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2021 Chrysler Pacifica

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Award applies only to vehicles built after September 2021

2021 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side: original test
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Standard system
Superior
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian
Standard system (built after September 2021)
Advanced
Standard system (built before October 2021)
Basic

Seat belts & child restraints

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2017-22 models built after August 2016

Tested vehicle: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

The Chrysler Pacifica was introduced in the 2017 model year as a replacement for the Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The Chrysler Voyager, available new only to fleet buyers, was introduced in the 2020 model year and shares the same platform as the Pacifica.

Two tests of the Pacifica were conducted because the driver door was torn off its hinges in the first test. As a result, Fiat Chrysler strengthened the upper hinge and reinforced the joint between the door hinge pillar and inner body panel in front of the pillar. In the second test, the upper hinge held and the door stayed shut.

The small overlap frontal ratings listed below apply only to vehicles built after August 2016, that is after the door hinge improvements were made. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica built after August 2016.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained reasonably well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1635
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 12
Footrest (cm) 14
Left toepan (cm) 11
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 8
Lower instrument panel (cm) 9

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1635
Head
HIC-15 71
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.18
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 1.2
Right 0.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.73
Right 0.31
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 45
Right 28

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2020-22 models built after August 2020

Tested vehicle: 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus 4-door

The Chrysler Pacifica was introduced in the 2017 model year as a replacement for the Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The Chrysler Voyager, available new only to fleet buyers, was introduced in the 2020 model year and shares the same platform as the Pacifica.

Beginning with 2020 models built after August 2020, the passenger front door hinge pillar, A-pillar and door sill was strengthened to improve occupant protection in passenger-side small overlap frontal crashes. (Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on the driver door or adjacent B-pillar.)

Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2020 Chrysler Pacificia conducted by Fiat Chrysler as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP2013
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 11
Footrest (cm) 15
Right toepan (cm) 9
Center toepan (cm) 2
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 5
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 7
Right lower dash (cm) 7

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP2013
Head
HIC-15 55
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 1.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.45
Right 0.48
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.8
Right 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 36
Right 33

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP2013
Head
HIC-15 36
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.14
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.40
Right 0.34
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.5
Right 0.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 37
Right 28

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2017-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

The Chrysler Pacifica was introduced in the 2017 model year as a replacement for the Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The Chrysler Voyager, available new only to fleet buyers, was introduced in the 2020 model year and shares the same platform as the Pacifica. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Fiat Chrysler as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1615
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 10
Left (cm) 15
Center (cm) 16
Right (cm) 16
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -4
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1615
Head
HIC-15 151
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.68
Maximum tibia index - right 0.53
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 69
Right 82

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side: original test

Rating applies to 2017-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

The Chrysler Pacifica was introduced in the 2017 model year as a replacement for the Chrysler Town and Country minivan. The Chrysler Voyager, available new only to fleet buyers, was introduced in the 2020 model year and shares the same platform as the Pacifica. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Fiat Chrysler as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1613
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -19.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1613
Head HIC-15 237
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 20
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.61
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.35
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.5
Combined force (kN) 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 150
A-P moment (Nm) 27

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1613
Head HIC-15 55
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 25
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.85
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.32
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 3.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 98
A-P moment (Nm) 41

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2017-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring

Ratings apply to the Chrysler Pacifica (tested) and the structurally similar Chrysler Voyager.

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,378 lbs
Peak force 20,056 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.58

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 12
Distance below top of head (mm) 14
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.8
Head contact time (ms) 49
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 290

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted
Currently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Standard Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2021-22 models

Superior
Superior
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-pedestrian

Ratings are given for 2 different systems available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • All trims

System details

  • Pedestrian Emergency Braking

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2021 models built after September 2021

Advanced
Advanced

Crossing child

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 4 mph.

Crossing adult

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

Parallel adult

  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 21 mph.
  • In the 37 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 18 mph. A warning was issued 1.5 seconds before impact.

Trim level(s)

  • All trims

System details

  • Pedestrian/Cyclist Emergency Braking

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2021 models built before October 2021

Basic
Basic

Crossing child

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 9 mph.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 1 mph.

Crossing adult

  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 23 mph.

Parallel adult

  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 19 mph.
  • In the 37 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 16 mph. A warning was issued 1.5 seconds before impact.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • All trims; built after March 2021
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021-22 models built after March 2021
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 85.7 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.0 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 62.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 146.2 m
Straightaway left edge 163.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 71.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 60.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.0 m

Trim level(s)

  • All trims; built before April 2021
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left curve and fair on the sharp left and both right curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2021 models built before April 2021
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 107.7 m 44.4 %
Straightaway left edge 70.7 m 44.4 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 71.4 m 73.2 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 68.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.9 m 79.1 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 55.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 117.0 m
Straightaway left edge 137.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 71.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 76.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 57.5 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2021-22 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Touring L
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 3 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor, a single lower anchor and the ability to borrow the second anchor from another position.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim Touring L
Seat type leather
1 3 6 4 5
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
4
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
5
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
6
Tether anchor
hard-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
1 dedicated anchor and 1 that can be borrowed from seat 5
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 20
Clearance angle (degrees) 77
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 23
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 17
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 23
Clearance angle (degrees) 67
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 31

6

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 73
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 32

5

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 26
Clearance angle (degrees) 62
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position

Seat position 33

4

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 19
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 16
Clearance angle (degrees) 74
Tether anchor
Location Bottom seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated