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2017 Chrysler Pacifica

$15,726 — $46,812 NEW and USED
Passenger Van
7-8 Seats
23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Improved maneuverability
  • Quiet ride
  • Fuel economy
  • Fantastic styling update
  • Roomier inside, easier to get in and out
  • More comfortable Stow 'n Go seats
  • Rear-seat Uconnect Theater app integration for kids

The Bad

  • Can have hybrid powertrain or Stow 'n Go but not both
  • No all-wheel drive
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission behavior while decelerating
  • Many options come only on top trim level
  • Town &
  • amp
  • Country's classy wood trim no longer available
Cars.com trophy.
2017 Cars.com Awards: Best Car of the Year
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
2017 Chrysler Pacifica exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
  • Seats seven or eight
  • Replaces the Chrysler Town &
  • amp
  • Country
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Gasoline V-6 or plug-in hybrid model
  • Revised Stow 'n Go seating system
  • Optional vacuum cleaner
  • Optional three-pane glass moonroof
  • Optional dual touch-screen rear entertainment system

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica's available hands-free sliding side doors seem like a feature that a lot of parents would want. But is it?

by Jennifer Geiger -

The verdict: Like a diaper bag, minivans typically are large, unwieldy and frumpy but pack all the gear your family needs. For 2017, however, Chrysler's van morphed into a Kate Spade bag: The new eight-passenger Pacifica is sleek, stylish and even more tailored to families with additional room and innovative comfort and convenience features.

Versus the competition:
With many minivans, drivers sacrifice style, power and maneuverability for a living room on wheels – not the case with the 2017 Pacifica. Stunning good looks and polished road manners make it a standout in the class.

Seating seven or eight in three rows of seats, the 2017 Pacifica minivan replaces the Chrysler (Dodge) Town & Country minivan and resurrects the Pacifica name last used by Chrysler for a large crossover from 2004 to 2008. Compare the T&C and new Pacifica here. It competes against the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna; compare the Pacifica with them here.
Exterior & Styling
Like the mom who shows up at kindergarten drop-off in a suit instead of yoga pants, the Pacifica easily out-styles other minivans, even the handsome Kia Sedona. The Pacifica's sleek silhouette and polished face are a radical stylistic departure from the Town & Country's dowdy bread-box look.

It wears a version of the Chrysler 200 sedan's curvaceous, classy grille and horizontal, LED light-pipe-accented taillights evocative of the automaker's SUVs. In profile, there's somethi...

by Jennifer Geiger -

The verdict: Like a diaper bag, minivans typically are large, unwieldy and frumpy but pack all the gear your family needs. For 2017, however, Chrysler's van morphed into a Kate Spade bag: The new eight-passenger Pacifica is sleek, stylish and even more tailored to families with additional room and innovative comfort and convenience features.

Versus the competition:
With many minivans, drivers sacrifice style, power and maneuverability for a living room on wheels – not the case with the 2017 Pacifica. Stunning good looks and polished road manners make it a standout in the class.

Seating seven or eight in three rows of seats, the 2017 Pacifica minivan replaces the Chrysler (Dodge) Town & Country minivan and resurrects the Pacifica name last used by Chrysler for a large crossover from 2004 to 2008. Compare the T&C and new Pacifica here. It competes against the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna; compare the Pacifica with them here.
Exterior & Styling
Like the mom who shows up at kindergarten drop-off in a suit instead of yoga pants, the Pacifica easily out-styles other minivans, even the handsome Kia Sedona. The Pacifica's sleek silhouette and polished face are a radical stylistic departure from the Town & Country's dowdy bread-box look.

It wears a version of the Chrysler 200 sedan's curvaceous, classy grille and horizontal, LED light-pipe-accented taillights evocative of the automaker's SUVs. In profile, there's something missing, but I doubt you'll actually miss it. The minivan's telltale sliding door tracks are gone. Unlike on some other vans, the Pacifica's door track lines are hidden under the rear-quarter side glass.
How It Drives
Long and heavy, minivans are not known for their handling prowess, but Chrysler made great strides with the Pacifica. It's much less a chore to drive than the outgoing model, with improved handling and maneuverability, especially when parking. It feels tighter and more composed in corners, and ride quality is better, too — most bumps don't unsettle it. The Pacifica also is much quieter than the Town & Country as well as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna; wind and engine noise are better-hushed.

Power comes from a new version of the 3.6-liter V-6 that powered the Town & Country, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. In other applications, the automaker’s nine-speed has been problematic, particularly when teamed with a four-cylinder. Our long-term Jeep Cherokee clunked into gear with awkward shift timing, and the transmission was one of the shortcomings cited about the Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade during the Cars.com Subcompact SUV Challenge. In the 
 Chrysler Pacifica, the V-6 engine and nine-speed are a better combination. Power from a stop is ample and delivery is smooth and linear; midrange power on the highway is furnished quickly and naturally. At low speeds around town, I noticed the occasional rough, abrupt downshift upon deceleration, but for the most part, the nine-speed was unobtrusive. Thankfully, so were the brakes. With smooth, linear action, the Pacifica's brakes feel more natural than the Town & Country's, which had a tendency to pulse unsettlingly.


Chrysler gets kudos for the Pacifica's more polished powertrain, but the lack of an all-wheel-drive model is a downside. The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan to offer one. What the Pacifica will offer, in late 2016, is a plug-in hybrid van, the only one in a class that never has offered a hybrid, even without the plug-in capability. Chrysler estimates it will provide 30 miles of all-electric range before reverting to gas-electric hybrid operation.

The gas-powered version is no slouch. The 
 Chrysler Pacifica's EPA-estimated gas mileage is 18/28/22 mpg city/highway/combined, up considerably from the Town & Country's 17/25/20 mpg. In combined driving, it matches the Honda Odyssey and beats the Kia Sedona by 2 mpg and the Toyota Sienna by 1 mpg.

Interior
The Town & Country's classy, well-appointed cabin is replaced by a cleaner, more modern design that still delivers an upscale vibe despite the absence of wood trim. A fluid, horizontal control layout replaces the previous model's blocky, stacked setup. The cabin's color palette ranges from muted toffees and tans to high-contrast blacks and creams with pops of color accenting the seats and control bezels.

The cabin's real highlight is behind the first row. Though the Chrysler Town & Country tanked in almost every category in the Cars.com Ultimate Minivan Challenge (conducted before the Pacifica existed), its fold-into-the-floor Stow 'n Go seats earned it major points. For 2017, Chrysler improved the second-row Stow 'n Go system with wider, cushier seats and an enhanced folding maneuver. It's so easy I can fold them with one hand. Previously, you had to open the front doors and move the front seats forward to clear the way before stowing the second-row seats, but now a one-touch button on the B-pillar moves the front seats automatically. Also, the second-row seats now tumble without first requiring floor mat removal. I tested a seven-seat model with second-row captain's chairs. In the eight-seat model, the outboard seats are Stow 'n Go and the middle seat is removable.

There's one hitch: The Stow 'n Go seats no longer slide fore and aft. However, the new Easy Tilt feature makes up for it and should be useful for families with kids in car seats (and a boon for anyone who's ever had to awkwardly shimmy past a car seat to get to the third row). With Easy Tilt, the captain's chairs slide and lift, creating another walkway to the third row. It works even if an empty child-safety seat is installed. We're looking forward to testing this feature in our Car Seat Check.

Both headroom and legroom in the second and third rows are up for 2017, and the third row's taller windows provide a better view and less of a cave-like feel for passengers. The 
Chrysler Pacifica offers more third-row headroom than the Odyssey and Sienna but not quite as much as the Sedona. In legroom, the Pacifica's third row is roomier than the Sedona’s and Sienna’s but not as spacious as the Odyssey's.


Also new are a host of convenience goodies. For starters, the sliding doors open in several ways this year: the traditional buttons in the first row and on the van's B-pillars, as well as a new button on the outside door handles, akin to a keyless access lock button. A new option is foot-swipe activation of the power sliding doors and the rear liftgate. Lastly, there's a vacuum on top trim levels. Developed with Ridgid, the tool company, the second-row vacuum can suck up forgotten french fries and Cheerios in all three rows.
Ergonomics & Electronics
A dated, clunky multimedia system plagued the Town & Country for years, and the Pacifica finally gets Chrysler's optional Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch-screen. In the Pacifica it's flush-mounted and canted slightly toward the driver for good visibility. The graphics are crisp and the screen responds quickly to touch. The menu structure is clear, so things such as setting up and canceling a navigation route or changing audio presets can be done in seconds. It's easier to use than the multimedia systems in the Odyssey and Sienna and matches the Sedona's user-friendly system. AppleCar Play and Android Auto compatibility are unavailable.

My drives in the 
Chrysler Pacifica were quiet, thanks in large part to the optional Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system. The second row's twin 10-inch, high-definition touch-screens feature built-in apps that kept my chatty kindergartner engaged. Math, checkers, an apple word game and tic-tac-toe were favorites. Every once in a while, she'd switch to the "Are We There Yet" app, which tracks the car's progress in real-time when a destination is entered into the nav. Smaller kids might have trouble reaching the screens, however — I moved the front passenger seat all the way back and reclined it a bit — and after a full day in the van, she requested that Chrysler add more apps, specifically a coloring one.

Cargo & Storage
If yours is anything like mine, families travel with a lot of stuff; the 
Chrysler Pacifica can take it. In front, the center console is enormous and full of functionality with lots of built-in cubbies, cupholders and sliding partitions.


Behind the third row, there's 32.3 cubic feet of space, down a smidge from the Town & Country and less than competitors. For space behind the third row, the Sienna is the cargo champ. The Pacifica's third row folds easily, however, opening up 87.5 cubic feet of space, more than the outgoing model and more than both the Sedona and Sienna. Here the Odyssey is tops, with 93.1 cubic feet of space. With both rows down, the Pacifica has 140.5 cubic feet of space, trailing competitors. 
Safety
The 
Chrysler Pacifica has not been crash-tested as of publication. A backup camera is standard; a surround-view camera system is optional. Other safety options include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic cruise control with full autonomous stop, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and rear-cross traffic alert with automatic braking. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Value in Its Class
The 
Chrysler Pacifica delivers more for less; it starts at $29,590, including a $995 destination fee. That's $1,400 less than the Town & Country; it also starts less than the Odyssey and Sienna but it's about $2,000 more than the Sedona, the Ultimate Minivan Challenge champ.

The Sedona handily took top honors for its combination of refined road manners, generous creature comforts and affordability. With the new Pacifica, the Sedona may have met its match.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
284 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Work horse

by Wmdbrock from Cudahy on November 8, 2018

This van was chosen for the versatility it provides. I can tow our 16' fishing boat with no problem. Or load up the interior with: kids, crafts,camping equipment, fishing equipment.... anything Read full review

(4.0)

Best minivan out there

by Johnny Notes from Pompano Beach, FL on October 31, 2018

Sleek design and a powerful 4.6L V6 make it a joy to own. Single friends with no kids comment on how nice it is and how they now want a minivan! The passing speed of the van is enough to set passenger ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Chrysler Pacifica LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chrysler

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Pacifica received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker