The family vehicle achieves “good” ratings for crashworthiness.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has granted the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica a rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 for all models produced after August this year.
Overall, the minivan achieved “good” ratings for crashworthiness, and IIHS points out that “the frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head [of the driver] from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.”
During our test drive of the 2017 Pacifica in July this year we also discovered the driver’s seat is great in terms of space, and the driving position less bus-like than you might expect. In addition, the car offers pretty good fuel consumption numbers.
Chrysler explains that material choice is the key contributor to the all-new Pacifica’s “outstanding crashworthiness.” High-strength steel accounts for 72 percent of its body structure with 38 percent of which is Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS).
But what really stands out in the Town & Country replacement's safety features is its Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, which is named Forward Collision Warning-Plus. It earns a rating of “superior,” the highest possible grade that IIHS awards for this technology.
The system uses sensor-fusion technology, which combines the “particular attributes of radar sensors and cameras for greater precision” and responds when “camera and radar agree that a frontal impact appears imminent.”
“Having sold more than 14 million minivans since inventing the segment in 1983, we know what’s important to minivan buyers,” Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands at FCA North America, comments.
“The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the sum of all the knowledge we’ve accumulated about minivans and the people who are proud to own them. Among the things we know – safety is one of the most important purchase reasons and achieving the Top Safety Pick+ rating helps to establish Pacifica as the segment leader.”
Check out the press release section below for more information.
Photos: FCA and IIHS