funny, I used to sell cars. Minivans are for LOSERS. Fast forward to 2018.. SUV (which to me are really glorified station wagons) I wasn't looking for anything BUT SUV.
I was at the Honda dealer ship was looking at Pilot Elite but while waiting for salesperson to drive the Pilot they had an Odyssey in the showroom, so I thought.. well let's just look at how much of a loser car this is..
ooh, it's actually nice.. WOW Minivans come a LONG way ..
So anyway drove the Pilot not impressed.. no stop and go ACC, missing features, sluggish drive.. boring.
Drove MANY vehicles.. pretty much every car in the SUV (even trucks) and 55K or less price range I test drove. I purposely avoided Chrysler and Toyota because they SUCK!
Anyway I was looking at comparing the Pilot with Odyssey in cargo room, was having some fun proving to my wife that SUV have just as much space.. (boy was I wrong) and this ad pops up.
'Chrysler Pacifica - best in class minivan'. I was like minivan.. oh..no.. but then I thought wait, surely someone is doing some good drugs to believe CHRYSLER can make a better minivan than Honda.. seriously.. this must be a joke.
OK so I am looking, now I am on Edmunds, car and driver, USA Today, lots of reviews (I did a LOT of research before I purchased) and they rated the Pacifica like 8.1 ~ 8.5. mind you these SAME sites are giving VW like 7's, and Jeeps 6's and honda Pilot (which is the 3rd highest rated SUV) 7.5.. so I am like wow Pacifica must be pretty good if they are this strict on other vehicles.. maybe I should LOOK.. ok JUST look and see what this Pacifica is all about.
I drove a Highlander.. no thanks flaws too many to mention.. and it was #1 rated.. so now that system of rating seems even more of a joke.
I pull up to Chrysler Dealership.. not even a Pacifica in the showroom. right then I am like yeah too good to be true, but while I am here.. let's just SEE.
I ask the salesperson can I look at a Pacifica. Sure! Pacifica Limited 'S' Package with 20" Silver
First thing Stow n Go.. awesome. Seats fold not only FLAT but even with the floor.. ok nice.
Second thing (I always test the back seat FIRST for comfort its my thing) I get all way in the back to prove it's horrible (because did I mention Chrysler SUCKS!). I get in the back seat
It's leather, nice, quite comfy.. well ok not bad.. then the salesperson says 'here let me show you this'. I wait all of a sudden seat reclines.
WAIT WHAT?!?!? Back seat is comfy AND reclines electronically.. oh yeah, just let me test drive from back here..
Then salesperson says well wait go up front check it out.
Third thing storage compartments for days, AND to top it ALL off NO SHIFT LEVER in center console! Woohoo!
Ok now Chrysler goes from SUCK to.. ok well it's better than walking.
then he remotes starts.. it's QUIET.. I get in.. didn't notice the Pano sunroof.. salesperson opens it.. WOAH! sweet.. Then salesperson says yeah but you notice the moonroof in the back.. yeah it's a Pano.. I get it it should go all the way back. NO, it has a SEPARATE moon roof! What get out!
No really get out.. he says.. I go look and there it is!
Fourth thing test drive. We are like 50' feet from the parking space and I immediately notice my wife notices and my 9 year old says.. wow it's quiet.. like you can FEEL the quality.. Then it's smooth to drive..
I step on the pedal.. without trying doing 50 out of the parking lot.. HOLY $%$! Batman.. this is actually pretty good..
Ok so now we are moving up from better than walking to I still don't want my friends seeing me in a Minivan!
Fifth features.. lumbar in driver seat in and out AND up and down.. ok.. ok.. Chrysler.. you can stop now I get it.. you have done well and redesigned vehicles.. ok. But Uconnect I can move icons! WHAT?! And navigation is great, talk to vehicle.. and I can stop and go with ACC..
hmm.. Um.. honey! This is actually nice.. she just smiles and says 'it's a minivan remember?'. Oh yeah (cough!).
So I drive, everything is awesome about this vehicle, ride, handling, smoothness, quiet, features.. list goes on and one.. and then on the way home I am thinking collapse mirror that's an upgrade.. only on higher end models, leather is really nice. I have my console center space back, flat floor, ride is comfy, and NO BLIND SPOTS. NONE. First car ever seen that I can look around.. and seriously see behind in front, shoulder.. it's like a karma intervention..
Go look at everything else and then look at the Pacifica.. you will NOT be dissapointed.
3 hours later I am the proud owner of a 2018 Pacifica Limited 'S' Silver with every feature except wireless charging and upgrade Harmon Kardon (have to wait to order -- uh no -- me wanty. NOW!!!).
Couldn't be happier.
-ring- Hey Eddie.. lets go for a ride.. yeah be there in a minute...
Eddie: Dude it's a minivan!..
Me: yeah watch this.. Stow n Go.. blah blah blah..
2 hours later he wants to drive and tell his wife he needs to get one.. Yeah, Minivans are cool now..
Last edited by rparker06; 10-12-2018 at 11:31 AM.