Back in 1984, the Chrysler Corporation started a revolution with the most unlikely of combatants. It introduced, into the newly created segment of minivans, a carbureted 96-horsepower, 2.2-liter four-cylinder. It went 0-60 mph in 14-seconds and took 256-feet to stop from 70 mph. It had the aerodynamics of a barn door and, if you actually put people in it, everything got worse. Yet as awful as it was, it managed to change the course of family motoring forever.
Fast-forward 32 years to the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica you see here and everything has changed. It packs almost 300 hp, is beautifully designed, and is one of the most versatile people movers I’ve seen in quite some time thanks to some wonderful engineering. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the new icon.
While our test model came priced at an MSRP of $49,270.00*, however, they start as low as $28,595* MSRP.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Exterior:
Designed for life on the go, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes to us with smooth flowing lines and a presence that elevates minivan design. This is an organic-looking vehicle that’s free of sharp edges and rough surfaces. The body is smooth with cascading panels that give the Pacifica a soft elegance never before seen in this segment. While there are some front-end similarities to the Chrysler 200, rest assured that the Pacifica seeks to forge its own road. The sliding rear door track, for instance, is hidden from view. The 20-inch alloy wheels fit perfectly under the wheel arches and even the rear hatch seems to utilize the right amount of blacked out trim and tint to make the Pacifica appear smaller than its overall length of 203.6 inches.
Available in 9 colors and 5 different trim levels (LX, Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited), the Pacifica has a model for everyone. A hybrid model is also planned for later this year. The Pacifica seeks to accommodate those who are just starting a family, to those seeking to expand. It should be noted that base LX and Touring models lack items like roof rails, lower body trim moldings, projector beam headlamps, additional driving lights, and the more aggressive front fascia that can be found on the L, L Plus, and Limited models. With that being said, even the base LX is quite the looker.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Interior:
Stow n’ Go – that’s just one of the features that help make the 2017 Pacifica standout. Collapsing the rear seats (both rows) directly into the floor means you go from family hauler to full-size hauler in no time. Whether you’re dropping the kids off at school or hauling a 250cc dirt bike, the Pacifica can accommodate. The optional UConnect Theater and Sound group, for instance, equips the Pacifica with a standard 115v AC outlet, a larger 220-amp alternator, a Harman Kardon stereo with 20 speakers and a 760-watt amp, Blu-ray/DVD player, and seatback video screens. Seriously, this thing has a better system than my house. There’s also a standard backup camera, an integrated vacuum (amazing), and Chrysler’s new UConnect 8.4-inch Nav display which shows information about your music, entertainment options, and vehicle settings.
The outside of the Pacifica says minivan, but the interior says anything but. This is a vehicle of convenience. It exists to make your life easier and more comfortable. From the tri-pane panoramic sunroof and 3-zone climate control system to the heated front seats and steering wheel, never once did I find myself wanting for an option that wasn’t there. Now granted, our tester was a fully-loaded Limited model with a price north of $47k*, but even if one opts for a base LX which starts at $28,595*, you’ll be treated to a host of great standard features.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Performance:
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That’s the philosophy behind the decision to equip the 2017 Pacifica with the proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. With 287 horsepower and 262-lb.ft. of torque on tap, both off the line and highway passing acceleration was brisk. Power delivery was linear and the Pacifica pulled hard all the way to redline. The Touring Suspension on our Limited Model (optional on LX, Touring and Touring L) offers a smooth ride with good dampening over rough surfaces and was a joy to drive. Handling manners were reassuring and the Pacifica didn’t exhibit abundant understeer like so many others in the segment. Body roll was also kept to a minimum. A slick 9-speed automatic transmission transfers power to the front wheels and helps the Pacifica gain an EPA rating of 28 mpg highway and 18 mpg during city driving**.
Outward visibility was great with blind spots being few and far between. Our tester was riding on the optional 20-inch rims with 235/65-series tires and, even though large, very little road noise was heard inside the cabin. The 8-way power adjustable front seats offer all-day comfort, which means piloting the Pacifica for hundreds of miles is a snap.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Safety:
Chrysler is just as committed to safety as it is to producing, what seems to be, the nicest minivan currently on sale. Some of the safety features include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, daytime running lights, advanced multistage front airbags, driver knee airbag, passenger inflatable knee-bolster air bag, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtain airbags in all rows. An optional SafetyTec Group ($995 option) can be added to LX and Touring models and includes blind spot and cross path detection and ParkSense rear park assist with stop.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Overall:
It should come as no surprise that the company that created the original minivan pulled out all the stops when it came time to introduce the 6th Generation. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a breath of fresh air in a sea of breadbox transportation. It looks great and provides a level of user friendliness that makes it enjoyable to live with on a daily basis; thus, it’s definitely worth a look.
To learn more about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica please call or drop by your local AutoNation Chrysler dealer today to check one out!
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.