Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle
Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle
Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle

Pros: Outstanding passenger and cargo versatility; excellent ride and handling balance; quiet cabin; class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seats; stylish looks

Cons: Some complicated touchscreen controls; Stow ‘n Go seats are a bit less comfortable than conventional second-row seats

CG Says: The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica has refreshed styling and adds a new topline Pinnacle model. The automatic emergency braking system now includes pedestrian detection. New features include FamCam to monitor backseat passengers. There also is a new infotainment system with a 10.1-inch screen. Chrysler replaced its aged Town & Country minivan with the all-new Pacifica for 2017. Last year Chrysler Pacifica spun off its entry-level L and and LX models to create a new Voyager line. (See our separate report for the Chrysler Voyager.) The aging Dodge Grand Caravan minivan has been dropped for 2021. Conventional Pacificas are powered by a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.  All-wheel drive became available for Pacifica last year. A plug-in hybrid model that combines the V6 with two electric motors for a total of 260 horsepower; Chrysler estimates a 30-mile all-electric driving range and up to 80 MPGe in city driving. Pacifica’s class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go stowable second-row seats feature an Easy Tilt feature that makes third-row access easier. Unlike previous-generation Chrysler minivans, Stow ‘n Go is not deleted with all-wheel drive. Max cargo volume checks in at a generous 140.5 cubic feet. Pacifica’s available features include a tri-pane panoramic sunroof; Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum cleaner; and a dual-screen rear-seat Bluray/DVD entertainment system complete with a touchpad remote control and aux, USB, and HDMI jacks for each screen. The Chrysler Town & Country had aged to the point of being an also-ran in the minivan segment, but the Pacifica put Chrysler back at the head of the minivan class. Pacifica is surprisingly stylish inside and out, its all-around dynamic performance is class-competitive, and its passenger and cargo versatility is unmatched. Also, the hybrid model delivers a new level of fuel-efficiency to the minivan class. If you’re shopping for a family hauler, the Pacifica should be on your list.

The Facts
Class Minivan
Body Style(s) Minivan
Passenger Count 7
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chrysler
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices Touring: $36,540
AWD Touring: $39,535
Touring L: $39,640
AWD Touring L: $42,635
AWD Limited: $49,885
AWD Pinnacle: $54,885
Hybrid Touring: $41,490
Hybrid Touring L: $43,790
Hybrid Limited: $47,340
Hybrid Pinnacle: $52,340

Base Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
287
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6/electric motor
Horsepower
260
Std. Transmission
electrically variable transmission
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
NA
EPA Electric Motor Combined (MPGe)
NA