Priced from just less than $30,000 to more than $42,000, the Chrysler Pacifica went on sale this summer, with the plug-in hybrid model arriving later in the year.
The lineup will include LX, Touring, Touring Plus, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited models—all built in Windsor, Ontario, right across the river from downtown Detroit.
Standard features on the Pacifica LX include power windows, locks, and mirrors; 17-inch tires; active noise cancellation; air conditioning; touchscreen audio with AM/FM and Bluetooth audio streaming; a power driver seat; and steering-wheel audio controls.
Touring grades can features standard automatic headlights, power sliding side doors, ambient lighting, leather seats, heated power adjustable front seats, heated second-row seats, and power assist to move the driver's seat out of the way when storing the second-row seats.
It's those good base and optional features, plus great customization options and the fact that it's a family hauling weapon that help it ace our features scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Touring Plus models add to that a power tailgate and three-zone climate control, plus a few other minor features like fog lights and unique interior trim.
Standard features on the Pacifica Limited include a power liftgate with hands-free control; hands-free sliding side doors; ventilated front seats; a panoramic sunroof; 18-inch tires; HD radio, navigation, and real-time-traffic; a 115-volt power outlet; a Blu-ray entertainment system with twin 10-inch screens and third-row USB and charging ports; a power third-row seat; and an in-car vacuum.
Major options include Harman Kardon audio; navigation; parking sensors and blind-spot monitors; adaptive cruise control; surround-view cameras; forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking; and a tow package good for up to 3,600 pounds of pull.
The available hands-free liftgate and sliding doors are new to the Pacifica and to Chrysler minivans. With the key fob nearby, passengers can open and close each by waving a foot under the door.
The Pacifia's other new features are similarly thoughtful. The center console is deep enough to store tablet computers, and gallon jugs of milk have their own storage bins in the cargo area. Every seat has at least one cupholder. In eight-passenger versions, the eighth seat (middle, second row) is removable and doubles as an armrest when not used as a chair.
A three-pane panoramic roof opens up the entire vehicle to natural light—perfect for sightseeing tours. The in-car vacuum has a hose long enough to clean the Pacifica, and the car next to it in the garage.
Finally, the Pacifica's accessories list runs the gamut: everything from a pet kennel to a first-aid kit to a DVD player to wireless smartphone charging is available.