2017 Chrysler Pacifica Van Test Drive Review

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Van Test Drive Review
- Chrysler Pacifica revived minivan is substantially lighter aluminum sliding doors, a magnesium and aluminum liftgate, shed a couple hundred pounds, more aerodynamic, feature rich, good looking, lightest in its class

- best van, smallish door pockets, additional stiffness, first ever independent rear suspension, more dynamic performance

- beside the Pacifica hybrid, there are no powertrain choices

- front wheel drive, 287-hp Pentastar V-6, nine-speed automatic, two-step variable intake-valve lift, cooled exhaust-gas recirculation, a compression ratio increased to 11.3:1

- stop-start capability, EPA 19/28 city/highway

- long and lazy upshifts, smooth nine speed automatic as found in Honda Pilot

- five trim levels, $30,090 LX, $32,090 Touring (with passive entry and power sliding doors)

- $36,090 Touring-L (leather seating, power liftgate, heated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control)

- $39,390 Touring-L Plus, to get the new Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment, a $1995 option on the more expensive Limited model,

- lesser trims offer an optional single-screen rear-seat entertainment system, Uconnect Theater features two 10-inch touchscreens, usual DVD capability, an HDMI port

- Touring-L Plus gets 8.4-inch Uconnect screen up front, a larger display screen in the instrument cluster, a power seat for the front passenger, a heated steering wheel and second-row seats

- $4600 includes a panoramic sunroof, hands-free sliding doors and liftgate, a built-in vacuum, and ventilated front seats in options

- $1995 Advanced SafetyTec group, a bundle of driver-assist features that includes lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, an automated parking feature, adaptive cruise control that operates all the way down to a stop, a 360-degree video feed, automated emergency braking, automatic activation for wipers and high-beams

- $995 Class II trailer hitch to enable maximum cargo and recreational flexibility, $895 for 18-inch wheels and tires, $695 navigation to the Uconnect system, $295 for an inflatable mini spare

- nine exterior colors, three wheel sizes 17s, 18s, and 20s, stopping 164 feet from 70 mph, impressive 0.87 g, 7.3-second zero-to-60-mph

- Stow ’n Go second-row seats, the seats themselves are flatter and thinner than the best non-stowable alternatives

- Honda Odyssey has more third-row legroom

- underfloor bins provide useful additional storage

- 68 decibels at 70 mph, impressive fuel economy 30 mpg

- Chrysler getting better

Starting Price $29,590
Vehicle Type 4 door van, front engine, front wheel drive
Engine DOHC 24-valve V-6, port fuel injection
Transmission 9-speed automatic
Horsepower 287 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Displacement 220 cu in, 3605 cc
Wheelbase 121.6 in
Length 203.8 in
Width 79.6 in
Height 69.9 in
Curb weight 4515 lb
Passenger volume 165 cu ft
Cargo volume 32 cu ft
0-60 mph 7.3 sec
0-100 mph 20.4 sec
Top speed 112 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 7.7 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 4.0 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 6.0 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 164 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 18/28 mpg
C/D observed 21 mpg