Two years into any relationship, it’s practical — and sometimes long overdue — to decide whether to fish or cut bait. Well, send us another tackle box, ‘cuz we’re casting a long line on our long-term minivan and Best of 2017 purchase, the Chrysler Pacifica.
We bought the Pacifica two years ago, days after voting the then-all-new minivan our favorite overall vehicle of the year (albeit a month before we announced the news). After making its rounds among our reviewers in 2017, it’s spent most of 2018 as a workhorse for Cars.com’s multimedia team, hauling loads of equipment to auto shows, multicar Challenges and more. We also matched it up against a minivan-alternative SUV in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, then against a redesigned rival in the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The Pacifica turned in mixed results: Editors deemed the Atlas a better family package but gave the Pacifica the nod over its Honda rival.