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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 9.0

With its upscale materials and quiet ride, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica's interior is top-notch. However, it's the Pacifica's impressive list of features, especially the nifty Stow 'n Go seats, that make it class-leading.

  • "The dash has an elegant appearance, with nice materials and good fit and finish. The design emphasizes the width of the cabin, and maintains a simplicity that belies the available technology within." -- Forbes
  • "In addition to being highly functional, the Pacifica's cabin is unexpectedly elegant. … From the stitching to the piping to the gauges to the vents, the contrast and attention to detail are exquisite." -- Motor Trend
  • "One of the particularly pleasing things about the Pacifica was its extremely hushed interior." -- AutoTrader

Seating

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with seating for seven, cloth upholstery, a power driver's seat, and a feature that lets the second-row seats tilt out of the way, so you can get into the third row without having to take a car seat out of the second row. An optional eighth seat slots in between the two second-row seats, but it can't fold under the floor.

Other available features include driver's seat position memory, leather upholstery, a power passenger's seat, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, second- and third-row window shades, dual power-sliding rear doors, and foot-activated hands-free power-sliding rear doors.

The Pacifica's front seats are comfortable, as you’d expect in this class. Its second-row seats can fold into the floor thanks to the Stow 'n Go seating system. However, in order to fit under the floor, they have to have thinner cushions. Therefore, the second-row seats aren't quite as comfortable as the second rows in other minivans. The stowing mechanism also means that second-row seats can’t be adjusted the same way middle seats are in rivals like the Toyota Sienna.

The third-row seats are also a bit firm. Luckily, all three rows of seats offer excellent room thanks to the Pacifica's class-leading 197.3 cubic feet of interior volume.

  • "Inside, the Pacifica offers 197.3 cubic feet of interior volume, which is best in the minivan segment. Cavernous seems an inadequate descriptor." -- Motor Trend
  • The two tested Pacifica versions held seven passengers. While the front seats were comfortable and the rear ones might be for young children, two millennial test riders found the seats -- both second- and third-row -- to be too firm and not particularly comfortable on a 3-hour drive." -- AutoTrader
  • Without much effort, you can individually fold the second-row seats and then store them in under-floor compartments (which can also be used for storage if you have the seats deployed). The only downside to these seats is that they're not quite as adjustable or comfortable as the second-row seats in rival minivans." -- Edmunds

Interior Features 

Standard features in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica include power second-row windows, three-zone manual climate control, a proximity key, push-button start, Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, a 5-inch touch screen, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, a USB port, Uconnect Access, a six-speaker stereo, and a rearview camera.

Available features include a three-pane panoramic sunroof, rain-activated windshield wipers, three-zone automatic climate control, a built-in vacuum cleaner, KeySense parental controls, remote start, an 8.4-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, two 10-inch rear-seat touch screens, a 13-speaker Alpine stereo, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, a 115-volt outlet, a 7-inch screen between the gauges, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors with automatic braking, front parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera system, automatic forward braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic parking.

The Pacifica has an impressive array of features, even for the feature-hungry minivan segment. Its optional rear-seat touch screens can play DVDs, Blu-ray discs, or whatever's on your HDMI-equipped devices – video games included.

If you forget to bring your own entertainment, the touch screens have built-in video games like Checkers and The License Plate Game. Play against the computer or link up the screens and play the person next to you.

The Pacifica's built-in vacuum may not have been the first in the class (the Honda Odyssey earned that distinction), but it's the best, boasting a convenient central location and 28 feet of hose, so you can reach every part of your vehicle and the vehicle next to yours.

Uconnect is the beating heart of any Chrysler vehicle, and it remains one of the best infotainment systems in the class, with sleek graphics, user-friendly menus, and quick response times. Upgrade to the 8.4-inch version if you can. In addition to the extra screen space, it has more features, like satellite radio.

See 2017 Chrysler Pacifica specs and trims »

  • "If you can, get the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. Uconnect is one of our favorite infotainment systems because of its crisp and clear graphics, quick processing and easy-to-use nature." -- Edmunds
  • "The Honda Odyssey was first to market an in-minivan vacuum, but Chrysler upped the cleanup game with more than 14 feet of hose inside the vehicle and an additional 14 feet that can be added to suck up Cheerios in the vehicle parked next to the Pacifica." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Stow 'n' Vac may be the crowd pleaser, but the Uconnect Theater is a kid pleaser. The rear seat entertainment system features two 10-inch HD touchscreens for rear-seat passengers' enjoyment and is loaded up with apps designed to entertain kids, such as Are We There Yet?, The License Plate Game, Roadtrip Bingo and Checkers." -- CNET

Cargo

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seat and 87.5 cubic feet with its third row folded. When the second- and third-row fold-flat seats are down, there’s 140.5 cubic feet of storage space. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna beat that largest measurement by several cubic feet. The Pacifica also has slightly less overall cargo space than the Kia Sedona and Dodge Grand Caravan.

One of the Pacifica's standout features is its Stow 'n Go seating system. The whole process is easy. Just slide the front seat forward, lift up the floor panel in front of the second-row seat, pull a strap, and flip the seat into an underfloor compartment. In most other minivans (apart from the related Grand Caravan), you have to remove the heavy second-row seats to maximize cargo space.

The Stow 'n Go system comes with a bonus feature: The underfloor compartments that the seats fold into can be used as large hidden storage compartments. You can even order liners for them, fill them with ice, and use them as coolers.

Besides the underfloor compartments, the Pacifica has a wide range of storage cubbies, including drawers, cup holders, bottle holders, and map pockets.

For even more cargo convenience, you can option the Pacifica with a power liftgate or a foot-activated hands-free power liftgate, which opens and closes when you wave your foot under the rear bumper – a great option when your hands are full. A power-folding third-row seat is also available.

  • "Storage options abound throughout the Pacifica -- dash bins, console bins, door pockets, cubbies and pockets. The familiar Stow 'n Go bins are available under the mats when the seats are in use, while the procedure for making the second-row seats vanish has been rendered absurdly simple: flip the floor panel up, pull a lever, press the seat into the well with a click and drop the panel down." -- AutoWeek
  • "Chrysler has also adopted the more open feel of the Odyssey and Sienna by taking out the previous van's traditional center console and instead going with an open floor between the driver and passenger. This creates more available storage and the Pacifica now rivals the Odyssey for the best mix of cubbies, slots and bins." -- Edmunds
  • "There's even more storage available under the load floor, if you choose to leave the seats in place. You can use the Stow 'n Go spaces to hold cargo, and you even fill them [with] ice and keep beverages and food cold. The space between the wheel wells is 48.8" wide, which means that you can even carry standard sheets of 4' x 8' plywood flat in the Pacifica. That's utility that is hard to find even in a mid-size SUV." -- Forbes

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