Looking for a minivan with stylish looks and clever features? The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Bryn MacKinnon, and this is an Edmunds expert rundown of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Basically, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is an all-new vehicle. It was previously known as the Town and Country, but now it gets the Pacifica name taken from an older Chrysler SUV. It has impressive tricks like Stow n' Go seats and all the minivan stuff you'd expect, like big cargo space and a roomy third row. If you need to tow with a Pacifica, it can pull up to 3,600 pounds, which is 100 pounds more than most of its rivals. Not a huge difference, but it's still a leader. Fuel economy is pretty much on average for the segment with the EPA giving the Pacifica a combined rating of 22 miles per gallon. There are a few quirks with the Pacifica, though. The nine speed automatic transmission isn't our favorite. And the second row seats aren't as comfortable as they are in rival minivans. On the highway, the Pacifica is quiet and comfortable. And there's lots to like about the interior. Chrysler's Uconnect interface is super user-friendly, and it's one of our favorites on the market. There are also a lot of classy interior services -- an available second row entertainment system and a clean dashboard design. Bottom line, the 2017 Pacifica is a refined and impressive family hauler that breaks from lots of the old minivan stereotypes. Some of the top rivals for the Pacifica are the Kia Sedona, the Honda Odyssey, and the Toyota Sienna, which is available with all wheel drive. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
Not to be confused with and totally unrelated to a large crossover wagon of the same name that Chrysler sold in the mid-2000s, the new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica replaces the outgoing Town & Country minivan. True, Japanese minivans have typically bested Chrysler's previous minivans in a few key areas, such as powertrain refinement, interior quality and build quality. But the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is looking to change that.
A relatively light yet strong structure provides a solid foundation, while under the hood 287 horsepower is on tap to provide plenty of muscle to swiftly move around city traffic or effortlessly devour the miles on a long interstate road trip. Like all minivans, the Pacifica is space-efficient and great at carrying people and their things. But making a minivan not a snooze to look at is a formidable challenge. Yet Chrysler has managed to do just that as details such as tasteful chrome accents, a jaunty curve to the bodyside character line and hidden sliding door tracks give the Pacifica a handsome presence.
Should you be looking to maximize your miles per gallon in your minivan there is also the option of a Pacifica hybrid, making Chrysler the first to offer a hybrid minivan. Being a plug-in hybrid, the Pacifica Hybrid can run up to a claimed 30 miles on electric power alone before switching over to standard hybrid gas-electric mode. The EPA fuel economy estimates range from 22 mpg combined for the standard Pacifica to 32 mpg combined for the Pacifica Hybrid.
Trim levels start from the base, well-equipped LX through a trio of Touring variants all topped by the plush Limited. Along with the new minivan's name come some handy, new options. These include automatic emergency braking, an automatic parking system (for both parallel and perpendicular parking), a built-in vacuum cleaner and a dual-screen rear video entertainment system. Standard on all is Chrysler's "Stow 'n Go" system of second-row seats that do a great disappearing act as they can be quickly folded and stashed beneath the floor.
Add it all up and the Pacifica stands as one of the top picks for a minivan while also presenting a good value proposition as it often prices out a few grand less than some similarly equipped rivals. Let Edmunds find you the ideal 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
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