The Italian-American automaker recently discontinued its slow-selling Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 sedans, models that compete in core segments of the market, Alfa Romeo’s U.S. rebirth has been agonizingly slow, many of the company’s mainline models are well past their sell-by dates, and FCA is too reliant on trucks to make ends meet.
And then there’s quality, which has historically been a sore spot on both sides of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, this remains an issue today, with many of their brands and products faring poorly in studies released by firms like Consumer Reportsand J.D. Power.
Amidst this turmoil, the Chrysler Pacifica minivan launched earlier this year replacing the long-running Town & Country nameplate. Despite riding atop an all-new platform and offering more features than ever, I must confess that my hopes weren’t very high for this family hauler.