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.
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 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.