Review: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited – Part 1

“The minivan is dead.”

“Why are you reviewing a minivan? Nobody drives them.”

“Car companies are dumping the minivan for the SUV.”

That’s what I kept hearing from people who found out that I was going to be doing a review of a Chrysler Pacifica in their Limited trim. The thing is, all those comments are wrong. The minivan is the best way to carry people, things, or both. And if you look at Driving.ca’s 2015 list of ten best selling vehicles in Canada, a minivan is 8th on the list and it just happens to be from the same company who makes this minivan.

Clearly someone is buying them.

FCA knows that as well. Which is why they dropped $2 billion to retool a plant in Windsor Ontario to produce this:

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FCA has made a very big deal about the exterior of the Pacifica. Okay, it looks like a minivan. But it doesn’t look like a yet another box on wheels. It’s actually kind of stylish. You can thank Canadian Ralph Gilles and his design team for coming up with a minivan that you may actually want to be seen in.

My review of the Chrysler Pacifica is made up of five parts:

  • Engine, transmission, handling, fuel economy, and driving comfort
  • Interior
  • Technology in the vehicle
  • Wrap up

One last note, the photos that are part of this five part review were taken using the Asus ZenFone 3. I will be posting a review of this phone shortly so please watch for that.

The next part of this review will cover the engine, transmission and driving comfort. I’ll give you a hint. It’s good in almost every way that I can think of. Stay tuned!

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