Why the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is Better than a Crossover

December 30th, 2016 by

Many people would call the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica a minivan, and they would be right. It is in that class due to its size, but it’s only a little larger than most crossovers (CUV). Not to mention, not only does it share many features Chrysler Pacifica interior featureswith crossovers, but in some aspects, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has better features than the standard CUV, and these extra features make it better for some shoppers. 

Sharing is Caring

Anyone who knows about Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) knows that a lot of their vehicles share their features across the brands. If not all, nearly every FCA vehicle comes with a Uconnect audio/video system, and like the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Pacifica also has those convenient Stow ‘n Go seats. This minivan also shares a lot of its features with one of the most popular crossovers according to J.D. Power, the Toyota Highlander.

Just going over the highlights of each, it’s clear to see how the Pacifica can match everything a crossover offers. The Highlander has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway; the Pacifica has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with a fuel economy of 18/28 mpg city/highway.

Drivers can drive comfortable with the Highlander’s silencing insulation and acoustic-type windshield glass to reduce the chance of noise entering the cabin; the Pacifica also has an acoustic windshield and a reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) atmosphere. Both vehicles can seat up to eight passengers and both are available with a panoramic sunroof and rear seat entertainment available (Uconnect on the Pacifica, Blu-Ray player on the Highlander).

These are just some of the similar features shared between the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2017 Toyota Highlander, but there are many more and in fact, the Pacifica sits apart from competition with three things: convenience, cargo space and the color green.

Can’t Touch This

Convenience comes first, and the Chrysler Pacifica is known for its automatic and convenient exterior. Many vehicles come with automatic headlamps, but not all of them come with available features like hands-free sliding doors, a hands-free power liftgate, and push-button sliding doors. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has these options, making it easy to get in and out of the van with a single button, or storing cargo in the back or the seating area by waving your foot under the vehicle.

Getting in and out of the Pacifica is even easier with its Easy Tilt seating, allowing drivers and passengers to tilt-and-slide the second-row seats forward to let passengers into and out of the third-row with ease. The seating in the Pacifica also helps to maximize its cargo space. As mentioned, it has the same Stow ‘n Go seating technology in its second-row found in the Dodge Grand Caravan. It also has a power-folding third-row seat that can recline or also fold into the floor with the push of a button (available on the Limited trim). Together, this opens up a whopping 140.5 cubic-feet of cargo space. That’s nearly two times the amount of space on the Toyota Highlander.

All that leaves is the color green, and we’re not talking just about money. Yes, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is affordable as it has a fair starting MSRP of $28,595, but we’re actually talking about going green, and for those of you who care about the Earth and want to do your part, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica just came out with its own hybrid, or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV), that shares many of the same features found on its counterpart. The Pacifica Hybrid actually beats the mileage of the standard Pacifica, and with an electric-only feature, you can travel over 30 miles with zero emissions in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

It’s easy to see that the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, although a minivan, can match and even beat the features one seeks in a crossover. Maybe a minivan can be cool after all. Find yours in our inventory.

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