2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan First Drive Review: All New and Much Improved [Video]

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Chrysler engineers are proud to present the 2017 Pacifica, a family hauler for the 21st century that boasts 115 minivan firsts. Families will appreciate the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid’s high degree of safety features, long list of standard and available high-tech equipment, and a full array of thoughtful comfort and convenience technologies.

“The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a no-compromises minivan, giving customers everything they need or want,” said Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “We started from the ground up to design the most technologically advanced minivan, which offers bold styling, class-leading ride and handling, and unmatched fuel economy, with the Pacifica Hybrid delivering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed and engineered to provide unsurpassed levels of comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, making it the perfect combination for modern families.”

2017 chrysler pacifica

The 2017 Pacifica has been re-engineered on an all-new platform designed for exceptional ride and handling, reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), and more importantly–keeping its occupants safe. Special attention was given to reduce road noise, wind noise, and vibrations when zooming along the highway for a family road trip. Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is standard on all models to further reduce noise levels.

When the Pacifica minivan goes on sale later this year, consumers will have a choice between a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that delivers 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque or hybrid powertrain with a 30-mile all-electric range and an efficiency rating of 80 MPG-e in the city based on EPA standards. The Pentastar V-6 will be mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid version features two electric motors motivating the wheels and electrically variable transmission (EVT).

2017 chrysler pacifica interior

According to Chrysler, the Pacifica’s cabin has the roomiest interior volume amongst minivans, as clever storage bins throughout, and available with eight passenger seating. Adding to the cabin’s airiness is an available panoramic sunroof that stretches all the way back to the third row.

Advanced features, standard and available options, include 360-degree Surround View camera system, parallel/perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning system and a lane departure warning system with steering wheel correction. Other standard and available features include Blind-spot Monitoring, ParkSense rear park assist with stop, ParkView rear backup camera, electronic stability control and electric park brake. Up to five seats are setup for LATCH child-safety seat installation.

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The driver has a 7-inch full-color information display built into the instrument pod. A larger 8.4-inch touchscreen is the access point for Uconnect Access and an all-new Uconnect Theater entertainment system, which also extends to the back seat passengers. A pair of 10-inch hi-def touchscreens enable rear seat passengers to watch movies, play built-in games, surf the Internet and stream content. Discerning audiophiles can choose one of two available premium audio systems–a 13-speaker Alpine system or a 20-speaker Harmon Kardon system.

Borrowing and an idea from the Honda Odyssey, the all-new Pacifica has an available Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum cleaner. A Chrysler minivan wouldn’t be complete without its hallmark Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system, which has been improved for the new model. Folding the seats into the floor is a simple process and allows the Pacifica to easily fit 4×8 foot sheets of plywood.

2017 chrysler pacifica cargo area

Chrysler plans to have six trims for the gasoline powered model, reaching dealerships by Spring 2016. The Pacifica Hybrid, which will have a distinctive front grille pattern and wheel design, is scheduled to arrive the second half of 2016.

In this TFLcar video, Brian gets behind the wheel of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and gives us a complete rundown of all the thoughtful features that went into the design.