Rogus, other readers,
here is my 2 cents. I have a 2011 Routan with the middle row captain chairs (same as a town and country but a rebadge VW)
the 8 passenger option on the Pacifica would offer these benefits in my opinions:
-Larger pass-trough to the 3rd row: as Nails one mentioned you loose the armrest. but may I point that you also gain some width when people moving around from sliding door to the third row.
I have 3 kids ranging from age 1 to 6 and I can tell you the arm rest are in the up position 99% of the time. not having them would give you probably 5 to 6" of extra room to walk to 3rd row.
-People have been having some issues with the sunroof introducing rattles, while apparently one forum member got a solution from a dealership, and noise has stop, there is not enough data at this point to suggest it would be reliable and not create further rattles, just to keep in mind.
-Hot climate: I can appreciate that Chrysler understands that a simple curtain is not enough to keep the sun out and actually has a full retracting cover that looks opaque: I suspect that it won't be as good in term of insulation as if there was no sunroof, might not matter for where you live, but here in AZ, people often skip on sunroof for that reason, and also due to deterioration of the seals due to climate.
-those wheels! I have seen on many occasions this van with both the limited 18 and the 20 and it truly makes the car for me with the 20, but that is only my 2 cents.
Last edited by azcreeker; 10-24-2016 at 03:11 PM.