Pacifica AWD Launch Edition proves it’s really here
The Toyota Sienna has enjoyed years of exclusivity with the only AWD minivan sold in America (though Chrysler was the first to market with one, they stopped making it in 2004). That’s changed now.
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica AWD can transfer all engine torque to wheels that have traction; and it can disconnect the driveshaft when FWD is enough. The Launch Edition is based on the Touring L, with numerous unique features including gloss black exterior accents, a black interior with light “diesel gray” stitching, newly retextured 18-inch wheels, and the 8.4 inch stereo; it also has the full SafetyTec package, navigation, movies, and other technological joys. Most importantly, the seats can be folded into the floor like any other Chrysler minivan, but not the Sienna. The only thing owners really give up for AWD is a little fuel economy and the spare tire (the Launch Edition has run-flats).
The price, including three-pane sunroof, the Premium Group, and towing package, is $40,240 plus destination, and they will hit dealers this year. (Source: Allpar)
Clark Westfield grew up fixing up and driving past-their-prime American cars, including various GM and Mopar V8s. He has ghostwritten auto news for the last few years, lives in Farmingdale, New York, and can be reached at +1.516-531-4021.