The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica receives important updates that take from “just another minivan” to possibly becoming “the” minivan. We answer 5 questions about the updated Pacifica.
This minivan was introduced nearly five years ago and was slated to take over from the Dodge Grand Caravan as the best-seller in the shrinking segment. Pricing issues for the Pacifica and market obsessing over SUVs curbed these hopes but this is in the process of changing. As you may know, the Dodge Grand Caravan will soon be replaced by a de-contented Pacifica and it will be called the Chrysler Voyager. Going forward, the Pacifica will rise to the top as it now has everything going for it, or nearly.
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is perhaps the minivan the Pacifica should have always been thanks to its new features, design upgrades and more. Nevertheless, it’s on its way so let’s answer 5 questions on the new 2021 Chrysler Pacifica.
What’s New About The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?
The updates done to the 2021 Pacifica are for its mid-cycle refresh but, in reality, it’s more than that – this is a heavily updated Pacifica.
The first big piece of news is that AWD will now be an option. The seamless, fully automatic AWD system can send all available torque to the rear wheels depending on driving conditions. Interestingly, ride height is increased by 20mm with AWD which visually brings it closer to an SUV…
The new front and rear fascias are SUV-inspired with a new grille and LED lights. There are new colours to select from, as well as various different wheel sizes depending on trim.
On the inside, the 2021 Pacifica is the first to include the all-new Uconnect 5 system with a new 10.1-inch touchscreen, Amazon Alexa and with new wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto availability. Other offered features include FamCAM interior camera, 12 USB Type A and Type C ports and as always, includes Stow ‘n Go seating.
The PHEV version is still available however it cannot be mated to the AWD system. The latter is only offered with the standard 3.6-litre V6.
What’s The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica’s Price?
Pricing for the 2021 Pacifica is not yet available. However, we can safely assume that will rise slightly over the 2020 Pacifica which starts at just under $40,000 before discounts.
There will still be many trims to select from, including the all-new Pinnacle trim which is self-explanatory. It is the higher models, with options such as AWD, which will see the greatest price jumps. A 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Limited 35th anniversary retails for nearly $58,000 which leads up to believe that a loaded AWD Pinnacle might reach $65,000, once more, be rebates.
On the other hand, we’re convinced the 2021 Chrysler Voyager will undercut the 2019 Grand Caravan’s starting price of $34,000 (before incentives.)
When Will It Be Released?
The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is not expected before the very end of the 2020 calendar year.
Who Will It Compete With?
As previously noted, this is a dying segment. The remaining players are the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna. The latter is the Pacifica’s closest rival when AWD is considered.
What Do We Think About the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica?
Now, we might be a little biased here at MI as we’re all parents, but we’re excited to read about all the additions FCA’s has put into the Chrysler Pacifica. It’s true, nothing, and we do mean nothing, can replace a minivan for its versatility, space, ease-of-use and storage. Nothing.
There was the issue that AWD was not available with the Pacifica and that it was relatively expensive. With AWD now in the picture, along with new colours, trims, equipment and revised front and rear fascias, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica has suddenly gone from just a minivan to quite possibly the more interesting one in the segment. That is, until Toyota releases the next-generation Sienna that will be built on their superb TNGA platform.
While we know that minivans are the real family vehicles, they remain uncool, and generally undesirable. With pricing expected to be fairly high, Chrysler probably won’t move that many more Pacificas per year as it has in the last few years. That is, unless they heavily discount them and/or keep MSRPs at levels that will undercut similarly equipped and sized SUVs.