pacifica does a nice job of combining SUV capacity with car-like posture and minivan highway comfort. No other vehicle in its segment can compete for cargo space, and none offer seating for eight adults.

What's new for 2008?

The changes for the 2008 Chrysler Pacifica are minimal. The base trim is now called the LX and the Touring comes with front and rear floor mats as standard. Chrysler has announced that 2008 is the last year that the Pacifica will be produced.

Model Strengths

  • All-wheel drive available
  • generous cargo room
  • three rows of seating
  • SUV capacity with car-like ride and handling.

Model Review

Introduced in 2003, the five-year-old Chrysler Pacifica is neither an SUV, nor a station wagon, nor a minivan. While it is large enough to carry eight people with the optional third-row seat, it remains comfortable and car-like, which is ideal for freeway cruising. The taller stance, upright seating, and enormous cargo capacity compare favorably with minivans. It is a nearly seamless blend of three different vehicle types.

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2008 Chrysler Pacifica Sport Utility Crossover


2008 Chrysler Pacifica

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The Chrysler Pacifica helped launch a trend known in the industry as crossover vehicles. Crossovers are designed to combine the best attributes of sport-utility vehicles, sedans, and minivans. The Pacifica drives more like a minivan than an SUV or sedan, but doesn’t have the sliding doors or uncool stigma of a minivan.

Pacifica has four sedan-like doors and the wide rear liftgate you'd expect on a sport-utility vehicle. Inside it's roomy and comfortable, whether upholstered in fabric or leather. Getting in and out is easy. It rides like a sedan and handles well for a vehicle of its heft, and it's more enjoyable to drive through suburbia than just about any truck-based SUV. On the highway, it's smooth and quiet.

The Pacifica line offers a range of models, from well-equipped to luxury-class with all the bells and whistles, and it's available with two or three rows of seating. 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 folding bucket seats, and add a 50/50 split bench in the rear. Either changes from people mover to cargo hauler in a matter of seconds, and in both cases maximum cargo capacity exceeds that of the typical mid-size SUV.

The Pacifica earned outstanding scores in government crash tests. All-wheel drive is available, making it a good choice for snow country. Towing capacity is 2600 pounds, which is enough for personal watercraft, dirt bikes or camping trailers. It's stylish and handsome, and it doesn't fit easily in any particular mold.

After changes aimed at power and refinement for 2007, 2008 models are little changed. Base models are now called LX, and content is slightly altered model by model.

Model Lineup

The 2008 Chrysler Pacifica is available in three trim levels, all of which offer front-wheel drive or full-time all-wheel drive. All come with a V6 engine and automatic transmission.

The base Pacifica LX FWD ($24,635) is powered by a 3.8-liter overhead-valve V6, delivering 200 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque through a four-speed automatic. All LX models seat five, with a three-place, folding second-row bench seat, and come with 17-inch steel wheels and hubcaps. Standard features include Chrysler’s Yes Essentials cloth upholstery that is stain and odor resistant, sunscreen glass, dual-zone temperature control, rear window wiper/washer, eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, four-way adjustable front passenger seat, tilt steering column, power locks and windows, remote keyless entry, AM/FM stereo with CD player and six speakers, steering-wheel audio controls, multiple 12-volt power outlets, cruise control, alarm, roof rails, load-leveling rear suspension, and P235/65R17 all-season tires on steel wheels

The Pacifica AWD ($27,225) adds an engine and transmission upgrade and all-wheel drive. Its 4.0-liter overhead-cam V6 delivers 253 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, with a six-speed automatic. Chrysler's all-wheel drive system varies power delivery front to rear to maximize traction. It does not have low-range gearing.

Quick Order Package 29L for LX models ($1,945) includes leather upholstery, aluminum wheels, cargo net, heated front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and four-way power adjustable passenger seat, and a rear tonneau cover. An Entertainment Group ($860) adds rear DVD entertainment. Alloy wheels are available for $500, and a $335 Cargo Convenience Group adds a rear cargo net, a rear tonneau cover, and roof rail crossbars.

Touring FWD ($28,265) and Touring AWD ($30,310) get the 4.0 V6 and six-speed automatic. Touring models come with seating for six, in a 2/2/2 bucket-seat layout, and add more features. Standard equipment includes automatic dual-zone temperature control with cabin air filtration, 200-watt amplifier, Sirius satellite radio with one-year subscription, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated outside mirrors, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, Vehicle Information Center, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, HomeLink universal door opener, fog lamps, alloy wheels, and body color door handles.

A Signature Series Package for Touring ($4630) includes leather upholstery; a 385-watt amplifier; six-disc CD changer; Infinity Intermezzo surround sound with eight Infinity speakers and subwoofer; adjustable roof rail crossbars; auto-dimming driver side mirror; rear cargo net; heated exterior mirrors; heated front and second-row seats; ParkSense rear park assist system; power adjustable pedals; power liftgate; sunroof; memory for the stereo, driver seat, mirrors and pedals; tire pressure-monitor display; and P235/55R19 all-season tires on alloy wheels.

A GPS navigation system with rear backup camera is available for $1,995. A Comfort /Convenience Group ($555) has power adjustable pedals, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, and memory for the driver seat, mirrors, pedals, and audio. Other options include leather upholstery ($1,400), ParkView rear camera with Parksense ($595); P235/55R19 all-season tires on chromed alloy wheels ($1,150), sunroof ($895), 385-watt Infinity Intermezzo Surround Sound ($700) with eight Infinity speakers and subwoofer, power liftgate ($400), heated first- and second-row seats ($550), and UConnect hands-free cell phone link ($275).

The Pacifica Limited FWD ($34,150) and Limited AWD ($36,195) are the luxury models. They feature the 2/2/2 seating and nearly all the amenities, including leather seats with position memory for the driver, heated front and second-row seats, 6CD changer, auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, sunroof, wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power adjustable pedals, power-liftgate, ParkSense rear back-up system, rear cargo net, cargo area tonneau cover, and P235/55R19 all-season tires on chromed alloy wheels. Limited models are available with Touring options as well as High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights ($550).

In addition to multi-stage front airbags, all Pacificas come standard with curtain-style head protection airbags for all outboard seats, tire-pressure monitor, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) skid-management system, brake assist for the antilock brakes (ABS), and traction control. A ParkView rear back-up camera is optional ($595). The Pacifica has done very well in government crash tests, earning a five-star rating for front and side impact from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and four stars for rollover resistance.


The Chrysler Pacifica was one of the first of the so-called crossover vehicles, and we consider it both well conceived and well executed. In function, measured by ease of use, layout and features, the Pacifica is essentially a minivan. Yet it has a more rugged, appealing (and less socially branding) appearance than most minivans. In overall styling, it lines up more on the sport-utility vehicle side.

Pacifica is loaded with parts and technologies from Mercedes-Benz, including a complete rear suspension system borrowed from the Mercedes E-Class sedan. It's a well-engineered vehicle.

The Pacifica doesn't look like anything else on the road. Its design is less radical than crossovers such as the Nissan Murano or Mazda CX-9, and its glass-to-steel proportions are unique. Though revised for 2007, the styling has been with us for a few years and it doesn't look as fresh when compared with the latest vehicles, such as the new GMC Acadia.

The Pacifica looks distinctive, however, and unmistakably like a Chrysler, with a grille and other design cues unique to the brand. In front, it sports a prominent three-bar grille, flanked by wing-like, twin-beam headlights in the theme of the Chrysler 300 sedan. The Pacifica also features hood strakes introduced on the Chrysler Crossfire sports car. These creases are evenly spaced across the hood, running rearward from the grille toward the base of the windshield; some of us like the strakes on the Pacifica, some of us are still deciding.

While Pacifica doesn't look so big from the outside, it's as much as 18 inches longer and six inches wider than some of its crossover competitors. At the same time, the Pacifica is almost three inches lower to the ground than a typical minivan. It's more like a sedan in this regard, and easier to climb in and out of. That should also make it a good dog car.

In side view, the Pacifica is marked by a distinctive character line that begins at the front wheel and ramps upward as it moves toward the rear. The line helps create something of a wedge look, even in a vehicle so large. The expanse of sheet metal aft of the rear side doors and a big, broad rear gate add visual mass that looks a bit ungainly from some angles, but this isn't reflected in Pacifica's handling or driving characteristics.

The Pacifica Limited model is the best looking model, thanks to its prominent fog lights, monochromatic paint scheme and big 19-inch chrome wheels.

Interior Features

Anyone considering the Chrysler Pacifica will have to choose between a 2/3, five-seat interior package or a 2/2/2 six-seat configuration. It's not as simple as adding an extra seat, however, because the six-seat package drops maximum cargo capacity nearly 14 cubic feet, which roughly equals the amount of space in the trunk of a good-sized sedan. And while the five-seat arrangement is available only on the base model, option choices allow the base Pacifica to be equipped with nearly all the goodies offered on the higher-trim models.

The seat positioning is one of Pacifica's most appealing assets. Climbing in and out is easy because Pacifica sits relatively low to the ground, more like a sedan, and its door sills are low. Yet the seats are positioned high, seemingly at conventional table-chair height, so the driver sits much higher than he or she would in the typical sedan. This presumably offers the sense of security many seek in a sport-utility vehicle. It certainly improves forward visibility, in that fewer vehicles on the road ahead will obscure the Pacifica driver's view.

From the driver's seat, the first impression is one of spaciousness. There's plenty of headroom, despite the high seat bottoms, and the window sills rise almost to shoulder height. The high-waist design means the sills are too high for comfortable arm resting, but it will likely enhance the secure feeling for many.

The cloth upholstery in the five-passenger base model looks more expensive than we expected. The Yes Essentials fabric is stain and odor resistant, and treated to control static. Appointments become more luxurious with each step to the Touring and Limited models. Wood, brushed aluminum and plastic mixed with quality soft-touch materials create generally attractive accommodations.

The front bucket seats are thick, deep and supportive, and fit even a lean, 6-foot, 4-inch adult like the proverbial glove. On the other hand, we'd guess the side bolsters might be a little too narrowly spaced for really wide frames. The center console between the seats is spacious and trimmed in a soft-touch material. There's a pair of cup holders conveniently located immediately aft of the gear selector, and they work well. All four doors feature molded-in bins and cup holders at the bottom.

The chunky steering wheel has a relatively small diameter. It gives the impression that you're directing the movement of something substantial. Redundant controls for the 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 improved set of instruments. The speedometer and tach graphics are easy to read.

We like the heating and air conditioning controls, and especially the automatic system, which includes Auto Hi and Auto Lo options. Either allows the climate controls to work automatically, but Auto Lo keeps the maximum fan speed low. That's perfect when you don't want the fan blasting away at full speed, but don't want to shut it off completely. Yet it's also easy for the driver to set the temperature, select the desired vents, and control the fan speed manually.

The analog clock is handsome, and great for quickly reading the time. All power windows can be lowered at once by pressing one button, a nice feature on hot days. The Pacifica owner can program convenience functions such as auto-locking, auto-headlights, lock notification (horn, lights, nothing), door lighting and so on to tailor the car to particular tastes. It's about as easy as it gets circa 2008. Some vehicles require a trip to the dealer to reprogram these settings, and some don't allow reprogramming at all, so we love this feature.

The second-row bucket 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 another 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 longer cargo like pieces of floor molding and a third occupant at the same time.

The second-row bench in the five-passenger Pacifica seats up to three, with some contouring at the outboard positions. It's also split 65/35, so two passengers can squeeze into the bigger portion with the other part folded. The seatbacks can be folded down to a flat surface, or the entire seat can be tumbled forward for maximum cargo space. We found this easy to do the first time we tried; the release levers are numbered in sequence. The only downside to this design is that it does not provide an absolutely flat load floor.

The second-row bucket seats in the six-passenger models operate similarly, but the bucket seats leave a gap in the middle when the backs are folded forward. The tumble-forward feature also allows easy access to the two-place third seat, which is roomier and more comfortable than the rear seats in the some seven-passenger SUVs. There isn't as much room here as one finds in behemoth SUVs such as Chevrolet Suburban or Lincoln Navigator, but the Pacifica's third seat will be fairly comfortable for a medium-framed adult up to five-feet, eight inches for 20 miles or so.

The third-row seats in Touring and Limited models fold down 50/50 and disappear to create a flat floor for larger cargoes. Again, the five-seat model offers more maximum cargo space than the six-seater, with 92.7 cubic feet of space versus the six-passenger's 79.5 cubic feet. Still, Pacifica offers more cargo space than mid-size sport-utilities such as the Lexus GX470 (77.5 cubic feet) and Mercedes-Benz M-Class 64.6).

Driving Impressions

In any trim level, the Chrysler Pacifica makes a very versatile vehicle. We consider it an excellent choice as the sole or primary vehicle for growing families. It handles more like a minivan than the typical sport-utility vehicle, and it makes a comfortable daily driver for hauling people or stuff to soccer practice or home from the building store. The available 4.0-liter V6 provides decent acceleration, and available all-wheel drive adds security in snow country. It also has enough towing capability for a small trailer or camper.

The 4.0-liter V6 is used in all but the base front-drive model. This single-cam engine delivers 253 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It is smoother and more pleasant to operate than the base 3.8-liter V6. Moreover, it's matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, which improves performance in all respects versus the 3.8’s four-speed automatic. The gear ratios in the six-speed improve acceleration at low speed, yet reduce rpm at high speed, decreasing interior nois. Fuel economy is about the same for the two engines. The 3.8 is EPA rated at 16 mpg in the city and 243 mpg in the highway. Front-wheel drive models with the 4.0 are rated at 15/23 and all-wheel drive models get 14/22.

With the 4.0, the Pacifica feels responsive. The transmission shifts down a gear smoothly and quickly, making quick merges or left-turns across traffic a no-sweat proposition. Moreover, the Pacifica cruises quietly at high speed, with no indication that the V6 is working hard to keep up.

The all-wheel-drive system works transparently, and it helps the Pacifica sail through corners rain or shine with the secure feeling of a sedan. Under normal conditions, the 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, whether it's because the road is wet or because the driver has floored the accelerator.

We found the Pacifica AWD delivered confident handling in the dry weather of California's wine country, swooping into curves with the accelerator floored. It also made quick work of slush and snow during winter in the upper Midwest. All a driver has to do is keep a light, steady foot on the gas pedal. The all-wheel drive and its control system take care of the rest, sending power to the tires that are gripping best and keeping the Pacifica rolling forward through the muck.

We were impressed with the way the Pacifica drove, particularly in Northern California, where the paving is excellent, the roads are twisty and interesting, and the traffic is relatively light. The steering is not race-car communicative or direct, but it's better than the steering in many minivans and SUVs. The thick steering wheel feels good in the hands, and the suspension is tuned just right for a family vehicle: supple enough for a smooth, compliant ride, yet firm enough to control excessive lean or wallow. The isolated front and rear subframes, the long wheelbase and wide stance all work toward a comfortable, stable ride, and they limit the amount of road jolting that vibrates up through the chassis and into the passenger cabin.

The four-wheel disc brakes are large enough to handle the Pacifica's substantial weight, delivering sure, fairly short stops. We gave them a workout, and they responded every time without fade or smell or any sign of distress. ABS is standard on all models, and it comes with Brake Assist. This electronic system can tell when the brakes are applied full force, and it keeps them on full force even if the driver lightens pressure on the pedal as events develop ahead.


The Chrysler Pacifica is roomy, versatile, pleasant to drive and nice to look at. It accelerates quickly and corners reasonably well, which makes it pleasant to drive. The Pacifica Limited model is luxurious, equipped with nearly all the bells and whistles. The base model is practical, and with essential safety equipment, family features and all-wheel drive.

NewCarTestDrive correspondent Tom Lankard reported from Northern California, with J.P. Vettraino in Detroit, and Kirk Bell in Chicago.


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Safety Ratings help

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.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

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

Passenger Restraint

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

Road Visibility

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

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt


Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
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 Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles
Corrosion 3 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

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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