This popular family car has earned top-notch safety ratings


The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, a popular family transporter, is a Top Safety Pick +, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

However, buyers will have to look closely to find the top rated Pacifica variants.

Last week, the insurance industry-funded nonprofit said improvements to the headlight and pedestrian detection system in the 2021 model year have taken the van to its next level.

Still, all of the 2021 redesigned Pacifica minivans achieved the highest possible marks in nearly every instrumented crash test conducted by the IIHS. Overall, vans have advanced crash avoidance technology including automatic emergency braking, at least when sensing and braking for other vehicles. A few changes made during production in October 2021 improved the ability of the automatic emergency braking system to detect and apply the brakes for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Additionally, the IIHS says standard LED headlights have been upgraded from April 2021, resulting in reduced headlight glare and a change from “Bad” to “Acceptable” ratings.

The Pacifica has been redesigned for 2021, although its predecessor was also rated as a Top Safety Pick. This model missed the “+” rating due to its standard halogen headlights rated “Bad”. The closely related 2021 Chrysler Voyager, sold only to fleet buyers, has these “poor” headlights.

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The IIHS has not clarified whether the Top Safety Pick + rating will be maintained in 2022, although the Pacifica sees only minor updates for the new model year.

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