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8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Review

This 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a top-flight minivan. It has a spacious and quiet interior, refined driving dynamics, a muscular V6 engine, easy-to-use features, and a great safety score.

Pros & Cons

  • Convenient Stow ‘n Go seats
  • Great family-friendly features
  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Rear seats are a bit firm

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Overview

Is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica a Good Used Car?

The Chrysler Pacifica was once a forgettable SUV. In 2017 it was reborn as a minivan, and it’s an excellent pick. In fact, we named it the 2017 Best Minivan for the Money. The Pacifica offers generous seating and cargo space, quality cabin materials, a host of family-friendly tech features, and solid fuel economy. It boasts a comfortable and quiet ride as well, and it’s surprisingly fun to drive, which can’t be said of most minivans.

The Pacifica’s drawbacks are few and far between, though its rear seats aren’t as comfortable as those in top rivals like the 2017 Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Consider all three of these popular models before you buy. We review the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid separately.

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How Much Is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica?

You can expect to pay between $21,400 and $34,000 for a used 2017 Pacifica. These figures are based on over 4,600 listings for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica on our site. The average price is $25,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Cost to Own?

The Pacifica’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $25,400 – or about $5,100 per year. That’s higher than average for a minivan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Pacifica?

The 2018 Pacifica starts at $26,995. You can save thousands of dollars with a used Pacifica, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there are some major benefits to buying a new Pacifica. The minivan gained a host of updates for 2018, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which were previously unavailable. All models now come standard with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors, which were previously optional. If these tech and safety features are must-haves, you may want to opt for the 2018 model.

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While you can find new seven-seat vehicles that cost less than the average 2017 Pacifica, it is slim pickings. The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, and Mitsubishi Outlander all have attractive prices. However, you’ll want to avoid these poorly rated vehicles in favor of the Pacifica.

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Which Model Year of the Chrysler Pacifica Is Best?

The Chrysler Pacifica minivan debuted for the 2017 model year, and it replaced Chrysler’s aged Town & Country. Notably, the Pacifica name was previously given to an SUV, which sold from 2004 to 2008. The current Pacifica received no mechanical changes between the 2017 and 2018 model years, so you can save money with a used model while finding comparable performance. You’ll want to look for a 2018 model if you want Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, two features that were not available for the 2017 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica?

The 2017 Pacifica has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are seven recalls for the 2017 Pacifica. One addresses the van’s manual park release, which could cause the vehicle to roll away unexpectedly. A software fault has been identified that could keep the van’s cruise control system engaged, even when manually cancelled. An additional software issue may cause the engine to stall. Two recalls cover faults with the Pacifica’s rear seatbelts, which may become stuck or inadvertently unlatch. Another pair of recalls affect Pacifica vans that have been modified by Vantage Mobility International with wheelchair lifts; these recalls target defects in the rear braking system and rear axle. Before buying a used Pacifica, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Chrysler Pacifica Model Is Right for Me?

Chrysler offers the 2017 Pacifica in five trim levels: LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited. Many shoppers will find that the base model has everything they’re looking for. The Chrysler Pacifica LX comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, rearview camera, USB and auxiliary ports, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, Stow ‘n Go seating, cloth upholstery, and alloy wheels.

The Pacifica Touring trim adds some key upgrades including power-sliding side doors, satellite radio, and proximity keyless entry. The Touring-L trim comes with blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, remote start, tri-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and fog lights. The Touring-L Plus trim adds a larger 8.4-inch touch screen, heated second-row seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Last but not least, the Chrysler Pacifica Limited trim adds a navigation system, onboard vacuum cleaner, ventilated front seats, a power-folding third row, a hands-free liftgate, and a three-pane panoramic sunroof.

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Certified Pre-Owned Chrysler Pacifica Warranty

Though the Pacifica has above-average predicted reliability, there are benefits to buying to certified pre-owned vehicle. Chrysler extends the original new-car powertrain warranty on CPO vehicles to seven years or 100,000 miles. CPO vehicles also get a three-month/3,000-mile Maximum Coverage Care warranty. There are restrictions related to mileage and models, so read the Chrysler warranty page carefully. This is one of the more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs among non-luxury automakers.

Chrysler’s CPO program is better than that of many affordable car manufacturers, according to our analysis. However, you’ll find that programs from Honda, Toyota, and GMC are more robust.

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How Safe Is the Pacifica?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Pacifica a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. It received Good ratings in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Pacifica a perfect five-star rating in overall, front, and side impact testing, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

All 2017 Pacifica models come with a rearview camera. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Only the top Touring-L Plus and Limited models are available with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, and a surround-view camera system.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica or 2017 Honda Odyssey?

The Honda Odyssey is another top-ranked minivan. The Odyssey's strong engine and composed handling make it comparably fun to drive. The Honda also has similarly high fuel economy (up to 19/27 mpg city/highway) and a smooth ride. When it comes to tech and convenience features, the Odyssey is about on par with the Pacifica. Both offer great rear-seat entertainment systems and even an onboard vacuum cleaner. The critical difference is found in the back. The Odyssey has comfier second-row seats, but you’ll have to remove these heavy seats to fully maximize cargo space. The Pacifica’s Stow ‘n Go rear seats fold flat into the floor. Both are fine options in this class, but the Pacifica is more practical, and used models are typically less expensive.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica or 2017 Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna distinguishes itself from all other minivans with its available all-wheel-drive system. The Sienna and the Pacifica are similarly fuel efficient, comfortable even on rough roads, and well-equipped with user-friendly tech features. You’ll find the same compromise in back as you will with most other minivans, though. While the second-row seats are comfy, you have to remove them manually for maximum cargo space. Overall, the Pacifica is more practical and used models are often more affordable.

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2017 Pacifica Performance

How Does the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Drive?

The Chrysler Pacifica has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 287 horsepower. A nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The brawny V6 zips the Pacifica up to speed briskly around town, and it makes quick work of hills and highway passing maneuvers – even when the minivan is loaded with passengers and cargo. The nine-speed transmission is smooth, and it helps contribute to that strong acceleration, though it’s occasionally hesitant to downshift.

Minivans aren’t known for being especially fun to drive, but the Pacifica upends that stereotype. It feels stable and athletic when rounding turns. The steering is quick, and it helps the van scoot through tight parking lots. The brakes slow the van down with authority as well. The Pacifica’s serene ride quality takes center stage, though. The suspension soaks up bumps and dips in the road without fuss, both in the city and when cruising at highway speeds.

Does the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard Pacifica gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for a minivan. Chrysler also offers the Pacifica as an efficient plug-in hybrid model. The Pacifica Hybrid has a V6 engine, two electric motors, and a lithium-ion battery pack. It offers up to 33 miles of all-electric driving range. After it runs out of battery power, the gas engine turns on and it can achieve an EPA-estimated 32 mpg (combined city/highway).

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Towing Capacity

The Pacifica is rated to tow 3,600 pounds, when properly equipped.

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2017 Pacifica Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Pacifica Seat?

The Chrysler Pacifica seats seven people in its standard configuration and can handle up to eight if you choose the optional second-row bench seat. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, even on longer road trips. All three rows are roomy and capable of seating adults. However, there is a compromise to the Pacifica’s second- and third rows. These Stow ‘n Go seats fold conveniently into the floor, making it easy to convert the Pacifica from passenger van to cargo hauler in seconds. That said, these seats aren’t as comfortable or as adjustable as the ones you’ll find in rivals like the Odyssey and Sienna. Chrysler had to make the seat padding thinner so the seats could fit under the floor. Still, kids in child seats won’t notice the difference.

Look beyond that hiccup though and you’ll find an interior that’s as practical as it is upscale. The dashboard is elegantly styled and features many soft-touch plastics. Base models come with cloth upholstery, but you can get Nappa leather in higher trim levels. Excellent sound insulation keeps the cabin very quiet, allowing you to talk with your passengers without raising your voice.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica?

The Pacifica has four full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats. There are two sets in the second row and two more in the third. While that’s a lot of room for car seats, the LATCH hardware itself can be a bit of a pain to deal with. The lower anchors don’t stick out far enough from the seatback and cushion, so they’re hard to maneuver around. This means that it takes a lot of force to connect a car seat. The same is true for the upper tethers.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Features

The 2017 Pacifica comes standard with a 5-inch touch screen, rearview camera, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, and USB ports. Available features include a larger 8.4-inch screen, navigation, satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free connectivity, an onboard vacuum cleaner (Stow ‘n Vac), and a rear-seat entertainment system. Both Uconnect touch screens have user-friendly menus, sharp graphics, and quick responses. The audio and climate controls are also accessible using buttons and knobs, located under the screen, which makes adjustments easier while on the go.

Chrysler’s available rear-seat entertainment system (Uconnect Theater) is likely to be the biggest hit with the kids. It includes two 10-inch touch screens that are mounted on the back of the front seats. The screens can play DVDs and Blu-ray discs, as well as connect to video game consoles via an HDMI port. They even contain onboard game apps like checkers and tic-tac-toe.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Dimensions

Chrysler Pacifica Cargo Space

The Pacifica has 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, and 87.5 cubic feet with these seats folded. Total cargo space jumps to 140.5 cubic feet with the second- and third-row seats folded. The shape of the Pacifica's cargo area makes it easy to carry large items. It’s wide enough to fit 4-by-8-foot pieces of plywood.

Though it isn’t the largest cargo area in its class, it’s definitely one of the most practical. The Pacifica comes standard with the Stow ‘n Go seating system. These second- and third-row seats can fold into the floor, which creates a perfectly flat load space. When the seats are in use, these underfloor cubbies can be used for storing small items. Folding each seat only takes a few seconds; a power-folding function is also available for the third row.

2017 Pacifica Length and Weight

The Chrysler Pacifica is 17 feet long and has a curb weight of around 4,330 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Built?

The Pacifica was built in Canada.

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