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2018 Chrysler Pacifica OVERVIEW
The minivan segment isn’t what it used to be, but no one told the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica that. Since its 2017 redesign, this people mover has represented a sharp right turn for modern minivans with its handsome looks, nifty seating system, and powerful engine. Chrysler may have invented the minivan, but with the Pacifica, the automaker is looking to bring some light back into an overlooked segment.
What's New for 2018
Chrysler has made a host of changes for the 2018 Pacifica. For starters, there’s a new entry-level L model that undercuts last year’s base trim, the LX, by $2,000 with a price tag of $28,090 (including a $1,095 destination charge).
The majority of other changes involve new features, including the SafetyTec Group, which adds rear park assist and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert to the Pacifica’s list of standard equipment. Other additions are model specific – the Touring Plus trim gets remote start and a security alarm as standard, the Touring L trim scores a new Premium Group with a 13-speaker audio system, available power passenger seat, and perforated leather seats, while the Touring L Plus gets a standard Uconnect infotainment and navigation system with an 8.4-inch screen and a panoramic sunroof and a 20-speaker audio system as optional extras.
On the technology front, the Pacifica benefits from the latest generation of Uconnect that is available with either a seven-inch or 8.4-inch touchscreen. The top-end Uconnect system, which is standard on the Touring L Plus and above, adds 4G Wi-Fi to the minivan. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard across the range.
On the outside, the new Pacifica gets a host of trim-specific changes. The Touring Plus trim recieves new wheels and body-color mirrors, a Chrome Stow ‘n Place roof rack is a new addition on the Touring L trim, while new exterior paint colors include Ocean Blue Metallic and Copper Pearl Coat.
While we usually recommend going for a more affordable trim, consumers that plan to use the Pacifica as a do-it-all vehicle capable of entertaining seven passengers should go all-in and consider the Pacifica Limited with the UConnect Theater and Advanced SafetyTec packages. The Stow ‘n Go Assist will surely come in handy while the 10-inch seatback touchscreens will keep passengers entertained, and the optional suite of safety features will give consumers real peace of mind.