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2021 Chrysler Pacifica: First Look

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • 97 standard safety features
  • New top-of-the-line Pinnacle grade
  • First application of the next-gen Uconnect 5

Although it sounds a lot like a generational redesign, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is what we call a mid-cycle refresh. Chrysler, though, touched just about every Pacifica element in one way or another. It’s a sweeping enhancement with a number of notable changes to this already state-of-the-art minivan. For example, Chrysler says its 97 standard safety features are the most on any model in the industry. For the first time ever, Pacifica offers all-wheel drive on its gasoline models, which, incidentally, will be available on 2020 versions beginning in April. Having launched the minivan segment in 1983, Chrysler has managed to keep its minivan’s edge in its class and continues to maintain it through the Pacifica.

What Are the Appearance Changes on the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

As is typical in a refresh, Chrysler updated the exterior with a new front fascia and grille. New LED headlights and fog lights show the way up front. A new rear tailgate surround LED taillight adds character to Pacifica’s back end. Six new wheel designs include for the first time 20-in wheels.

What Are the New Technology Highlights?

There are a number of technology advancements, including the next-generation Uconnect 5 interface with a 10.1-in touchscreen that can show up to six user profiles, Bluetooth connectivity, voice text reply, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, HD radio, Amazon Alexa compatibility, satellite-radio capability and dual-phone connectivity. Upper trims’ version has even more features.

FamCAM is an interior camera that can show both second- and third-row seats using the 10.1-in touchscreen as a monitor. Its features include a view of rear-facing child seat occupants, split-view display and a unique zoom-to-seat feature.

Device users will appreciate the segment-first USB Type C ports, allowing devices to charge up to four times faster than standard USB ports. Depending on the trim level, up to a total of 12 A and C ports are scattered around the Pacifica.

What Are the Standard Safety/Driver-Assist Technologies?

Standard on every Pacifica:

  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward Collision Warning-Plus with lane-keeping assist
  • Lane Departure Warning-Plus
  • Rear-park assist with full stop
  • Front-park assist with full stop
  • Pedestrian automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera

What Does the New Pinnacle Trim Include?

The new top-of-the-heap Pinnacle grade pampers passengers with such upgrades as quilted Caramel Nappa leather seats with lumbar pillows for the second-row captain’s chairs. It features a new Ultra center console sporting loads of functions like wireless phone charging. Standard is the 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system with 10-in woofer. Chrysler also claims Pinnacle provides best-in-class storage sufficient to hold goodies equal to 60 gallons of milk.

Why Should You Consider the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

There is nothing you can drive offering more functionality than a minivan, and sitting atop the minivan segment is Pacifica. Its popular Stow ‘n Go seating system effortlessly converts Pacifica from a comfy people mover to a weekend-chore warrior capable of accommodating full sheets of plywood. With the introduction of AWD in the middle of the 2020 model year, even drivers requiring the extra performance delivered by four drive wheels have a reason to consider Pacifica.

When Is the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Available and How Much Will It Cost?

With preordering available, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica will begin arriving in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2020. Pricing for AWD on 2020 models won’t be announced until closer to availability. The same goes for pricing for the 2021 Pacifica, but we don’t expect a huge jump over pricing for the current model. Find a Chrysler Pacifica for sale

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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