Chrysler Slings Updates at Pacifica for 2024

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

chrysler slings updates at pacifica for 2024

While the majority of Americans have long since decamped in favor of crossovers and SUVs, there remains a dedicated cadre of buyers committed to the family minivan. For 2024, Chrysler is rewarding them with a smattering of updates to its Pacifica.

It’s not a sea of change, to be sure – no, they aren’t grabbing a couple of Hellcat engines before that line goes dark in December – but they are worth mentioning. The frankly excellent plug-in hybrid variant will be available in two models for 2024, including a Select trim in addition to the spendy Pinnacle and its second-row throw cushions. This decision deletes a few features or makes them optional (power liftgate, ambient lighting, and the like) but opens the plug-in hybrid price point to more customers.

Two new colors are on the palette: Red Hot and Baltic Gray. Heady stuff, we know. The top-rung Pinnacle gets a different hue for its quilted Nappa leather seats as well. A neatly named Road Tripper package is expanded to Touring L (a trim, not long wheelbase) and the Select PHEV, bringing a basket of exterior graphics and jazzy orange accents plus a few blacked-out inserts for those who want to try and assert their dominance in the school pick-up line. Wholly practical gear like an integrated vacuum cleaner, cameras providing a bird’s-eye view of small passengers in rear-facing seats, and vanishing Stow-n-Go seats are all on the docket depending on trim.

If you need a refresher, the standard Pacifica is powered by the ubiquitous Pentastar V6, good here for 287 horses while the plug-in hybrid adds 16-kWh worth of batteries and has a system output of 260 ponies. It can travel up to 30 miles solely on electricity when conditions are right. As with other years, all-wheel drive is available on some gas-powered models. 

Through the first half of 2023, Chrysler has recorded 73,845 sales of the Pacifica, a number which isn’t readily broken out into gasoline-powered and plug-in hybrid take rates. Amongst the sprawling Stellantis house, this is a number eclipsing vehicles like the Compass, and Durango, and only about 10k off the mighty Wrangler - proving there are still plenty of customers for a Magic Wagon.

[Images: Stellantis]

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  • Avnut Avnut on Sep 05, 2023

    Chrysler removed the spare tire and replaced it with an inflator kit. That removed it from my consideration. I want to tow a camper and not having a spare of some kind is a deal killer.

    • RHD RHD on Sep 08, 2023

      I wonder what percentage of the time an inflator kit is sufficient when a tire goes flat. In my experience, it would be less than 50% of the time. Those were from overnight slow leaks from a nail, not a sudden blowout on the side of the highway, which is when you need a genuine spare tire. The overnight slow leaks get fixed with a patch kit, so the inflator kit would never get used. This is something that car manufacturers do wrong.

  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Sep 06, 2023

    We have an 18 Limited. No real issues not related to imacting a.coyote other than the aux battery went bad at 20k miles. Last road trip was 3400 miles and averaged 30mpg on the trip. Tows 3500# just fine.

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