2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review

Fuel Type
City MPG
Highway MPG
  • Performance
    4.3 of 5.0
  • Cost of Ownership
    4.3 of 5.0
  • Interior
    4.5 of 5.0
  • Reliability
    3.5 of 5.0
30 Aug 2016

In 2017, a new version of the popular Chrysler minivan will be released. This roomy but stylish family wagon is a joy to drive. Furthermore, it is especially convenient for grocery shopping. The Pacifica has been completely redesigned, loaded with the most up-to-date technological features, and is riding on an entirely new platform. It even dropped the Town & Country moniker and is now known as the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Chrysler made the renaming decision in an attempt to remove the negative stigma associated with minivans. These vehicles are no longer just huge, boring necessity wagons. The all-new Pacifica demonstrates that minivans can be stylish and spicy.

Exterior design

So, what’s the latest? Well, what isn’t? Chrysler outdid themselves with this one. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica’s front end was inspired by another successful Chrysler model: the 200 sedan. The Pacifica features chrome accents, cat-eye headlights, and an overall modern and fresh appearance. There’s a lovely half-deep crease on the side that runs all the way to the back of the car. To think that making a stylish car is so simple!

Chrome is a common theme at Chrysler, and the Pacifica is no exception. The front grille, lower fascia, and side windows all have a chrome outline. A chrome bar runs across the lower part of the side of the car and over the roof rails.

Silver Teal Pearl, a light blue pearly color, is an additional exterior color option for the hybrid edition.

Interior design

The interior has also been updated and is inspired by the Chrysler 200 sedan. The stick shift, seating materials, and the 8.4-inch touch screen with UConnect have all been adopted. Because the Chrysler 200 interior was a big inspiration for the Pacifica, we expect Chrysler to use it on more models in the future.

One of the most popular features, Chrysler’s Stow ‘n Go system, is thankfully still available in the new Pacifica. This system allows the second and third rows of seats to be stowed in the floor, creating a large amount of storage space in a matter of seconds. This system has been updated for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. It is now only necessary to press a button. The front seats then advance, allowing the back seats to fall into their stowing position. Because the hybrid Pacifica’s batteries are located in the floor, the Stow ‘n Go system will not be available for that model.

Leather seats that can be heated and cooled ensure maximum driving comfort. The steering wheel is also leather and has lovely chrome accents, as is the dashboard. Instead of a stick shift, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has a newly designed rotary gear knob from FCA.

The 2017 Pacifica’s back seat passengers can watch movies or connect game consoles to the 10 inch touch screens. Six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation are included in the standard sound system. The Alpine system with thirteen speakers or the Harmon Kardon system with twenty speakers are available as options.

Engine specs

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will be available with either a gasoline or a hybrid engine. Starting with the gasoline engine, it is a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 capable of producing 290 horsepower. This engine now has improved fuel efficiency, a cooled exhaust gas recycling system, and an automatic stop and start function. The vehicle is front wheel drive and has a nine-speed automatic transmission. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming years, because an all-wheel-drive vehicle is on its way.

The engine in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid is the same as in the regular gasoline version. On the hybrid, the cooled exhaust gas recycling system has been omitted. The battery has an electric range of 30 miles (48 kilometers), and when the battery runs out, the gasoline engine automatically takes over. It takes two hours to recharge the battery using a standard household socket.

Tech Specs

The 8.4-inch touch screen is controlled by the UConnect system, while the 10-inch touch screens in the rear seats are controlled by UConnect Theater.

A 360-degree parking camera, as well as ParkSense Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, are available. Furthermore, there is Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows the vehicle in front of it to be followed while maintaining a safe distance. Forward Collision Warning also warns and, if necessary, stops the vehicle. LaneSense Lane Departure Warning warns and, if necessary, makes minor steering adjustments to keep you in your lane. Finally, Blind Spot Monitoring is an available option.

Finally, the hands-free sliding doors and liftgate, which can be opened by dragging the foot under the bumper, are notable features.

Price and sale date

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is already on the market in the United States. Prices begin at $28,995. Six gasoline model variants are available, the most expensive of which is the Pacifica Limited, which costs $42,895.