No matter what we use the Pacifica for, safety will always be at the forefront of our minds and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given it the Top Safety Pick Plus award.
To qualify for a Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the vehicle must receive a good mark in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests along with an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
Initially, the minivan only received a 'marginal rating in the small-overlap test. This specific test was introduced in 2012 and according to The Left Lane, when the Pacifica was put to the test, its “door was torn from its hinges and came open at the front”. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that a vehicle’s doors should never open in a crash because passengers can be ejected from the vehicle when this occurs.
Don’t worry, Chrysler has since made adjustments to the Pacifica structure and reinforced the upper hinge and the joint. In the next test, the door remained closed and received a ‘good’ score.
Below, you’ll see the small-overlap crash test in action, one of them showing a model built after August 2016 (blue) and one built before September 2016.