Chrysler freshened the Pacifica minivan for the 2021 model year by giving the minivan a restyled grille, a new all-LED taillight that spans the width of the vehicle — similar to that of the Dodge Durango and Charger — and available all-wheel drive. The awd Pacifica is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 287 hp and 262 pound-feet of torque. The Pacifica also was the launching pad for the automaker's fifth-generation Uconnect infotainment platform. Here's a roundup of snippets of Pacifica awd reviews from the automotive media.
"We drove the all-wheel-drive Pacifica on the rain-soaked roads of rural North Carolina, which was a perfect setting to put the new drive setup to the test. Chrysler engineers note that this all-wheel-drive system is a mechanical one, with a front-wheel-drive bias that delivers an appropriate amount of torque to each axle only as needed. So in perfect conditions — 65 degrees and sunny — power still travels almost exclusively to the front wheels.
"But on these drenched North Carolina roads, the Pacifica's all-wheel-drive system works exceptionally. While there's no indication of when or how the system is functioning, the extra grip is obviously there as we flung the 4,800-pound minivan around rural roads pretty aggressively. There's not even a faint indication that the Pacifica might lose traction, even on extremely damp pavement.
"In terms of handling, the Pacifica's steering has a nice weighty feel to it and provides good feedback. There's still body roll — as with almost all minivans — but the Pacifica is flatter and smoother than most of the alternatives. If anything, the V-6 could be a bit peppier. The Pacifica isn't slow, but the gas engine lacks the low-end torque you get from the plug-in hybrid version or even the hybrid Toyota Sienna (thanks, electric motors). On some steeper roads, the V-6 wheezes and whines more than it should. And although the nine-speed automatic is inoffensive at best in normal driving conditions, it's slow to respond when pushed."
— Jeff Perez, Motor1.com