I still don't get the criticism of the Pacifica's 9 speed transmission. So far after a little over 1000 miles, it has performed very well. I haven't noticed it hunting for gears, or getting bogged down in too high a gear. It's always responsive, and really keeps the rpm's pretty low when you're cruising at highway speeds up to 85mph, I haven't driven faster up to this point. I also have driven around town in what would be considered city driving, and again, the transmission provides seamless shifts and doesn't keep you out of the power band.