Editor’s Note: This is the first in our series of blog posts looking at 2016 in the rearview mirror. Through the end of the year, your FCA Digital Media team will explore the highlights of FCA US brands, as well as milestones from safety and manufacturing.
We hope you’ll enjoy this review of 2016, and look forward with us to an even better 2017.
The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was introduced in 2016, raising the bar for minivan safety, technology and functionality.
In addition to welcoming a new minivan in 2016, Chrysler also was recognized for vehicle safety and unveiled special editions of its cars.
Chrysler invented the minivan segment more than 30 years ago, and in 2016, it once again revolutionized the industry with the introduction of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Re-engineered from the ground up, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes with nearly 40 new minivan firsts, the largest interior volume in the segment and more than 100 standard and available safety and security features.
Pacifica Hybrid launched
The Chrysler Pacifica is changing the industry with one of its minivan innovations. Production began this year of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first electrified minivan.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid earned an EPA rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe), 33 miles of all-electric range and 566 miles of total range.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded Five-star Safety ratings to two Chrysler vehicles in 2016. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the 2017 Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan (FWD version) both received five stars from NHTSA. Five stars is the highest possible score in NHTSA’s safety rating program.
Chrysler debuted two special-edition versions of the 200S and 300S at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The Alloy editions feature industrious exterior and interior features, sport-tuned suspensions and available advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems.
Awards and honors in 2016
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2017; only minivan so-designated
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: The Car Guide / Le Guide de L’Auto Best Buy for 2017
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: “Best Car to Buy,” “Best new Family Car,” “Best Minivan to Buy” and “Best Family Vehicle to Buy” awards from editors at The Car Connection
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: 2017 autoTRADER.ca Top Pick for Minivan
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: “Ruedas ESPN Best Minivan” and “Ruedas ESPN Vehicle of the Year” in the 2016 Ruedas ESPN Awards
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Top Honor as Overall ‘Best Family Car’ from the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: “Family Car of Texas,” “Minivan of Texas” and Best Value Family Car” from TAWA
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Production Truck
2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Detroit News Readers’ Choice Awards “Best Family Fun Finder”