Trim Levels and Features
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has five trims: Touring, LX, Touring-L, Limited, and Touring-L Plus.
The Pacifica LX comes with alloy wheels of 17 inches, heated mirrors, LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and ignition, second-row seats that are foldable, seven passenger capacity, a power driver seat that is eight-way adjustable, a 60/40-split folding third-row seat, three-zone climate control, a telescoping-and-tilt steering wheel, center touchscreen display of 5 inches, electric parking brake, Bluetooth, rearview camera, voice commands, a sound system with six speakers, auxiliary input and USB, and Uconnect Access.
The Touring has satellite radio and power sliding rear doors in addition to the LX's features. The Touring-L has in addition foglights, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, a better exterior trim, LED taillights, blind-spot monitoring, a security alarm, leather seating, automatic three-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, and rear cross traffic alert.
The Touring-L Plus has in addition to the above features upgraded headlights, an improved driver information display, a power passenger seat that is eight-way adjustable, ambient interior lighting, sunshades in the second and third rows, heated seats in the second row, a sound system with 13 speakers, touchscreen of 8.4 inches, a rear entertainment system in the second row with a Blu-ray player, two 10-inch touchscreens, and HDMI and USB inputs.
The Limited comes with an optional entertainment system, wheels of 18 inches, sliding door functionality, a hands-free liftgate, xenon headlights, tow sunroofs, power-folding mirrors, and LED foglights. It also has driver memory settings, a navigation system, upgraded ambient interior lighting and leather upholstery, inbuilt vacuum cleaner, third-row power-folding seats and ventilated front seats. There are options for a tow package, wheels of 20 inches, a removable center second-row seat, and a Harman Kardon audio system with 20 speakers.
The Pacifica has a sleek slim nose with bright metal trimmed side glass.
Front passengers feel wrapped up by the dash in the interior. The dash is stitched and sculpted to perfection, unlike that of old Chrysler minivans. Gone are the old boxy rectangular shapes inside. The dash is mounted with a high resolution infotainment touchscreen and the steering wheel has a thin rim of metallic trim.
The Chrysler Pacifica comes with a new drivetrain and platform. It now has better acceleration and grip compared to its rivals.
It is powered by a keyless-ignited V-6 3.6-liter engine that is lighter and 5 percent more efficient than the previous model's engine. It has smooth but strong acceleration on the road with 287 horsepower and a crisp V-6 punch.
The 2017 Pacifica also has improved fuel economy. It has a 22 combined mpg. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is expected to do better, although it is not currently on the market. The plug-in models come with a lithium-ion battery of 16-kwh that is mated to an electrically variable transmission and two electric motors. It should go 30 miles on electricity alone, with a city driving EPA rating of 80 mpge.
Ride and Handling
The 2017 Pacifica comes with a new rear trailing-arm suspension and front strut that enables an exciting response when pushed to its limits. Its strong body structure makes it even more impressive.
It sets a new bar for minivans in terms of handling and ride quality. Its suspension smooths out bumpy rides, while its heavy steering keeps it tracking straight on highways.
It responds well when on challenging roads when it's in low gear range. It has a balanced ride with steering that winds and unwinds into corners in a natural manner.
Comfort and Utility
Minivans from Chrysler are the only ones with foldable seating in two rows. The Pacifica has the layout and other improvements that make it primed for passenger duty more than cargo duty.
Of all minivans on offer today, the Pacifica is the longest according to the spec sheet. It is 203.6 inches in length with a 121.6-inch wheelbase and a width of 79.6 inches. It starts at 4,330 pounds in curb weight on base models.
It has interior space of 197.3 cubic inches, with 165 cubic feet of the space taken by passenger space. Space is distributed with 140.5, 87.5, and 32.3 cubic feet behind the first, second, and third rows respectively.
Its advanced seating system allows you to tuck the seats of the second row under the floor. It has the capacity to carry 8 people or dozens of 4-by-8s. This makes it among the most spacious and flexible cars on the market. The ability to stow-away the seats in the second row makes the van a very useful vehicle.
The front passenger and driver have the roomiest space in every direction, with the pair of seats offering a splendid view of the road ahead, with deep storage bins surrounding them at the dash, on the console in between the seats, and in the doors. With its rotary shift dial, there is no concern for lost space for the lever.
The gas-powered Pacifica comes with Stow 'n' Go Assist. This helps in moving the front seats out of the way to allow quick folding of the second-row seats. It is done by a mere flip of a lever with a firm press and the seats of the second row are latched into place, folded fully to the floor.
Compared to the Town and Country, the Pacifica has more spacious and comfortable second-row seats for adult passengers. This has been accomplished by padding them more. The tilt feature allows easy access to the seat in the third row when a child safety seat is in place in the second-row seats.
The seats in the third row are better for accommodating adults than any other minivan you'll come across. They are easy to climb into and have ample headroom for taller passengers and very comfortable seat cushioning. Some models have third-row seats that can power-recline as well as power-fold into the floor when necessary. Many versions have the seats in the third row surrounded by storage for small items, cup holders, and HDMI inputs and USB charging ports for the rear-seat entertainment system. When all the seats behind the front row are folded into the floor, the Pacifica has a cavernous cargo storage capacity.
The new Pacifica's early scores from the IIHS show that it's ahead of the curve so far, with a new architecture in use that is developed specifically for minivans and crossover SUVs.
With the new architecture that targets crossover SUVs and minivans, the Pacifica scores very highly when rated by the IIHS. The minivan got 'Good' scores in crash tests conducted on top of a 'Superior' score for the tests on the front crash prevention systems. It was also named a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with these. The NHTSA has given the Pacifica five stars overall, affirming its safety. However, it got a four-star rating for its rollover resistance.
It outpaces its rivals with the available and standard safety features it is outfitted with. Bluetooth and a rearview camera are standard for all trims, with the Pacifica the first van by Chrysler that has advanced features like forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, and automatic emergency braking. It also has perpendicular and parallel parking assist and a warning system for lane departure that brings the vehicle back to its proper lane as it detects the car crossing the line.
Relative to its length, the 2017 Pacifica has an impressive rear-quarter view with excellent outward vision. Its sliding side doors sit on low hanging hinges, with part of the glass over the hinges eliminating many of the common blind spots. However, there is still an option for blind spot monitors.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is for sale in Lawrence, KS, near Kansas City, Leawood, Topeka and Gardner. Consider a test drive, and you'll soon find yourself driving an unique vehicle with versatility and style.