By James Bergeron

Day 1:

2007 Chrysler Pacifica
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From a sports car to a family hauler for me; at first a little hard to swallow but when people ask me how that feels, I can honestly reply, “It’s no big deal.” You get used to it. This week I’m driving a Chrysler Pacifica Limited AWD: tweaked here and there for 2007 and upgraded to a 4.0L engine and six speed automatic transmission.

Honestly, I do not know much about the Pacifica off-hand so I’ll have to do a little research this week. What I do know is that it is a cross between a car, SUV and a minivan. After driving it a short while today I can also say that it seems to combine the feel of these three vehicles into a rather unique driving experience.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica
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My test model is pretty much loaded up to the gills. I promise, though, that we are attempting to get some more basic models for testing in the near future as it seems like all the vehicles we receive are fully-loaded models. This tester has every option except for the smokers package, as far as I can tell, and prices out just over the $50,000 barrier.

The Limited edition of the Pacifica adds as standard all-wheel drive and the 4.0L V6 engine producing 253 Hp and 263lb/ft of torque. This combination is mated to Chrysler’s six speed automatic transmission with autostick, their version of a shift-able automatic transmission.

Also included as standard on this model are 19-inch wheels, which give the vehicle a very large look and stance to it, plus a power-sunroof, dual-zone climate control with rear vents and rear fan controls, luxury leather-trim seats for the first two rows, power lift-gate in the rear and an exceptional Infinity audio system with AM/FM Stereo, CD, DVD and MP3 capability.

The extras on my test model include High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps, Navigation system with rear backup sensors and camera, and a rear entertainment system with wireless headsets and an 8-inch LCD screen to watch DVDs.

2007 Chrysler Pacifica Limited AWD
MSRP as tested: $51,650

For more information on Chrysler and the Pacifica visit Chrysler Canada

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