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2023 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid: Choosing the Right Trim


The 2023 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid offer minivan buyers wide latitude in the areas of economy, features, and capability. Most Pacifica trims provide seating for seven, but the Touring L offers a second-row bench seat that elevates passenger capacity to eight.

Opting for the gas-only Pacifica brings a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 and front-wheel drive. Buyers can upgrade to all-wheel drive (AWD), a feature not offered on the Honda Odyssey or Kia Carnival.

The Pacifica Hybrid uses the same engine paired with an electric motor for a combined output of 260 hp. The Pacifica Hybrid is what’s known as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), meaning it can be charged at home and offers an electric-only range of about 32 miles. With the gas and electric motors working together, the Pacifica Hybrid can travel over 500 miles.

The only other hybrid minivan is the Toyota Sienna, which isn’t a PHEV and doesn’t qualify for a federal tax credit. On the flip side, the Sienna offers the combination of available AWD and a hybrid engine, a setup you can’t get with the Pacifica.

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring: $37,020

The Touring trim gets you in the door for well under $40,000. This trim doesn’t offer the AWD or hybrid engine option and has only one option package.

Right off the bat, you can sense the Touring’s value prospect by its impressive list of standard driver-assist systems. The mix includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, full-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

A blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic detection also are included, as are a rearview monitor and a tire pressure monitor. The adaptive cruise control maintains a safe distance from the vehicle directly in front.

Standard rear parking sensors warn when getting too close to a stationary object and can activate the brakes to help avoid a collision.

The Touring features 17-inch alloy wheels, a Stow ’n Place roof rack with stowable cross bars, and LEDs powering the headlights and fog lights.

Power sliding side doors are standard, as are a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and a laminated windshield that helps reduce interior noise levels.

The Touring features a remote proximity key fob that senses when a door handle is touched and unlocks the doors. It also enables the push-button starter and remote start feature.

In place of a full-size spare tire, the Touring provides a tire sealant kit.

A peek inside the Touring’s cabin reveals a level of detail and craftsmanship usually reserved for a high-end luxury vehicle. From its rotary knob gear selector to the stunning 10-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen, the Pacifica’s interior is a visual delight.

The Touring’s standard roster is a lengthy one. It includes a heated tilt/telescoping steering wheel and tri-zone automatic climate control with front and rear seat control panels. An 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar comes standard, as do heated front seats covered in durable cloth upholstery.

The Touring’s second-row Stow ’n Go bucket seats fold flush into the floor, negating the need to remove them when needing an unobstructed level floor. Second-row passengers also enjoy rear air vents and retractable sunshades.

The Touring’s third-row bench seat also folds flush into the floor.

Chrysler’s Uconnect 5 infotainment system features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM 360L, HD Radio, and integrated voice commands with text reply, Amazon Alexa, and over-the-air firmware updates.

Optional on the Touring is the S Appearance Package, a popular choice that adds 18-inch dark gray wheels, Anodized Ink exterior trim, and black seats with light gray accents.

Figuring in the $1,595 destination charge, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring costs $38,615. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $694. See 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring models for sale near you

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring includes:

  • Adaptive cruise control – Helps maintain a safe distance from the traffic ahead, with the ability to slow or speed up with traffic.
  • Tri-zone climate control – Allows greater control over climate settings for the first and second rows.
  • Power sliding side doors – These open and close at the push of a button. With pinch protection, the door will reverse its travel if necessary.

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L: $40,635 (FWD), $43,630 (AWD)

The Touring L opens the door to several options, including AWD and a second-row bench seat that increases total passenger capacity to eight persons.

Building off the Touring, the Touring L adds leatherette seat upholstery, rear seat ambient lighting, driver’s seat memory, third-row retractable sunshades, and a super console with illuminated cup holders.

The Touring L rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.

Optional equipment for the Touring L includes the Safety Sphere Group, which adds a 360-degree Surround View Camera, ParkSense front and rear parking sensors, and parallel and perpendicular self-parking assist.

Checking the box for the Uconnect Theatre Family Group brings dual 10-inch seatback touchscreens, Amazon Fire TV, a Blu-ray/DVD player with remote control, a 115-volt power outlet, and additional USB outlets.

KeySense, a system that allows drivers to place limits on the radio volume, top speed, and certain security features, helps promote safer driving.

The FamCam roof-mounted camera lets the driver keep an eye on backseat shenanigans.

Rounding out the Uconnect Theatre Family Group’s features are a built-in vacuum cleaner, hands-free sliding side doors and liftgate, a power passenger seat, a second-row bench seat (FWD only), heated rear seats, navigation, and a 13-speaker Alpine audio system.

The Trailer-Tow Group adds a Class II trailer hitch, 4- and 7-pin wiring harness, trailer sway damping, and a heavy-duty radiator. When so equipped, the Pacifica has a tow rating that increases to 3,600 pounds.

The Road Tripper Package adds gray and orange door graphics, 20-inch wheels, the Trailer-Tow Group, and a choice of three paint colors: Bright White, Brilliant Black, and Ceramic Gray.

Additional options include a dual-pane sunroof and an upgraded S Appearance Package that adds 20-inch wheels.

Figuring in the $1,595 destination charge, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L costs $42,230. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $759. See 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L models for sale near you

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L includes:

  • Driver’s seat memory – Features a 2-position memory setting for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors.
  • Available Stow ’n Vac – This clever built-in vacuum cleaner makes quick work of spills and messes.
  • Available FamCam – Putting all offspring on alert: The Pacifica’s roof-mounted FamCam gives the driver a split-screen view and a “zoom-to-seat” feature.

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L: $50,495

The hybrid version of the Touring L offers a slightly different feature set and doesn’t offer the option for AWD.

The Touring L hybrid gains laminated front door glass and 17-inch alloy wheels with Baltic Gray pockets. Opting for the S Appearance Package brings 18-inch wheels.

Due to the position of the hybrid powertrain components below the floor, the hybrid loses the Stow ’n Go folding seats. Instead, the Pacifica Hybrid Touring L features larger captain’s chair seats that, in our opinion, are more comfortable than the somewhat slim bucket seats in the gas version.

The hybrid’s fuel tank capacity shrinks from 19 gallons to 16.5. Regrettably, the clever Stow ‘n Place roof rack is not available.

The Touring L hybrid also loses some optional features, notably the panoramic sunroof and the second- and third-row sunshades. The Theatre Family Group deletes the Blu-ray/DVD player, Stow ’n Vac vacuum, heated second-row seats, and 8-passenger seating.

The Trailer-Tow Group is not available on the Pacifica Hybrid.

The Road Tripper Package (available on AWD and hybrid models) adds gray and orange door graphics, 20-inch wheels, the Stow ’n Place roof rack, and a choice of three paint colors: Bright White, Brilliant Black, and Ceramic Gray.

All other standard and optional equipment from the gas-only Pacifica Touring L apply to the Pacifica Hybrid Touring L.

Figuring in the $1,595 destination charge, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L costs $52,090. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $936. See 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L models for sale near you

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Limited: $47,855 (FWD), $50,650 (AWD)

The Limited elevates the Pacifica status with more luxury features and options.

Building off the Touring L, the Limited adds a gesture-activated hands-free liftgate and power sliding side doors, front door acoustic glass, and power-folding side mirror with auto-dimming driver’s glass and tilt-down in reverse feature.

The Limited gains a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, 18-inch polished alloy wheels, exterior puddle lights, and a high-efficiency 220-amp alternator.

The Limited touts heated and ventilated front seats, an 8-way power passenger seat, and soft, high-quality Nappa leather upholstery. The front seats gain a one-touch feature allowing them to slide forward for easier access to the second-row floor storage.

The Limited gets more interior illumination, including footwell courtesy lights, rear ambient lighting, right and left front door searchlights, and map pocket lights.

Additional upgrades include an integrated Premium console, the Stow ’n Vac vacuum, one-touch up/down power windows at all four doors, heated second-row seats, and a power-folding third-row seat.

Limited owners enjoy a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with a 10-inch powered subwoofer, while the Uconnect 5 infotainment system gains navigation, SiriusXM Guardian, Travel Link, and Traffic.

Additional driver assists include ParkSense front and rear parking sensors, ParkSense parallel and perpendicular parking assistant, and a 360-degree Surround View Camera.

Options for the Limited include a slimmed-down version of the Uconnect Theatre Family Group (removes features already standard) and an upgraded S Appearance Package featuring 20-inch wheels.

Figuring in the $1,595 destination charge, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Limited costs $49,450. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to approximately $889. See 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Limited models for sale near you

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Limited includes:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats – Great for year-round comfort, the Limited’s seats keep you cool in the summer and warm in winter.
  • Harman Kardon audio – The premium 19-speaker audio system delivers bright highs and crystal-clear vocals, aided by a powered subwoofer for immersive bass.
  • Dual-pane panoramic sunroof – This massive glass panel covers the front and second rows. The front panel slides open for a blast of fresh air.

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited: $54,495

The Pacifica Hybrid Limited includes all the same features as the gas-only Limited, minus the Stow ’n Place roof rack, second- and third-row retractable sunshades, Stow ’n Go second-row seats, heated second-row seats, and the third-row power-folding seat.

The Pacifica Hybrid Limited gets 17-inch polished wheels with Baltic Gray pockets, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system without the 10-inch subwoofer.

Figuring in the $1,595 destination charge, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited costs $56,090. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,008. See 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited models for sale near you

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle: $53,985 (FWD), $56,780 (AWD)

At the top of the Chrysler Pacifica range is the aptly named Pinnacle. It comes loaded to the gills, including all the Limited’s optional equipment.

Unique to the Pinnacle are 20-inch polished alloy wheels with Baltic Gray pockets, quilted caramel Nappa leather upholstery, and second-row captain’s chairs with lumbar pillows. Platinum chrome covers the door handles, grille surround, and Stow ’n Place roof rack.

Also standard is a 115-volt outlet and an integrated Ultra console.

Figuring in the $1,595 destination charge, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle costs $55,580. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $999. See 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle models for sale near you 

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle includes:

  • Caramel Nappa leather – The Pinnacle’s supple Nappa leather gets a lovely quilted sew pattern along the side bolsters.
  • ParkSense – The ParkSense suite includes front and rear parking sensors and a self-parking system for parallel and perpendicular parking spots.
  • Gesture-activated liftgate – No need to fumble for the key fob. Kicking your foot under the rear bumper activates the power liftgate.

2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Pinnacle: $59,995

Building off the Pacifica Hybrid Limited, the Pinnacle adds all optional equipment plus second- and third-row retractable sunshades, 18-inch polished alloy wheels with gray pockets, and second-row captain’s chair seating with lumbar pillows.

The Pinnacle adds an Ultra console, 115-volt outlet, and platinum chrome on the door handles, grille surround, and Stow ’n Place roof rack.

Figuring in the $1,595 destination charge, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Pinnacle costs $61,590. On a 60-month loan at 3% financing and zero down, the monthly payment comes to about $1,107. See 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Pinnacle models for sale near you

FAQ

What is the best 2023 Chrysler Pacifica trim?

The Pacifica Touring L offers the best value, with plenty of room for upgrades. The Pacifica Hybrid makes sense for short around-town trips, but if most of your time covers distances longer than 30 miles, you’ll spend less and get more features on the gas-only model.

How many miles per gallon does the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica get?

The Pacifica is rated by the EPA at 19 mpg city/28 mpg highway/22 mpg combined. Adding AWD drops that to 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.

The Pacifica Hybrid gets 82 MPGe. MPGe is the amount of electric energy equal to that produced by one gallon of gasoline.

Thanks to its plug-in hybrid battery pack, the Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 32 miles without burning a drop of gasoline.

The Pacifica Hybrid has an EPA Combined rating of 30 mpg when operating as a gas/electric hybrid.

Which 2023 Chrysler Pacifica trim offers the most safety?

In crash testing, the Chrysler Pacifica earns high praise from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which gave the minivan an overall five-star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) concurs, awarding the Pacifica a Top Safety Pick + accolade.

While all Pacifica trims feature plenty of standard safety and driver-assist systems, the Touring L brings features like a 360-degree camera and front parking sensors.

Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo
Joe Tralongo is a longtime contributor who started in the industry writing competitive comparison books for a number of manufacturers, before moving on in 2002 to become a freelance automotive journalist. He’s well regarded for his keen eye for detail, as well as his ability to translate complex mechanical terminology into user-friendly explanations. Joe has worked for a number of outlets as... Read More about Joe Tralongo

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