Minivans have come a long way in the past decade, and this is best exemplified by the Chrysler Pacifica. The roomy, luxurious, and advanced interior can be customized with various trim levels and options, and the performance is surprisingly adept on the highway.
There are seven trim levels for the 2019 Pacifica: the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. The L is nicely equipped to begin with, and the LX adds a few driver aids and comforts. Each higher trim level adds more comfort and tech features, ending with the premium-leather-filled Pacifica Limited.
Standard exterior features on the L include driver keyless entry, heated side mirrors, and 17-inch steel wheels. Moving up to the LX adds alloy wheels and body-color trim pieces. Drivers who care about the exterior in particular will appreciate the Touring L, which adds fog lights, LED taillights, chrome trim, power-sliding rear doors, and a power liftgate.
The 2019 Pacifica uses a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The powertrain is front-wheel drive, and it uses a nine-speed automatic transmission. On all trim levels above the L, the V-6 engine is equipped with fuel-saving engine stop/start technology, a system that stops idling and turns the vehicle off while the driver is stopped for a while, such as at a light or in heavy traffic. This system allows the Pacifica to effortlessly start up again and continue upon releasing the brake as if it had been idling all along.
For power when you need it, the SXT and GT Challenger come equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 and an eight-speed automatic with overdrive and auto-manual. The SXT and GT are available as a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The R/T features a 5.7-liter V-8 and six-speed manual with overdrive while the Hellcat comes with a 6.2-liter V-8. For a premium ride, the R/T Scat Pack comes with a 6.4-liter V-8 also with a six-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and the Hellcat are available with rear-wheel drive only. Performance #02 The ponies work hard on the Challenger to produce the horsepower you'd expect from a muscle car. The SXT and GT have 305 horsepower under the hood. The R/T has 375 horsepower, the R/T Scat Pack 485 horsepower, and the Hellcat tips the scale at 717 horsepower with an optional V-8 producing 797 horsepower.
For fuel economy, the Challenger ranges from 13 mpg with the Hellcat to 21 mpg and 23 mpg for the base SXT and GT.
Depending on the trim, seating capacity runs from five seats with the SXT and GT to two to five seats in the R/T, R/T Scat Cat, and the Hellcat. The trim selection also has many standard features as well as optional features. For example, the SXT has an optional navigation system with voice activation, power tilting and sliding glass sunroof, remote engine start, Nappa leather upholstery, and steering wheel with power tilting and power telescoping.
Some of the standard features across the trims include driver's footrest, voice recorder, leather/metal-look shift knob, chrome/metal-look interior accents, concealed cargo storage, cloth/leather upholstery, and rear 60/40 bench seat.
Entertainment enhances the driving experience, and the Challenger won't let you down with LCD monitors, touchscreen capability, wireless phone connectivity, steering wheel mounted audio controls, optional Alpine speakers, AM/FM/Satellite with seek/scan, trip computer, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto device integration, a 276-watt amplifier, and voice-activated radio.
Driving any vehicle requires a solid set of safety features, and with the power of the Challenger at your fingertips, keeping passengers safe is a priority.
Some of the standard features for passenger safety include first- and second-row overhead airbag, front seatbelt pretensioners, two fixed rear head restraints, immobilizer, optional forward collision warning, dual front impact airbags, anti-whiplash front head restraints, and seat-mounted passenger and driver side-impact air bags.
The Challenger has plenty of safety features to help ensure a safer drive and to protect the car itself. The car comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control with anti-roll, side impact bars, and brake assist. Driver convenience and car safety features include power door locks, panic alarm, remote activated perimeter/approach lights, remote keyless entry, and security system.