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A bit more about the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Tires
The Chrysler Pacifica is a modern minivan. By modern minivan, we mean that the Pacifica appeals to drivers who need more space than an SUV provides, but also want a unique, stylish look compared to the minivans that buyers likely grew up riding in with their parents. The Pacifica is known for a blend of technology, style, space and compared to some competitors like the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, being relatively inexpensive.
We would fully expect the Chrysler Pacifica to be the primary driver in a family, so the minivan will nearly always be driven year round. This means that the Pacifica could be driving through snow or in traffic on a given day - so all season tires will be more important for the driver of a Pacifica.
Best Tires For Chrysler Pacifica
Now that we know a little more about the Pacifica, let’s take a look at the tires that tend to work best for the minivan. We use TireRack for much of our information because they do an excellent job testing and rating a large variety of tires. We’ll explain more about the benefits of TireRack later. For now, we have separated our ratings by tire class and will also discuss what each class of tire means.
One thing to keep in mind when purchasing tires is that you’ll often have to balance between finding a tire with a comfortable ride, a good short stopping distance, and the price. Our chosen tires best balance those, though classes of tires are a bit different too.
Grand Touring All Season Tires
Grand Touring All SEason tires are meant to provide the best overall balance between a comfortable ride, long tread life and good traction regardless of weather. These are often best driven in climates where most anything can happen, though not on a regular basis.
The Bridgestone WeatherPeak mixes what they call “Evolving Sipes' ' which are best at both being a confident stiff edge for driving on dry roads and having enough bite to maintain traction on wet roads. Wider grooves also make the WeatherSpark perform well in poor weather, as they help maintain contact with the road even while potentially hydroplaning.
While this tire’s promotions primarily discuss all weather, it does good in all conditions earning a very high 9.2 in both dry and wet handling, which is both impressive and the hallmark of an all season tire. In addition, snow handling is great in subjective tests with users reporting a 9.2 out of 10, and even comfort is fairly high at 8.9 while treadwear makes for a long lasting tire at 9.1
In tests directly against some of the other tires on this same list, the Bridgestone did well and is one of our best overall picks for Chrysler Pacifica tires in general. Real world ratings beat out the Michelin CrossClimate 2 and Continental PureContact. The WeatherPeak did take a few more feet to stop on dry surfaces but the tires were quite even while stopping in the wet.
We think that the Bridgestone WeatherPeak wins this battle - by just a little, in part because it’s priced a little lower than the CrossClimate2. You can pick up these Grand Touring tires at TireRack for around $250.
Between the Bridgestone WeatherPeak and Michelin tires CrossClimate 2, we have to admit we’d have a hard time deciding. The CrossClimate2 does some things really well, including being relatively quiet. Michelin puts PIANO tuning technology in their tires, which doesn’t mean that their tires can play music, but that their treads are computer tuned to make as little noise as possible for the tire’s purpose.
The CrossClimate2 has V shaped chamfers that allow for the best combination of traction on wet and dry surfaces while also providing a quiet and comfortable ride. The results are pretty good. The CrossClimate scores a 9.4 on both wet and dry handling with comfort at 8.9 and tread wear at 9.1 - definitely a well rounded tire for a Chrysler Pacifica!
The CrossClimate2 handles just a little better in real world tests than the Bridgestone WeatherPeak. One small difference you’ll see is that the CrossClimate stops just a few feet shorter than the WeatherPeak - so if you frequently drive in poor weather or otherwise want that level of confidence, this is a great choice for you. TireRack has them available for around $270.
BFGoodrich Advantage Control
We’ll start by saying that BFGoodrich is a good blend of price and ability. The Advantage Control handles well thanks to g-Wedge Sideall Stabilizers which will keep the Pacifica nice and crisp while making turns. BFGoodrich also adds Aqua-Flume technology to flush out water quickly and Active Sipes to best provide consistent traction in all weather.
Wet handling is good, but not as good as our two previous contenders at 8.8. Dry is great at 9.3. Comfort and tread wear generally do well at 8.9 and 9.0. In real life tests, the Advantage Control gets high marks in comfort overall with minor complaints about road noise. Stopping distance is overall better than average in dry and wet.
Even though the BFGoodrich isn’t quite on par with our previous two tires, it again stands out in your wallet at about $215 per tire which will save you more than a few dollars while buying a set of 4 tires at TireRack.
Crossover & SUV All Season Touring
This range of tires will offer a slightly different balance of wet and dry handling with comfort and tread wear ability. You’ll most likely see a lower rating in the snow category considering there is an entire category of tire just for snow.
Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus 3
Pirelli has become a well known brand in the area of passenger tires, the Scorpion does a pretty good job representing the brand. Looking at the promo material for the Pirelli Scorpion AS Plus reflects that they take performance seriously as they use wide bands of treads to minimize tire wear while providing the traction you need for taking corners and maintaining a good grip. They aren’t as focused as other tires on ice and snow abilities, which isn’t bad - and they still get a decent rating while driving on the slippery stuff with an 8.4.
Otherwise, wet and dry performance are great with a 9.2 and a 9.4. Real world tests against competitive tires, including the Michelin CrossClimate2, which is technically in a different class, reveal that the priority with the Scorpion seems to be comfort, as it dominates its competitors in the area while being a little bit of a slouch with wet handling by comparison.
We would still certainly trust this tire and point out that another one of the benefits to the Pirelli Scorpion is the price. While the Pirelli is the highest priced tire in its class, it earns the price tag with good performance. You’ll find it for around $240 at TireRack.
Continental CrossContact LX25
The CrossContact intends to be comfortable and quiet. The tire uses what Continental calls Comfort Ride Technology which provides a continuous center rib intended to provide consistent, tread-bearing contact as well as not allow for excessive noise. Like the Pirelli, they don’t say much about their ability to handle snow or ice, which is reflected in their lesser rating in that area.
Overall, dry and wet handling are at 9.3 and 9.2, which is again very well balanced. Snow is lower at 8.3. Comfort and treadwear are pretty good at 9 and 9.1 respectively. In real world tests, the CrossContact does a little better than the CrossClimate2 in just a couple categories: dry traction and overall ride quality. Otherwise, the CrossClimate2 is clearly designed to stop a few feet shorter in dry and wet conditions, and it succeeds at doing that. The CrossContact is still more than sufficient for the purpose - but it isn’t quite as good.
At about $225 at TireRack, the CrossContact is also relatively inexpensive. We would have a difficult time picking between this one and the Pirelli for the price.
Yokohama Geolander CV G058
While we could put a couple of other typical all season tires on this list, we chose the Yokohama Geolander for a specific reason: It has an unusually high tread wear rating while being priced right in the middle of the pack. Yokohama claims that their detailed block profile keeps good traction while maintaining it over the years. For water and snow, the Yokohama focuses primarily on a new compound that reacts better in cold conditions and provides biting edges within their draining sipes.
The Geolander does well for traditional all season tires in real world tests, handily beating out a couple of competitors to find their way onto our list. Some highlights include best in class dry traction and a very good overall comfort rating. The biggest surprise is that a surprisingly high number of users think that the tread wear is better than average, scoring an outstanding 9.3.
At $234 per tire, its pricing is right on between our two previous all seasons, too. We would say this tire is more for people who want serious value in the long term given the tread wear rating.
Highway All Season Tires
A highway all season is typically built for a longer tread life and great dry traction with sufficient wet and ice or snow traction. These are especially good for people who will be putting lots of highway and freeway miles on in non-extreme weather.
Firestone Destination LE3
The Firestone Destination LE3 leads off for Chrysler tires in all season highway in part because it has the highest ratings across all categories compared to its competition. Given the category focus on tread wear, this one wins easily with an 8.9.
The support system for the high treadwear value is a combination of a nylon reinforcement layer paired to dual steel belts that help support the structure of the tire for a long time. An advanced rubber compound designed to wear slower than normal helps keep you on the road longer.
The Destination rates well overall on wet and dry with an 8.9 on wet and 9.2 on dry. For the average highway driver, you’ll also like the comfort rating of 9.2 - great for a day if you have to be on the road for an hour or two in your Chrysler Pacifica. This is our pick for the category as the other competitive tires just aren’t that good.
We should be clear on snow tires: Snow tires are made to give you better control over acceleration and stopping on ice and snow. You’ll also see some traction advantages at typical speed limits. Snow tires will help get through light now, but an ice storm is a bit different and admittedly - not much can really help you against black ice or when the highways turn into a literal skating rink. Your best option is simply to take it slow.
Michelin X-Ice Snow
The Michelin Ice X-Snow starts with a unique FleX Ice compound that works well in freezing conditions, remaining flexible in nearly all conditions. The FleX compound is also helpful because it has micro treads within the rubber - beyond the visible obvious treads, that help add a little bit of grip to every part of the tire that touches pavement or dirt.
For an ice and snow tire, it is worthwhile to still focus on the wet and dry traction, which are still pretty good for the Michelin Ice-X snow at 9.2 on wet and 9.0 on dry. It’s also no surprise to see the tire rating higher on the subjective tests for wet!
Priced at $275 or so on TireRack, these are worth it if you drive in snow on a regular basis.
How does TireRack work?
We suggest TireRack, but it is worth noting that TireRack isn’t the only tire retailer on the Internet. With that said, you can choose to have TireRack deliver tires to any of their network locations - of which there are several thousand, or have them dropped off at your place. The local tire shop or dealership will then install the tires - likely with fees for disposal, mounting, etc.
In our opinion, this is a helpful improvement over the standard tire shop experience. Tire shops don’t offer much objective data about tires, often using basic systems that only compare tires to other tires of the same brand. TireRack does a lot more testing of vehicles to see how tires compare to other brands.
What kind of tires should I buy?
While we have provided opinions and some facts about these tires, your driving style ultimately should decide what to buy for your Chrysler Pacifica. Since most people who drive a Chrysler Pacifica drive it as the primary vehicle, the bigger questions come from your climate and the kind of driving you need to do.
If you live in the midwest or a place that gets frequent precipitation, you should consider all season tires. To be fair, almost all tires available for the Pacifica, including every tire on this list, e are considered all season tires.
We didn’t recommend any particular summer tires because we feel the idea of a summer tire more specifically applies to sports car, which the Chrysler Pacifica doesn’t really act like.
What is the best inexpensive tire?
We feel that the best option for the purpose of a value tire is probably the Continental Crosscontact LX25. The tire doesn’t quite do it all, but it provides good comfort and overall stopping power for a lower price compared to other tires on this list.
We’d also recommend any tire on this list in general - though some are pricey. Sometimes more expensive tires are worth it!
Do I need snow tires?
Winter tires are not common, but also not unheard of. If you have the money for them, and your location experiences frequent snow - or you otherwise just don’t like driving in snow on regular tires, you may want to consider snow tires. While this was stated previously, snow tires are helpful in getting the traction to accelerate and stop on light and heavy snow. Snow tires won’t truly help you start and stop on actual ice. The action you can take while driving through freezing rain is to slow down and give plenty of following distance.
We also don’t recommend keeping snow tires on all year. They don’t often come with a tread wear warranty and they aren’t designed to handle as many miles as all season tires. It’s also worth noting that snow tires are probably going to cause more road noise because they have much more aggressive treads and heavier rubber compounds. You’ll notice the difference on frequently dry and warm pavement, and that isn’t a good thing.
What tires would you pick for the Chrysler Pacifica?
To be open and so you can understand the thought process behind why: I live in the upper Midwest. While it does get a little warm here, the much larger factor in driving safety is consistent snowfall - it’s literally snowing right now as I write! I would choose from the Grand Touring type of tire, and would probably personally choose the Bridgestone WeatherPeak. The WeatherPeak is the best balance of wet and snow handling without having to go to a snow tire. The relatively quiet nature of the tire is also nice because I don’t want to have to shout to have conversations in the Pacifica.
This is only my logic when choosing a tire. If you live somewhere that is rather dry, you might apply your thoughts completely differently. We only bring this up so you don’t spend money and time on a tire that doesn’t really fit what you use it for.
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Working as a restoration tech on exclusively Mopar offerings of the late 60’s and early 70’s honed the skills to build what I consider the most prestigious make of American cars of that era. The iconic slant six, behemoth 426 Hemi and everything in between shaped my view on the automotive world. I’ve translated those skills towards vehicles that “everyman” has access to enjoy and Mopar influence still plays a significant role.Read More About Tyler Herndon