If it isn't broken, why risk screwing it up by trying to fix it?
That's likely the mantra on the minds of the folks at
Chrysler, who are keeping the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
minivan pretty much the same for the 2023 model year.
Don't change it if it works
Kelley Blue Book reports, the new 2023 Chrysler Pacifica isn't slated for any major updates for its latest model year—which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Pacifica is already a great minivan.
It's consistently toward the top (if not at the top) of
rankings for best minivans, though that list is pretty short at only four models.
Power and fuel economy
Powered by a 287-horsepower V6, the Pacifica features 32 cubic feet of rear cargo space behind the third row, but stowable second-row seating makes for even more flexible cargo and seating arrangements.
You're not going to be leaving anyone in the dust in a Pacifica, but it still offers enough "oomph" for a confident driving experience. And with available
all-wheel drive, you'll likely have even less trouble getting wherever you're going.
The Pacifica has great gas mileage for its gas-powered models, testing at 31 mpg, while its plug-in hybrid model nets an EPA-estimated 82 MPGe combined.
This minivan seats up to eight and is available in an all-wheel-drive configuration in 2021 or newer models. It performed well on Car and Driver's long-term road tests.
Pacifica sales are up
Chrysler Pacifica has had a hell of a year, selling
32,098 units in the second quarter of 2022, compared with less than half that amount (13,229) in the same period in 2021—a year-over-year increase of nearly 142%.
In that same period in 2022, the top-rated Honda Odyssey sold just 9,499 units, compared with 27,490 units in the second quarter of 2021. That means the Pacifica has sold 22,599 more units than the Odyssey.
The Pacifica received its most recent facelift in 2021 when it got new exterior styling and the option for all-wheel-drive on its gas-powered models.
This refresh made it a bit more attractive, shunning some of the boring design language of conventional minivans for something a little fresher (but not as hot as the Kia Carnival, which is a sentence this author has never thought they'd type).
It's not cheap
Compared to other models on the market, the Chrysler Pacifica isn't cheap; it's one of the pricier minivans available, with 2022 models starting at $38,590 and $46,978 for plug-in hybrid models.
Toyota's Sienna starts nearly $3,000 cheaper than the base Pacifica at $35,775 while the Kia Carnival and Honda Odyssey both start at around the $33,000 mark.
Of course, going with a hybrid means you qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit, knocking that entry price down to the sub-$40,000 range.
As KBB reports, the entry-level 2023 Chrysler Pacifica might be a little cheaper than 2022's model, with a base Touring trim starting at around $37,000.
It might be a bit more expensive, but it offers loads of safety and comfort features standard. It's also the only minivan other than the Toyota Sienna to offer all-wheel drive, which is a $3,000 add.
The top tier trim, the Pacifica Pinnacle, demands an appropriately premium price of around $55,000. It features leather seating, 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear entertainment system for passengers, as well as a rear-seat camera to keep an eye on any shenanigans in the back.
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