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2006 Chrysler Pacifica Trims

Base

Avg. Price: $7,841

The Chrysler Pacifica receives some minor exterior styling updates for 2006, but more substantial changes would occur for 2007. There are six Pacifica models available for 2006, and the lineup begins with this FWD base model.

The entry level Pacifica is the only model equipped with an older 3.8 liter DOHC V-6, which generates 210 horsepower; 40 short of the new 3.5 liter engine. Like all other models, a four-speed automatic transmission is employed. Highway gas mileage is expected in the low to mid 20s.

Chrysler presents the Pacifica as an upscale SUV, and it is built upon the same platform as the Town & Country minivan. Even the base model is well-appointed for the price. Standard features include keyless entry, a CD audio system, and full power accessories. The base Pacifica offers seating for five, with a second row bench and no third row.

Base AWD

Avg. Price: $7,765

The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica entered its third year of production in 2006, differentiated from previous models by some minor exterior styling updates. The Pacifica is a unique type of crossover SUV. Unlike most crossovers, which are car-based, the Pacifica is minivan-based. Built from the same platform as the Town & Country, the SUV gets a long 116 inch wheelbase and a lower stance.

The base FWD model uses an older 3.8 liter V-6, but this AWD version is equipped with the same refined 3.5 liter DOHC V-6 as all higher level models. This engine generates 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica's fuel economy is estimated at 17/23 mpg.

A unique viscous coupling system allows the driver to transfer power to the front or rear wheels, depending on preference and driving conditions.

The base model comes equipped with a CD audio system, keyless entry, and full power accessories. Options availability increases with the trim level. The base Pacifica offers seating for five, while other trims add a third row of seating.

Limited

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Avg. Price: $10,295

The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica is in its third year of production, and exterior styling has been freshened for this model year. This front-wheel Limited model is a new addition for 2006.

The Pacifica is Chrysler's first SUV, but Chrysler has not borrowed any design elements from its sister company's popular Durango. Instead, the Pacifica is built atop the Town & Country minivan's long wheelbase platform, creating a unique new category of crossover.

All upper level trims house a 3.5 liter DOHC V-6, churning out 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission routes power to the front wheels, and fuel economy is estimated at a generous 17/23 mpg.

The Pacifica is aimed at a more discriminating crowd than most crossover utes, and the luxurious Limited trim provides the finest finish. Standard features include keyless entry, cruise control, full power accessories, heated leather seats, a power rear lift gate, automatic climate control, and 19 inch wheels. Sirius satellite and a DVD navigation system are optional.

Limited AWD

Avg. Price: $10,424

The Pacifica is Chrysler's first attempt at an SUV. The Pacifica is a unique crossover, built from the Town and Country minivan van platform. Changes for 2006 are minimal, highlighted by a few light exterior styling touches.

The Pacifica is powered by a 3.5 liter DOHC V-6, which is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, which is enough power to tow 3500 pounds. On this AWD model, drivers are able to shift up to 90% of the power to the front or rear wheels through a viscous coupling system.

All Pacifica models are equipped with keyless entry, power front seats, full power accessories, and air conditioning. The Limited adds a power rear lift gate, leather and wood trim, and automatic climate control. The Limited is also eligible for upgrades like a navigation system, DVD entertainment, and Sirius satellite radio.

Signature Series

The 2006 Chrysler Pacifica returns with only minor changes to some finer exterior details, but Chrysler's commemorative Signatures Series will available this year in limited numbers.

The Signature Series was created to honor the company's founder, Walter P. Chrysler. It was available in 2006 on the Pacifica, PT Cruiser, Sebring, and the 300. It is more of a special packaging of features than an actual trim level.

The Pacifica Signature Series is essentially the Touring model, with several luxury and convenience features added. This model comes equipped with special two-tone leather seating, a DVD navigation system, and heated leather seats.

The same 3.5 liter V-6 is included, producing 250 horsepower and teamed with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Signature Series AWD

The special Signature Series package returns for 2006, and is available on several Chrysler models including the Sebring, PT Cruiser, 300, and Pacifica. This package adds several additional luxury and convenience features, special badging, and a few fine touches.

On the Pacifica, the Signature Series finish is applied to the Touring trim, for a price increase of nearly $10,000. Special additions include heated two-tone leather seats, a DVD navigation system, and a premium Infinity sound system. All other Touring standard features are found here, like third row seating, second row captain's chairs, a power driver's seat, and automatic climate control.

A 3.5 liter DOHC V-6 delivers 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission, but a special viscous coupling system enables the driver to redistribute 90% of the power to either the front or rear wheels.

Touring

Avg. Price: $8,590

The Chrysler Pacifica crossover SUV entered its third year of production in 2006, with some light exterior styling revisions. The Pacifica is equipped and trimmed similar to the Town & Country minivan, which shares its platform.

Like many other Chrysler models, Pacifica's mid-level trim is the Touring. This finish includes a third row of seating, second row captain's chairs, a power driver's seat, automatic climate control, and larger 17-inch wheels. Base features like keyless entry, full power accessories, cruise control, and a CD audio system are all here as well. The Touring is eligible for several options like Sirius and a rear seat DVD entertainment system, but some options are reserved exclusively for the Limited.

The Touring Pacifica uses a 3.5 liter DOHC V-6, sending power to the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. This engine delivers 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, which is enough power to tow about 3500 pounds. The Pacifica receives an EPA rating of 17/23 mpg.

Touring AWD

Avg. Price: $8,966

For 2006, the Chrysler Pacifica receives its first series of updates since its 2004 introduction. The upscale crossover SUV receives some minor exterior styling adjustments for 2006, and more significant changes, namely a new engine, would follow in 2007.

There are six available Pacifica models for 2006, created through three trims each offered with as a 4x2 or 4x4. Touring is the middle trim tier, adding items like third row seats, second row captain's chairs, a power seat for the driver, and automatic climate control to an already impressive list of standard features. All models get full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control and a CD audio system. A DVD navigation system, Sirius, an Infinity sound system upgrade, and rear seat DVD entertainment are all optional.

The Pacifica is powered by a 3.5 liter DOHC V-6, which produces 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A four-speed automatic is the transmission, regardless of the drive train. This AWD model features a viscous-coupling center differential, which allows for a bulk of the power to be sent to either the front or rear wheels.

Consumers have found the Pacifica to be a fine alternative to the minivan. The Touring trim offers seating for six, a 3500-pound towing capacity, and 92 cubic feet for cargo. Unfortunately, many long-term owners have also reported that the stylish and luxurious crossover SUV is still subject to Chrysler's build quality issues. Fuel injection problems and excessive tire wear are common complaints.