Chrysler unveiled its first SUV in 2004: the mid-size minivan-based Pacifica. Only two models were offered this year, but Chrysler would soon expand the lineup through the additions of several trims.
The all-wheel drive Pacifica gets a viscous coupling center differtial, which allows drivers to transfer 90% of the engine power to the front or rear wheels. This system also helps gas mileage, which is rated at 17/22 mpg.
Power is delivered through a 3.5 liter V-6, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifter. The V-6 supplies 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, and the Pacifica will haul 3500 pounds.
Both Pacifica models are very well-equipped for the price. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, a CD audio system, power front seats, second row captain's chairs, and full power accessories. An Infinity audio upgrade, sunroof, leather upholstery, navigation system, and a rear seat DVD entertainment system are all optional.
The Pacifica has been praised for interior comfort and flexibilty (through Chrysler's "Stow N Go" seating). Unfortunately, Chrysler's reliability problems have also plagued this model.