Wish I had found this thread before I picked up my PacHy. When I bought it, the salesman told me I could shut it off with the U-connect settings. Now I will have to wait until my 1st oil change.
As noted, this so-called feature is very annoying if you drop off and pick up people a lot, something we do and I would immagine lots of Soccer Moms do all the time.
One thing I have noticed is that when you're dropping off kids, if your kids use the upper (by the sunroof) button to open the sliding door to get out, it will actually open the door. But your kids need long arms. And you need to open the doors for the kids with this switch since they can't open if from the outside. Unfortunately, the handy lower switch by the door frame doesn't work. How ironic - one engineer designs a useful switch (I noticed it while looking at the minivan as a much better idea than my Odyssey) and then someone else disables its usefulness by this auto-locking "feature". Combined with the ill-thought-out PRNDL selector that does not convey the setting by it's position like a lever does and you really feel like this is a make-work project picking up kids.
Hey Chrysler - put this option back under the U-connect settings so we can change it ourselves!
2018 Pacifica Hybrid