Why Does the Chrysler Pacifica Have Side Impact Beams?

Side door impact beams have been used in many smaller vehicles over the years. However, the added weight of the steel beams in doors affected fuel efficiency. With the invention of vehicles like the minivan, engineers began placing side door impact beams in taller vehicles as an added precaution.

In the Chrysler Pacifica, the engineers use aluminum side door impact beams. With this new material, the Pacifica retains the high fuel mileage while providing an added safety feature that keeps passengers safe during a side impact collision. The lighter beam adds as much strength to exposed doors as steel and gives the Pacifica a lower center of gravity, effectively reducing the tendency to roll on corners that have plagued so many minivans in the past.

Come to Bryan Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Bryan, TX and test drive your new Chrysler Pacifica. Take some corners to feel the stability yourself.

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