Great crossover, but large family misses minivan
January 31, 2017
Bought a used '05 Pacifica touring recently with nearly 170,000. It's very nice looking inside & out, esp for its age and amount of use, very comfortable. Love the low wide profile & big tires. Its AWD but mine doesn't work. Nevertheless it feels solid and secure on the road, is very fun to drive & has plenty of power.
If my kids were grown but I still needed room for them occasionally, or if I had one less kid or maybe no dog, this would be a slam dunk.
But as a single parent with 3 kids & a dog who likes to be included, & taking bi-monthly weekend trips 2 hours away, I am missing the space of a minivan.
If you don't need the 3rd row frequently then you have a great amount of cargo space but if you need your 3rd row, you'll struggle to get even a decent sized load of groceries in the back. A removable shelf Like in the villager would help make better use of the limited space.
Leg room in 2nd row is a ton, I actually wish those seats would slide further forward b/c 3rd row leg room not so much and the 3rd row is 2 seats side by side instead of a big bench, so you can't really lay across it nor can you fit 3 people.
The console between the mid-row seats is nice for mid-row passengers, but it eliminates a pathway to the back seat so if you need to get back there without opening the doors and flipping up the seats, you have to crawl over the console. Not so nice in winter, with muddy shoes, or for large dog.
The DVD player jammed and I've read this is a common problem with these Chrysler players.
Right now I'm seriously considering going back to a minivan for the increased passenger and cargo space.
Another factor is MPG. According to reviews, the Honda Odyssey gets up to 23 MPG with a ton of space inside while I'm averaging 17.5 with the Pacifica & that's mostly highway & country driving . I like the Odyssey b/c it has a similar wide low stance like the Pacifica, gets better MPG, and has more room inside. The back bench is huge, the cargo area with all seats up is huge, you can fit 7-8 people comfortably and get from the 1st row all the way to the back without climbing. The only thing making me indecisive is the stow and go offered by Chrysler Town and Country and the AWD option offered by Toyota Sienna. Trying to decide between the 3, will probably just have to go out and drive some.
But back to Pacifica- if you only have a 3-4 member family or if you don't have a large dog you take along , this car is great. You are riding in luxury, it's a smooth, comfortable, enjoyable ride and drive. My biggest beef is not really the fault of the car, it's just not the best fit for my current situation/lifestyle. However I would point out the MPG , like many have said, is NOT as good as advertised.
Pacifica is a great crossover but can't compare to the versatility & space of a minivan.