I recently had the opportunity to test drive the brand new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. I admit it was one of the most peaceful weeks of my life driving a car, SUV or minivan. As a mother and experienced driver I have a list of several must haves on a car before I can recommend it, or think about buying it. The Chrysler Pacifica exceeded many of my expectations! I look at the safety, comfort, ease of use as well as several “facts and figures when I’m test driving a car and I was pleasantly surprised to find this mini van could do everything I wanted.
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Facts and Figures
The base price of the 2017 Pacifica Limited I was able to test drive is $42,495. Its greenhouse and fuel economy rating is a 5 on a scale of 1-10, and smog rating is a 6, with 18 mpg city and 22 highway. It has a 5 year/60,000 mile power train limited warranty. It’s a 3.6L V6, WT engine with a 9 speed automatic transmission. There are so many features, so I’m just going to name a few of my favorites.
- Advanced multistage front airbags
- Driver inflatable knee holster air bag
- Supplemental airbags – side curtain and passenger
- Latch ready child seat anchor system
- Park View Rear Backing System
- Park Sense/Park Assist
- Blind spot and cross path detection
- Tire inflator kit
- Capless fuel filter
- Hands free sliding door and lift gate
- Security alarm and theft deterrent system
- Electronic stability control
Optional features: include the Keysense System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning, 360 Degree Surround View Camera System.
You can find all of the features online.
This minivan is not only attractive inside and out but there is a great deal of comfort and convenience which offers a peaceful ride. Some of the features I think make us a better drive as it makes us more aware of bad driving habits and OH how I wish this sort of technology was available when I was learning how to drive. It could possible even help train new drivers especially with the Keysense Technology.
Hate getting into the car and your spouse or teen has left the volume on the radio WAY up? Keysense technology lets you set a maximum volume level. Not only that but you can also set a maximum speed. This creates even more ways to teach us as drivers how to be a little safer as we aren’t distracted by the music and we aren’t speeding down the road – which in a way is unexpectedly easy to do in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
When first getting into the car and starting it you have a reminder to drive safely as well a “mission control.” The control panel which provides you with the opportunity to set your music, navigation, warnings and more to your particular preferences. There’s also a button for adjusting the seat – with a memory so no matter who is behind the wheel you or the husband you can quickly get your seat adjusted for care and comfort while driving. And you know how they say there is an “app for that?” That’s so true in this mini van as you can control many of the features – from safety and warning systems to Bluetooth and Navigation all from one control center. You can also customize it to create the menu which fits your needs.
The remote start system is a big help in our hot weather climate and during my test drive time the temperatures were soaring into the low 100’s. Not only could I remote start the car but the air conditioning could start kicking on and then AHHH one of my favorite features, the vented and heated seats. I’m sure heated seats would come in handy in just about any climate other than Houston’s, but those vented (cooling) seats, now those are one big deal for us as it also helped with making my lower back and hips more comfortable and no burning legs on the seats!
Another favorite feature is the remote rear and side door opener. I may have referred to the front screen as my control panel but the key fob for me was keys to the kingdom! Doors would magically open and everyone was actually already in the car and shutting the doors with the one touch push button as I locked front doors. It’s nice to see a car that your kids actually look forward to getting into.
Heading to the rear of the minivan the remote door opener is SUCH a big help especially when trying to get the groceries or sports equipment in the car. The one touch control panel allows me to then quickly and easily stow and go the third row seating for days when we needed extra space.
There is a great deal for any parent or family to like about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Overall my favorite feature is the peace and quite of driving it. I don’t just mean the road noise though there is protection from that too, but I REALLY appreciate the lack of fussing and fighting which goes on in the middle seat of a car with two daughter’s only around 15 months apart. There’s never enough of anything – from leg room to cup holders. In this mini van the girls in the second row had plenty of space even with the driver and passenger seats moved back. There is ample space between the two seats in the mid row seating. The girls are far enough apart they they don’t feel on top of each other and they even have their own USB ports, temperature controls, cup holders, window controls and the all important door open button. While that is nice, I admit I like the door opener remote on the key fob even better.
Unlike many vehicles with third row seating the Chrysler Pacifica didn’t “skimp.” There is the same quality of seats in the third row, as well as USB ports, temperature controls, its own sunroof and plenty of cup holders.
Did I mention the built in vacuum system? It’s only available on certain models but WOW wouldn’t I love to have that in my regular minivan. It’ is constantly needed swept up of crumbs and papers.
Final Thoughts on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica does make for a peaceful driving experience from the multiple airbags, “mission control” screen for adjusting every app available on the car including safety features like notifications when a car is approaching your “blind spot,” backing warning system as well as the Keysense feature which stops the car from being driven above certain speeds. It handles well – but let’s face it I want it to handle well but not like a sports car. I’m more interested in comfort and space at this point in time.
I’m at peace thinking that many of those features are there for added safety and security and the family is at peace with the comfort of the seating, driving and storage experience. And, with my key fob I really do own the keys to the peaceful driving kingdom!