2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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MSRP: $26,995 - 44,095

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Review

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica ranks near the top of our list of minivans, thanks to a well-built interior and a long list of features. It also delivers pretty good performance – for a van.

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)
  • New standard features
  • Shuffled feature availability in many trims

Is the Chrysler Pacifica a Good Minivan?

The Chrysler Pacifica is a great minivan. Its cabin is filled with high-quality materials, and it remains quiet even when driving at high speeds. Only in its second model year, the Pacifica offers a lengthy list of modern technology that also includes plenty of driver assistance features. We named the Pacifica a finalist for our 2018 Best Minivan for the Money award because it has one of the best combinations of quality and value in the class. The Pacifica's innovative features, spacious interior, and good safety scores also led us to name it a finalist for our 2018 Best Minivan for Families award. 

You can boast about the Pacifica's performance just as much – it rides comfortably over rough roads, gets moving quickly, and has higher fuel economy than most other minivans. The Pacifica is also available as a plug-in hybrid. The Pacifica has less cargo space and smaller second- and third-row seats than what class rivals offer. Overall, there’s little else to complain about with this Chrysler.

Should I Buy the Chrysler Pacifica?

The Chrysler Pacifica isn't your parents' minivan. It's cool, modern, and has just about everything you could want from family vehicle. Factor in its mid-range base price and the availability of a hybrid version, and the Pacifica seems like a sure bet. However, shopping around never hurts, as there are several rivals worth considering.

The fully redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey is the Pacifica’s main competition at the top of the class because it, too, delivers strong performance and an elegant interior. If you want a minivan with all-wheel drive, your only choice is the Toyota Sienna. It has a more powerful engine and more cargo space than the Pacifica.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chrysler Pacifica?

The Pacifica debuted as an all-new model for the 2017 model year. For 2018, the Pacifica sees a few changes, starting with a new base trim (the Pacifica L), which was introduced to lower the Pacifica’s MSRP. There’s also a better array of standard features in the 2018 model, including a new 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The final deciding factor is the price: on average, you’ll spend $27,000 on a used 2017 Pacifica (based on more than 2,200 listings on our site). That matches the starting MSRP of a 2018 Pacifica L almost to the penny. With the cost of new and used models running so close, we recommend buying the 2018 Pacifica if you're not too concerned with having the features that come on the higher-end trim levels.

To learn more about a used Pacifica, read our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica review. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 32 Reviews Analyzed

For our 2018 Chrysler Pacifica review, we researched dozens of professional evaluations, along with safety scores, reliability data, and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best buying decision possible. This 2018 Chrysler Pacifica review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 and 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Chrysler Pacifica Cost?

The Chrysler Pacifica has a base price of around $27,000 (for the Pacifica L). That’s not the lowest starting price in the class, but it’s close. The Pacifica has several higher trims that are much more expensive, though. Middle trims like the Pacifica Touring Plus, Touring L, and Touring L Plus start in the $30,000s, and the highest trim – the Pacifica Limited – has a starting price of nearly $44,000. The plug-in Pacifica Hybrid, reviewed separately, starts at $39,995. 

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Chrysler Pacifica Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica or Honda Odyssey?

Honda fully redesigned the Odyssey for 2018, making it an excellent vehicle that tops the class. For as fun as the Pacific is to drive, the Odyssey's strong engine and sharp handling make it even more engaging. The Honda boasts a smooth ride and good fuel economy. When it comes to family-friendly tech and convenience features, both vans deliver. Each has an optional built-in vacuum to stay on top of messes, but the Chrysler has a suite of apps and games for kids (or young-at-heart adults). The Odyssey has one of the nicest interiors in the class, which gives it a slight edge over the Pacifica. Either van is a solid choice, though. 

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica or Toyota Sienna?

The Pacifica and the Toyota Sienna are both excellent options in the minivan segment – but for different reasons. The Toyota Sienna is the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. Today’s minivans must offer plenty of cool features to stay competitive. With the Sienna, you can get a dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system that lets you play different videos on each screen. In most vehicles, both screens show the same thing. In the Pacifica, its rear-seat entertainment system offers various games for back-seat occupants. The Sienna provides more cargo space than the Pacifica, but the Chrysler has Stow-n-Go seats, which give it unparalleled flexibility for hauling any combination of people or cargo.

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Pacifica Interior

How Many People Does the Pacifica Seat?

The Chrysler Pacifica seats seven or eight, depending on whether you get the available second-row middle seat. The front seats have plenty of room, but the rows get less spacious as you move back. The second and third rows are too firm for optimal comfort on long drives, and the third row is too cramped for adult passengers to sit comfortably.

Pacifica and Car Seats

There are four full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the Pacifica. The system is more difficult to use than in some rivals, however. The tether anchors are hard to find and can be confused with other hardware. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat and require serious force to strap in car seats.

Pacifica Interior Quality

There are high-quality materials throughout the Pacifica’s interior, and the cabin is quiet even at highway speeds. The interior looks good and has a functional design.

Pacifica Cargo Space

The Pacifica has less cargo space than many minivans, but that’s not to say the cargo hold is small. With the rear seats up, you have more than 32 cubic feet of space, which is enough for about two dozen carry-on-sized bags. Fold the second and third rows down, and you have more than 140 cubic feet of space, which is enough room for furniture and materials for a home construction project.

There are also plenty of features to make the cargo hold easier to use, such as Stow ‘n Go seats, power-folding third-row seats, and a hands-free power liftgate. The Stow ‘n Go seats are especially convenient because they let you fold down the seats into the floor to make the cargo area as usable as possible. In some rivals, you have to physically remove the seats to create an open cargo bay. The Pacifica also offers a built-in vacuum cleaner, though it's only available in the top trim.

Pacifica Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Pacifica include power second-row windows, a six-speaker stereo, and Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, Uconnect Access, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Optional equipment includes a tri-pane panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, KeySense parental controls, satellite radio, two 10-inch rear-seat touch screens, Alpine and Harman Kardon audio systems, a rear-seat DVD player, and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen and navigation.

Minivans are known for having a lot of features, but the Pacifica has a long features list even by those lofty standards. This Chrysler offers something for everyone. At the center of it all is the Uconnect infotainment system, which has a responsive touch screen and is one of the best systems out there.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Pacifica Performance

Pacifica Engine: Not Perfect, but It'll Do

All Pacifica models feature a 287-horsepower V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The V6 isn’t as smooth as some competitors’ engines, but it has lively acceleration and good power for daily driving. Some say the transmission shifts smoothly, but others say it sometimes struggles to find the right gear.

Pacifica Gas Mileage: One of the Best

The Pacifica’s fuel economy ratings are among the best in the class: 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The other nonhybrid class leaders in fuel economy are the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, and you’ll spend about the same amount on gas each year whether you drive the Pacifica or one of those competitors. The Pacifica Hybrid, which is a plug-in hybrid, will save you about $950 per year in fuel costs.

Pacifica Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Competent

Minivans aren’t known for having dynamic handling, but the Pacifica – thanks in part to responsive steering and strong brakes – remains composed around corners and on winding roads. This Chrysler also delivers a comfortable ride, which is a must for a minivan.

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Pacifica Reliability

Is the Chrysler Pacifica Reliable?

The Pacifica has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is slightly above average for a new car, and it matches the scores of the Honda Odyssey and Kia Sedona.

Chrysler Pacifica Warranty

Chrysler backs the Pacifica with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most other minivans have similar warranties.

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Pacifica Safety

Pacifica Crash Test Results

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica earns a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The minivan also aces every crash test at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which names it a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Pacifica Safety Features

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera. Available driver assistance features include a 360-degree parking camera system, forward collision warning, automatic forward braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors with automatic reverse braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic parking.

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Which Chrysler Pacifica Model Is Right for Me?

The eight-passenger Chrysler Pacific has six trims to choose from. All of them feature a V6 engine and front-wheel drive. The plug-in Pacifica Hybrid, which we review separately, is available in the top three trims.

The Pacifica L is the new base trim for the 2018 model year. While it is relatively well-equipped, the higher trims offer many more features for not much more money, making them better values. The Pacifica Limited is at the other end of the spectrum; it comes with a bajillion standard features, and it’s the only trim that offers some of the high-end luxury tech. However, it’s also the most expensive trim by far.

A solid compromise is the Pacifica Touring L. It has a reasonable starting price and comes with plenty of features. It also offers a fair number of infotainment and driver assistance features.

Chrysler Pacifica L

The Pacifica L has a base price of around $27,000. In addition to the standard features, it’s available with KeySense parental controls and tri-zone manual climate control. There aren’t any notable option packages for this trim.

Chrysler Pacifica LX

The Pacifica LX starts at around $29,800. In addition to the Pacifica L’s features, the LX comes with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and Stow ‘n Go second-row bucket seats. As with the base trim, there aren’t any notable option packages.

Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus

The Pacifica Touring Plus has a starting price of around $32,600. It comes with a power liftgate, power-sliding rear doors, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and satellite radio. Like the lower trims, no noteworthy option packages are available.

Chrysler Pacifica Touring L

The Pacifica Touring L starts at around $35,700. It comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and grocery bag hooks on the third-row seatbacks. There are two packages available in the Touring L. One adds an Alpine audio system and an upgraded Uconnect system with a larger touch screen. The other is the SafetyTec package, which adds forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, automatic parking, and more.

Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus

The Pacifica Touring L Plus has a starting price of around $38,900. It 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. You can also add the SafetyTec package to the Touring L Plus, as well as a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Chrysler Pacifica Limited

The Pacifica Limited starts at around $43,800. It 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. In addition to the SafetyTec package, you can add the Uconnect Theater package, which includes a Harman Kardon audio system, wireless headphones, a 115-volt power outlet, an HDMI port, and more.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is one of our highest-ranking minivans, and with good reason. Whether you’re talking about performance, features, or styling, this minivan ranks as one of the best in the class, and it has no significant drawbacks. On top of all that, it’s reasonably priced. If you’re in the market for a new minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica is a choice that you won’t regret.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "There are drawbacks, of course. The nine-speed automatic is a little clunky, and many desirable features are tied to the high-end Limited model. But by and large, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is worth your consideration for its enviable interior design, thoughtful cargo solutions, and numerous luxury and safety features." -- Edmunds
  • "The most important success metric for a tool is how well it performs the function for which it's designed. Judged by that criterion, the Chrysler Pacifica is the best multi-purpose people mover in the world, at least for the moment (Honda has a new Odyssey in the works, and Toyota will likely follow with a refreshed Sienna)." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • "But what I love most about the Pacifica is its unabashed van-ness in a world where everything is a crossover … and telling your friends that you're considering a minivan is tantamount to announcing that you've given up on life. It warms my heart to see there's still innovation and competition to be found in this shrinking class and that the form and function can work together." -- CNET (2017)
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