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.
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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Overview
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.
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Review
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.
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
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?
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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