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.
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.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editors on August 18, 2016
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica wasn't in our fleet long before I put in my request for the keys. I needed something big, with lots of seating and storage space and our other minivan, the Kia Sedona, was on it's way out.
by Kelly Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 16, 2016
When Chrysler introduced the minivan in 1984 with its original Dodge Caravan, it was the ultimate family vehicle. It made the station wagons of the time look archaic in comparison, and the vehicles we now know as modern SUVs didn't even exist yet.
Now 30 years on, SUVs have taken over as the vehicle of choice for many families, but the minivan isn't dead just yet. The latest models have features that no SUV can match, and the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the latest example. It has seats that disappear when they're not needed, an on-board vacuum for cleaning up after the kids and even a Wi-Fi hot spot for keeping everyone connected.
This new minivan has more than just a long list of available features. It also has a completely new design inside and out, a more powerful engine under the hood and even a hybrid option. Every element of the Pacifica has been redesigned to make it perfect for families who need a little bit of everything. We intend to see how close Chrysler got to its goal over the next 12 months as we put the Pacifica to the test in our long-term fleet.