2007 Chrysler Pacifica

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Solid construction
  • Ride comfort on highway
  • Passing power with uplevel engine
  • Interior space
  • Crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Body lean in curves
  • Lackluster composure over bumps
  • Rear visibility
  • Complicated dashboard controls
  • Third-row seat diminishes cargo volume, even when folded

Notable Features of the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica

  • Wagon-like styling
  • Available 4.0-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic
  • Easy-entry &quot
  • chair-height&quot
  • seats
  • Five- or six-occupant seating

2007 Chrysler Pacifica Road Test

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Kelsey Mays

For crossover shoppers, the Chrysler Pacifica has a lot of the right ingredients. It seats up to six, rides comfortably on the highway and swallows the weekly Costco haul without too much trouble. Thanks to a larger engine and new transmission, the 2007 version also accelerates briskly, and it has more safety features and some minor styling changes to boot.

Unfortunately, there are still some compelling reasons to avoid it — namely that its gas mileage, ownership costs and interior quality are not up to the standards set by competitors like the Saturn Outlook, Honda Pilot and Ford Freestyle. Unless you're a real lead-foot, you might want to consider something else.

 

The Basics
The Pacifica comes in base, Touring and Limited trim levels, as well as various seasonal editions staggered in between. All-wheel drive is optional across the line. I drove a front-wheel-drive Limited, though I also got some seat time in the base and Touring editions.

Chrysler unveiled the Pacifica in early 2003, billing the design its "Handsome Protector" theme. Not surprisingly, the car was heavily marketed toward women. For 2007, the automaker says the Pacifica adds "more" — More beauty? More armament? — in addition to some hardware changes and a few mild styling tweaks.

The biggest news is under the hood, where Chrysler's 4.0-liter V6 is now standard in most trim levels. The new engine also powers the Dodge Nitro SUV, as well as the redesigne...

For crossover shoppers, the Chrysler Pacifica has a lot of the right ingredients. It seats up to six, rides comfortably on the highway and swallows the weekly Costco haul without too much trouble. Thanks to a larger engine and new transmission, the 2007 version also accelerates briskly, and it has more safety features and some minor styling changes to boot.

Unfortunately, there are still some compelling reasons to avoid it — namely that its gas mileage, ownership costs and interior quality are not up to the standards set by competitors like the Saturn Outlook, Honda Pilot and Ford Freestyle. Unless you're a real lead-foot, you might want to consider something else.

 

The Basics
The Pacifica comes in base, Touring and Limited trim levels, as well as various seasonal editions staggered in between. All-wheel drive is optional across the line. I drove a front-wheel-drive Limited, though I also got some seat time in the base and Touring editions.

Chrysler unveiled the Pacifica in early 2003, billing the design its "Handsome Protector" theme. Not surprisingly, the car was heavily marketed toward women. For 2007, the automaker says the Pacifica adds "more" — More beauty? More armament? — in addition to some hardware changes and a few mild styling tweaks.

The biggest news is under the hood, where Chrysler's 4.0-liter V6 is now standard in most trim levels. The new engine also powers the Dodge Nitro SUV, as well as the redesigned Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan minivans. In the Pacifica, it makes 253 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet of torque. That may not seem like a substantial gain over last year's 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, but thanks to a new six-speed automatic that replaces the previous four-speed automatic, there's a bigger difference than the numbers suggest.

Front-wheel-drive base models soldier on with a 200-hp, 3.8-liter V6 and four-speed automatic.

An electronic stability system with traction control is all-new, and it's standard across the line. Side curtain airbags, previously optional, are also standard.

Easy Driving
With either V-6, the Pacifica has adequate low-speed power. The larger engine emits a satisfying growl and delivers palpably quicker acceleration. Much of the credit belongs to the six-speed automatic — it upshifts smoothly and allows the engine to achieve power much faster. The transmission in my test car sometimes left me in the wrong gear, but it's much preferred over the four-speed automatic that's paired with the 3.8-liter V-6. With fewer gears to choose from, it's rather loath to kick down, which saps passing confidence a bit.

Neither engine delivers stellar gas mileage. Chrysler recommends midgrade gasoline for optimum performance with the 4.0-liter V-6, though regular will do.

EPA-Estimated Gas Mileage, City/Highway MPG
  FWD AWD Recommended fuel
Chrysler Pacifica 3.8L 18/25 n/a Regular (87 octane)
Chrysler Pacifica 4.0L 16/24 16/24 Midgrade (89 octane)
Ford Freestyle 20/27 19/24 Regular (87 octane)
Honda Pilot 18/24 17/22 Regular (87 octane)
Saturn Outlook 18/26 17/24 Regular (87 octane)
Toyota Highlander (V-6) 19/25 18/24 Regular (87 octane)
Source: Automaker and EPA data for 2007 models.

 

The Pacifica's steering setup makes for painless driving. I could rotate the wheel with the palm of one hand, and it consistently unwound itself back to center with a natural, well-weighted feel. The suspension supplies excellent ride comfort, especially on the highway, but put the Pacifica through a modest corner and there is severe body roll — about as much as you would get in a minivan. Large bumps can leave lingering bounciness.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard. The pedal in my test vehicle felt a bit spongy, but it delivered firm stopping when needed.

With proper equipment, the Pacifica can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

 

The Inside
It's too bad Chrysler didn't slate the cabin for a major update along with the drivetrain and safety features. The interior looks like it did when the Pacifica arrived in 2003 — as luck would have it, the final year before Chrysler initiated sweeping interior upgrades. Today, the car's aging cabin has become its fatal flaw. The tiny radio and climate buttons have a uniform appearance and miniscule labels, making it way too easy to press the wrong button. Their gritty textures are reminiscent of late-'90s Chryslers, and even the analog clock looks cheap and plasticky.

More troubling is the build quality. My test car had conspicuous gaps in the dashboard panels, center storage bin and door locks — not what you want in a car that costs 35 large.

In stark contrast to the poor fittings and cheap controls, the electroluminescent gauges and door-mounted seat controls feel genuinely upscale. I found the simulated wood and aluminum trim in my test car inoffensive.

In standard configuration, the Pacifica seats five, with a three-passenger bench as a second row. Most trim levels swap the bench for two bucket seats and add a two-seat third row, bringing seating capacity to six.

Thanks to their modest side bolsters, the front seats are reasonably supportive. My test vehicle had leather seats and suede inserts, which were about minivan-quality — durable but not very luxurious. The front seats come with standard power adjusters, but they don't have a great deal of range for tall drivers. I'm 5 feet 11 inches, and I drove with the seat all the way back. Optional power-adjustable pedals help shorter drivers position themselves a proper distance from the steering wheel and its airbag.

In six-seat Pacificas, the second-row bucket seats are manually adjustable. Positioned all the way back, they allow for plenty of legroom. The accommodations become a bit tight with the seats moved forward, but that gives the third row enough space for the kids to horse around. With minimal headroom and no head restraints, I wouldn't recommend sending adults back there.

Behind the third-row seat, the Pacifica offers 13.2 cubic feet of cargo volume, small for its competitive class. Fold both rows of seats, and maximum cargo volume measures 79.5 cubic feet. That's about 7 cubic feet less than the Pilot and Freestyle, while the Outlook beats the pack with a cavernous 117.0 cubic feet.

Without the third row, the five-seat Pacifica offers 92.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Safety & Long-Term Ownership
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Pacifica its highest rating, Good, for frontal impacts. IIHS has not tested the Pacifica for side impacts.

All Pacificas are equipped with five airbags, including a driver's knee airbag and side curtain airbags that extend to all rows. Side-impact airbags for the front seats are unavailable. Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are also standard.

Long-term ownership, though, is an area of concern. In its three years on the market, the Pacifica has earned poor reliability scores from Consumer Reports, which sites the 2007 model's predicted reliability as below-average. According to Cars.com's Total Cost of Ownership tool, similarly priced competitors like the Ford Freestyle and Honda Pilot have lower five-year ownership costs, mostly due to the Pacifica's steep depreciation.

Long-Term Ownership
  Chrysler Pacifica AWD Touring Ford Freestyle AWD Limited Honda Pilot 4WD EX
MSRP* $30,250 $31,055 $30,945
Consumer Reports predicted reliability Worse than average Average Much better than average
Five-year ownership cost** $53,434 $51,954 $46,383
Value rating*** Poor (1/5) Below average (2/5) Excellent (5/5)
*Excludes destination charge.
**Includes purchase price.
***Vincentric cost of ownership value rating.
Source: Consumer Reports, Cars.com Total Cost of Ownership (from Vincentric, LLC); all data pertains to 2007 models

 

Trim Levels & Features
Few automakers have as many trim packages and option bundles as Chrysler. Suffice to say that the base Pacifica comes fairly well-equipped with power front seats, windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; and a full array of safety equipment. At the opposite end, a decked-out Limited version boasts leather seats with heated first and second rows, dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, a rearview backup camera and a navigation system.

Prices range from around $25,000 to more than $40,000 for a fully loaded Pacifica Limited.

Pacifica in the Market
As far as crossover virtues go, the Pacifica checks all the boxes. It has a carlike ride, high seating position and abundant practicality, all while avoiding the boxy minivan look. On a much more fundamental level, however, it comes up short: Interior quality, reliability, gas mileage and depreciation are things to consider no matter what sort of body style you're looking to buy. There are crossovers out there that deliver on all these counts, but the Pacifica isn't among them.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fantastic family car on long trips and around town

by MaryH from Johns Creek, GA on August 27, 2018

We've owned this car for eleven years and currently have 184K miles on it. Overall, it's been a great car but it does tend to go through tires faster than my husband's car, and a tire sensor will go ... Read full review

(3.0)

RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN

by Mopar Hemi Girl from St. George Utah on August 8, 2018

I purchased a uses 2007 Chrysler Pacifica The exterior and interior were in excellent condition and it seemed to drive fine on the teat drive. Within 2 WEEKS of purchase the car began stalling out and ... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Pacifica received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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