The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica has been named the 2021 “Family Vehicle of the Year” by AutoGuide. The newest award for the Pacifica continues to add to the nameplate’s accolades as the most awarded minivan over the past five years.
The AutoGuide staff drove over 100 new models this year and found 34 finalists in six categories based on value, innovation, user-friendliness, technology, safety, as well as other attributes. The theme for the judging criteria was “fitness for purpose.” The best vehicles didn’t just excel in their particular category, they set new standards, even beyond their own class.
AutoGuide’s judges noted Chrysler Pacifica’s unmatched blend of practicality, safety, space, and style that edged it ahead of the other competitors. “The Pacifica is the latest evolution of the origins of the species. This made-in-Canada people-mover carries the spirit of the original Caravan, loaded with practical, family-friendly features,” said AutoGuide Editor Kyle Patrick.
As the first-ever minivan to offer both gas and hybrid powertrains, Pacifica has elevated the minivan game to new levels for the 2021 model year. The Pacifica has undergone more than just a small mid-cycle action (MCA). The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica offers a new top-of-the-line luxury model with the Pinnacle, a return to offering all-wheel-drive (AWD) for the first time since 2004, and the latest in infotainment with the next-generation Uconnect 5 connectivity.
Chrysler’s Pacifica Hybrid continues to offer best-in-class efficiency, delivering more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode. Electric-only mode allows the Pacifica Hybrid to run more than 30 miles on just electric power and gives the Pacifica a total range of more than 500 miles.
Pacifica also continues its status as the most award minivan over the past five years, with more than 145 honors and industry accolades. As the company to first introduce the minivan to the market and with six generations of the vehicle featuring 116 minivan innovations (40 of which have been on the Pacifica), Chrysler has sold more than 15 million minivans since the vehicle’s debut in late 1983. That’s twice as many as any other manufacturer in the 37-year history of the minivan.