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8.5

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Overall: 8.5
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Review

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica stocks its upscale interior with plenty of user-friendly features. Throw in a comfortable ride, and it's easy to see why the Pacifica finishes in the top half of our minivan rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Tons of features
  • Upscale interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • Comfortable ride
  • Second- and third-row seats are less supportive than rivals’
  • Less cargo space than some minivans

New for 2018

  • New base trim (Pacifica L)
  • Additional standard features
  • Shuffled feature availability between some trims

Is the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica a Good Used Minivan?

Yes, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is a good used minivan. It combines the classic, family-friendly appeal of a minivan with some nifty technological touches, making it a great choice in a competitive class.

The 2018 Pacifica has many strengths:

  • Long list of infotainment and active safety features
  • Convenient Stow 'n Go seats are unlike anything rivals offer
  • Easy-to-use Uconnect infotainment system
  • Front seats provide lots of space, support, and comfort
  • More luxurious interior than in most other minivans
  • Good gas mileage
  • Composed ride over rough roads

The Pacifica does have a few weaknesses, but they aren’t deal breakers:

  • Less cargo space than most other minivans
  • Second- and third-row seats don't slide or recline
  • Second- and third-row seats can get uncomfortable on longer drives
Why You Can Trust Us

Our Chrysler Pacifica review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 29 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica?

Based on listings for the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica on our site, the average price is $25,200, which is about average for the class. Prices range from $22,200 to $33,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Cost to Own?

The 2018 Pacifica’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $25,000, or $5,000 per year. That’s slightly above average for a minivan.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Pacifica?

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica doesn't see any notable changes from the 2018 model, which means that you can get essentially the same vehicle for less money by shopping used.

Read about the new Chrysler Pacifica »

Chrysler added the Pacifica to its lineup for the 2017 model year, when it replaced the Town & Country minivan. A used 2017 Pacifica will cost less, but we recommend shopping for a 2018 or newer model. The 2018 Pacifica added some desirable new tech features, including standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Pacifica a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are eight recalls for the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica:

  • Control arm may separate from steering knuckle
  • Voltage regulator may fail and cause the vehicle to stall
  • Loss of drive from incomplete transmission weld in some models
  • Axle shaft may disengage causing loss of drive
  • Unintentional vehicle movement in some models
  • Cruise control may not be able to be cancelled
  • Fire extinguisher may be clogged or inoperable
  • Second row left seat belt may be unlatched

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Chrysler Pacifica Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica comes in six trims: L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. All feature a V6 engine and front-wheel drive. There is also a plug-in Pacifica Hybrid, which we review separately. Even the base model comes with a decent list of standard features. It's worth noting, however, that the Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited trims were offered with option packages when the 2018 Pacifica was new. This means you may be able to find models loaded with additional infotainment and active safety features beyond what's listed below.

  • Chrysler Pacifica L: The Pacifica L comes with a rearview camera and Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
  • Chrysler Pacifica LX: In addition to the L’s features, the Pacifica LX comes with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and Stow ‘n Go second-row bucket seats.
  • Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus: The Pacifica Touring Plus adds a power liftgate, power-sliding rear doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and satellite radio.
  • Chrysler Pacifica Touring L: The Pacifica Touring L comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and grocery bag hooks on the third-row seatbacks.
  • Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus: The Pacifica Touring L Plus comes with a 115-volt power outlet, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated second-row seats, a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, two 10-inch seatback touch screens, and the upgraded Uconnect system with navigation and an 8.4-inch touch screen.
  • Chrysler Pacifica Limited: The Pacifica Limited comes with a hands-free power liftgate, hands-free power-sliding rear doors, the Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum cleaner, power-folding third row Stow ‘n Go seats, and ventilated front seats.

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What Does Chrysler’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chrysler offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chrysler extends the original new-car powertrain warranty 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.

According to our research, many other automakers provide more robust CPO programs than Chrysler. That includes rivals like Honda, Toyota, and Kia.

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How Safe Is the Pacifica?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 Pacifica the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in one test – the passenger-side small overlap front test. Properly equipped models earned a Superior rating for front crash prevention. Depending on trim and packages, the Pacifica's headlights received Acceptable, Marginal, or Poor ratings for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Pacifica a five-star overall crash test rating. It earned five out of five stars in the frontal crash and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • 360-degree parking camera
  • front and rear parking sensors with automatic reverse braking
  • forward collision warning with brake assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • automatic parking

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica or 2018 Honda Odyssey?

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is one of the best minivans on the market. It delivers the most enjoyable driving experience in the class and gets good gas mileage. Both minivans offer plenty of tech features, including built-in vacuums for easy cleanup, but the Odyssey provides more-comfortable seats and more cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica or 2018 Toyota Sienna?

The 2018 Toyota Sienna is neck-and-neck with the Pacifica in our rankings, but these two minivans have some notable differences. The Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. It also offers a dual-screen entertainment system that lets you put different movies on each screen, which is uncommon. The Toyota has more cargo space as well, though it doesn't have the flexibility that comes with the Pacifica's Stow 'n Go seats.

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2018 Pacifica Performance

How Does the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Drive?

The Pacifica's V6 engine provides plenty of power, but the transmission sometimes has to hunt for the right gear. This minivan handles itself well on winding roads, feeling poised and stable. It also rides smoothly.

  • Base engine: 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard nine-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Chrysler Pacifica gets great fuel economy ratings for a minivan.

  • 18/28 mpg city/highway
2018 Chrysler Pacifica Alternative Fuels and Charging

There is a 2018 Chrysler Pacific Hybrid, which we cover in a separate review.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Towing Capacity

The Pacifica can tow up to 3,600 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Pacifica Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Pacifica Seat?

The 2018 Pacifica has three rows with seating for seven in its base configuration. An optional eighth seat slots in between the two second-row seats. It can't fold under the floor, but it is removable. This Chrysler features a fantastic interior. There are plenty of premium materials, and it has a more upscale feel than many other minivans.

The front seats are superb. They offer plenty of passenger space, lots of adjustability, and all-day support. The second-row seats are fairly roomy, but they're not quite as plush as the front seats. The third-row seats are on the firm side, and they're too small for most adults. Unlike in some other minivans, the Pacifica's second- and third-row seats don't slide or recline.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • tilting second-row seats for easier third-row access

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • power-adjustable front seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated second-row seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • second- and third-row window shades
  • dual power-sliding rear doors
  • foot-activated hands-free power-sliding rear doors
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica?

The 2018 Pacifica has four complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Pacifica's LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use because the tether anchors are hard to find, and the lower anchors require a lot of force when connecting straps.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Features

The Pacifica has a long features list, with technology that will appeal to parents, kids, friends, co-workers, hitchhikers, or anyone else you wish to carry. At the hub of all these features sits the Uconnect infotainment system, which offers a responsive touch screen and intuitive menu layouts, making it incredibly easy to use.

  • Standard infotainment features: the Uconnect system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, voice command recognition, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen, a navigation system, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system (two 10-inch touch screens), a 13-speaker Alpine stereo, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, a 115-volt household power outlet, and a rear-seat DVD player
  • Other available features: a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, rain-activated windshield wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a built-in vacuum cleaner, KeySense parental controls, and remote start

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Dimensions

Chrysler Pacifica Cargo Space

The Pacifica has 32.3 cubic feet of storage space with all seats in use, 87.5 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 140.5 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those are lower cargo totals than several other minivans provide, but the Pacifica does have some useful cargo features.

There's a power liftgate, a hands-free power liftgate, and power-folding third-row seats. The most well-known Pacifica feature is the Stow 'n Go seating system, which lets the second-row seats easily fold right into the floor. If you don’t need to fold down the seats, you can use the underfloor compartments that the seats fold into as large hidden storage compartments.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet
  • Curb weight: 4,330 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,055 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Built?

Chrysler built the 2018 Pacifica in Canada.

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