Looking for a minivan with stylish looks and clever features? The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Bryn MacKinnon, and this is an Edmunds expert rundown of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Basically, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is an all-new vehicle. It was previously known as the Town and Country, but now it gets the Pacifica name taken from an older Chrysler SUV. It has impressive tricks like Stow n' Go seats and all the minivan stuff you'd expect, like big cargo space and a roomy third row. If you need to tow with a Pacifica, it can pull up to 3,600 pounds, which is 100 pounds more than most of its rivals. Not a huge difference, but it's still a leader. Fuel economy is pretty much on average for the segment with the EPA giving the Pacifica a combined rating of 22 miles per gallon. There are a few quirks with the Pacifica, though. The nine speed automatic transmission isn't our favorite. And the second row seats aren't as comfortable as they are in rival minivans. On the highway, the Pacifica is quiet and comfortable. And there's lots to like about the interior. Chrysler's Uconnect interface is super user-friendly, and it's one of our favorites on the market. There are also a lot of classy interior services -- an available second row entertainment system and a clean dashboard design. Bottom line, the 2017 Pacifica is a refined and impressive family hauler that breaks from lots of the old minivan stereotypes. Some of the top rivals for the Pacifica are the Kia Sedona, the Honda Odyssey, and the Toyota Sienna, which is available with all wheel drive. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
Not to be confused with and totally unrelated to a large crossover wagon of the same name that Chrysler sold in the mid-2000s, the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica replaces the outgoing Town & Country minivan. True, Japanese minivans have typically bested Chrysler's previous minivans in a few key areas, such as powertrain refinement, interior quality and build quality. But the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is looking to change that.
A relatively light yet strong structure provides a solid foundation, while under the hood 287 horsepower is on tap to provide plenty of muscle to swiftly move around city traffic or effortlessly devour the miles on a long interstate road trip. Like all minivans, the Pacifica is space-efficient and great at carrying people and their things. But making a minivan not a snooze to look at is a formidable challenge. Yet Chrysler has managed to do just that as details such as tasteful chrome accents, a jaunty curve to the bodyside character line and hidden sliding door tracks give the Pacifica a handsome presence.
Should you be looking to maximize your miles per gallon in your minivan there is also the option of a Pacifica hybrid, making Chrysler the first to offer a hybrid minivan. Being a plug-in hybrid, the Pacifica Hybrid can run up to a claimed 30 miles on electric power alone before switching over to standard hybrid gas-electric mode. The EPA fuel economy estimates range from 22 mpg combined for the standard Pacifica to 32 mpg combined for the Pacifica Hybrid.
Trim levels start from the base, well-equipped LX through a trio of Touring variants all topped by the plush Limited. Along with the new minivan's name come some handy, new options. These include automatic emergency braking, an automatic parking system (for both parallel and perpendicular parking), a built-in vacuum cleaner and a dual-screen rear video entertainment system. Standard on all is Chrysler's "Stow 'n Go" system of second-row seats that do a great disappearing act as they can be quickly folded and stashed beneath the floor.
Add it all up and the Pacifica stands as one of the top picks for a minivan while also presenting a good value proposition as it often prices out a few grand less than some similarly equipped rivals. Let Edmunds find you the ideal 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
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How do people like the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica? Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Pacifica 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Pacifica.
Review Sleek Ride! I feel like I am in my own private modern spaceship with beautiful dashboard - all cushy leather and modern controls. It feels luxurious, spa-like. I am just engulfed in massage! Great 360 degree camera - beeps on the side that you are about to bump into! Rear camera is great because it also shows you your view from above. The most fun is the SELF PARKING! I love putting my hands high up in the air while the car PARKS ITSELF! Then strangers come over to me and ooh and aah! This is great for NYC parking!!! Here are the caveats: 1) NO SPARE TIRE -Chrysler swapped the interior space for spare tire for the vacuum system. I bumped into a curb on a Sunday night - the inflator was not appropriate because tire had a large hole. Needed a flatbed truck to tow it. Now I have to wait THREE DAYS because dealer can't get tire . 2) the vacuum system is a great idea but they need to improve details. Hose was not screwed down properly - so would not stay in place. Dealer is having trouble screwing it down (in the trunk compartment) because of awkward positioning Stowing the vacuum in the second seat side panel is not easy - this needs improvement. 3) seat stowage - the old town and country was much better at this - not so easy and does not stow exactly flat or hidden 4) the feature to kick and the door opens IS NOT AVAILABLE - false advertising
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Is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica safe? The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 5.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
What options are available on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica?
Available Chrysler Pacifica 2017 Submodel Types: Minivan, Wagon
Available Trims: Limited, Touring-L, Touring Plus, Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus, Touring-L Plus, LX, L, Base
Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Velvet Red Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Molten Silver, Dark Cordovan Pearl Coat, Bright Silver Metallic Clearcoat, Tusk White, Magnesium Pearlcoat, Linen Gold Metallic Pearlcoat, Butane Blue Pearlcoat, Midnight Blue Pearlcoat, Stone White Clearcoat, Brilliant Black Crystal Clearcoat, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearlcoat, Linen Gold Metallic Clearcoat, Modern Blue Pearlcoat, Cognac Crystal Pearlcoat, Atlantic Blue Pearlcoat, Clearwater Blue Pearlcoat, Inferno Red Crystal Pearl Coat, Inferno Red Tinted Pearlcoat, Marine Blue Pearlcoat, Satin Jade Pearlcoat, Sunset Bronze Pearlcoat