Has Chrysler made the minivan desirable again?
Chrysler has not only gone and built a brand-new minivan, it’s also trying to rebrand the van. Young parents are all about crossovers and SUVs, so tempting them to consider a minivan their parents drove in the 1980s was deemed a bad idea. To that end, the Town & Country name has been axed in favor of the Pacifica. Riding on an all-new platform, the 2017 Pacifica has obvious influences from the 200 sedan at the front, with a sleek, modern look, and tips the scales at 4,330 pounds, which is over 300 pounds less than the outgoing Town & Country.
Two engine choices include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 rated at 287 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque mated to a nine-speed automatic that’s controlled via a console-mounted dial shifter. The alternative, utilized in the Pacifica Hybrid, adds a lithium-ion battery that offers 30 miles of electric driving and 80 MPGe in the city on the combined cycle. Open the sliding doors and you’ll find seating for eight, a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen up front and a UConnect Theater system in the rear with a pair of ten-inch touchscreen displays. With seats folding into the floor courted of Stow ‘N Go, the Pacifica offers 200 cubic feet of total interior volume.
As you’d expect of a family van, there’s a bunch of safety features including Collision Warning and parking assist, while pricing will depend largely on what trim you opt for: LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, Limited, and Platinum.