Best minivan Ratings
The minivan class used to be a two-van competition between the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. With the arrival of the Chrysler Pacifica, however, the dynamics of the class have changed. The Pacifica has all the space and utility of other minivans, as well as features like automatic opening doors and rear-seat entertainment, but adds in things like poised handling, a powerful V6 engine, a stylish and upscale interior, and class-leading connectivity that other minivans don’t offer. The Odyssey has better gas mileage than the nonhybrid Pacifica, and the Sienna offers all-wheel drive, but the Pacifica’s style and tech features put it among the best minivans on the market. In addition to being filled with features, the Chrysler Pacifica is also a good value. In fact, it’s the winner of the 2017 Best Minivan for the Money award because it has the best combination of quality and value in the class.
Should I Buy the Chrysler Pacifica?
The minivan class is competitive, with plenty of good options. However, if you don’t give the Chrysler Pacifica serious consideration, you’re doing yourself a major disservice. It has impressed automotive journalists so much that it’s a finalist for North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. In terms of day-to-day livability, the Pacifica goes beyond most other minivans with handy features like hidden storage bins, an available built-in vacuum, and second-row seats that fold into the floor. They can also be moved to access the third row even when a child’s car seat is installed. There’s even a plug-in Pacifica Hybrid model that gives you a 33-mile all-electric driving range. The Pacifica has a lot of strong competition, but it more than keeps up with or surpasses almost all of it.
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How Much Does the Chrysler Pacifica Cost?
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica starts at $28, 595. That undercuts the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey by about $800. It's also less than the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country, which the Pacifica is replacing. The new Pacifica costs a few thousand more than the other models in the minivan class like the Kia Sedona and Nissan Quest. The Pacifica Hybrid starts at $41, 995, which is a high starting price for the class, but it’s also the only plug-in hybrid van on the market.
For the money, you get a lot in the Pacifica. It comes with a 287-horsepower V6 engine, second- and third-row Stow 'n Go seats, cloth upholstery, a power driver's seat, power second-row windows, three-zone manual climate control, a proximity key, and a push-button start. You also get Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, a 5-inch touch screen, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and a rearview camera. The Pacifica also comes standard with Uconnect Access, which can connect to the internet and provide a wide array of capabilities, including the ability to unlock and start your car with your smartphone. Other vans in the class may cost more but don’t offer this level of standard equipment.
Chrysler Pacifica Versus the Competition
The Pacifica is a little bit odd in that the Pacifica nameplate used to belong to a 3-row SUV that Chrysler discontinued in 2008. The name was resurrected on the Pacifica minivan for the 2017 model year. It is built by Chrysler, which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Fiat Chrysler owns other American brands, including Dodge, Ram, and Jeep. In fact, the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan are the only two domestic minivans on the market. While Chrysler is an American Brand, the Pacifica is assembled in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Minivans are all about practicality, and the Pacifica has enough utility and family-friendly features to more than keep up with the competition. Still, if the Pacifica isn’t the right van for you, there are a few other options to keep on your list.
Which is Better: Chrysler Pacifica or Honda Odyssey?
The Honda Odyssey is another top-ranked minivan on our site. The Odyssey's strong engine and composed handling make it even more fun to drive than the Pacifica. The Honda also has very good gas mileage and a smooth ride. When it comes to tech and convenience features, the Odyssey is about on par with the Pacifica. Though it lacks in-car Wi-Fi and Chrysler's suite of games and apps, it does have a built-in vacuum, just like the Pacifica. If you want a fun ride and good fuel economy – and you don’t want to shell out for the Pacifica hybrid – go for the Odyssey. However, you might want to wait a bit, as an all-new Odyssey will hit the market late in 2017.
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