2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for December 2016
Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
The month of December slipped quickly into holidays as it always does, which means vacations were underway and people were traveling to various locations to spend time with family. Edmunds Chief Revenue Officer George Kang was able to spend some quality time and log miles in our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which included a trip up to the snowy peaks of Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California.
During his round-trip drive spanning 12 or so hours, he came away impressed with the ride quality and handling (he owns a 2007 Honda Odyssey Touring). He also lauded the Pacifica's stowaway middle row for its uncanny ability to swallow, with ease, four pairs of rental skis and a snowboard, greatly simplifying transport to and from a local ski shop.
Minivans are still the ultimate road-trip vehicles.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
With over 1,400 miles traveled during the month of December, the odometer is the only thing that budged on the Pacifica's fuel spreadsheet. Average lifetime mpg stays at an even 19.0 mpg, which isn't surprising after seeing our monthly average mpg clock in at 19.2, a dip from the previous month's highway-heavy figure. We're still a ways from matching the EPA highway target of 28 mpg, but we have six more months to try.
Average lifetime mpg: 19.0 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 22 mpg combined (18 city/28 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.0 mpg
Best range: 426.6 miles
Current odometer: 9,626 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Try as I might, I can't get the Pacifica's ZF-built nine-speed automatic to behave badly. It was equally difficult to get the same transmission in our long-term Acura TLX to act right. Ditto the ZF nine-speed in our Jeep Renegade. I was convinced that this transmission compromised every car it ended up in. Not sure what Chrysler did to tame it, but it feels just fine in this application, upshifting smoothly from a stop and not really drawing attention to itself." — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist
"I can't believe nobody's hooked up the vacuum in our Pacifica yet. I just did. And it works great. I guess that obligates me to clean up this disgusting carpet." — Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing
"The steering wheel in our Pacifica has an unusually thick rim, and the prominent plastic housings for the fingertip tuning and volume controls — located on the rear of the horizontal spokes — make it even more of a handful. Not ideal for a 9-and-3 grip."— Josh Sadlier