2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review
“An Automotive Love Affair”
By Joseph Mavilia
This is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring – L Plus Minivan. You would think in this field of Minivans Toyota would have the best warranty, but of the three it only covers half the miles for the Powertrain as others do. I guess the competition is willing to cover longer because the product is either more bullet proof or they are willing to earn consumer trust. Toyota must take the consumer for granted as the years of being a front runner.
Today the market is change and arrogance will give way to those newcomers and re-invigorated older companies. They came to play – Game on.
It is assembled in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Parts – US/Canadian 72%, Engine – Mexico and Transmission – USA; Classification is Minivan. Cars from Chrysler: 200, 300, Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid & Town and Country.
Handling & Performance:
For an 8-passenger large van it handles very well and that was especially revealed on the over the challenging Angeles Crest mountain course.
Typical for this segment of the market.
Fit and Finish:
It would, at first blush, appear there is collusion in pricing. BUT, you know technology is equally shared across the industry. Thus CAD (Computer Aided Design) compute software is so precise that pricing should be very close. . . and it is.
Conveniences and comfort:
Good standard features but Exceptional when you add $2,000 for options including Park assist, smart Cruise control, forward collision warning, land departure warning and auto high beam control. In addition the Stow’n Go fold flat seating will amaze you. Nice.
In the order of best warranty, Kia Sedona leads, with Pacifica and Dodge equal good and trailing is Toyota Sienna. I was impressed with the folding flat seating design as noted because it is a nice disappearing act.
Dodge Grand Caravan cannot be ignored as it is the best in pricing. But the field is rather limited so if you need a 7-8 passenger vehicle need you’ll want to test drive them all.
I particularly like the options noted above and $2,000 is well priced for the safety and convenience it affords.
Chrysler Pacifica $39,000, Kia Sedona $38,000, Toyota Sienna $39,000, Dodge Grand Caravan $34,000.
Top performer, great fold flat seats all three rows (special), good power and slightly best in fuel economy.
3.6 liter V6 engine, 9-speed FWD automatic transmission, front, side and side curtain airbags, driver and passenger knee airbags, LATCH child anchor system, rear back up camera, blind spot and cross path detection, rear park assist and stop, security alarm, sentry key theft deterrent system, remote start system, keyless entry and go, remote proximity keyless entry, hill start assist, stability control, capless fuel filler, active grille shutters, tire inflator kit, active noise control system, 2nd and 3rd row stow’n go seats, power 8-way driver and passenger seats, heated front and second row seats, heated steering wheel, Uconnect 8.4, access and theatre package, seatback video screens, 3-channel wireless headphones, Blu-Ray/ DVD player, USB port, Video USB port, 3-channel video remote control, 13 Alpine speakers, 506 watt amplifier, Sirius XM Satellite radio with 1 year subscription.115 volt auxillary power outlet, 2nd and 3rd row window shades, 17” aluminum painted wheels, fog lights and power heated fold-away mirrors.
$2.75/ Gal avg. February 20, 2017
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18 City 28 Highway MPG
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