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Can a Minivan Be Luxurious? The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Proves It’s Possible

Your growing family deserves luxury transportation, but from experience, you’ve learned that luxury often comes at a premium. Maybe you’d rather spend your money elsewhere, like making meaningful memories traveling. Fortunately, Chrysler shares that mentality—and proves you can have the best of both worlds with models like the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica. This best-selling minivan achieves a remarkable feat: It’s well-equipped, luxurious, innovative, and affordably priced. More importantly, it doesn’t require you or your family to settle for less.

#1. It’s a Segment Leader

The Pacifica made history as the first minivan in its segment to offer both gas and hybrid powertrains. Today, the 2022 Pacifica keeps its lead and is the only minivan available as a plug-in hybrid. What does this mean for families? It proves that Chrysler is dedicated to innovation, constantly evolving models like the Pacifica to meet the demands of drivers. In this instance, the first-ever plug-in hybrid minivan keeps more money in your wallet—with a combined fuel economy of 84 MPGe.

#2. It’s Plenty Capable

Where will your next family adventure take you? Chrysler ensures the Pacifica is ready and capable as the only minivan that offers all-wheel-drive and Chrysler’s exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating. The Pacifica’s AWD system is always at the ready, monitoring for wheel slippage and sending torque to the wheel or wheels with the most grip—to improve traction and handling. As a result, the Pacifica is the most capable minivan and offers a best-in-class towing capacity of 3,600 lbs.

The Pacifica’s AWD system is even more impressive when it’s not needed. It disengages when traction is optimal rather than constantly working and negatively impacting fuel efficiency. It’s the only AWD system in the segment to do this, which explains the minivan’s competitive AWD fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.

#3. It Gives You a Choice of Powertrains

The Pacifica was the first minivan to offer a gas and hybrid powertrain, which offers you a healthy mix of powerful yet fuel-efficient options. The Pacifica’s 3.6-L V6 engine is a staple in the Chrysler family and is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission to deliver 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This power makes the Pacifica a capable contender on the road and doesn’t sacrifice efficiency—with an average fuel economy of 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.

Opting for the Pacifica as a plug-in hybrid is an excellent way to save money at the pump. The hybrid powertrain relies on the 3.6-L V6 engine and a 16.2 kWh electric motor to deliver a 32-mile all-electric driving range, a combined mileage of 82 MPGe, and a total combined range of 520 miles. In addition, features like Max Regeneration are vital components of the Pacifica’s hybrid powertrain. It uses built-in regenerative braking to charge the battery every time the brakes are engaged.

A black 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is shown from the rear driving on an open road.

#4. It’ll Save You Money

There’s no question that driving a hybrid like the Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid will save you money at the fuel pump. However, you’ll find even more opportunities to keep your hard-earned money in your wallet. For example, hybrid owners may be eligible for the one-time federal tax credit of $7,500 and other state and local tax credits. These savings are an excellent reward for adopting an electric lifestyle—and can help you shave thousands of dollars off the Pacifica’s already affordable purchase price.

#5. It’s the Best-Equipped Minivan in the Segment

Chrysler pulls out all the stops when it comes to your and your family’s safety. As a result, the Pacifica offers the most standard and available safety features in the industry. The minivan comes standard with 98 tools, including LED lights that enhance your visibility. Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking constantly monitors traffic ahead and can bring the Pacifica to a controlled stop if a collision with a vehicle or pedestrian is imminent.

Depending on trim, you’ll find a host of advanced safety and driver-assist tools that extend your visibility and promote safe driving habits. For example, top-tier trims like the Touring L, Limited, and Pinnacle come equipped with a 360-degree Surround View Camera that gives you a bird’s eye view around the minivan. You’ll also find that parking the Pacifica is easy with tools like Front Park Assist and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist.

#6. It’s the Most Luxurious

The Pacifica is the crossroads of affordable luxury, especially when you look at top-of-the-line trims like the Pinnacle. The Pacifica Pinnacle is the most luxurious minivan in the segment and boasts many impressive features designed to add versatility, comfort, and convenience. For example, the Pinnacle’s Ultra console is the most functional in the segment—with its dual-level storage design accommodating large items like a laptop, purse, or small bag. This storage area is only one part of the Pinnacle’s best-in-class 140.5 cu.ft. storage capacity.

Beyond having plenty of storage for everything imaginable, the Pinnacle exudes opulence. Its interior is impressive, with quilted Caramel Nappa leather seats that stretch to the second row—where captain’s chairs feature suede pillow backs for added sophistication. The suede headliner complements the seating, and satin chrome trim details complete the aesthetic.

A child is shown using an infotainment screen in a 2022 Chrysler Pacifica.

#7. It’s Loaded with Innovative Tech

The Pacifica is the most technologically advanced minivan in the class, thanks to Chrysler’s renowned Uconnect 5 infotainment system centralized on an expansive 10.1” high-definition touchscreen display. The Uconnect 5 system streams media from your smartphone via Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. Beyond your favorite smartphone apps, the system is also home to SiriusXM with 360 XL, which delivers a custom listening experience with on-demand shows, interviews, live sports, and performances.

For 2022, Chrysler gives families even more reason to opt for the Pacifica with the addition of Amazon Fire TV. The new technology transforms the Pacifica into an entertainment venue that connects to the Uconnect 5 infotainment system. Rear passengers gain access to videos, games, music, downloaded programs, and so much more. Passengers can watch together or stream different programs via the dual rear displays. And, thanks to the Pacifica’s front seat controls for Fire TV, you can always keep an eye on what everyone is watching.

For younger passengers, Chrysler gives you more ways to monitor the cabin—without stealing your focus from the road for too long. For example, the Pacifica’s best-in-class high-definition FamCam interior camera lets you zoom in on each seat. You can even use the camera to keep an eye on babies and toddlers in rear-facing car seats, lending you added peace of mind when you’re on the road.

The Minivan That Keeps Giving

The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is the ultimate family vehicle. It breaks the stereotype of traditional minivans and proves that a family-hauler can be sophisticated, innovative, luxurious, and affordable—all at once. Because of this, Car and Driver gave this minivan its Editors’ Choice Award. Thanks to Chrysler’s commitment to driver safety, it earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These honors—and the 2022 Pacifica’s long list of amenities—make it clear why so many families are passionate about minivan life.