I had a 2016 Grand Caravan but longed for the advanced safety features, HID headlights and luxury of the Pacifica Limited. With the new van priced at double the old van, was it worth it?
Driving: I love it. Smoother, quitter, quicker, responsive, praise, praise, praise.
Headlights: Gotta love HID's and auto dimming headlights. I wish that it had a night vision feature (a bicyclist was out on a 30 degree night and he was not lit up).
Interior: The lights are very nice. My passengers enjoyed the new rear climate controls, reclining rear seat and heated center seats. They all felt like they were in a luxury vehicle.
Looks: The new van looks great. I like the little mock vent windows. The exterior is sleek. I can see why the Pacifica ads were targeting SUV's more than other minivans.
Electronics: I like the IPod interface, a lot easier to choose playlists etc. I don't like that there is no way to plug in the and keep the IPod in the glove box. I have it shoved in the top small cubby but there is a wire that runs from the plug in to the cubby.
The center screen has a everything built into it, Heated seat controls, climate controls, navigation, radio, apps (I have not figured this out yet), vehicle settings etc. In some ways , it is confusing but I think I'll get the hang of it quickly.
Cup Holders: There are only two cup holders for the front seat passengers. In the GC there were 6! I like cup holders
Storage: There are not many places to store things in the new van. The glove box is very small. The center console looks huge but only has a 5x4x3 storage area. I tried in vain to figure out a way to get to the lower storage area and learned that it doesn't exist. The doors offer some storage. There is a pull out bin in the center of the dash that offers some storage and a coin dispenser for toll booths. Really? Chrysler hasn't figured out that I Pass and Easy Pass now rule the country?
The stow and go does have extra storage that might come in handy when the middle seats are up.
I ordered it with the mud flaps. It has drizzled for the last two days, the flaps are keeping the body clean.
I'll have more comments as I get used to it.
Was it worth it? I can't say for everyone. I'm used to driving Audi's, Mercedes Benz and BMW's. The Pacifica feels like it is in that class. For me it is worth it.