2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L – When the first generations Chrysler minivan arrived back in 1984, they revived Chrysler like a defibrillator struck from the heavens. Shepherded into productions by then-CEO Lee Iacocca and fellow Ford expat Hal Sperlich and more than 200,000 minivans were offered in the first year, and Iacocca never missed out on a chance to gloat publicly about the success. Fast-forward three years, and the business, now partnered with Fiat under the FCA banner, has lost ground in the minivan section. Changing the name from Town & Country to Pacifica recommends FCA is searching for a new beginning, since while Mercedes-Benz and Cerberus were playing hot potato with Chrysler, the Honda Odyssey, and the Toyota Sienna advanced and took a great deal of the minivan thunder. (Ford left the segment in 2004 and General Motors not long after; neither could ever knock Chrysler off its perch.)
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L
While FCA’s trucks, SUVs, and efficiency designs might be rewarding, the company frantically needs a class-leading automobile that doesn’t trade on retro images or the pretense of an outdoorsy way of life to appeal to purchasers. That’s where the Pacifica can be found in.
They tuck away longitudinally when not in usage, so they’re not always developing extra wind sound and decreasing fuel economy, however, they can be unscrewed rapidly by hand and reattached in transverse orientation when needed. These people would rather have the convenience and space of a standard bench and offer with removing it when the occasional requirement emerges to carry significant freight.
We discovered a couple of locations where the attention to information trails off. The interior trim on the front doors and the lower portion of the moving doors simply sort of stops without a joint or binding for a clean finish, and the plastic in the left rear of the van, where the portable air compressor lies, feels lightweight. That’s right: Our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L came with an air compressor, but the space-saver spare would cost an extra $295. Limited trims have an onboard vacuum in the area where the compressor– and the tire, if you spring for it– otherwise lives. Following all the basic guidelines of minivan do, the Pacifica stands out as a transporter of people. It stays to be seen if the model can recording lightning in a bottle as effectively as the initial Chrysler minivan, but it does advance the type.
The least brand-new part of the Chrysler Pacifica is the Pentastar V-6. Producing 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, it has its work cut out for it in moving this 4473-pound van. The good news is, the ZF-supplied transmission has nine speeds to ease the problem. Together, the set moved the Pacifica to 60 miles per hour in 7.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds. Going versus existing trends, the throttle is adjusted for mild tip-in, which ought to help make sure that all Big Gulps stay securely moored in their cupholders. If we have any problems relating to the powertrain, it’s the transmission’s tendency to hop in between equipment at low speeds.
That stated, we did handle 22 mpg during Pacifica’s stay with us, nailing the EPA’s combined price quote on the nose. Surprisingly, that’s the specific very same fuel-economy number we taped in our test of the 2015 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite. And, on our highway fuel-economy loop, perform at a constant 75 mph, the Pacifica achieved a remarkable 30 mpg, 2 mpg better than its EPA highway ranking.
We have actually already tested a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited, the top-tier trim that brings a decidedly top-tier base price of $43,490. Now we have actually snagged a mid-level Touring-L trim with a more family-friendly starting point of $35,490. Living smack in the middle of the lineup, it sits above the LX and the Touring however below the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring-L Plus and Limited trims.