2006 Chrysler Pacifica

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$25,415

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2006 Chrysler Pacifica

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Solid construction
  • Ride comfort on highway
  • Interior space
  • Crash-test ratings

The bad:

  • Body lean in curves
  • Engine noise during hard acceleration
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Instrument readability
  • Hard to judge while parking

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Standard 250-hp V-6
  • AutoStick automatic transmission
  • Easy-entry &quot
  • chair-height&quot
  • seats
  • Five- or six-occupant seating

2006 Chrysler Pacifica review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

My mom friends are evenly split between SUVs and minivans. Laurie constantly sings the praises of her van. It’s easy to get into, has plenty of room for her three kids, and it drives very nicely. My friend Lisa, on the other hand, loves her SUV. She has lots of cargo room, sits up nice and high, and feels safe and confident as she drives in suburban traffic. I think this is true in your circle of friends as well; you are either an SUV sista’ or a minivan mama. Well I have news for you, ladies, there is a new player in town. The crossover class in general and the Chrysler Pacifica in specific bring together the ease of the minivan with the sturdy flair of an SUV.

One of the first things I notice about the Pacifica is the car-like ease of getting into the drivers seat. The 10-way adjustable seats and adjustable foot pedals make it easy to find the perfect driving position. My kids are able to easily reach the door handles and climb into the back seat. Their booster seats fit comfortably in both the middle row and the third row positions. The middle row also has Latch connectors for infant and child safety seats. The center seats are optionally equipped with their own seat-heaters, a feature my 14-year-old says he cannot live without.

The feature I cannot live without is the Chrysler U-Connect, hands-free phone system. It allows me to route my Bluetooth-enabled phone through the vehicle’s audio system. I just press the U-Connect button and my phone call is broadcast through the speakers. Additionally, a microphone in the rear-view mirror picks up my voice commands and conversations. I keep my eyes on the road and my hands on the wheel -clever.

Chrysler has done an amazing job with safety on the Pacifica. This car has standard ABS brakes, optional side-curtain air bags, optional AWD, and low-speed traction control. For those of us with lives that get too busy to check the tires as often as we should, a tire pressure monitoring system is also available. It has even earned the coveted 5-star safety rating from the U.S. government.

The most novel safety feature on the Pacifica is the available “Park-Sense” system. This back-up system goes beyond the normal audio beeping signal by adding a series of lights located in sight of the rear-view mirror. The lights indicate which side of the car is nearing an obstruction and the number of lights that appear indicates my proximity to that object. With so many children being killed or injured by cars backing up (often in their own driveways), this feature gets a huge thumbs-up from me.

Another feature I really appreciate on the Pacifica is the fact that the rear side windows defrost when you engage the rear window defroster. The visibility out of these small windows is miniscule anyway, but if they are foggy, it is downright dangerous.

The driving experience in the Chrysler Pacifica is deluxe. All of the controls are within easy reach of the driver and even the navigation system appears directly in front of you in the instrument cluster. The acceleration is smooth and the steering is responsive. My daily errands and car-pool are something to look forward to rather than dread.

Speaking of errands, I find the automatic tailgate in the Pacifica to be a dream. I can have my hands full of kids and groceries and use the key fob to open the back -what a time (and back) saver! The tailgate has sensors to quickly reverse direction if something gets in its way while it is opening or closing and it emits an audio warning to let even the smallest among us know they should stay clear.

Since my job requires me to look at cars with a critical eye, I must say there are a couple drawbacks to the seating and cargo areas in the Pacifica. The first problem is that the second-row seats are a bit difficult to flip forward so that someone can climb into the third row. The second area of concern in the Pacifica is the cargo area. I find it plentiful as long as one or both of the 50/50 split rear seats are down. Otherwise, the most you will be able to stow behind the seat is a first-aid kit and your mail. If you plan to travel in this car with six passengers, they will need to carry their luggage on their laps.

I’m not sure I will ever convince Laurie or Lisa to give up their respective vehicle camps, but know for sure that I am crossover fan. The Chrysler Pacifica is a perfect example of a versatile, safe, and stylish modern family-mobile.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

LATCH Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver):6

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Puny/Ample SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Excellent

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On):Good Times

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Well worth price paid

This car meet all my needs. Is a good car to get back and forth to work during the week and is good on weekend drives as well

3.6

Kinda scared to drive it anymore :(

The car is great, except for an issue that scares the daylights out of me. It shuts off while driving, with no warning, nothing. It just dies. I lose power steering, lights (interior/outside), brakes, everything. We've replaced the entire evap system, all new sensors, new battery, checked all ground wires, replaced fuel cap, and several other parts. It still keeps doing it! Also, you can't park on any hill, you'll never get the car to stay on if you do. You have to put car in neutral and coast down until your on flat ground in order to get car started again. I am terrified to drive this car anymore. I've almost had 5 accidents in less than a month due to the car just shutting off, even after all these repairs. I do not recommend this car.

5.0

Best deal for the Money.

I've owned mine since 2006 and it's the best vehicle one can buy for the price. I enjoy driving it. I've had no major issues with this car. I like the style Even though it's over 11yrs old the body style doesn't look dated. It's the best car to drive over the road, it's roomy for transporting six people. The fold down rear is the best. I've hauled furniture lawn mowers and all kinds of stuff and it road like a charm. My friend has an Outback and whenever we take it on the road, the road noise and the hard seats just wears me out. Compared to my Pacifica, it doesn't compare. I see the new cars and think I want one but I don't see anything that excites me as much as I love my Pacifica. I just hate that the new models are more a mini-van than the original Pacifica's. If they updated the original I might consider buying a new one. I don't want or need a mini-van. This is just such a GREAT ALL AROUND CAR!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chrysler
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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