The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform for class-leading ride, handling, noise, vibration and harshness. Chrysler also launched a hybrid version of the Pacifica, which is reported to deliver up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent in city driving, but for this TechSpec feature, we will focus on the gasoline-powered model. Its Pentastar V6 engine is mated to a TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission.
The latest iteration of the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine produces 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, along with 28 miles per gallon on the highway. Enhancements such as two-step variable-valve lift, cooled exhaust-gas recirculation and innovative weight-reduction strategies boost the engine’s efficiency and performance. For added fuel efficiency, engine stop-start technology is a standard feature on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
The Pacifica’s body structure is the lightest and stiffest in its class, making it more responsive with lower levels of body roll and enhanced agility to absorb and distribute road inputs. The minivan boasts the largest interior volume in the segment, with clever storage, available eight-passenger seating and the ability to fit an eight- by four-foot sheet of plywood.
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica showcases the latest in advanced safety and security technology, offering more than 100 standard and available features. Available for the first time on the all-new Pacifica is the surround view camera, which uses four cameras positioned around the vehicle to provide 360-degree views, including a bird’s-eye perspective of the vehicle and its surroundings. Other advanced features include:
• ParkSense parallel/perpendicular park assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors to guide the driver into parking spaces
• Adaptive cruise control with stop and hold, which maintains the distance between the vehicle and the one in front of it, and can bring the vehicle to a controlled stop under certain circumstances
• Forward collision warning-plus leverages electronic power steering by delivering a torque input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action
Other standard and available features include blind-spot monitoring, ParkSense rear park assist with stop, ParkView rear backup camera, electronic stability control and electric park brake.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica carries a starting MSRP of $28,595. A top-of-the-line Limited trim Pacifica, with a 3.6-liter V6, nine-speed front-wheel-drive automatic transmission, the Advanced SafteyTec Group, Trailer Tow Group and Uconnect Theater and Sound Group, carries a price tag just north of $47,000.
Servicing the Chrysler Pacifica
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is equipped with an automatic oil change indicator system. The system will remind drivers when it is time to take their vehicle in for scheduled maintenance.
Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change indicator message will illuminate. Operating conditions such as frequent short trips, trailer tow or extremely hot or cold ambient temperatures will influence when the “Oil Change Required” message is displayed. Severe operating conditions can cause the change oil message to illuminate as early as 3,500 miles (5,600 km) since last reset. Vehicles should be serviced as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805 km).
Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), 12 months or 350 hours of engine run time, whichever comes first. The 350 hours of engine run or idle time is generally only a concern for fleet customers. If the vehicle is operated in a dusty or off-road environment or is operated predominately at idle or very low engine RPMS, the engine oil should be changed every 4,000 miles (6,500 km).
At Every Oil Change Interval as Indicated by Oil Change Indicator System:
• Change oil and filter
• Rotate tires
• Inspect battery and clean and tighten terminals as required
• Inspect brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums, hoses and park brake
• Inspect engine cooling system protection and hoses
• Inspect exhaust system
• Inspect engine air cleaner if using in dusty or off-road conditions
Every 2 years or 20,000 miles (32,000 km):
• Inspect CV joints
• Inspect front suspension, boot seals and tie rod ends; replace if necessary
• Inspect brake linings and parking brake function
• Replace air conditioning/cabin air filter
Every 3 years or 30,000 miles (48,000 km):
• Replace engine air cleaner filter
Every 100,000 miles (160,000 km):
• Replace spark plugs
Every 10 years or 100,000 miles (160,000 km):
• Inspect and replace PCV valve if necessary
Every 10 years or 150,000 miles (240,000 km):
• Flush and replace the engine, power electronics and battery coolant
Every 15 years or 150,000 miles (240,000 km):
• Inspect front accessory drive belt, tensioner and idler pulley; replace if necessary
Fluids and Capacities
Engine oil: API SAE 0W-20 meeting MS-6395; capacity is 5 quarts (4.7 liters)
Coolant: Mopar Antifreeze/Coolant 10 Year/150,000 Miles Formula OAT, meeting MS.90032; capacity is 13.1 quarts (12.4 liters) for standard duty cooling or 13.4 quarts (12.7 liters) for heavy duty cooling
ATF: Mopar ZF 8&9 Speed ATF or equivalent
Brake Fluid: DOT 3, SAE J1703
Refrigerant: R-1234yf; capacity 1.94 pounds (880 g) for single A/C system or 2.31 pounds (1050 g) for dual A/C system.