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New Chrysler Road Tripper minivan revealed

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This is a hard pass downgrade for me. I'll stick with my Pinnacle. No thanks Stellantis, you take away roof racks on lower trims and now bring them back with black and orange branding "Road Tripper"? :cautious: "Road Tripper" :rolleyes::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: Guess the Pinnacle or any other trims are not worthy of travel now.

New Chrysler Road Tripper minivan revealed

Trying to bring a Dodge look into the Chrysler line....
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Wonder if they are going to start bringing back all the other ridiculous trim levels and add this one too. Pacifica L, Pacifica LX, Pacifica Touring, Pacifica Touring L, Pacifica Touring L 35th Anniversary, Pacifica Touring L Plus, Pacifica Touring L Plus 35th Anniversary, Pacifica S, Pacifica Limited, Pacifica Limited 35th Anniversary, Pacifica Limited Red S, Pacifica Pinnacle. Did I miss one? Probably... :ROFLMAO:

Then scaled back to Chrysler Voyager for the L and LX. Pacifica Touring and Touring L, Pacifica S, Pacifica Limited, Pacifica Limited Red S, Pacifica Pinnacle.

Marketing department: We made a mistake by removing roof rails from lower trims and it has hurt sales. We need to figure out a way to sell lower trim levels to compete with the competition and boost sales. Let's add roof racks back and throw a black and orange sticker on the door that says"Road Tripper" and make the Chrysler logo on the wheels black and orange.

Marketing department:

Actual Pacifica owners that roof racks were removed and prospective buyers:

5% Actual Pacifica owners and prospective buyers that like the name and black and orange branding:

The smart thing would have been to make this "Road Tripper" the new Dodge Grand Caravan line from the Voyager trims and have placement in the Dodge branding at lower entry prices than Chrysler as it has been for decades. There are a lot of families having a hard time right now looking for lower-priced vehicles. I'm just a consumer what do I know about marketing?
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What kind of mpgs did you record on your trips?
That was in 2018 so I can't remember the #'s. I just used the computer fuel economy readings in ICE mode at a few speeds. I find the fuel economy is largely dependent on highway velocity. Wind resistance is proportional to velocity squared, so 20% faster = 44 % more fuel used but 20% less time, so 20 % worse fuel economy overall. I concentrate on passenger smoothness and we don't have many traffic jams where I drive. Last trip I did averaged 7.2 l/100k (31 MPG US I think) & one before that was 6.8.
I like it comes with tow package and it's a touring L. I don't want a sunroof. In 2022 you can only get tow package with sunroof...
A few thoughts: the bars when in position (versus when they are stowed) will likely have small impact on fuel economy. They will also likely increase the noise level when on the highway. That said, for those of us who live in a place where skiing is a lifestyle choice -- having the rack is invaluable. Of course, you could also use the rack for bikes, kayaks, etc. In the winter we use a Thule cargo box for the skis. With the box on there is an impact on fuel economy. With our old Pontiac Vibe, we could drive from Ottawa to Toronto in the summer on one tank of gas (with some to spare). In the winter, with the winter tires (which impact fuel economy) and with the rack plus the Thule cargo box, we could make it from Ottawa to Toronto on fumes.

The Pacifica rack -- like the Grand Caravan/Town and Country rack -- stows. If you are not using it, just stow it.

Living in Ottawa, we want a rack. If we ever get a Pacifica Hybrid, we will add a rack (assuming it is not a Pinnacle which comes with a rack) and a tow hitch for the Thule Bike Hitch rack.
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