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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing Operations

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Where Did We Drive It?
July was a highway-heavy month of driving for our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. I know because most of those miles were spent with my butt in the driver's seat. My kids are still too young to tie their own shoes. So at this age, a minivan is our preferred method for vacation transportation. And we had a road trip in the works.

Summer break is coming to an end, as is our Pacifica's time in the long-term fleet. We decided to celebrate both with a getaway to Mammoth, California. This wasn't my first 1,000-mile jaunt in the Chrysler. Or my second. Yet I still came away from the trip with some new impressions. The van also served as utilitarian, hauling gear to the test track, people and cameras to video shoots, and home decor from, well, the home decor store.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Where Did We Drive It?

This month our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica handled the usual commuting, including some school carpool duties, but also two road trips. One was a drive to Palm Springs for a guys' weekend; the other was a family trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks in Utah. These journeys put the van's interior space and general ease of use in the spotlight, which is as it should be: Hauling families and their belongings from A to B is sort of the minivan's "raisin detra," as the French say.

As a special treat Mike Schmidt, Edmunds vehicle testing senior manager, pampered the Pacifica with a hand wash. Make sure to look for his meditation on bathing the car below.

Also in April, Automotive Editor Dan Frio took time to post a more in-depth look at how the Pacifica's semi-autonomous features, such as adaptive cruise control, work in the real world. Spoiler alert: They're not the best, but they're better than nothing.

All in all, our Chrysler won some friends this month, even if we do see room for improvement.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a light mileage month for our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. We added 1,181 miles to the odometer, short of our usual average (we aim for 1,600-1,700 a month), mostly on longer commutes to and from the office. This gave us a heightened sense of the Pacifica's livability, and that feeling only improves the more we spend time in the van. Whether it's the second-row USB charging ports, reclining third-row seats or rear headrests that the driver can fold down at the press of a button, the Pacifica makes a convincing case as a homegrown alternative to the Asian vans that dominate the segment.

Of note, we achieved the best fuel economy of our test so far in March, averaging 26.2 mpg on one tank in mixed driving. That kind of performance nudged our lifetime fuel economy up to 18.5 mpg, which still seems woefully underachieving. We want a modern minivan than can clear 20 mpg all day, not one that hovers around the fuel economy of a full-size truck. This makes us all the more curious to see what the forthcoming Pacifica Hybrid brings to the table.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Where Did We Drive It?
Every now and then, we lend one of our long-term test vehicles to an Edmunds employee outside our department so we can take a look at it through a new set of eyes. Our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been in our fleet for a little while now, and we found the perfect person to take it for an extended test drive.

Our director of product management, Alison Anziska, loves her 2014 Honda Odyssey. It's always going to be tough to sway an owner of what many consider the king of the minivan hill. But we've been impressed with the Pacifica so far, and we thought she might be, too, so we handed her the reins for three weeks.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for December 2016

Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Mike Schmidt, Senior Manager, Vehicle Testing

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Where Did We Drive It?
Unlike in previous months, our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica spent more time on the open highway than it did on school duty or in commuter traffic. In the month of November, the van was largely hogged by me. And in typical minivan fashion, it spent its days shuttling our crew to and from family gatherings.

I initially snagged the Pacifica for a trip to meet relatives in Yosemite National Park. It was during these 700 miles that I gathered most of my driving impressions. But after the big trip we also took day trips all over Southern California to hang with family, including over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Almost three weeks' worth of adventures spanned the counties of Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Orange, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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. 

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Introduction

by Kelly Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 16, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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. 

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