The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is one of the best minivans currently for sale and has seating for up to 7 people. The Pacifica comes with a 287 horsepower engine that gets good acceleration and it has composed handling on the road. The Pacifica is available with a gas or hybrid engine.

The Chrysler Pacifica is an all new model for 2017 and replaces the outdated Chrysler Town & Country. It comes with tons of added features which we’ll get into below and has good fuel economy. The estimates for the gas engine are 18 mpg for city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.

The Chrysler Pacifica is front-wheel drive and has an almost impeccable safety rating. The Pacifica is pleasant to drive and quiet on the road. The good fuel economy of this minivan makes it a serious rival to the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna which have remained at the top of this class for years.

Performance

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica engine is strong and efficient. It lacks the power of the V6 found in the Honda Odyssey but the Pacifica’s V6 287-horsepower engine still delivers faster acceleration than most rivals.

The fuel economy for the Pacifica is 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is better than most of its rivals. The hybrid version has an amazing 84 mpg-e economy rating and can run for 33 miles just on battery power alone. It uses dual engines so that the gas engine powers up once the electricity has been used up. The Pacifica is the only minivan in the U.S. with plug-in technology.

The Pacifica is comfortable to ride and drive in and performs particularly well on long journeys. The steering is responsive with strong brakes. Handling is good which makes travelling around corners feel relaxed. The Pacifica has a great safety rating of 9.7/10.

The towing capacity of the Pacifica is 3,600 lbs. which is slightly more than the towing capacity of both the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. As the Pacifica is a new model there are no reliability scores for this vehicle yet. It’s expected that reliability will be about average for this class.

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Interior

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is built with elegant and solid materials that will give the interior of the cabin a refined touch. While the Pacifica is meant for 7 people you can squeeze in 8 if you opt for the second-row bench seat. The third-row of seats fold flat for extra storage space and the second-row of seats actually fold up under the floor.

The Pacifica base trim comes with cloth upholstery but this is replaced with leather in the top trims. sound insulation is very good, making the cabin quiet inside.

The infotainment system is called Chrysler Uconnect and it’s widely regarded as one of the best systems on the market. The base trim comes with a 5-inch display unit but it’s worthwhile upgrading to the 8.4-inch touch screen.

Price

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has a starting price of $28,595 for the base model, slightly cheaper than both the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. The top trim, the Touring L Plus has a starting price of $37,895 and comes with a 13-speaker audio system, Theater system and heated first and second row seats.

The Chrysler Pacifica is a little more expensive than the top model of the gas version and has a starting price of $41,995.

Alternatives

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid top the list for best minivans this year. Other options to consider are the 2016 Honda Odyssey, 2017 Toyota Sienna and the cheaper 2017 Kia Sedona.