Chrysler knows a thing or two about automobiles, with roots dating back to the early 20th century. Now officially under the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles banner, the brand continues to churn out great innovative vehicles. Take the 200 five-passenger sedan, which was a class leader during a mid-cycle refresh debuting a fuel efficient nine-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica minivan has garnered many accolades, blending a sleek appearance and tech-centric cabin. We shed light on these two models and a couple others in today’s blog post.
Throughout a six-year run, the 200 combined iconic American design with trailblazing technology. The sleek mid-size four door bundled luxurious appointments normally found on more expensive products such as HID headlamps, 18-inch wheels, a 10-speaker, 506-watt Alpine stereo and available all-wheel drive. It also introduced a standard nine-speed automatic transmission in 2015, unheard of at the time in the segment.
Performance is handled by a four-cylinder, 184-horsepower motor delivering a frugal 36 miles per gallon fuel economy rating in highway driving.
Bigger brother to the 200, the 300 is full-size rear-wheel drive sedan that received a face lift for the 2015 model year. Sleeker than before, the current version boasts features like the signature “face of Chrysler” mesh grille and LED lighting on the outside, and optional quilted Nappa leather upholstery and hand-sanded wood trim on the inside. Two engines are offered: a 3.6-liter V6 and a monstrous 5.7-litre HEMI V8 pushing 363 horsepower.
A staple in the minivan world, the T&C has been transporting happy families since 1990. Production ceased two years ago, and as a result the 2016s are an exceptionally good buy as the majority are still in great condition and priced competitively.
Practicality is a huge selling point in this category, and there’s a lot of it here. For example, Stow ‘n Go seating can one-touch-fold to increase cargo room when additional space is needed. And the Super Console storage contains room for media devices, purses and wallets and keys, as well as integrated power outlets and illumination for locating items at night.
Rightful heir to the Town & Country, the Chrysler Pacifica continues to win all kinds of awards for everything from styling to technology. Built on an all-new platform that greatly improves handling and ride quality while cutting down on noise, vibration and harshness, the modern minivan has a streamlined, aerodynamic exterior helping the vehicle achieve an impressive 28 miles MPG on the highway.
On the tech front, occupants enjoy a Uconnect Theatre entertainment system comprised of a central 8.4-inch touchscreen and six-speaker noise cancelling audio setup. Or, a 13-speaker Alpine/20-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound stereo may be added at an additional cost. Safety is of course paramount, especially in family haulers. The Pacifica may be fitted with a Surround View 360-degree birds-eye backup camera, automatic parking, adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation.