I will be the primary to confess — we have not been excellent at protecting you up to date on the happenings of our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. But that modifications, beginning proper now.
We’ll begin with a simple milestone: the 20,00Zero-mile mark. In the primary few months of our time with this minivan, we have traveled throughout a number of states, carried all method of cargo (residing and in any other case) and tried our greatest to shake the minivan to items. So far, it is held as much as all the pieces we have thrown at it.
Back to fundamentals
Under the hood of the Pacifica is a 287-horsepower, three.6-liter V6, mated to a nine-speed automated and front-wheel drive. The engine performs admirably, offering greater than sufficient ahead hustle while you actually lay into the fuel pedal.
The transmission hasn’t been as as much as the duty as I might hoped, although. It’s reasonably sluggish to downshift, requiring important pedal journey in an effort to attain a gear the place acceleration truly, you understand, occurs. There additionally would not seem like any rhyme or purpose linking how far I depress the pedal and which gear the Pacifica shifts to. That ends in a complete lot of foot-to-the-floor motion, particularly on freeway on-ramps.
Even although I have never been mild on the fuel, gasoline economic system has been fairly darn first rate. It’s rated at 18-19 mpg within the metropolis (relying on trim) and 28 mpg on the freeway. As ordinary, I have been having hassle assembly the town estimates, however the Pacifica positively nails its freeway economic system. Most journeys, I am hovering round 30 mpg on the freeway, even at speeds approaching 80 mph, which is the ticket threshold for many Michigan interstates.
The Pacifica drives fairly properly on all method of terrain. Its chunkier tire sidewalls take in the smaller bumps, and the suspension is tuned to be good and easy, even when the van is basically unladen. It’s by no means made me, my passengers or my canine sick on lengthy journeys outdoors of Michigan, which is greater than I can say for a former long-term automobile of ours.
When it involves electronics, although, all the pieces has been as near excellent as doable. Our range-topping Pacifica includes a revised model of Chrysler’s eight.Four-inch Uconnect infotainment system. The design is a bit flatter, and the display is responsive. Its voice recognition system has labored nicely, it doesn’t matter what I am feeding it — contact names, addresses, you identify it.
I do have some qualms with how its menus are laid out. The seat heating features — all however important right here within the Midwest — are hidden behind a menu and are not linked to any bodily button. The similar goes for syncing the local weather management. A couple of additional buttons would not damage.
If you are like me and your cellphone is consistently hovering round 19 % battery life, you may be completely happy to know that there are USB ports inside attain of each seat within the Pacifica. The cost instances aren’t loopy quick, however the ports are able to including battery life even whereas the cellphone is beneath heavy use.
The Pacifica does have further connectivity. There’s a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to which a number of units can hook up with on the similar time. That’s nice, however the hassle is, it solely supplies a 3G connection. Trying to work from the street often ends in me tethering to my cellphone’s 4G LTE connection, as a result of it is considerably sooner. That stated, when my provider fails me and may’t discover a sign, the Pacifica’s 3G remains to be operating at almost full energy.
Here’s a video of a current deep dive we did into the Pacifica Hybrid’s Uconnect system, which is principally the identical one in our long-termer, save for the extra hybrid stuff:
This replace is simply the start. We’ve continued to pile miles on the Pacifica, and there is nonetheless loads to speak about. Next time, we’ll take a deeper dive into how nicely it is dealt with its cargo, whether or not groceries, cameras, youngsters or canine. The van hasn’t walked away totally unscathed, nevertheless it’s all half and parcel of the possession expertise.