After avoiding the inevitable...
...my wife and I have pulled the trigger on our first minivan.
With three kids, a dog, and an active lifestyle we understood the inevitability of the minivan stage of life but steadfastly clung to our Ford Flex until this past weekend when we ordered our Pacifica.
The Flex is a remarkable vehicle in most every regard: We like the styling, the ride quality is exceptional, the cabin deadly quiet, the technology/features are top shelf, and the performance is truly exhilarating (tuned for 400hp).
However, as big a box as it is, the Flex just wasn't enough.
We cross-shopped a bunch of things: Escalade ESV/Yukon XL, Volvo XC90, Mercedes GLS, Toyota Sienna, Honda Accord.
The all offered some pros and cons, but from a packaging and room perspective the minivan emerged as the only realistic option. It's incredible how space inefficient the big SUVs are - the massive Escalade offered less useable space than the Flex and cost $40k more with the same levels of equipment. The nicest interior of the bunch definitely goes to the Volvo.
All that said, the styling of the Pacifica is heads and shoulders above the existing minivan crowd and I don't hold high hopes for the redesigned Odyssey given Honda's recent styling exercises.
The tech and fit & finish of the Pacifica also won us over - it's packed with all the gadgets a geek could ask for. The ride was quite good and the kids all loved the space. From a dynamic perspective the Flex is, admittedly, more entertaining but that is secondary on our priority list right now.
We take delivery in a couple of months and I'm not at all ashamed to say that I am really excited to get our new van.
Ordered the Limited in the Billet Silver Metallic with deep mocha/black interior.
All the goodies: Tow, protection, safety packages, Harmon/Kardon sound, 20" wheels. Stoked!
Will post pics and thoughts after delivery. My only (mild) concern is the viability of FCA itself but these vehicles will be around a long time regardless of corporate ownership.
I've read through the forums already and the community is sure to grow with the certain popularity of this category defining vehicle.
Good job Chrysler!