Fiat-Chrysler decided to start their 2016 Detroit Motor Show with the unveiling of a minivan. Now hang on. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the minivan in question is the extremely good-looking 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
You have to admit as far as minivans go, this new Pacifica looks pretty cool. It features long wheelbase, wide track, low ground clearance and available 20-inch wheels, all of which are characteristics of much, much sportier vehicles. It even gets up to 10 cool exterior colors with names such as Jazz Blue Pearl, Velvet Red, and Cordovan Pearl.
But being good-looking does not mean Chrysler Pacifica is no good at its intended role which is being a minivan. First and more foremost, the vehicle offers plenty of space. But that’s a given with a minivan. What sets this one apart is the low noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels which according to Chrysler result in a vault-like interior, and the more than 100 standard and available safety and security features, including 360-degree Surround View camera, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold and Forward Collision Warning-Plus.
As for the engines, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica can be had with a normal Pentastar V-6 gasoline engine mated to a 9-speed automatic, or if you have a tech-savvy family, a hybrid system that returns up to 80 MPGe and can run up to 30 miles on electricity alone. With the Pacifica Chrysler seems to have a winner on its hand. It is certainly much nicer than that piece of crap Town and Country!