2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for May 2017
by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
For most of May, the Edmunds long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica spent its time in the wilds of Fresno, California, at the hands of Senior Automotive Editor Brent Romans. As one of the parents on staff, this pairing made perfect sense, and if you read his comments below, the Pacifica seemed to agree with him.
Click on through to see what kind of dad stuff Brent did in our dad van.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We logged 1,245 miles in the month of May and poured 59.5 gallons of 87-octane fuel into the tank in the process. That pencils out to 20.9 mpg, which pushed our overall average up by 0.2 mpg. We're still well short of the EPA's combined estimate and have yet to meet the highway estimate, too. Our yearlong test is set to end in June and we're still some 4,000 miles short of our 20,000-mile target, so I get the feeling a long road trip is in order.
Average lifetime mpg: 19.2
EPA mpg rating: 22 combined (18 city/28 highway)
Best fill mpg: 26.2
Best range: 430.6 miles
Current odometer: 15,905 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"We've had our Pacifica in our long-term fleet for about nine months now. As Josh Sadlier noted in our December update, the nine-speed automatic transmission, though potentially suspect, works just fine. Maybe there are others on our staff who are more critical and just haven't voiced their complaint. But in my opinion the tranny upshifts smoothly in normal driving and downshifts when I need it to." — Brent Romans, senior automotive editor
"My 20-year-old self would be greatly disappointed to hear this, but I enjoy driving our long-term Pacifica. Well, to clarify, it's more about how the Pacifica fits into my life than it is about the 'driving.' While I do appreciate the V6's power and the van's stable handling, the Pacifica's sliding rear doors, thoughtful interior storage areas, easily configurable seating and full boat of tech are what get 46-year-old Brent thinking, 'Yeah, this is cool.' My wife thinks minivans are lame, but I'd be fine driving a Pacifica every day." — Brent Romans
"There was a comment from Ron Montoya in an earlier update about the main USB port in our Pacifica. I've encountered the same issue. It doesn't connect or even charge my iPhone. I've also tested an Android device. Same problem." — Brent Romans
"Just a small observation: The Pacifica has a capless fuel filler. This feature is slowly making its way onto more cars, and it's nice to see it on our van. You just open the flap and insert the gas pump nozzle. It just works, and you no longer have to mess around with a cap. Win." — Brent Romans