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2018 L Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van
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Price:   -  From $26,995
2018 LX Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $29,795
2018 Touring Plus Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $32,595
2018 Touring L Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $35,945
2018 Touring L Plus Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $39,045
2018 Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus Front-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $39,995
2018 Pacifica Hybrid Touring L Front-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $41,995
2018 Limited Front-Wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $44,095
2018 Pacifica Hybrid Limited Front-wheel Drive Passenger Van Price:   -  From $44,995


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.

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Pricing for the entry-level L trim starts at $28,090 (all prices include the $1,095 destination fee) and comes with 17-inch steel wheels, cruise control, power windows, cloth seats, Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, a third-row Stow n’ Go bench seat, a six-speaker audio system, and Uconnect 4 with a seven-inch touchscreen display. The only available package for the L trim is an alarm ($495) that adds a 24/7 electronic vehicle tracking, which is offered on every trim.

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Starting at $30,890, the LX trim adds a variety of features over the base model. The minivan gets a stop-start system for the V6 engine, a more comfortable suspension, 17-inch aluminum wheels, three-zone manual temperature control, LED running lights with halogen headlights, LED tailights, ambient surround lighting, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and second-row bucket seats as standard. Aside from the alarm, the LX's only notable optional extra is the $795 Tire and Wheel Group, which swaps out the base 17-inch wheels for a more stylish set. An eight-passenger seating setup is $495.

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Touring Plus

The Touring Plus trim adds power-sliding doors, premium fog lamps, a black grille, automatic headlights, a power liftgate, heated and power-operated mirrors, three-zone automatic climate control, remote start, SiriusXM satellite radio, a security alarm, and remote proximity over the LX trim. Prices for the Touring Plus model starts at $33,690. The Touring Plus trim has all of the same available packages and options as the LX model, but the Tire and Wheel Group costs $100 more because it adds 18-inch wheels.

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Touring L

Priced at $36,590, the Touring L adds a Stow ‘n Place roof rack, grocery bag hooks, second- and third-row retractable shades, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and perforated leather trim as standard.

The Touring L is available with the Advanced SafetyTec Group, which adds automatic emergency braking with forward collision warning, a seven-inch color display in the instrument cluster, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beams, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, and automatic parallel and perpendicular parking assist. The Advanced SafetyTec Group costs $995, but since its requires the $895 Premium Audio Group (13-speaker audio system, Uconnect 4 with a 8.4-inch display, Active Noise Control System, HD radio, and a USB charge port for the third row), the real-world cost for the all the safety gear is $1,890.

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Touring L Plus

The Touring L Plus starts at $39,790 and comes with rear ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 115-volt power outlet, a heated steering wheel, illuminated cup holders, power windows with one-touch up/down, eight-way power front seats, heated second-row seats, Stow ‘n Go Assist on the passenger side, a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, and 8.4-inch touchscreen display as standard.

The Touring L Plus trim includes all of the same gear from the Touring L plus the Trailer Tow Group ($995) that adds a trailer tow wiring harness, a hitch with a two-inch receiver, a heavy-duty radiator, and Trailer Sway Damping and a Harman Kardon Sound Group ($695) that adds a 20-speaker sound system and a 760-watt amplifier. Hands-free power-sliding doors are also available, ringing up at $795.

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Starting at $44,790, the range-topping Limited trim adds hands-free sliding doors, a hands-free liftgate, LED fog lamps, HID headlights, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, a plusher steering wheel, a Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum cleaner, premium leather-trimmed seats, third-row power folding Stow ‘n Go bench seats, and ventilated front seats as standard.

Available packages for the Limited trim include all of the Touring L Plus' offerings, while the eight-passenger seating arrangement and the 20-inch wheel group are packaged together as a no-cost option (although it does delete the panoramic sunroof). The Uconnect Theater with Streaming ($1,995) adds a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, a Blu-Ray/DVD player, an HDMI port, a pair of 10.1-inch setback-mounted video screens, a remote control, wireless headphones, and a USB video port. A version of this package with the 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system rings up at $2,690.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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In the year following its introduction, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica receives a new, lower-priced entry-level trim, the Pacifica L, adding another dimension to a vehicle that in terms of style, safety, features, and versatility, stands at the top of the minivan class.

Best Value

2018 Pacifica models range in price from $28,535 for a base L trim to nearly $50,000 for a fully-optioned, range-topping Limited model. All regular Pacificas (a hybrid model is also offered and listed separately) are front-wheel-drive and equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic.

We'd skip the L, LX, and Touring Plus trims and head straight for the Touring L with its easier-to-clean leather seats (these are family haulers, after all). The Touring L builds on the Touring Plus upgrades (power sliding doors, fog lights, automatic headlights, power liftgate, heated outside mirrors, 3-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and keyless entry with pushbutton start) with a roof rack, rain-sensing wipers, second- and third-row sunshades, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. The Touring L also allows access to a number of optional safety features not available on lower trims.

  • Model: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 287 hp / 262 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy (start-stop models) 18 City / 28 Hwy (L model)
  • Options: Advanced SafetyTec Group ($995, surround view camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, acoustic windshield glass)
  • Base Price: $36,590 (including a $1,095 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $37,585


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The Pacifica's V6 offers crisp acceleration and is paired to Fiat Chrysler's nine-speed automatic that, at least in this application, shifts nearly flawlessly (this transmission is notoriously finicky in other FCA products). That, combined with its smooth, controlled handling, makes it a top choice as a family hauler.

The only things holding the Pacifica back are an overly-stiff brake pedal that's difficult to modulate and the lack of an all-wheel-drive option.

Interior and Exterior

With the Pacifica's crisp, upscale, urban-inspired styling, we finally have a minivan with the looks to match its versatility. A low beltline offers excellent driver visibility, the interior features a flowing, stitched dash, plenty of places to stash your stuff, seating for up to 8 adults (on some models), and second and third row seating that folds into the floor for maximum payload capacity. During normal use, those same cubbies are available for additional storage.

Only one nit here: in a cost-saving move, the L model comes without the middle row stow-and-go seats, so plan on upgrading if you ever plan on hauling stuff rather than people.

The Best and Worst Things

The Pacifica's combination of good looks, slick interior, and overall versatility make it the star of the minivan class. But while it offers the availability of a wide range of advanced safety systems, the most useful features are limited to the Touring L trim and above.

Right For? Wrong For?

Chrysler Pacifica

It's really a shame that consumers are migrating away from minivans to crossovers, as the Pacifica's blend of style, comfort, versatility, and fuel efficiency make it a more compelling choice for most families.

At the same time, it's important to point out that despite everything FCA has done, the Pacifica is still a minivan, so singles need not apply.

The Bottom Line

Despite lacking the choice of advanced safety features on lower trim models, its sleek styling, solid handling, and innate versatility make the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica the top choice in the minivan class.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 287 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
9-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 28 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.6L V-6 / 287 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 28 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Trailing Arm
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
140.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
165 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
203.6 "
Exterior Width
79.6 "
Exterior Height
69.9 "
Front Headroom
40.1 "
Rear Headroom
39.6 "
Front Legroom
41.1 "
Rear Legroom
39.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
63.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
63.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,330 Lbs.
Wheel Base
122 "
Turning Radius
19.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Black Steel
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Driver / Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parksense With Stop Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Sentry Key
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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