2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review Sep 15, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
As the newest minivan on the market, it makes sense that the Chrysler Pacifica is the most feature-packed option for families who want the latest technology. The new platform features sporty styling and an upscale interior that parents and children alike will love. The Pacifica is also the only minivan in its class to offer an available hybrid engine if you are concerned about fuel economy or the environment.
The standard powertrain in the 2017 Pacifica is a 3.6-liter V6 with 287 horsepower and a torque of 262 pound-feet. The Pacifica also comes with automatic engine stop and start as a way to increase fuel efficiency. Thanks to its design, the Pacifica has average fuel economy figures of 18 mpg in the city, 28 on the highway, and 22 combined. When configured correctly, you can expect the Pacifica to tow 3,600 pounds. It works with a nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. While the Chrysler nine-speed transmission has received criticism from reviewers in the past, the latest edition found in the new van has smoothed out the vast majority of issues found with this gearbox.
Standard technology in the 2017 Pacifica starts with the 5-inch touchscreen display, voice commands, Uconnect Access, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio input, and USB input. Higher trims offer satellite radio, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, surround sound speakers, and second-row entertainment featuring two 10-inch touchscreens and a Blu-Ray player. The highest trim also offers a powerful vacuum built into the chassis. Safety technology includes blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alerts, and low-speed automatic braking in addition to the standard rearview camera.
Versatility is a strong point for this next generation van. The successor to the Town & Country, the Pacifica is equipped with Stow ‘n Go seats that let you quickly fold the second-row seats before storing them right in a convenient compartment under the floor. When the seats are in use, you can use these storage compartments for other items. The Stow ‘n Go seats will even slide and tilt forward with a child safety seat in place. You can also choose to configure your Pacifica with second-row captain’s chairs or a removable center seat. The third row has a standard 60/40 split and folding seats. Adults will find the third row of seats to be incredibly comfortable, perhaps the best in the class. When all three rows of seats are upright, the Pacifica delivers 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases to 87.5 and 140.5 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded flat.
For interested buyers there is a hybrid model available for the Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited Trims that pairs the 3.6L V6 with a16-kilowatt-hour floor-mounted battery pack and electric motors. It hybrid engine has an estimated 260 horsepower and the battery can be recharged at home in two hours with a 240-volt charger. This vehicle delivers 80 MPGe and can go 30 miles on electric power alone, providing family’s with a versatile and efficient electric option for the first time.
The Pacifica offers an exceptional range of trims and accessories that are reflected in the price. Chrysler has positioned their latest model as a premium minivan, and the relatively high MSRP can increase quickly. However, at this time the new model is more advanced and stylish than the competition. If you are looking for a new minivan, the Pacifica should be a strong contender, especially until newer platforms from other automakers arrive.