If you had it to do over, would you still buy the Pacifica?
Questions like that bring a lot of opinions tied to experiences. And there are bigger data. These data below made clear to me what van I wanted in 2017. Unsurprisingly they led me to certain cars all my adult life starting at 18 through my aged life at 55 now (mainly CR). In those years I've needed four cars, and they were driven pretty hard. They took me very often to my ski resort customers in the Sierra. Those passes are high, and I was often in a hurry with very changeable road conditions especially in winter. I knew the story of the Donner Party, and cell phones didn't exist back then (and spare tires did); I needed something ultra-reliable.
It's no secret that I bought a 2017 Sienna 'L'. It's the 'stripped' model with a lot standard. Below is a list of all its luxurious amenities.* And it doesn't have power sliding rear doors, the bane of minivans from seemingly all manufacturers.
If you knew the brick & mortar me, you'd know I don't brag, and if there's an opportunity for me to help someone I take it. I don't know you, and I care about your future. You can't really brag about a Sienna anyway; it's based on an older design (and yes I know, tried-and-true is a bad thing nowadays); it doesn't have separate screens in back for the kiddies, and kids need screens, I'd give tablets (Android ones with the memory card slots that can hold an entire music collection plus many movies, etc.) to the little ones if I was a parent since they can exit very hot or freezing interiors; and the Chrysler is more attractive and drives a bit better, it knocked "the ultimate swagger wagon" description from Sienna reviews.
Four lists based on consumer data:
1. Consumer Reports reliability rankings from consumer surveys:
2. The Lemon List: (Toyota produces a lemon once every 11.65M vehicles. The weight of that skewed the average by a lot, and is only a quarter of the next highest brand.)
Toyota Tops, Fiat Flops in AutoGuide?s 1st Annual Lemon List Ľ AutoGuide.com News
3. Long Term Quality Index (LTQI), 4. Maintenance/Repair Indexed Costs from CR:
It may seem weird that a random guy on the internet cares about you, and he does. This is a discussion I started about The Lemon List
(I have the same handle over at AT. Cars have fascinated me since about 1964.)
*aluminum wheels, backup camera, touch screen, steering wheel controls, bluetooth/usb, tri-zone auto climate with rear control, trip computer/mileage statistics, programmable lighting/convenience features, dash security light (but no alarm, shhh
), cruise, etc. People pay upwards of $50K for higher models, but only get power doors (which have proven unreliable)/seats, leather (which I don't like), and sunroofs, as well as some small niceties like seat heaters ($21K for that stuff?), which I don't need in so. Calif. I'm an ancient guy who is frugal (remember that word? Understated is my middle name. Edit: My Sienna is gray, er, I mean it's "predawn gray mica.")