The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica isn’t the lightest vehicle on the market, but it’s pretty darn light considering its goal of hauling families around with space to spare.
This year, the Altair Enlighten Award has gone to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which won the full vehicle category. In fact, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is nearly 250 pounds lighter than the minivan it replaced. Engineers worked with high-strength steel, magnesium and aluminum to shed weight from the minivan.
Lightweight materials are an essential strategy when meeting fuel economy standards. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica boasts a best-in-class, EPA-estimated 28 MPG highway thanks to the unique door structure construction and blend of aluminum and magnesium in its outer panels.