2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017-chrysler-pacificaBack in the mid-eighties, the minivan was a huge success for Chrysler. The interiors were spacious as well as utilitarian, and facilitated weekend sports trips, moving furniture, and virtually anything else one could conceive of.  It was the quintessential do-anything type of vehicle. Then as time passed and SUV’s became more popular, the minivan became less fashionable and sales began to decline. At their peak, back in 1999-2000 an estimated one million minivans were sold, here today that number has dropped to about half as much. However, 500,000 units is still an impressive number and that’s where this new Chrysler Pacifica fits in.

Crown Dodge in Ventura Ca.

crown-dodge-2000x947Our Horsepower for an Hour crew recently met out at Crown Dodge to get a first-hand look at the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and from the moment we got in, we knew we were in for a treat. Crown Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep is a premiere Southern California dealership located in Ventura County.  All of the staff at Crown Dodge are both knowledgeable and well-prepared, they were able to answer all of our questions thoroughly and it was immediately clear to us that they are enthusiastic about the all-new Chrysler product.

Aerodynamic Design

2017-pacifica-blackThe all-new Pacifica is a great looking vehicle with a wider and more aggressive stance than any of the previous models. In fact, arguably it is the best-looking, best-designed, and best-built minivan on the road today. The overall shape makes the Pacifica the most aerodynamic minivan, according to Chrysler, which makes for outstanding fuel economy.

Powertrain

pentastar-v-6-2016The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is a tried and true performer and has been updated for better power and fuel economy. The engine produces 287 horsepower and delivers that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. It is slightly quicker than the Toyota Sienna or the Honda Odyssey we test drove and the Pacifica offers plenty of torque for passing or merging onto freeways and highways. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica handles and maneuvers excellent with an outstanding organic feel at the steering wheel. The suspension absorbs bumps exceptionally well without feeling soft or spongy.

Interior

2017-pacifica-rear-seat-screenWhen it comes to storage and cargo space, nobody does it better than the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The traditional stow away seats have been significantly improved and are now not only larger, but also far more comfortable. The optional individual screens built into the rear of the front seats lets back seat passengers choose their favorite movies, or play video games on those long trips. Another great feature that is standard on Limited models is a built-in vacuum, it makes clean-up fast and easy.

Trim Levels

On March 10, 2016, FCA announced that the starting price of the 2017 Pacifica would be $28,595 (USD).That is fully $1,400 less than the starting price of the 2016 Town & Country.  Currently there are five trim levels to choose from with the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The LX model starts at $28,595, the Touring, Touring L, and Touring L Plus models range from $30,495 to $37,895, the top-of-the-line Limited package begins at $42,495. 

One thing is clear, whatever trim level you choose, you’re sure to be impressed with this newest Chrysler minivan. When in the Southern California area, all of us here at Horsepower Broadcasting recommend visiting Crown Dodge and check out all the newest and exciting Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep product lines.

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Donny is a Southern California specialty shop owner with primary emphasis on transmission and differential systems. He is an automotive technology graduate with over 30 years of experience. He and his wife own DMC Transmission outside of Los Angeles and were awarded “Shop of the Year” honors in 2010 and 2011.

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