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 towing capacities in an easy to read format, which I think actually happened!
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 the Pacificas and these 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 towing capacities at all and stayed the same. So the engine you had equipped did not sway towing numbers at all.
Passengers In The Vehicle: In some of the towing charts I found (2004-2008) the towing charts stated that the towing capacity decreased with the number of people in the vehicle, which make sense as the GCWR was affected, taking weight away from the maximum towing 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 towing capacity for the Chrysler Pacificas did not really vary that much, believe it or not. The towing capacities 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 and cargo in the vehicle was what really affect the towing capacities 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 Chrysler Pacifica towing charts state a maximum towing 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 for you Chrysler Pacifica to get all of the towing 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 towing package installed on the vehicle.
The towing 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 Pacifica's had the same towing chart shown for non hybrid models with the same towing capacities but for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 models, Chrysler did not recommend towing for these model year hybrids. The warning (image below) is all that was posted in the small towing section of the hybrid models.
The 2008 Chrysler Pacificas had their own towing chart that was different from other model years and the towing capacity ranged from 0 pounds (towing not recommended) to 3,500 pounds.
There were two different engines offered for the 2008 Pacifica's and these were the 3.8L and 4.0L engine. The towing capacity for the '08 models were not affected by the engine options though.
What did affect the towing capacity was whether or not your Pacifica had an engine cooler installed, as you can see from the two towing charts below. If your '08 Pacifica had an engine cooler equipped then the towing capacity range was from 1,000 pounds and went up to 3,500 pounds.
If you did not have an engine cooler equipped, then the towing capacity was decreased to 0 pounds, or towing 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 Chrysler Pacificas, the maximum towing capacity range from the towing charts starts at 1,000 pounds 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 Pacifica model years but did not affect towing 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 Pacifica's towing charts were identical in every way but the 2005 models had a different looking towing chart, which I posted but the statistics are all the same, when comparing them to the '06 and '07 models.
The 2004 Chrysler Pacifica's had a different towing chart 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 Pacifica owner's manual and the chart is still similar in design to the '05-'07 models, the ONLY difference was engine options.
Resources For Chrysler Pacificas:
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 at the towing information yourself.