2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited long-term road test: what fits inside?

August 9, 2017

As we near the end of summer, our year with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited minivan reaches the halfway point. We've spent days, nights, and weekends playing with with it, learning its quirks, and putting it through its paces.

From family duty to cleaning up messes made inside its cabin, the Pacifica hasn't failed us yet. Of course, minivan's aren't just for moving people, they are quite capable of hauling a ton of cargo as well.

With over 13,000 miles on the odometer, it's time to check in and see how much stuff the Pacifica can actually hold and to find out how flexible it can be when called into hauling duty.

Unmatched flexibility

The stow-away second-row seats give the Pacifica flexibility that can't be matched by the competition, no matter how others seem to justify not needing them.

The third-row seat can fold flat, and splits 60/40 for increased versatility.

What can you actually haul?

The Pacifica is nearly a pickup truck with a topper if you fold both the second- and third-row seats flat. You can lug dozens of sheets of 4-by-8 building material, among the other Home Depot items your better half asks you pick up to fix things around the house.

With the third-row up, the cargo well is deep, enough to place quite a bit of luggage down low and then stack upward. Fold one side of the 60/40 third-row seat and you can haul cargo on one side and people on the other.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test

To put the Pacifica's cargo hauling into perspective, let's look at some examples of what we've packed into the Pacifica with room to spare:

  • Two adults, two kids in car seats, a dog, four medium duffel bags, two backpacks, double stroller with two seats, bridesmaid dress, a kids' car activity bag, diaper bag, a power washer with hose and spray gun, and a cooler
  • Two adults, two kids in car seats, a dog, four medium duffel bags, two large duffel bags, one medium roll-aboard, three backpacks, a diaper bag, a kids' car activity bag,a  laundry bin, a small gas can (empty, don't worry), three large framed photos, a car battery charger,  and three large boxes full of hard goods
  • Three adults, two kids in car seats, a dog, four medium duffel bags, three backpacks, a small roll-aboard, a diaper bag, and a kids' car activity bag

Perhaps most importantly, we had more than enough room, with some to spare, in all of the above scenarios. The first two included having the 40 portion of the 60/40 folding third-row bench folded, while the third had the entire third-row seat up.

Costco run? Not even a concern, and you don't even really need to fold the third row unless you are prepping for the apocalypse.

It's important to note that in every scenario described, and experienced to date, we've had full visibility out the rear despite what's behind the driver.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test

People hauling

We've already gone in-depth regarding how the Pacifica does when it comes to fitting the family. A quick refresher: There's more than enough space with very comfy seats for all.

Most Pacificas will seat seven, with the second row featuring captain's chairs that fold completely flat into the floor with a few quick tugs of some release pulls. Need seating for eight? An optional middle seat for the second row essentially turns it into a bench.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test

2017 Chrysler Pacifica long-term road test

Size matters

The Pacifica is the largest minivan on the market today at 203.6 inches long, with a 121.6-inch wheelbase, and 79.6 inches of width.

That means it's more than three inches longer than the 2018 Toyota Sienna and just a hair longer than the 2018 Honda Odyssey.

Inside the Pacifica has 197.3 cubic feet of space, most of which is doled out to humans. Total passenger space rings in at 165 cubic feet, with 140.5 cubes of it behind the first row, 87.5  behind the second row, and 32.3 behind the third row.

What's next for our Pacifica?

Summer's winding down in the Midwest, and cabins are closing for the winter as the cold starts to creep through. Our Blue Chariot will be heading out west to Denver soon for some crisp mountain air.

We'll take a look at what our passengers have been saying about the Pacifica, and its infotainment system. Safety's a thing for any family vehicle, and we'll check out the systems designed to keep you and your family protected as you go down the road.

Be sure to follow along, connect with us down below in the comments, or on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, and let us know if you have a task or question in mind for us.

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