All-new Chrysler Pacifica Only Minivan Named IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2017

Today’s announcement by the IIHS reprises the Chrysler Pacifica’s 2016 TSP+ designation, and complements the five-star overall safety rating the Pacifica achieved in testing by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“With more than 100 available safety and security features, everything from Forward Collision Warning to a 360-degree Surround View Camera to the ability to parallel park itself, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is designed and built to check the box on key attributes many families value above all others – safety and security,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – FCA North America. “Pacifica is the only minivan to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2017, further solidifying its place as the leader in the segment.”

TSP+ status is contingent on achieving ratings of “good” in five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations. The Chrysler Pacifica achieves “good” – the highest possible rating – in each. The tests simulate:

  • a side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck;
  • a moderate-offset frontal impact;
  • a small-offset frontal impact;
  • roof-deformation consistent with a rollover; and
  • a rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.

High-strength steel accounts for 72 percent of its body structure, 38 percent of which is Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS). Such material choice was a key contributor to the all-new minivan’s crashworthiness, however, advanced engineering contributed further.

Using an in-house process called Rapid Concept Development (RCD), FCA US engineers employed high-powered computers to identify optimal body-structure design. The computers help simulate vehicle performance and pinpoint strategies that best accommodate occupant protection.

In certain frontal impacts, these strategies include dividing crash energy between multiple components, such as frame rails and the vehicle’s engine cradle.

While the all-new Pacifica aces the required crash tests, the best safety features are those that help drivers avoid collisions. The Chrysler Pacifica’s Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system earns a rating of “superior,” the highest possible grade the IIHS awards for this technology and another prerequisite to achieve TSP+ status.

The Pacifica’s system is called Forward Collision Warning-Plus. It features sensor-fusion technology, which combines the particular attributes of radar sensors and cameras for greater precision. The system only responds when camera and radar agree that a frontal impact appears imminent.

System response comprises audible and visual driver warnings and/or AEB. And no other minivan features sensor-fusion technology; competitive systems employ either cameras or radar sensors.

AEB is available in 10 FCA US vehicles across seven segments:

  • Full-size SUV (Dodge Durango)
  • Mid-size SUV (Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee)
  • Small SUV/Crossover (Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X)
  • Mid-size sedan (Chrysler 200)
  • Premium mid-size sedan (Alfa Romeo Giulia)
  • Full-size sedan (Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger)
  • Minivan (Chrysler Pacifica)

Forward Collision Warning-Plus is among more than 100 safety and security features available on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which starts at $28,595, excluding destination charges.

Earning a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ designation is the latest in a string of more than two dozen honors accumulated, so far, by the all-new Chrysler Pacifica. Numerous North American automotive publications and journalism organizations, such as the following, have named it among 2017’s “best” vehicles:

  • Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
  • Car and Driver
  • Cars.com
  • Consumer Guide® Automotive
  • Kelley Blue Book
  • Ruedas ESPN
  • The Car Connection
  • The Car Guide / Le Guide de L’Auto
  • Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA)

** The designation applies to any 2017 Chrysler Pacifica produced after August 2016.

About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.

Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.

The Chrysler brand’s succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand’s standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the world’s first hybrid plugin minivan

The Pacifica Hybrid will be appealing enough for families and others who like the utility, capacity, and ease of entry that minivans offer, but it’s also good as an electric vehicle.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid wraps a number of firsts into one innovative package.

The Pacifica minivan, launched this year, has received positive reviews for its combination of stylish design, comfortable interior, easy-to-use infotainment, and capacious carrying capacity for up to eight adults and their goods.

Despite its name, the Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid with a 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack that gives it an estimated EPA-rated electric range of 30 miles. That makes it the world’s first plug-in hybrid minivan.

The combination of an seven-seat vehicle with usable electric range will be appealing enough for families and others who like the utility, capacity, and ease of entry that minivans offer.

But the Pacifica Hybrid is also good as an electric vehicle, with strong enough electric power that it doesn’t kick on its engine at the merest provocation, as do lower-range plug-in hybrids from luxury makers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

We tried hard to get the vehicle into this year’s Green Car Reports Best Car To Buy award competition, but Chrysler’s embargo on driving impressions (today) missed our deadline for the award by exactly one day.

Getting behind the wheel of the plug-in hybrid Pacifica, very little is changed from the conventional version that is now appearing on U.S. roads.

Slightly different frontal styling and a charge port on the left-front fender are about the only clues to the electrified minivan’s very different powertrain.

And Fiat Chrysler, whose CEO has long trumpeted his irritation at having to produce zero-emission vehicles to stay legal in California, has produced a remarkably good plug-in hybrid for its first effort.

The company’s philosophy is that this is a powertrain option, not a lifestyle, and so it’s relatively simplified.

This explains, among other things, the choice of name: “hybrid” is a familiar term that translates to better energy efficiency, whereas “plug-in hybrid” will likely be confusing to family-vehicle buyers of the sort who don’t read sites like this one.

Starting off with a charged battery, the Pacifica Hybrid defaults to all-electric operation—though unlike the Prius Prime, it will kick on the engine when full throttle is needed (and keep it on for long enough to warm up the emission-control system).

In a variety of drive routes and conditions among three different High Gear Media editors, we found the plug-in minivan to be a capable performer on electricity alone.

It’s hardly Tesla-fast, but in local use and even on highways up to about 70 mph, it will stay in all-electric mode and most likely deliver its rated 30 miles of electric range. (We haven’t yet tested it in winter weather, however.)

In mixed driving conditions, including lots of up- and downhill stretches, we saw 32 miles before the battery was depleted. In the right conditions, we might expect as much as 35 miles of electric range.

The accelerator is linear and easy to modulate, and we found the braking good: progressive and without any annoying regenerative traits. Switching from all-electric to hybrid mode was smooth, seamless, and shudder-free.

A “low” setting increases the regeneration, but it’s nowhere near as strong as the BMW i3, Chevy Bolt EV or Volt, or any Tesla model.

There’s no Volt-style increase in regenerative braking on demand, which means one-pedal driving would be close to impossible. Nor is there an “EV only” mode or an option to conserve battery charge for later use.

Asked about this, Chrysler engineers essentially said they’d wanted to keep the driving experience as familiar as possible, since they felt a large number of Pacifica Hybrid buyers would likely be new to hybrids and plug-in vehicles.

Given its first-in-the-segment position, that’s not an unreasonable assumption, we think.

The “easy and understandable” approach extends to the instrumentation, which is standard Pacifica with a few additions: an energy tab on the center touchscreen that shows energy flow, and a powertrain display between the gauges.

On the road, the ride is smooth and the roadholding is good. Even the standard Pacifica is a large vehicle, and the added 650 pounds of the hybrid version—with the battery mounted below the second-row passengers’ feet—keeps it firmly planted in turns.

Recharging the 16-kwh battery takes 2 hours with a 240-volt Level 2 charging station, or about 14 hours on a standard 120-volt household circuit. The onboard charger is rated at 6.6 kilowatts.

Once the battery was empty, in mixed driving with considerable traffic, we averaged 28 miles per gallon. Final EPA ratings aren’t out yet, though the non-hybrid version comes in at 22 mpg combined.

Chrysler estimates an efficiency of 80 MPGe when running electrically, although that’s for the city portion of the test and not the combined number. (Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, or MPGe, is a measure of how far a vehicle can travel electrically on the same amount of energy as contained in 1 gallon of gasoline.)

Obviously driving style, speed, and traffic conditions will vary that result considerably.

It’s worth noting that while the third-row seat in the Pacifica Hybrid still folds flat into its compartment below the floor, the second row no longer does—because Chrysler’s “Stow-N-Go” bin for the rear seat is now occupied by the battery.

On the other hand, that gives second-row riders more comfortable seats with thicker and plusher upholstery than those designed to fold into the floor.

The two pieces of the rear seat are removable for maximum cargo capacity, weighing about 60 pounds apiece.

The majority of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids are likely to be the Platinum modelstarting at $44,995, its maker says, though the Premium base version starts at $41,995. Both prices are before the mandatory destination fee.

All Pacifica Hybrids qualify for the full $7,500 federal income-tax credit for purchase of a plug-in vehicle, and a $1,500 purchase rebate in California plus “green sticker” single-occupant access to that state’s highway carpool lanes.

Chrysler offers a 15-year, 150,000-mile warranty on all emission-related equipment and a 10-year, 150,000-mile warranty on the battery (against failure, not against capacity degradation).

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will go on sale later this year, and arrive in dealerships in volume early next year. It will be distributed nationally.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article referred to the Pacifica Hybrid as an “eight-seat” vehicle. While a version of the conventional Pacifica is available with a three-position second row, the hybrid model comes only with captain’s chairs in the second row, which are standard for its two upper-level trim options. We thank reader Sopfu for the correction and apologize for the error.

 

Surprisingly good – the 2016 Chrysler 200S AWD

Jun 23, 2016 

Surprisingly good – the 2016 Chrysler 200S AWD

I drive a lot of vehicles. In fact, I receive products on a weekly basis to road-test and evaluate. Most are quite enjoyable, there’s really no such thing as a bad driving car today. However, every now and then one pops up and surprises you, which is precisely what happened to me with the 2016 Chrysler 200S AWD.

In truth, I was never a great lover of its forerunner, the Sebring as, although it looked rather smart (especially the convertible), it fell down somewhat in the performance/handling department; as did the previous generation of the 200 (prior to 2015 MY), although it was marginally better than the Sebring. Therefore, I didn’t exactly leap into the new 200 when it first came along.

On hindsight, this was possibly a mistake, as the week I’ve just spent in the 200S has me wishing I had.

It’s a sharp looking car and enjoys that typical Chrysler design, wherein the personality of the vehicle alters with colour choice. Pick a red one and it appears sporty, while in white or gunmetal grey (like my test vehicle), it suddenly takes on an air of luxury. It’s very much like the Chrysler 300, one of my favourite designs ever.

My test vehicle came powered by the faithful 3.6L Pentastar V6 (295 hp and 262 lb/ft of torque) and when coupled to its 9-speed (yes, 9-speed) transmission, this vehicle moves. Yet it does so with utter smoothness due to the number of available gears. It also handles like a Pro with braking capabilities well matched to its performance and it sounds good. Add in the sleek AWD system which automatically disconnects the rear axle to improve fuel economy, and it’s a great vehicle for Canada.

Of course, I am speaking of the “S” sports model here with the larger motor and AWD which, with a number of bells and whistles, topped out at just over $40k. In my opinion, not overpriced for what’s on offer. However, there are other, perhaps more wallet-friendly models available in the lineup with the 2.4L LX FWD starting at just $23,095.

My 200S came with rather distinctive Grey/blue leather-faced seating, complemented by the blue ambient LED interior lighting including that of the dash display. It’s a pleasing look. It also featured heated seats/heated steering wheel and just about every luxury appointment one could ever wish for in a vehicle of its price. However, the rotary dial gear selector (just like those in Jaguar/Land Rover models) and the large 8.4 inch touchscreen notch the game up a tad. It also boasts one of the smartest features I’ve ever seen, a simple easy-to-locate button which simply turns the centre display off. I wish other manufacturers would include this as it’s nice to occasionally remove this distraction whilst driving, particularly at night.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by the new Chrysler 200S. So if you happen to be in the market for a mid-size sedan, it’s well worth adding to your list.

2016 Chrysler 200 is an improved performer

Ken Chester Jr., Motor News Media Corporation 4:25 p.m. CDT June 10, 2016

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Inspired by iconic American design, the all-new Chrysler 200 sedan was introduced into the American marketplace last year. Delivering beautiful craftsmanship and using high-quality materials, the 200 sedan offers understated elegance, and is loaded with state-of-the-art technology and safety features.

The 200 sedan, with its muscular yet soulful presence, embodies a strong, sculptured exterior that drivers will want to touch and feel. The restrained design is not ornamental or full of line work; instead it showcases sensual lines and fluid surfaces which highlight the coupe-like appearance.

The athletic Chrysler 200S model delivers an exclusive style – darker, more sinister – not found on other models in the lineup, or in the mid-size sedan segment. The 200S features gloss black trim and accent pieces rather than the standard bright trim. The exclusive design of the daylight opening trim, the area surrounding the side windows, is gloss black. Integrated dual exhausts are standard and the available 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels complete the look. The more sinister appearance of the 200S complements the sportier driving experience the S model delivers.

Offered in LX, Limited, 200S and 200C trim levels for the 2016 model year, Chrysler has fine-tuned the lineup in response to customer feedback. Changes include: standard rear backup camera on Limited and S models; standard heated steering wheel on 200C; improved front driver and passenger seat firmness; and Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection now a standalone option on Limited.

Additionally, there are three new exterior paint color choices for the 2016 model year: Black Forest Green Clear Coat, Maximum Steel Clear Coat, and Redline Tri-coat Pearl Coat.

Base power is generated by a 2.4L MultiAir2 Tigershark four-cylinder engine. A 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine is standard when coupled with the available all-wheel drive system and optional for front-wheel drive Limited model. Torque is communicated to the street for all models through a 948TE/9HP48 nine-speed automatic transmission.

The optional state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive system includes a “sport” driving mode and delivers excellent performance in all driving conditions. The all-wheel-drive system also features a segment-first fully disconnecting rear axle that improves fuel economy by operating in front-wheel drive when all-wheel drive is not needed. The system features a one-speed power transfer unit (PTU) and uniquely disconnects and reconnects the rear axle – automatically and seamlessly – as needed and at any speed. The disconnecting rear axle disconnects at both the PTU and rear drive module, which improves fuel economy by reducing parasitic loss when all-wheel drive is not needed.

The Chrysler 200 is the first mid-size sedan to utilize Chrysler Group’s Compact U.S.-wide (CUS-wide) platform, the basis for smooth on-road performance. The new body structure, including laser-brazed roof welds, delivers increased torsional stiffness, resulting in a more connected driving experience. The Chrysler sedan’s chassis was engineered to deliver sporty European handling dynamics and steering precision with ride and comfort characteristics tuned for North American roads, resulting in excellent handling for the driver with maximum comfort for both the driver and passengers. The sedan’s exceptional balance is accomplished through the suspension bushing tuning and the exceptional body structure, including the front aluminum cradle, rear upper/under body structure reinforcement and superior suspension attachment stiffness.

The interior of the Chrysler 200 sedan is exquisitely crafted with high-quality materials and attention to detail. The passenger cabin is inviting and comfortable and rewards drivers and passengers on commutes as well as longer journeys.

A clever design for the center console, made possible by the state-of-the-art full electronic gear shifting with rotary shift knob, is beautiful as well as functional. A unique pass-through storage feature that the driver and front-seat passenger can both access is enabled by the rotary-dial electronic shifting, a segment first. A clever opening at the rear of the pass-through area allows wires and cables from items stored in the pass-through area to route directly to the hidden power supply located in the covered center console. The center console features innovative sliding cup holders with smooth, furniture-like movement, allowing drivers and passengers to use the space in a way that best fits their needs.

Dimensions & specifications

Wheelbase: 108.0; overall length: 192.3; width: 73.6; height: 58.7

All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 2.4L four-cylinder – 184 hp at 6,250 rpm and 173 lbs-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm; 3.6L V6 – 295 hp at 6,350 rpm and 262 lbs-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm.

Transmission: nine-speed automatic

EPA Fuel Economy: 2.4L four-cylinder – 23 city/36 hwy.; 3.6L V6 – 19 city/32 hwy. (FWD), 18 city/29 hwy. (AWD).

Cargo capacity: 16.0 cubic feet

Safety features

Dual front airbags, dual front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, front seat knee bolster airbag, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, automatic headlamps, automatic power door locks, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, security alarm, engine immobilizer, and tire pressure monitoring system. Limited adds Bluetooth hands free phone system. S adds fog lamps. C adds universal garage door opener, ParkView rear backup camera, and remote start system.

Optional safety features include: navigation system, blind spot monitoring system, rear cross path detection, high-intensity discharge headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, LED fog lamps, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, advanced brake assist, full-speed forward collision warning plus, lane departure warning plus, parallel and perpendicular park assist with stop, rain sensitive windshield wipers and SmartBeam headlamps.

Warranty

Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile, Bumper-to-bumper

Powertrain: 5-year/100,000 mile

Corrosion: 5-year/100,000 mile

Pricing

The base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan starts from $21,995 for the LX up to $31,785 for the 200C AWD. Destination charges add $995.

 

The 2016 Chrysler 200C

by James Lewis Jr.

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The Chrysler 200C underwent a full redesign last year and it proved to be the brand’s best (as of yet) midsize sedan. It has an elegant look that allows it to stand out without going overboard when competing with other midsize sedans. The 2016 Chrysler 200C that I had the pleasure of driving this week was in the Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat paint on the exterior of the vehicle and a Black/Deep Mocha Premium Leather-Trimmed Vented Seats on the Interior throughout the car along with Vented Seats on the both the driver and passenger seats. The Engine is a 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder with a 9- Speed 948TE Automatic Transmission (my personal preference is the 3.6Liter V6 Engine); which translates into a 4-cylinder base and the performance when compared to others within its class is… well…decent, while that maybe it’s only shortcomings it has a lot of other features to make up for what it lacks in that department. The Base Price of the 2016 Chrysler 200C was roughly $28,000. But the one I was driving came with the Optional Equipment on it such as: the Customer Perferred Package 28N SafetyTec which consisted of Advanced Brake Assist, Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, Automatic High Beam Control, Full Speed FWD Collision Warning Plus Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection (Parallel and Perpendicular), Park Assist with Stop; to name a few. The Interior of the car was very elegant with design features such as a Luxury Door Trim Panel (the interior accents on the inside of the car was Real Wood/Bronze Chrome hue which really complimented the Black and Deep Mocha color scheme). An Auxiliary Power Outlet, Exterior Mirrors with Memory, Radio Presets/Exterior Mirrors and Driver’s Seat Memory with get this a heated 2-Tone Leather Steering Wheel that I thoroughly enjoyed given our sudden temperature drop last week! The GPS Navigation consisted of Uconnect 8.4 Inch Touch Screen Display and Sound Group consisted of the Sirius XM Travel Link with 9 Alpine Speakers with Subwoofer HD Radio Alpine 506-Watt Amplifier along with Sirius XM Traffic. The Premium Lighting Group consisted of HID Headlamps with LED Daytime Running Headlamps, LED Fog Lamps with 19”x 8” Polished Face/with Painted Pockets Aluminum Wheels with a Heavy Duty Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes. The Safety Features on the 2016 Chrysler 200C consisted of an Advanced Multistage Front Airbags Supplemental Front Seat Mounted Side Airbags along with a Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags, both the Driver’s and Passenger side had an inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag and it also had the LATCH Ready Child Seat Anchor System. It also had the Parkview Rear Back-Up System, Remote Start System, an Assist Electric Park Brake and Electric Power Steering System along with a Keyless Enter’ n Go Security Alarm System. The interior of the car consisted of Air Conditioned Automatic Dual Zone Temperature Control.

The EPA’s Fuel Economy places the 2016 Chrysler 200C within the perimeters of 28mpg combined (based upon 23city/36highway) on the 2.4-Liter 14 MultiAir 4-Cylinder Engine. Bottom line folks, the was amongst the quietest and smoothest engines in this class that I have driven so far and it is great when merging and passing others during highway maneuvering and back road driving but truthfully when it comes to “Back Road Driving” you may ultimately prefer the 200S model. But hey, what do I know about your preferences?!

If you’re seeking a great midsize vehicle with great fuel economy and a stylish flair like no other; check out the 2016 Chrysler 200C, you will not be disappointed.

As always drive smart and safe!

Chrysler Town & Country/ Dodge Grand Caravan

By Steve Wheeler Nov. 27, 2015; 8:11 a.m.

Minivans have been around since the early 1980s, and over the years nobody has done them better than Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Whether you choose the Grand Caravan from Dodge or the Town & Country from Chrysler, you’ll be getting a comfortable and versatile family hauler.

Dodge and Chrysler, both brands under the FCA corporate umbrella, have been around since the beginning. The Grand Caravan was introduced in 1983 and the Town & Country debuted six years later as the first luxury minivan. These FCA twins are very similar, but the Town & Country is the more upscale of the two. Our test vehicle was the 2015 Town & Country Limited Platinum, and it was a very luxurious ride.

New for 2016, the Town & Country gets an anniversary edition commemorating 90 years of the Chrysler brand with a power sunroof, heated seats on two rows, as well as commemorative logos. The Grand Caravan is not significantly changed for 2016.

Young couples go through several stages in a lifetime, but when they get to the stage where kids arrive, everything changes. In the early years, many of us just try to survive the demands of infants, the tantrums of toddlers and the schedules of school-agers. Minivans are great vehicles for the kid stage. No, minivans are not sexy, but their owners don’t care. When Cheerios are flying and sippee cups are bouncing, driving a hot car is the last thing on a parent’s mind.

Where these two particular minivans shine, though, is in practical, useful features and amenities. The Town & Country and the Grand Caravan both seat up to seven passengers in three rows. Both have power sliding doors and ingenious second row seats that can fold into the floor. Below the floorboard of our test vehicle’s second row “Stow ‘n Go” seats were storage bins that are great for putting away purses and other valuables that you don’t want to leave out in plain sight.

The Town & Country and the Grand Caravan both have optional heated seats in the first two rows, both have remote start, both have dual screen Blu-ray/DVD entertainment systems with wireless headphones, and both offer navigation systems. And there are more cubbies, cup holders and cubbies than you can shake a stick at.

According to Chrysler, the 2016 Town & Country has 55 safety and technology features like rear backup cameras, blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection. The 2015 Town & Country received four out of five stars in the government’s safety tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway safety gave the 2015 Town & Country its top mark of “good” in all tests except for the difficult small overlap front test, where it scored “poor.” The 2016 model has not yet been tested.

The Town & Country is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 “Wards Ten Best” engine that kicks out 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The Grand Caravan also gets a 3.6-liter 283-horsepower engine. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic. Both vehicles weigh in at more than two tons, so don’t expect miracles from their engines. The engines in these minivans are good, solid power plants. And most minivan shoppers probably won’t be looking to squeal tires anyway.

The Town & Country will come in six trims for the new year: LX, Touring, S, Touring-L, Limited and Limited Platinum. Base prices for the Town & Country range from just below $30-grand up to $40,295 for the Limited Platinum.

Today, the SUV and Crossover segments are the hottest they’ve ever been, while the minivan segment remains stable and relatively small. But if you want comfort, convenience, functionality and versatility for your family, these two minivans from FCA are hard to beat.

2015 Chrysler Town & Country

Limited Platinum

Engine: 3.6-liter V6

Horsepower: 283 / 260 lb.-ft.

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Base Price: $40,295

EPA mileage estimates: 17 mpg city/

25 mpg highway/20 mpg combined