Changes for Chrysler's crossover, the Pacifica, include new exterior mirror housings with available reverse tilt, a new chrome finish on the liftgate light bar, and the 3.5L V-6 becomes the standard engine for all Pacifica trim levels.
The Pacifica crossover, with minivan-like cargo-carrying capacity and available all-wheel drive, will get you through the worst Old Man Winter can throw at you. This flexible model is available in three different trim levels: a base five-passenger model, the six-passenger Touring, and a top-line Limited model. All come equipped with a 250-hp, 3.5L V-6 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick. Base and Touring models are available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations, while Limited models only come in all-wheel drive. All come equipped with multi-stage front air bags and driver's knee bag. Side-curtain air bags that cover all three rows of seats is available as an option. Standard fare on the base Pacifica includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes, power eight-way driver and four-way front passenger seat, remote keyless illuminated entry, grocery bag hooks on the front seatback, and a Sentry Key engine immobilizer system.
Upgrading to the Touring model adds a third row seat, 10-way power driver's seat, and 17-inch wheels and tires. The Limited model includes standard all-wheel drive, three-row supplemental side-curtain air bags, monochromatic exterior, and 19-inch chrome alloys as well as an exclusive interior trim package including leather heated seats for the first and second row, leather steering wheel, and shift knob with wood trim accents. Also included is a power sunroof, rear park assist, power adjustable pedals, a tire pressure-monitoring system, power liftgate, and a 6-disc in-dash DVD changer that plays CDs and DVDs.
Optional equipment for the 2006 Pacifica includes three rows of supplemental side-curtain air bags and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Touring models may be had with first- and second-row power heated bucket seats, side-curtain air bags, traction control on front-wheel-drive models, a tire pressure-monitoring system, power liftgate, rear backup system, and 19-inch chrome wheels. Touring models also offer optional factory-installed SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power adjustable pedals, power sunroof, an in-cluster navigation system, UConnect hands-free communication, HomeLink universal transceiver, rear seat video system, and a 6-disc in-dash DVD changer. Pacifica Limited options include SIRIUS Satellite Radio, a rear seat video system, UConnect hands-free communication, an in-cluster navigation system, and laminated side glass.
With sales of fuel-thirsty sport utility vehicles on the decline, crossovers are becoming an increasingly viable alternative for many consumers. The Midsize Crossover Utility Vehicle segment in which the Pacifica competes is home to eight vehicles that share the same basic formula: car-based underpinnings (to deliver car-like ride and handling), minivan-like cargo-carrying capacity, and (in some cases) rugged looks.
With 85,557 Pacificas sold in calendar year 2005, this model is the No. 2 seller in the segment, behind the Toyota Highlander (137,409 units in 2005), according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM In a tight battle for third, the Ford Freestyle (76,739) edged out the Nissan Murano, which sold 74,454 units. The Buick Rendezvous (60,589), and the new Subaru B9 Tribeca (14,797) round out the field. Joining the segment during calendar 2006 are the Ford Edge and Saturn Outlook.
|Base||4 speed automatic||$25,415||250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||17/23|
|Touring||4 speed automatic||$28,565||250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||17/23|
|Limited||4 speed automatic||$35,010||250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||17/23|