Thoughts on our Touring-L
We bought our Touring-L just about a month ago. As I said in another thread, it spent the first 10 days of ownership back at the dealer getting Chrysler to provide a replacement EGR valve in a not so timely manner. We traded our 2014 Town &Country (plus a few more dollars) for our Pacifica, so I can make some comparisons as well.
To start with, driving the Pacifica is a dream; I make excuses to go farther away to shop or eat, just to be able to drive it. I liked the T&C, but we live in the Phoenix area and its all black interior just was not pleasant to get into when it gets to 110+ degrees. You canít even touch the steering wheel or sit back in the seats, even with light-colored seat covers.
Things I like:
Driving: Smooth, responsive and relatively quiet. Hard to tell when the engine is running. Not totally sound proof from road noise, but better than anything weíve owned before.
Interior: the cognac/alloy/toffee interior suits us fine. Although it still gets hot sitting in the driveway, we can start driving right away even on the hottest of days (yeah, weíve pushed 120 a few days this summer), even with leather. The all black interior of our T&C was not only way hot, but it showed the dirt a lot more, especially on the carpets. We donít have kids or animals to contend with, so thatís not an issue with keeping things clean with the lighter interior. To be sure, that was the reason we bough this particular Pacifica.
A/C: Cools down quickly, a much needed feature here in the Arizona desert.
Remote start: Great when I remember to use it.
Safety: I really like the blind spot and park sense features, We had backup detect on a few other vehicles and I wished we had it on our T&C, so Iím glad itís on our Pacifica.
Uconnect 8.4: Lots to learn yet, but like the large touch screen, larger and easier to view in the sunlight, than we had with our T&C. Iíve not tried to pair our cell phone yet, but I could never get it to work on our T&C.
Stow Ďn go seats: Same as the T&C, but easier to use
Things I donít like:
Spare tire: Would like to have a spare, itís something you canít just add if itís not an original added option on your model. Too impatient to wait for the roadside service truck to show up I guess.
Center console: No compartments. Our T&C had two in the console, along with two on the passenger side dash. The Pacifica only has two compartments on the dash and a few open storage spaces in the center console. I loved that console on the T&C, why didnít they keep it that way? It worked so well. Oh yeah, our T&C had eight cup holders accessible from the front, gee, our Pacifica only has six, but we can live with that....
Engine compartment: Crammed, just like most vehicles are today, but it looks like a major effort to just replace the battery. Iím still looking for that EGR valve that they replaced.
Things I need to get use to:
Gearshift knob: Yeah, no big gearshift lever, a thing of the past, but takes a bit to get use to.
Pushbutton parking brake: This to takes some getting use to. Donít get me wrong, I like it, our driveway is on a slope and I need to set the parking brake when I get home. I also like the automatic release. You can also set it to automatically engage when you park, I did that for a while and since I really donít need it most of the time, I chose to reset it to manually engage it when I need to.