2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for October 2016
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
Much like the month before, our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica spent most of its time ferrying kids to and from school before our editors headed to work. There were a few detours along the way, however, and not all of them included kids.
Dan Edmunds used the Pacifica as an impromptu camper during a LeMons race on one lonely weekend in Central California. It worked well except for the fact that he forgot a few key pieces of equipment. On another occasion, the Pacifica transported four adults to a local NHL game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, a short trip of about 15 miles each way. Our Pacifica also hauled a floor jack to a driveway oil-change session and swallowed an Ikea dresser during a move.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We notched our best full month so far, achieving 19.9 mpg over 1,433 miles. Considering that many of those miles were rolled up in urban settings, a 10 percent improvement on the EPA's city rating isn't too shabby. We'll see if we can edge closer to the 22 mpg combined figure with some road trips in the coming months.
Average lifetime mpg: 18.5 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 22 mpg combined (18 city/28 highway)
Best fill mpg: 25.0 mpg
Best range: 424.6 miles
Current odometer: 6,723 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"These vans might be designed for hauling kids, but they're equally adept at carrying adults in perfect comfort. Drove with another couple to an Anaheim Ducks game, and they were pleasantly surprised with the interior of the Pacifica. 'This looks and feels like a luxury car' was just one of their comments from the trip. 'The navigation screen in this car makes my BMW's system look ancient' was another." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
"As much as I like the crisp and clear navigation display on the Pacifica, the touchscreen controls are a little too slow to respond for my taste. I often zoom the display screen in and out to see what kind of traffic is up ahead. The '+' and '-' buttons are sometimes hard to hit just right. I always prefer a hard button or knob for that function." — Ed Hellwig
"Our Pacifica has a roof rack with stowable crossrails. It only takes a minute or two to change it from full crossbars to no crossbars at all. And no tools are required because it's all done with thumbscrews. Also, note the molded-in tie-down hooks. Well done." — Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
"Only one thing prevented me from getting a good night's sleep in our Chrysler Pacifica... the air mattress I forgot to bring. Spacewise, it's a great minivan for car-camping because of its Stow 'n Go middle-row seats." — Dan Edmunds