Review: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

– Cleveland, Ohio

Despite crossovers popping up like weeds in suburban driveways, the tried-and-true minivan doggedly persists as the best way to transport you and your brood. That is, as long as you can stomach the stigma of being a minivan owner. (Get over it; they’re worth it.)

Chrysler invented the modern minivan, and while its offerings (both the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan) have always been solid values, they have become the blue light specials of the minivan market in recent years – cheap to buy and always on sale.

So here comes the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to replace the now-dead Dodge Grand Caravan and formerly named Town & Country. It’s designed to compete with more expensive minivans from Honda, Toyota, and Kia, but thankfully carries forward all of the family-friendly features this brand is famous for (as well as introducing a few new ones). Chrysler’s minivan finally offers the style and features to go toe-to-toe with the best, as well as justify its bump in price.

 

 

Pros

  • Wow, what a looker. Minivans aren’t known for making hearts skip a beat, but Chrysler designers have masterfully sculpted a family hauler that looks well proportioned on its wheels and even a bit compact compared to its competition. The end result is legitimately attractive, more so than any other minivan (the Kia Sedona comes close, though). The design cues from the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan scale up nicely, and I don’t even mind the shiny chrome trim pieces. Lesser...