After ohhing and ahhing about the cool new Chrysler Pacifica this fall, the A Parent in Silver Spring crew had the chance to test drive the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica one for one week this December. I really liked this fully-loaded minivan, but my three children LOVED it. Charlie, Eve and Alice were living in bummed out land when they came home yesterday and the ride and drive folks had taken it back to the dealership.
Usually the kids are crawling into my 2015 three-row SUV, so they were in heaven with the one-touch sliding doors and increased cabin and legroom. Although I drove a minivan for nearly ten years, the kids protested that it was “Nothing like this Pacifica minivan!” Which is true…we sure did not have Nappa leather-trimmed seats quite like this. Nor did we have a built-in shop vac for easy cleaning of dirt and snack messes.
The children were obsessed with the view they received from the Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof, and I appreciated the overhead view provided by the backup camera — a new technology I had not before used and found so helpful when navigating a packed car.
Features found in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica include Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, which will find a space and steer you in using ultrasonic parking sensors, and the Uconnect Theater with dual HD seatback-mounted touchscreens with built-in games, apps, USB video and a Blu-Ray/DVD. The touch-screen features, navigation and sound system controls are more intuitive than most new cards I have experienced.
But most importantly? It is a really sharp looking car, with a body style that in no way screams old school dumpy minivan. It’s crazy elegant and sleek.
I adored how the kids could open and close the doors with the simple push-button control, rather than yanking and clicking and pulling (and me praying that they didn’t screw up the mechanism!)
And after two years of SUV life, I have to admit that I really missed the deep back cargo space that a minivan provides.
If I were in the market for a new car, I would be all about the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. My kids are in still in mourning that we had to give it back.