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Pacifica’s IIHS safety rating

by Bill Cawthon on

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica its coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating, making it the top-rated minivan sold in North America.

All Pacifica trim levels were Top Safety Picks, with the highest marks (“Good”) across the board. The Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona have the same Top Safety Pick rating; the Toyota Sienna does not.

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To get the Top Safety Pick Plus minivans, buyers have to get the Pacifica Touring L Plus and Limited built after August 2016, with the $1,995 Advanced SafetyTec Group. That adds the necessary automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning (with emergency braking) systems, which provided a “superior” rating for front crash prevention up to 25 miles per hour.

Even with all possible safety systems, the Odyssey and Sedona were rated as “Basic,” rather than “Superior.”

The Pacifica has not yet been issued an official rating by the U.S. government, which also crash-tests vehicles and then assigns one to five stars.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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