Chrysler
Pacifica
2017
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James Flammang
Contributing Editor - April 14, 2016

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
MPG
19 City / 28 Highway

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica OVERVIEW

Earlier in the 21st century, Chrysler offered a Pacifica model, which never set a fire in the marketplace. Now, the Pacifica name has been revived on an all-new, completely different vehicle, supplanting the long-lived Town & Country minivan, which has been around for more than three decades.

What's New for 2017

The Pacifica is a brand-new model, replacing the Town & Country minivan. Built on a new platform, the 2017 Pacifica has a new look that strives to veer away from familiar minivan appearance, as well as a fresh set of features.

Choosing Your Chrysler Pacifica

Under the Pacifica hood, a 3.6-liter V6 engine develops 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, mating with a nine-speed automatic transmission that’s controlled by a rotary e-shifter. Fuel economy is estimated at 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway (22 mpg combined).

Sleeker in appearance than the Town & Country, the front end reveals a few styling cues adapted from the Chrysler 200 sedan. At the rear is a traditional liftback, with a bit more curvature than a minivan would have. LED headlights and foglamps are available.

Chrysler has sought to make the interior more stylish and sedan-like, stressing a horizontal layout that helps avoid the riding-high feeling that’s been typical in minivans.

Stow ‘n Go seating has been redesigned. Available features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a Uconnect Theater for rear occupants, Enter ‘n Go, a three-pane panoramic sunroof, hands-free sliding doors and liftgate, and even an integrated vacuum cleaner. Optional safety features include a 360-degree surround-view camera, ParkSense parallel/perpendicular parking assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and hold, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a backup camera.

Five trim levels are offered, each with front-wheel drive:

LX

Starting at $28,595, the base Pacifica comes with Stow ‘n Go seats, Stow ‘n Go Assist for the driver, a power driver’s seat, active noise cancellation, six-speaker audio, second-row power windows, and Bluetooth connectivity. A backup camera and 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard.

Touring

Stepping up a notch, the $30,495 Touring adds SiriusXM satellite radio, power sliding doors, passive entry, and automatic headlights.

Touring-L

Leather seats, heated front-row seats, three-zone automatic temperature control, remote start, projector headlights, foglamps are standard in the mid-level model, priced at $34,495. So are a power liftgate and chrome accents. The SafetyTec Group includes rear parking assist with stop, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-patch detection.

Touring-L Plus

Rear-seat entertainment is standard in the Touring-L Plus, along with a 7-inch Driver Information Display, heated steering wheel, power passenger seat, heated second-row seats, 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, and 13-speaker Alpine sound.

Limited

Topping the lineup at $42,495, the Limited features Nappa leather seating with memory functions, power third-row seats, ventilated front seats, 3-D navigation, and the vacuum cleaner. HID headlights, LED foglamps, power-folding mirrors, hands-free sliding doors and liftgate, and tri-pane panoramic sunroof are standard.

CarsDirect Tip

Fiat Chrysler claims nearly 40 minivan “firsts” for the Pacifica, along with “class-leading” ride, handling, and noise/vibration/harshness levels. Despite the altered, more sculpted styling, the Pacifica still has the familiar features of a minivan, from sliding doors to an available power liftgate. During the second half of 2016, a Pacifica Hybrid is expected to emerge, qualifying as the first plug-in hybrid minivan.

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