Chrysler Sport Utility Vehicles

An Overview of the Chrysler SUV and Crossover Family

Chrysler Pacifica base
2005 Chrysler Pacifica.  IFCAR/Wikimedia Commons

Starting in the early and mid Zeros, Chrysler put out one SUV and one crossover. As the originator of the minivan, Chrysler continues to impress with its Pacifica, which also comes in a hybrid version.

The Dodge Aspen, on the other hand, is now discontinued. But used models can still be had at good prices.

Aspen

The Aspen was the first full-size SUV to wear the Chrysler wings. Unveiled at the 2005 North American Auto Show, it hit the market in 2007, equipped with three rows of seating for eight passengers in total.

Aspen shared many common parts with the Dodge Durango, but with more upscale packaging and top-of-the-line models.

Aspen was available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. All models came with a 4.7 liter V8 engine that sent 303 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Base prices in 2009 started at $35,580 and went to $41,960, plus options. The EPA estimated Aspen’s fuel economy at 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway with four-wheel drive. 

Aspen was the victim of bad timing, arriving on the market just before the economic crisis of 2008. Add to that high fuel prices and a general trend toward "right-sizing" on the part of the buying public, and the Aspen was quietly discontinued after the 2009 model year. Depending on year and mileage, used models can be found for sale on Auto Trader for between $8,000 and $12,000.

Pacifica

The Pacifica was a midsize crossover that was initially produced between 2004 and 2008. Pacifica was available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive in LX and Touring trim levels, and competed with the Ford Freestyle/Taurus X, Toyota Venza and Honda Crosstour—the new crossover/station wagon class.

Pacifica's LX FWD models were equipped with a 3.8 liter V6 engine that sent 200 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque through a 4-speed automatic transmission, while LX AWD and Touring models came with a 4.0 liter V6 that produced 253 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Base prices started at $25,365 and went up to $28,995, plus options. The EPA estimated Pacifica’s fuel economy at 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway with front-wheel drive/3.8 liter V6; 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway with front-wheel drive/4.0 liter V6 and 14 mpg city/22 mpg highway with all-wheel drive/4.0 liter V6.

Pacifica Minivan

Since 2016, Chrysler has produced the Pacifica as a minivan, released to replace the former Town and Country. The styling merges the functionality of a minivan with the look of an SUV—and a similar performance.

It currently comes in six trims: T L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. It is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque with a 9-speed automatic transmission. It is only available in front-wheel drive. The EPA estimates its fuel economy at 18 mpg city/28 mpg highway, with an impressive 532 miles of maximum range between fill-ups of the 19-gallon fuel tank.

Depending on the trim, a Pacifica will set you back between $27,795 and $43,695.

In 2017, a plug-in hybrid version of the Pacifica became available, with a base cost of $39,995.