One need not worry about looking ‘uncool’ in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, hailed by Chrysler as the most technologically advanced minivan on the market. Its sleek exterior design is slightly more reminiscent of the smaller sized SUV’s than it is some of the minivan’s predecessors.
Despite its name, the Pacifica has nothing in common with the previous vehicle of that name, aiming instead to become a revolutionary new direction for the Town & Country. The Pacifica’s aerodynamics, NVH levels, ride and handling, and multitude of other features boast of a minivan quite possibly worthy of being called stylish.
There are several new, exciting features giving the Pacifica the opportunity to become a popular option on the market. Along with being the first in its class to offer both the conventional and a hybrid plug-in version, it also offers an impressive array of technology. Some of that technology includes a UConnect Theatre (the rear entertainment system features two 10-inch touch screens featuring built-in games), a 360 degree Surround-View Camera, touchless sliding door activation, Driver Assist features for safety, and more.
Of course, the Pacifica also features Stow ’n Go seating, allowing for convenient and simple storage space by sliding the bucket seats into the floor.
On September 30th, it was announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S. named the Pacifica one of the top safety picks for 2016.
One of the Pacifica’s best safety features is one designed to help drivers avoid collisions. Its Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system, called Forward Collision Warning-Plus, does so well IIHS awarded the Pacifica their ‘Superior’ grade.
The system uses Sensor-Fusion technology, combining radar sensors and cameras to allow for greater precision during use. The radar and camera must agree a frontal impact appears to be imminent before responding, providing the driver with audible and visual driver warnings, and when needed, the AEB. This is the only minivan on the market to feature the sensor-fusion technology, with all others on the market employing either cameras or radar sensors.
Pricing for the all-new Pacifica will start at $43,995.