2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Interior Review

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Interior: 8.8

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica has a quiet, well-organized interior, and the materials quality is higher than in many competitors. The second- and third-row seats are on the stiff side, but the front seats are comfortable. The features list is long and full of uncommon and user-friendly technology. Though it has less cargo space than other minivans, the Pacifica still has a giant cargo hold.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "One of the particularly pleasing things about the Pacifica was its extremely hushed interior." -- Autotrader (2017)

Seating

The Pacifica seats seven in the standard configuration. It comes with cloth upholstery 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 remove a car seat. An optional eighth seat slots in between the two second-row seats. It can't fold under the floor, but it is removable.

Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, 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 front seats are comfortable and highly adjustable. As you'd expect, the seats are less spacious the farther back you go, culminating with third-row seats that are probably too small for most adults to ride on comfortably. Additionally, the second and third rows are firmer than the front seats, and they can get uncomfortable on long drives. These rows also don’t slide or recline the way that other vans’ rear rows do.

There are four full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, but the system leaves a lot of room for improvement. The tether anchors are generally hard to find, and the third-row tethers could be confused for other hardware. The lower anchors have problems as well; some are set too deep in the seat, and some require an excessive amount of force to attach car seat straps.

  • "All three rows have firm padding. The front seats are highly configurable, but neither the second nor third row reclines or slides forward or back. The second-row seats are just large enough for adults, while the third row is most suitable for kids." -- Edmunds
  • "The driver's and passenger's seats are quite comfortable, as you would expect." -- Forbes (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features 

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

Available features include 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, remote start, satellite radio, HD Radio, two 10-inch rear-seat touch screens, a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a 115-volt household power outlet, a rear-seat DVD player, and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen and navigation.

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

In case it isn’t clear from the preceding paragraphs, this Chrysler has one of the longest features lists of any vehicle on the market. Some, such as smartphone connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, will appeal to anyone. Others, like the DVD player and the rear-seat touch screens, are great for the kids. And the built-in vacuum makes it easy to clean up, whether you’re driving the kids or just your messy friends around. The Uconnect infotainment system caps off the cornucopia of technology. It’s one of the best systems in the class; it has an intuitive menu layout and a responsive touch screen.

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  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

The Pacifica has less cargo space than most minivans. It has 32.3 cubic feet 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. Several features make the cargo area even more usable.

At the top of the list is the Stow 'n Go seating system, which lets the second-row seats fold right into the floor (and quite easily). If you don’t need to fold the seats down, you can use the underfloor compartments that the seats fold into as large hidden storage compartments. A power liftgate, a hands-free power liftgate, and power-folding third-row seats are also available. There’s plenty of small-item storage as well.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
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