The Chrysler Pacifica is a popular vehicle and I was surprised it had any towing capacity at all but after doing my own research, I found out that it is quite capable of pulling light to moderate loads, which I think most people will be surprised to hear.
This post covers the 2004-2020 models years for the Pacifica and I wanted to list the capacities, charts and all of the other information in an easy to read format, which I think I actually was successful at doing!
Overview of the Data For the Chrysler Pacifica:
Engine Choices: There were never a whole lot of engine options for the Chrysler Pacifica's from 2004-2020, only a single option or two options at most. Over the years, four different engine options were available for these vehicles which were: a 3.5L engine, a 3.6L engine, a 3.8L engine and a 4.0L engine.
If you did have a model year that offered two different options, it did not affect the overall capacity numbers at all and stayed the same. So the engine you had equipped did not sway the numbers at all.
Passengers In The Vehicle: In some of the charts I found (2004-2008), it stated that the overall capacity decreased with the number of people in the vehicle, which make sense as the GCWR was affected, taking weight away from the maximum trailer weight rating specs.
Be sure to check the owner's manual to see what they consider 1 passenger to weigh and compare that to you and your families weights.
Towing Capacity: From 2004-2020, the capacity numbers did not really vary that much, believe it or not. The capacity numbers for models made between these years ranged from 1,000 pounds on the low end and went up to 3,500-3,600 pounds.
The number of passengers in the vehicle and the total cargo weight in the vehicle was what really affected the weight specifications the most, in most cases.
There was a gap in model years from 2009-2016 and this was because production was halted and then continued almost ten years later.
Some of the charts state a maximum weight capacity with a specific number of people in the vehicle, plus their cargo weight. Be sure you check how much weight 1 person is calculated at, as I have noticed that some vehicle manufacturers have the weight of passengers as low as 150 pounds.
Always read the owner's manual to get all of the required information Chrysler recommends. Things like break in periods, steep grades and trailer brakes are all talked about and should be acknowledged and used.
The 2017-2020 Chrysler Pacifica's had a maximum towing capacity of either 1,500 pounds or 3,600 pounds, depending on whether or not you had a tow package installed on the vehicle.
The chart was identical for 2017-2020 models (except for 2017-2019 hybrid models) and is easy to read the data since there was only the 3.6L engine offered with an automatic transmission.
The 2020 Hybrid models showed the same chart data for non-hybrid models with the same weight ratings, but for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 models, Chrysler did not recommend towing with these model year hybrids. The warning (image below) is all that was posted in the manuals of the 2017-2019 hybrid models.
The 2008 Chrysler Pacificas had their own chart that was different from other model years and the towing capacity ranged from 0 pounds ( not recommended) to 3,500 pounds.
There were two different engines offered for the 2008 models and these were the 3.8L and 4.0L engine. The weight ratings for the '08 models were not affected by the engine options though.
What did affect the capacity numbers was whether your vehicle had an engine cooler installed, as you can see from the two charts below. If you had an engine cooler equipped then the weight range started at around 1,000 pounds and went up to 3,500 pounds.
If you did not have an engine cooler equipped, then the weight rating was decreased to 0 pounds (not recommended) and went up to 2,600 pounds, depending on passenger weight and cargo weight in the vehicle.
Do I Have An Engine Cooler Installed?
For the 2005-2007 Pacifica's, the maximum towing capacity range starts at that 1,000 pound mark and goes all the way up to 3,500 pounds, like the 2008 models.
A 3.5L engine and a 3.8L engine were available for '05-'07 model years but did not affect tow numbers. Instead, the weight of cargo and passengers did, taking away from that 8,600 pound GCWR.
I wanted to point out that the 2006 and 2007 charts were identical in every way, but the 2005 models had a visually different chart, which I posted, but the statistics are all the same, when comparing them to the '06 and '07 models.
The 2004 models had a different chart altogether than the '05-07 model years and the only engine that was offered was a 3.5L engine.
The towing capacity for the 2004 Pacifica's was still similar though, ranging from 1,000 pounds at the lower end of the spectrum, going all the way up to 3,500 pounds.
The same GCWR of 8,600 pounds was still specified in the '04 owner's manual and the chart is still similar in design to the '05-'07 models, the ONLY difference was engine options.
What Resources Did I Use For This Post?
I used the owner's manuals I found on Chrysler's website to gather the towing specs for the different model years. Here is a quick reference to all of the manuals I used in this article, so you can easily have a look-up the information for yourself, if you want to.
Last updated on May 1st, 2021 at 07:41 pm