2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for June 2017
by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations
Where Did We Drive It?
June marked 12 months with our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. We spent the past four weeks doing what the minivan has shown us it does well: Haul stuff. The Pacifica acted as a support car for multiple photo and video shoots. It also carried people and gear to the track for instrumented testing. Additionally, we used the van to transport drywall from the local home supply store.
This was the month editor Josh Sadlier volunteered to spend an entire day in the third row of the Chrysler, considering it a far cry better than the Caravan it replaced. It was in that same moment he also pledged his support to the Pacifica in any minivan-or-crossover debate. Additionally, a run to Home Depot gave me an opportunity to learn something new about the van's cargo area.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We accumulated just under 1,600 miles on the Pacifica in June. The mix of driving situations must have been just right because our lifetime stats were virtually unchanged from May.
Average lifetime mpg: 19.1
EPA mpg rating: 22 combined (18 city/28 highway)
Best fill mpg: 26.2
Best range: 430.6 miles
Current odometer: 17,498 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Really impressed by the third-row accommodations in this van. Legroom, under-thigh support, headroom, you name it. That's pretty much expected of a modern minivan of course, but, man, I could ride back here all day and feel pampered the whole time. In the Pacifica, even the third row is first-class." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"I had just lowered the rear seats of the Pacifica to create a flat load floor when I noticed these helpful guides for the first time. There is one on each side. They don't seem like much. But they gave a flat surface that made it easier for me to slide a standard 4-by-8 sheet of drywall into the back of the van." — Mike Schmidt, senior manager, vehicle testing operations
"I know the Pacifica is an all-new vehicle, but for those of us who remember the old long-term 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan and its Chrysler Town & Country counterpart, there's quite a stigma to overcome. Those vans did not exactly inspire confidence with their build quality or overall refinement. I'm pleased to report that the Pacifica puts them squarely in the rearview mirror. Nothing jumps out at me as obvious corner-cutting in the Pacifica's interior, and the driving experience is pleasantly smooth. I'd even call it graceful. I genuinely enjoy spending time with this van. It's a huge step forward in an automotive era that's generally defined by incremental progress." — Josh Sadlier
"Every time I drive the Pacifica I am reminded that minivans are simply better everyday vehicles than crossovers. Sure, crossovers have more ground clearance, but that means a higher cargo floor and a less spacious interior. Sure, crossovers look tough (well, sort of), but most of them spend exactly as much time off-roading as our Pacifica. I totally get the appeal of a real SUV; I harbor an unrelenting desire for a previous-generation 4Runner V8, because I want that go-anywhere freedom as much as the next American. But crossovers can't really give you that freedom, and they also can't haul people and stuff nearly as well as minivans. Case closed, for me, at least." — Josh Sadlier