EPA Gives 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 28 MPG Fuel Economy Rating
As if the fact the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is going to have a hybrid powertrain option wasn’t enough to make it cool—it’s topping its segment in fuel efficiency, too.
The brand-new gasoline-powered Pacifica model was recently awarded a class-leading 28 mpg highway fuel economy rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is a 12% improvement compared to its predecessor. It also received a combined fuel economy rating of 22 mpg, which is a 10% increase in fuel efficiency compared to the Town & Country model it is replacing.
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“The Pacifica isn’t just engineered for today,” said Mark Chernoby, Chief Operating Officer Product Development and Head of Product Portfolio Management for FCA’s Group Executive Council. “This vehicle is designed and crafted to enhance the lives of our customers for years to come.”
Despite its high fuel efficiency rating, the 2017 Pacifica doesn’t skimp when it comes to power. It offers consumers an upgraded version of the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that Fiat Chrysler has become known for. Even with this powerful engine, the minivan still manages to stay on top.
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The eco-friendly features the Pacifica comes equipped with include a TorqueFlite transmission, which is the world’s first application of a nine-speed automatic gearbox in a minivan. It also has undergone some severe weight loss compared to its predecessor, while receiving a redesign that offers best-in-class aerodynamics.
Chrysler’s new minivan is already rolling off the assembly line. It’s set to arrive in dealerships in the spring of 2016 with a starting MSRP of $28,595, while the even more eco-friendly hybrid model will arrive in the second half of 2016.