A Ride in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring
Back in September, we discussed a bit of head-to-head competition between the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the Toyota Sienna (psst—the Pacifica won, hands down). Now, we’d like to give you a more in-depth look at what it’s like behind the wheel of the Touring trim level, an experience the writers at AutoWeek claimed just might be the minivan, perfected.
A fun minivan—really.
Starting in the mid-$30,000s, the 2017 Pacifica Touring provides the functionality, versatility and styling that modern families want out of a minivan. Chalked up on the pros side of his experience, AutoWeek Associate Editor Jay Ramey claims the Pacifica Touring provides “more space, comfort and driving fun than you’d ever believe in a minivan.” The cons? Minivans are still working against a social stigma, but the Touring’s sleek profile is actively working to change a few minds.
The design of the 2017 Pacifica leaves behind the choppier, harder edges seen on previous model years and instead opts for smoother and simpler details. Buyers can choose from nine different exterior colors, and 20” aluminum wheels and sculpted automatic LED headlamps bring a touch of elegance to the Pacifica. Additional touches on the Touring trim include Passive Entry Doors and Power Sliding Side Doors.
“For starters, it looks fantastic for a minivan,” said Wes Raynal, an editor for AutoWeek. “I seriously dig the exterior shape. It looks wider and in some ways bolder.”
On the road
Once inside and settled into the 2017 Pacifica’s all-inclusive interior that provides impressive storage space and stowable seating for eight, the Touring provides quick, responsive steering to handle the impressive power provided by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that, when paired with its nine-speed automatic transmission, produces an impressive amount of power not commonly experienced behind the wheel of a minivan.
Ramey reported minimal to practically nonexistent levels of jostling inside the cabin when going over hills and down bumpy roads, with his review stating that the Touring was more than capable when it came to handling sharp turns, with the van’s punchiness but balance making it similar to riding in a much smaller vehicle.
The Touring is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, and the trim level’s second tier, the Touring L, features premium leather-trimmed seats, a power liftgate, heated first-row seats and three-zone automatic temperature control, ensuring a pleasant ride for all passengers and gear. Above that, the Touring L Plus brings Uconnect Theater technology, a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with driver information digital cluster display and heated first- and second-row seating.
Your Pacifica, your way
With the base level Pacifica and five available trim levels above that, in addition to a groundbreaking hybrid option, the 2017 Pacifica was made to fit every family’s needs, no matter what they may be. Through an infusion of intuitive design and a reimagining of what it is that a minivan needs to offer, the all-new Pacifica delivers in both performance and versatility to make what Chrysler calls the “world’s most capable vehicle.”