Trimmed-down lineup, same gorgeous minivan. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica received a leaner lineup. Don't worry, Chrysler isn’t trimming the Pacifica’s lineup in preparation for its demise.

It instead removed the basic L and LX trims and shifted them to the revived Chrysler Voyager model, leaving just the Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited trims. This shift in trims makes the Pacifica a more premium minivan.

As handsome as a minivan can be. It's not often people utter the words “minivan” and “handsome” in the same breath, but the Pacifica is an exception. It not only boasts one of the best-executed front ends in its class, it manages to strike a not-so-soccer-parent profile and finishes it off with a futuristic-looking backside. And we mean the latter in a good way, not the Toyota Previa way.

It pulls off such a great look by paying close attention to the details that make minivans … well, ugly. This starts with thoughtfully stashing the sliding-door track under the rear windows and out of sight, breaking up the long sides with plenty of curves and ridges, and adding plenty of well-placed chrome and black accents to distract the eye.

Inside, its good looks continue with swoopy dashboard accents, a space-saving rotary shifter, a floating dash setup, and a luxurious-looking two-tone steering wheel. It's hard to find a part of the Pacifica’s design that isn’t incredible, and the parts that weren’t great in previous years are now part of the Voyager lineup.

With all this style comes nosebleed seating in the pricing department. With starting prices ranging from $34,990 to $45,940, the Pacifica zooms by a lot of sharp three-row crossovers. For example, the Honda Pilot starts from $32,645.


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Loads of features but limited safety gear. The Chrysler Pacifica leaves no one craving more features, as it comes standard with all the key goodies like 17-inch wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Stow ‘n Go seating, and more.

Want more features? The Pacifica loads them on at each trim level, starting with retractable rear sunshades and illuminated cup holders in the Touring L trim to leather upholstery and an integrated vacuum on the Limited.

Where the Pacifica falls short is its standard safety features. Yes, it comes with blind-spot monitoring and rear parking sensors, as any minivan should, but automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and other important active safety features come in at-cost packages. The Kia Sedona and even the aging Toyota Sienna offer these and more safety bits standard.

Make your carpool greener and your wallet lighter. Sure, it looks better than anything else in its class, but where the Pacifica really makes an impact is its hybrid model.

The Pacifica Hybrid takes the thought that a minivan cannot go green and flips it on its head with a 32-mile all-electric range and an EPA-estimated 300 miles per gallon combined when the battery’s juice runs out. The closest minivan to the Pacifica Hybrid in fuel economy is the Honda Odyssey at 22 mpg combined.

The big issue with this thrifty minivan that can travel 520 miles on a full tank and a full charge is it carries an obscene price tag that starts at $41,490 and tops out at $47,240. Why blow that much when you can pick up the Toyota Highlander Hybrid up for just $38,640?

Final thoughts. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica is an amazing minivan and one of the most revolutionary models since its ancestor, the Dodge Caravan, arrived in the 1980s. That said, it comes at a hefty price that starts thousands more than the competition, and the hybrid model’s prohibitive price kills any fuel savings you may see.

EPA numbers indicate the average driver would need to own the Pacifica Hybrid for nearly eight years to break even relative to the non-hybrid model.

Buyers looking for a lower price can shop for just about any minivan and come out on top, including the Chrysler Voyager. Buyers who want the best safety gear for their families will find all the advanced stay-safe bits standard in the Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna.

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