2018 Chrysler Pacifica Release Date Changes
This is the best minivan for you if you want an excellent blend of style, comfort, and safety features available. It’s also your only choice for gas-electric hybrid minivans – and this is a plug-in, which can travel about 30 miles without using gas at all.
Adopting the name originally used by the Chrysler crossover SUV from 2004-2008, this minivan is new to the 2017 model and gets a surprising amount of updates for 2018. The only gas formation gets a new base model that lowers the price of entry into the Pacifica family for $ 2,000. All trim levels get an infotainment system upgrade, plus major safety features as standard equipment – although the most complete driver chain stays exclusive to the most expensive model values.
Also for ’18, the desired facilities, such as an embedded navigation system, 4G LTE connectivity, and enhanced audio are available at cheaper trim levels. And Chrysler completed the in-phase of the ideal engine / fuel-saving engine stop / start for all gas models only except the new entry level trim.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Release Date
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Styling
Tweaking to some of the most popular trim levels reinforces Pacifica’s already impressive visual presence. Touring Plus model has new wheels and body-color mirrors. L version tour gets chrome roof rack. Copper Pearl Coat and Ocean Blue Metallic are new color choices. We believe this is the best minivan. Its sweeping back line and clean proportions help it look more modern than the dated and less fussy Toyota Sienna than the redesigned 2016 Odyssey, which does not look different from its predecessors in 2011-2017.
Pacifica trima differentials include a black door handle on L, body color on LX, and chrome on the other. Most models are equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels; 18s is a standard on gas-powered Limited and optional in Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Hybrid Limited. Optional for gas-only Limited is a 20 inch alloy.
Hybrids have a slightly different grid design and offer plug-in capability to recharge the built-in battery.
It looks cool and drove very well, but Pacifica’s interior is its greatest asset. Model only seven or eight seat gas, seven hybrids. All sitting positions – even the third row – have extraordinary headroom and legroom. Exclusive Stow exclusive seating from Chrysler is standard for all gas versions except for the L model. This allows the second row bucket to be fully folded into a pair of compartments below the floor, eliminating the need to release and store them to reach maximum cargo volume. The trash can serve as a closed storage place when the chair is raised.
In Hybrid, the bin is occupied by an onboard electric motor battery pack, so the second row seats must be removed for max cargo volume. It was an awkward task, and each bucket weighed 65 pounds each. As compensation, they are more tender and more comfortable than the Stow `n Go basket.
All models offer Chrysler Resistant Hold Hold, which allows the second row seat to be rotated forward, creating a larger gap for accessing the third row. This feature works even with a child’s safety seat in place.
An optional power rear elevator in Hybrid Touring Plus, not available on L and LX, and the reverse standard. Standard rear side sliding power door on all except L and LX. The hands-free operation for liftgate and sliding doors is standard on all limited and optional models on Touring L Plus.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Release Date
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Engine
The stop / start for gas models alone is the only change for 2018. All Pacificas have 3.6 liter V-6 gasoline and front-wheel drive; Sienna Toyota remains the only car available with an all-wheel drive. Gas-only Pacificas has 287 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque, and 9-speed automatic transmission. The new idle stop / start capability is standard on all but L models save fuel by automatically shutting down the engine when the vehicle stops (the accessories keep running) and immediately restarts when the driver releases the brake pedal.
Hybrid’s V-6 is a modified version of 3.6. The combined output with a battery-powered electric motor is 260 horsepower net (Chrysler does not publish torque figures for Hybrid). Like most hybrid vehicles, it uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It performs an automatic transmission duty, but without a stepped gear ratio.
As a plug-in, Pacifica Hybrid can pull the initial battery charge from a standard 110 volt socket or a 220 volt charging station. The charging time is 14 and 2 hours, respectively. The aircraft can travel about 30 miles at initial cost, in a state of silence and emissions free. When the initial charge runs out, it automatically operates as a conventional hybrid, utilizing a battery, gas engine, or both because the sensor determines the best mix for power and economy. In this mode, the battery pack is recharged by capturing the energy lost during braking and sliding.
Even loaded with passengers and cargo, both Pacifica gas alone and plug-in-hybrid provide good acceleration, without merging and negligence. Hybrids really provide a better overall driving experience. The additional torque of the electric motor is a boon to the throttle response and the gas / electric powertrain works well with the CVT. Instead, the automatic model of just the 9-speed gas model often experiences dithering between gears.
The redesigned Odyssey has a sharper road manners, but Pacifica sets the benchmark minivan for comfort and tranquility. The feeling of steering on all models is light but accurate, and while the rounds taken faster than most car owners will reveal a bit of a noseplow and more than just a slender little body, we are impressed with the desire of this van for the crowd. Here again, Hybrid shines. With a battery pack under the floor and centered on the chassis, the plug-in has a lower center of gravity than their gas counterparts and feels a little more stable and planted when cornering. Brakes feel good on gas models only, but hybrid regeneration systems sometimes provide inconsistent pedal nuances that require some acclimation.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Features
The most significant changes are the addition of rear-obstacle detection and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts as standard across all 201a Pacificas. The driver’s assistant has become an optional safety package item that sold $ 955- $ 1,995, depending on the model. Nonetheless, only the most expensive Pacifica model values are available with the features that get this industry’s most valuable safety industry minivan. It will be the Top Safety Pick + status of the influential Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Its critical feature is the autonomous emergency braking, which can automatically bring the vehicle to a halt to prevent frontal collision.
Autonomous emergency braking is included in Pacifica’s Advanced SafetyTec Group, an exclusive $ 995 option for Touring L, Touring L Plus, and a limited version of Pacifica gas only and a cost-free option for Hybrid limited edition. The package also includes front and rear detection detection, high automatic spotlights, rainwater safety glass wipers, crash and stop-path alerts, and radar shipping controls to maintain the following distance from traffic ahead. Of note, this type of tool – including autonomous emergency braking – is standard on every version of Sienna 2018 and on every Odyssey 2018 except for the entry level LX model.
Standard on every ’18 Pacifica, Chrysler’s latest UConnect 4 infotainment system offers faster hardware and support for smartphone / tablet style moves, Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, and built-in 4G LTE data enabling vehicles to operate as WiFi hotspots rolling . . Unfortunately, this software is not compatible with 2017 Pacifica, so the owner of the model is dormant. It would be nice to at least add CarPlay and Android Auto through software updates.
L which is somewhat spartanly furnished otherwise. The only important features of the record are the standard 7-inch touch screen infotainment system and optional three-zone manual climate control. We expect most buyers to start their Pacifica search with LX, which has a Stow Go, an electric driver’s seat, LED interior lighting, and a three-level manual climate control. Touring Plus adds rear liftgate power and sliding side doors, automatic three zone climate control, long range engine start, retractable second line sun drag, full floor console with extra storage, and satellite radio.
Touring L adds wholesale bag hooks, sun shades for second and third seat rows, leather seats, and heated front seats. This trim level also offers more optional equipment than Touring Plus. As noted, this is where the availability of Advanced SafetyTec Group begins and order also carries hands-free parallel parking and a surround-view camera.
Touring L Plus has additional power outlets, heated steering wheels, illuminated cupholders, front passenger seats, second-row seats, 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system with embedded GPS mapping, and Uconnect Theater, which allows streaming wireless multimedia from devices Google Android compatible
The standard 13-speaker Alpine audio system on Tour L Plus and a $ 850 option for Touring L.
At the top of the range is Limited, which has an elevatorgate and a handsfree side door, HID headlights, panoramic sunroof lights (with only seven-seat models), upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, third row of seat power seats, and built-in vacuum cleaner . Note that Uconnect Theater is the choice on this model, not the standard.
The hybrid models largely reflect their conventional counterparts for standard and optional equipment. Limited Hybrid includes a sophisticated set of sophisticated driver features but does not have a third row seat of power or an integrated vacuum.