Chrysler offered its Pacifica six-passenger crossover SUV for the 2004 model year with a 250-horsepower V-6 engine, a four-speed automatic transmission, a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and premium standard interior features. Developed while Chrysler was a division of DaimlerBenz, the Pacifica shares its platform with the Mercedes-Benz R-Class.
Designed to serve large families who might have otherwise opted for a minivan or full-size SUV, the Pacifica fits the mold of a newer wave of crossover utilities, which are vehicles built on carlike unibody platforms that prioritize comfort and interior packaging above sportiness or off-road capability.
The Pacifica's single-overhead-cam, 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 250 horsepower and 250 foot-pounds of torque, sending power to the front wheels or all four wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The crossover can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds. With 5.9 inches of ground clearance, the Pacifica sits lower to the ground than true SUVs of the period, such as the Ford Explorer.
A stylish interior seats six passengers in three rows with captain's chairs in the first and second rows. Additional features, such as dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver's and passenger's seats, a 200-watt Infinity stereo with CD, and one-touch power windows, helped the Pacifica stay competitive among crossovers with less standard equipment. Cargo capacity comes in at 13 cubic feet behind the third row or up to 79.5 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded flat. Folding the rear seats requires manual operation.
In a 2004 review, Car and Driver called the Pacifica's interior "exceptionally comfortable" and its driving dynamics "pleasingly athletic." Long-term reliability has been below average.