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How many guys are the primary driver of the Pacifica? I have always driven SUV’s primarily. Most recently a 2008 Jeep Commander with a 5.7 Liter Hemi and before that I had 2 Ford Expeditions, Jeep Wrangler, etc. My wife has driven minivans in the past (over 20 years ago). My Jeep Commander was totaled recently in a Hail Storm. I went to the dealership looking to purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ram truck. I saw the Pacifica and it had everything I needed with gas mileage considerably better than the 17 mpg I was accustomed to. My wife drives our 2012 Dodge Charger R/T Road and Track and I claimed the Pacifica as my daily driver. I do catch grief from my friends for driving a minivan. I was wondering how many of you guys drive the Pacifica daily.
 

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It’s my wife’s fifth minivan and her daily driver. My driving is limited to nights/weekends. I do enjoy driving it though.
 

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I've driven a minivan daily since 1989 (age 33) and we don't have kids. I never understood the minivan stigma. I guess some folks are more concerned about image than comfort, convenience and versatility. I smile when I see young moms and dads struggle to get their kids into SUV's while in parking lots. A sliding door would make things so much easier. If only they were not so hung up on being seen driving a minivan. BTW, my wife's daily driver is a Ford F-250. We need a truck for towing and she likes the higher ride height. I don't like driving the truck because it drives like a...... truck!

Enjoy the your Pacifica.
 

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I'm the primary driver now, but my husband suggested getting our first minivan in the early 90s. No kids... he was just tired of hefting bicycles up on a roof rack, and this let us leave the bikes inside the car on vacations instead of bringing them into the hotel room. We've had a minivan ever since - holds everyone when visiting with family (sliding door helps with elderly parents as well as small children), hauls a ton of stuff, and with the Pacifica I'm getting such great mileage that we're planning to get rid of our small "commute car".
 

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As a guy, I went from a Lexus LS600HL to a Pacifica Hybrid... My wife said, "It's your car, buy whatever you want as long as I don't have to drive it."

She drives an RX450H... or at least she did ;). For some reason she keeps driving the van even when she has the choice of either!

Frankly, I made the leap because I could get something large and practical that wasn't ugly but now gets amazing MPG and is the largest plug-in PHEV you can buy. I was looking at Tesla's etc but needed something that could make a 2 hour jump between cities (which we do every week) and then be able to drive a good distance once we got there... Tesla couldn't cut it without stoping for 40 mins at a supercharger.

Once we started driving it, it's been amazing. Easy to get into, loads of space, a third row with actual room for humans, as many tech features as my Lexus, and many luxury touches. Yes it's not quite as smooth and quiet as the Lexus, but its 80-90% there..

Regarding the stigma, frankly I travel to Asia quite a bit and minivans are the typical limo around there. They are super nice, decked out with luxury (more so than in the USA) and there is no stigma whatsoever about them. This is what really swayed me. As well I feel that I've reached a point in my life where I don't care what people think of me as I go down the road... I could easily get a Porsche or a BMW to tool around in on the weekends but it's just not a priority right now. Before this, I've had BMW 7 series, Infinitis, a 300ZX twin-turbo, and an older Mercedes... They were nice cars, but the Pacifica is much more roomy.

Ultimately, I think this stigma will go away once we get closer to autonomous driving... when that day finally comes, people won't want cramped cars but living rooms on wheels.. hopefully this will make vans come back in style and be even more luxurious than the Pacifica.
 

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My third minivan

I am 6' 5" and, while our Nissan Altima is comfortable enough, the Pac fits me very well. I drive it 90% of the time and my wife only drives it on long trips as the relief driver.

Besides it can:
-take grandkids in their seats with easy access
-fold down its seats (in fact they are down most of the time)
-carry plywood sheets if needed
-haul two bike racks inside with luggage
-get quite respectable gas mileage
-be fun to drive
-be a camper for me, if needed

It looks cool too. 'Nuf said?
 

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Stow and go seating was a big selling feature because of the extra storage space when the seats are in the upright position. The ability to haul a full sheet of plywood ( My Jeep Commander was too narrow for this). 7 Passenger seating in a vehicle that gets 28 mpg. The Commander had about 10 inches or so behind the 3rd row. Seating for 7 with no room for any baggage. The only part of the Pacifica that seems to be a minivan is the sliding doors, everything else is more like a crossover as far as I am concerned.
 

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I've driven a minivan daily since 1989 (age 33) and we don't have kids. I never understood the minivan stigma. I guess some folks are more concerned about image than comfort, convenience and versatility. I smile when I see young moms and dads struggle to get their kids into SUV's while in parking lots. A sliding door would make things so much easier. If only they were not so hung up on being seen driving a minivan. BTW, my wife's daily driver is a Ford F-250. We need a truck for towing and she likes the higher ride height. I don't like driving the truck because it drives like a...... truck!

Enjoy the your Pacifica.
Indeed. Whether it be my family or friends, they know I need the sliding door for manual wheelchair dis/assembly, yet it is called a "soulless refrigerator on wheels" and various other disparaging comments (for a stupid car!). Then there's the vitriol of other drivers, strangers. Since alcohol (aka flammable cleaning fluid) is so big it's no wonder there are so many jerks out there. It's the wrong molecule for the brain.
 

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I call it my wife's van, but somehow I ended up being the primary driver. Don't drive it daily tho, it's our weekend/road trip vehicle
 

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Our van replaced my daily driver - a 2001 Honda Civic. Only reason we wanted something new was it was so tiny and we had a baby. It was a great little car nothing wrong with it or anything. Anyways I offered the van to my wife because it had all the creature comforts and nicer than her 2013 Jeep Patriot. She like riding in it but doesn’t ever want to drive it
 

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I'm a man and I drove an Odyssey since 10 years, I just wait my new 2019 Pacifica. I really love the space and comfort of a minivan. I can go to Lowes and pickup a lot of 2X4 or plywood sheet without problem! And as it's an hybrid, i'll more than proud to "protect the planet"!
 

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I’m a divorced father of two, but my kids primarily live with their mom. I bought my van for the interior flexibility, towing capacity, and gas mileage.

I can fit my boy in something much smaller, but these things can haul stuff that would otherwise take a full-sized truck or SUV...all while getting 27-28 MPG on the highway. I love my van.
 

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I am female with no human kids. Have a big fur-baby though. I am the primary driver and LOVE minivans since the time my sister had one many years ago (she has 5 kids). I've always loved the versatility and comfort. Long trips are a pleasure. I use mine to transport the dog and to tow my pop-up camper. Purchased my first Pacifica this past Labor Day and am so happy with it. Always liked the Stow 'n Go seats idea.
 

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If you were to ask me last year if I would ever own a minivan I would of never believed I do now. When I first seen the Pacifica S at the auto show I fell in love. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense. I traded in my 4th gen ram 1500 crew for the pacifica. I mostly drive it. My wife drives a wrangler jku.
 

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My wife has never driven our minivan and has no desire to. I was the one that insisted on getting the minivan in the first place and so far I'm the only one to drive it.
 

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Bought this for wife, as I did for her previous four Chrysler minivans over the years. I'm the designated driver when we go on trips. I'm also the road manager when we take our two golden retrievers to various agility and scent work competitions. Love Sto 'n Go. The kennels fit perfect just behind the front seats. The rest of the gear (two extra kennels for hotels, E-Z Up tent, tent leg weights, shade cloth, dog food, suit cases, water, towels, etc) fits in back. I also take care of maintenance. But, yeah, make no mistake about it, this is my wife's vehicle! Compared to the previous generations, she absolutely loves this one. And, uh, so do I ...
 

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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..
 

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When I told my wife I was buying this, she looked at me as if I was going into a bit or something. My friends say they like it but perhaps they've talked amongst themselves. I'm 56 and we have no children but there is my dog, say nothing of the versatility of this thing- I just like everything about it. Ok, I wish there was a driver side grab handle but in two months of ownership, if that's my only gripe....
 

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I'm the primary driver as I have been for the four Town and Country's that we have owned. I also have a six-pound Yorkie; little dog with a big attitude, LOL. I am able to enjoy my pup and my vans as I do not need my car or dog to boost my masculinity.
 
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