2022 Chrysler Pacifica

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2022 Chrysler Pacifica Review: The Mother Of All Minivans

The world of the minivan is an enchanting and wondrous place, filled with the hopes and dreams of junior soccer stars, and quiz-night A-teams. The Chrysler Pacifica has managed to capture the hearts, minds, and stomachs of the American minivan market for well over a decade thanks to its smartly packaged interior, strong performing engines, gentle ride, and excellent safety standards, and for 2022 the recipe is tweaked. With 287 horsepower, a low seven-second zero to sixty sprint time, and a 22 mpg combined fuel consumption figure, the Pacifica is a strong performer in the suburbs and on the highway, and it will keep you safe too, with its standard blind-spot and rear cross-traffic assistance. Inside, the Pacifica offers a premium experience, which becomes truly luxurious when you step into the more expensive models. Starting at $35,820, the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica goes up against the Honda Odyssey and brand-new Toyota Sienna for the title of the best minivan in America.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 10 /10
  • Performance 9 /10
  • Fuel Economy 8 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 10 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 10 /10
  • Reliability 9 /10
  • Safety 10 /10
  • Value For Money 10 /10
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2022 Chrysler Pacifica Changes: 🚙What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?

This year, the Pacifica gets an improved N95 cabin-air filtration system and a new rear-seat reminder system that even recognizes when rear doors are opened and closed before ignition becomes standard on all trims. There are changes to the paint palette, including a new paint color: Silver Mist. Packages and options are also somewhat tweaked and when you option the rear-seat entertainment system, it now gains the Amazon Fire TV for Auto feature that allows rear-seat passengers to connect to streaming devices, allowing them to watch downloaded or streamed TV shows and movies, play games, and listen to music on the in-car entertainment system. What's more, content will also display in the front infotainment screen, but only while the vehicle is in Park. Thanks to the 16 GB of built-in storage for each of the rear displays, you can watch Amazon Prime Video on the road even without an internet connection. Because Fire TV connects to the Uconnect infotainment system, rear-seat passengers now have control over functions such as their climate settings and the estimated time of arrival at their destination. The Cold Weather Group package is now standard on the Touring trim and the Safety Sphere Group package is now standard on the Touring L. The Limited trim gets both the Premium and Safety Sphere groups as standard this year and the flagship Pinnacle trim gets the Trailer Tow Group as standard.

Pros and Cons

  • Premium interior look and feel
  • Interior space is easily adaptable
  • Great visibility
  • Lots of available features
  • AWD now available on all models
  • Space in the rear isn't as great as competitors
  • Wandering automatic transmission
  • Some substandard interior trim

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2022 Chrysler Pacifica Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Touring L
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Plug-in Hybrid Touring L
3.6L V6 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Plug-in Hybrid Limited
3.6L V6 Plug-in Hybrid
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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Handling and Driving Impressions

Most buying the Pacifica, or any similar type of car would only care whether it can go forward, backward, left, and right. We're happy to announce that the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica can do all of these things. Seriously though, the Pacifica's independent MacPherson struts in the front and twist-blade coil-spring setup in the rear deliver a smooth ride with the normal-duty suspension, but the more compliant touring suspension soaks up bumps and road imperfections as well as cars many times its price. The Pacifica will hold its own through the twisty stuff, displaying minimal body roll for a minivan, but pushing too hard will see this people transporter understeer to the outside of the corner. Steering is light, perfect for the daily commute, but the nose can be pointed with reasonable accuracy. For what the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica was designed to do - to transport large amounts of people and their stuff - the Pacifica is an overachiever; it drives beautifully and feels more like a large sedan than an old-school minivan. On slippery or snowy surfaces, the AWD versions' added traction makes them the top choices in the range. AWD engages automatically when needed without the driver needing to do anything, and up to 100 percent engine torque can be sent to the rear wheels.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica a Good Minivan?

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out why the Chrysler Pacifica has become one of America's favorite minivans. Attractive exterior styling that doesn't break the mold, but stands out from the more dull-looking competitors, combined with solid performance and a well-designed and -built interior results in an overall package that's terribly hard to ignore when you're shopping in this class. The naturally aspirated V6 engine and automatic gearbox offer enough performance to make city driving and highway hauling a relaxed experience, all while returning very respectable gas mileage. The ride and handling are just as impressive; the Pacifica feels like a floating cloud at low-speed driving but manages more aggressive driving and quick direction changes better than most. AWD improves security in slippery conditions and finally gives the Pacifica the upper hand against the Toyota Sienna, which has long been the only minivan to offer AWD. Inside, the cabin quality and layout are class-leading, and the multitude of different seating layouts adds to its overall practicality as a people and cargo mover. The Pacifica is also great at keeping its passengers safe. A competitive starting price, substantially improved equipment levels for 2022, and a decent warranty seal the deal; the Pacifica is one hell of a minivan.

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2022 Chrysler Pacifica Comparisons

Honda Odyssey Honda
Toyota Sienna

2022 Chrysler Pacifica vs Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey has been a staple of the American minivan market since the mid-nineties, and still enjoys a strong fanbase. For 2022, the fifth-generation Odyssey, introduced in 2018, gets its power in the form of a 280 hp, 262 lb-ft 3.5-liter V6, which sends its power to the front wheels via a more modern ten-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is measured at 19/28/22 mpg, matching the Pacifica. The exterior styling of the Odyssey is arguably less attractive than that of the Pacifica. The interior of the Odyssey offers similar amounts of space. Still, you get slightly more trunk space, and the overall interior design is modern and well put together. A Top Safety Pick rating from the IIHS puts it on equal footing with the Pacifica, and a starting price of only $32,290 makes this minivan an attractive option.

See Honda Odyssey Review

2022 Chrysler Pacifica vs Toyota Sienna

The fourth-generation Toyota Sienna is brand-new and the all-hybrid range no longer offers V6 power. Its 2.5-liter inline-four and hybrid assistance produce less power and worse performance, but fuel economy is in a different league and far and away the best in class. However, the Sienna cannot touch the Pacifica's Stow 'n Go seats and its second row cannot be removed either. The new Sienna might have run the 2021 Pacifica close, but the 2022 model has been improved so much that it still fends off the Japanese challenger, especially because AWD is available across the board. On top of it all, you don't have to go Sienna if you want a hybrid. The Pacifica also offers a great one. We review the Pacifica Hybrid separately.

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