At least that’s what Autoweek thought when they test drove a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring.
As far as they’re concerned, the interior and exterior design is a breath of fresh air. No longer is the minivan just a smaller, bloated, and generic bus-like vehicle. The new Pacifica has a great profile, nice proportions and there’s enough surface detail like the pinched metal to keep our attention.
Chrysler has done away with the problems of old minivans; getting into the rear seats is easy and folding down the second and third rows of seats is even easier. None of those pinched fingers or pulled muscles here! The center console was designed for flexibility, meaning Chrysler can put in that handy bin in the center stack for your extra gear.
But it’s not all about the looks and fancy features, the Pacifica drives well too. A small turning radius coupled with quick steering will make U-turns easy and a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine will help you accelerate even with a full van. Giving the Pacifica a more car-like feel is an independent rear suspension and body roll is at a minimum.
Overall, four different editors from Autoweek test drove the Chrysler Pacifica and they all have great things to say about the minivan. The only complaint they had was that minivans are still considered uncool.