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Pacifica receives Best New Car Award from Good Housekeeping Institute

In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, inspector Frank Calzavara is shown with a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in velvet red in the Final Car area of FCA Windsor Assembly Plant.
In this Dec. 7, 208, file photo, inspector Frank Calzavara is shown with a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in velvet red in the Final Car area of FCA Windsor Assembly Plant. - NICK BRANCACCIO/WINDSOR STAR

The Windsor-made Chrysler Pacifica has received a Best New Car Award from Good Housekeeping for the second consecutive year.

In partnership with Car and Driver, the Good Housekeeping Institute named the Pacifica the 2019 Best New Car in the minivan category on Monday.

Last year, the Pacific Hybrid took top honours in the hybrid category.

“It’s the ultimate family vehicle with all the useful features you want, at an unbeatable value,” said Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping’s Chief Technologist and Engineering Director.

The Good Housekeeping Institute worked with Car and Driver to screen hundreds of new vehicles. Experts put more than 5,000 miles on the vehicles, testing them on tracks and open roads.

The vehicles were assessed for safety, value, handling, interior design, comfort and onboard technology. Engineers, analysts and consumers considered features such as the ease of folding and stowing seats, storage and trunk cargo space, and the fit and installation of child safety seats.

“It also has tons of bins and cubbies so everyone has a spot to store their toys and snacks,” Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping’s Director and Lead Consumer Tester, said of the Pacifica. “Second-row passengers each get their own LCD screen. Plus, the infotainment system is super-easy to navigate.”

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