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The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has landed the highest possible five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Beyond the overall five-star safety rating, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica also earned five stars in each of the crash tests included in NHTSA’s safety assessment program. According to FCA US, its engineers conducted more than 8,500 simulated crashes and more than 80 full-vehicle impacts based on which the automaker developed a body structure that integrates 12 different steel grades with high-strength steel accounting for 72 per cent, of which 38 per cent is Advanced High-strength Steel (AHSS).

Despite the enhanced safety, the new Pacifica is 250 pounds lighter than that the outgoing model and this reduction in weight has enabled the new mini-van garner a class-leading 28 miles-per-gallon highway-cycle fuel-economy rating.

The new Chrysler Pacifica features three “recommended” safety features including rear-view cameras, lane-departure warning and forward-collision warning. The blending of radar sensors and cameras is known as sensor-fusion technology. Such redundancy affords greater object-detection precision. Similar systems on competitive vehicles feature one technology or the other.

As of now, the sensor-fusion technology is available across six FCA vehicle segments – from small SUV to minivan. Collision-warning systems are a prerequisite to earn Top Safety Pick+ status from the IIHS. Top Safety Pick+ status is contingent on the availability of such systems, provided they achieve ratings of “advanced” or “superior.”

The Pacifica’s system is rated “superior” and its performance in each of the following IIHS crash tests was classified as “good,” the highest-possible rating. The tests simulate: side impact with a large SUV or pickup truck; moderate-offset frontal impact; small-offset frontal impact; roof-deformation consistent with a rollover; and rear collision capable of inducing whiplash.

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica boasts more than 100 available safety and security features. It starts at $28,595, excluding destination charges.

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