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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 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 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: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on November 10, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Previously known as a wagon-like crossover from the Daimler-Chrysler era, the Chrysler Pacifica has been reinvented as a minivan, taking the place of the venerable Town & Country. It carries over popular features like Stow-and-Go seating while adding an in-car vacuum cleaner and a much more contemporary look and feel. Our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has made a favorable first impression, but now it's time to see how it performs at our test track.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Going Camping to Get Acquainted

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editors on August 18, 2016

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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.

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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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