The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica performed well in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning it a Top Safety Pick+ rating. In order to earn the + designation, a vehicle must have available forward collision mitigation technology in addition to earning a good rating in all crash test categories.
The Chrysler Pacifica safety technology that helped garner the + rating includes its available Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward-Collision Warning, which earned a superior rating from the IIHS. The IIHS has five tests for crashworthiness for which “good” is the highest possible rating, including moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint evaluations.
According to the IIHS, the Pacifica initially failed the small overlap front test, which tests the vehicle’s strength when the front corner hits a tree or pole. The door was torn off its hinges, so “Fiat Chrysler strengthened the upper hinge and reinforced the joint between the door hinge pillar and inner body panel in front of the pillar,” an IIHS official said. When tested again, the Pacifica’s door remained intact and closed.
The Pacifica’s improvements paid off, and it became the only vehicle in its segment to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating. Other minivans such as the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, and Toyota Sienna have scored well in some areas, but only the Pacifica earned both straight good ratings and a superior front crash prevention rating.