2017 Chrysler Pacifica Overview
The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan has the technology and style of a luxury car or SUV. With the Pacifica, it is possible to drive a minivan and truly love driving. The all-new Pacifica is filled with technology options to entertain mom, dad, and the kids.
This new model from Chrysler is here to replace the Town & Country and change the minivan reputation. The Pacifica is available in cool exterior colors, and it has great interior features to give the van the upscale feel that every mom and dad want.
Engine and Trims
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is available in five trims and they all feature the same engine and transmission configuration. The engine is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 287 horsepower and it is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Pacifica gets 18 MPG city and 28 MPG highway and can tow up to 1,500 pounds. This fall (2016), when the hybrid version of the Pacifica is released, it is expected to get 80 MPGe.
Trims for the Pacifica are LX, Touring, Touring L, Touring L Plus, Limited, and soon to come, the Pacifica Hybrid. The Pacifica LX is the base trim and the Pacifica Limited is the fully loaded Pacifica trim. Each of the trims varies in tech and interior features.
One unique and convenient exterior feature is the two hands-free sliding glass doors — great features for packing the van when your hands are full. Also, the Chrysler Pacifica’s exterior is available in a variety of colors like white, or bright colors full of personality, such as red.
Other standard exterior features include stylish black exterior accents, 17-inch wheels, halogen headlights, and incandescent tail lamps.
Features available with the upgraded trims include LED projector headlights, halogen fog lights, 20-inch wheels, and a tri-panel panoramic sunroof, which allows for an almost convertible like feel.
The interior of the Pacifica minivan is another aspect that sets it apart from other minivans available in the U.S. Between the upscale available interior options, and the state-of-the-art technology, it is no surprise that the Pacifica is so popular. At the time this article was published, Chrysler had already sold 10,189 units since the minivan was released in April of this year.
Standard interior features include a 3-zone temperature control, a 5-inch touchscreen display, and cloth seats. The van’s technology features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen, active noise cancellation, a six-speaker system, and a rear backup display feature.
Extra interior and technology features include a UConnect display system, 13-speaker Alpine system or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon system, SiriusXM radio, and programmed keys.
Stow ‘n Go
The Chrysler Pacifica comes with Stow ‘n Go seating, which is another interior feature of the vehicle which should be mentioned. This feature is a huge reason for the popularity of the minivan. The Stow ‘n Go feature allows for the second-row seats to easily fold into the floor, creating a flat surface for loading. In addition to the storage room in the second row, the third-row seating row folds down flat with just the touch of a button.
Another cool feature is the all-new Stow ‘n Vacuum. The Pacifica comes with an in-car vacuum that is ready to use whenever the kids make a mess. It is part of what makes the van a perfect family car.
The IIHS has named the 2017 Chyrlser Pacifica a Top Safety Pick+, which is a title many minivans don’t have. The Pacifica has many safety features including emergency braking assist, stability and traction control, passenger airbag sensing detection, a post-collision safety, and system. In addition, collision warning and parking assist are also available.
Reviews and Rewards
It’s hard to believe a minivan is “in style,” but it is. The consumer reviews on the automotive sites, Edmunds and Car and Driver show that people are loving the minivan. Various reviewers comment on the large storage spaces, its smooth ride, and its comfortable interior. Car and Driver even rates the van a 5 out 5, which is impressive. The Pacifica has also taken home many awards including, but not limited to the “Best Family Car” award from the Atlanta Automotive Media Association.
Price and Warranties
The price for the base model (LX) begins at $28,595 and goes as high as $42,495 for the highest level trim (Limited).
Chrysler vehicles are backed by a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
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