The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has received the Insurance Insitute for Highway Safety’s highest-possible Top Safety Pick+ rating, becoming the only minivan to receive the coveted distinction.
The Pacifica scored a best possible rating of ‘Good’ in the IIHS’ five crashworthiness evaluations: 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 anda rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.
In addition to being a Top Safety Pick+, the all-new Pacifica also received a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this year, which is also the highest possible rating handed down by the safety watchdog.
Both the IIHS and NHTSA made note of the Pacifica’s active safety systems, with the IIHS handing its Automatic Emergency Braking system (AEB) a best-possible rating of “superior.” The system uses sensors and cameras to detect when a front impact may be imminent and then uses visual and audio warnings to alert the driver. If no input is made from the driver, the system will safely slow the vehicle to prevent a collision.