The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been awarded the government's top rating for its crashworthiness, the NHTSA announced today.
Five stars overall is a big honor for the reboot of Chrysler's minivan, which is one of our Best Car to Buy 2017 nominees.
The IIHS gave the Pacifica five stars for frontal and side impact collisions. It earned four stars for its rollover resistance, a not-unexpected result typical for crossovers, SUVs, and vans due to their higher centers of gravity.
This latest safety news follows up on a Top Safety Pick+ award granted by the independent IIHS, which is funded by the insurance industry and not taxpayers. The IIHS gives the Pacifica top marks, as long as it is ordered with the optional automatic emergency braking available on most trim levels.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica - Best Car to Buy 2017
Notably, the first time the IIHS tested the Pacifica, the van received poor marks due to a driver door that tore away from its hinge during a frontal impact. Chrysler quickly corrected the issue by modifying the van's hinge design and the IIHS then scored it a "Good" rating in all of its tests.
By contrast, the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan is rated at four stars overall, which is about as low a score as the government awards to new cars these days. The Grand Caravan, which was last updated for the 2011 model year, carries over for one final model year before the nameplate is killed off in favor of the Pacifica. There are currently no plans for Dodge to receive a version of Pacifica, a marked departure.