This post is sponsored by FCA US; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Can I be honest with you? I’ve always had an issue with minivans. For years, it’s been a running joke in my family. My sister-in-law in all her minivan-loving glory has always joked that I will get one eventually. I have always insisted that it would never happen. Why? I wish I could tell you some profound reason for not wanting one, but I can’t. It’s simply because I felt like they weren’t stylish enough. What can I say; growing up in New York City gets a girl hung up on style sometimes.
But I recently spent an entire week cruising in the all new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited with my crew, and I am now eating my minivan-hating words. I think I can finally say that I see a minivan in my near future. Even being pregnant with my third child wasn’t enough to change my mind, but driving the Pacifica may have finally done the trick. This New York City native is ready to load the family in and enjoy the sweet minivan life.
I was nervous about doing this review because I literally can’t be phony and I wondered how I would craft my post if I ended my week still hating minivans. Thank goodness that was not the case. I fell in love with the Pacifica and so did my entire family. My daughter actually had a “moment” on our last day with the car and spent some time saying goodbye. She was pretty sad. I was, too.
So first, let’s start off with the looks (because clearly, I think looks matter) and then I can tell you all about the awesome features since that should technically be what really matters.
I knew I was already winning when the Pacifica showed up with a Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat exterior, the exact color I would get if I purchased the car. And not only was the color on point, but the design was pretty sleek. A lot sleeker than I expected it to be. And when I opened the door, things got even better. With premium Napa leather-trimmed seats, I knew my butt would be in heaven for a week. And did I mention the chrome accents and the LED lighting? Yes, this car was sculpted with me in mind.
So I already mentioned the Nappa leather-trimmed seats, but did I mention the seat warmers (as well as ventilation)? It’s really a lovely feature. Especially since it was pretty cold here in Maryland when I had the car. And I never thought I would love a warm steering wheel so much, but I do. Cold steering wheels now suck! I love the interior because I feel like the car is not just designed for convenience, but it’s designed for comfort. You really can’t beat that. With seating for seven (they can seat up to eight people), I can fit my soon-to-be family of five along with my mom, mother-in-law or anyone else who needs to roll with us. And best of all, everyone will actually be comfortable.
The only minivan in its class with the Stow ‘n Go Seating and Storage System, the second row folds up with ease, making it super easy to clear that row. I was also able to store the seats in the third row with the click of two buttons. I LOVE this feature. You have plenty of trunk space when the third row is in use, but if you do some holiday shopping and need the extra space, the third row folds and stores so easily.
The interior also has plenty of storage space, sliding drawers, lots of cup holders, and all those little things that matter. No struggling to figure out where to put my giant handbag or wondering where I should put my phone, coffee, or important documents. The Chrysler Pacifica makes it easy to find a place for everything. I can get messy so I need that more than anyone.
With cameras strategically placed around the vehicle, I don’t see how you can ever mess up parking or scratch your car on the way into the garage again (don’t act like you don’t do those things). Whether you are backing up into a seemingly tight space at the mall or trying to get a clear view of what’s behind you when you leave your garage, these cameras are super helpful. The car also comes with parking assistance, but I didn’t have a chance to use it. Learning how to drive in New York City makes it kind of easy for me to park (that’s about the only good thing about learning how to drive in New York City).
One feature that surprised us was the Foward Collision Warning With Active Breaking. If the car detects that you are approaching another vehicle too quickly, it will provide a warning and even apply the brakes if needed. Talk about keeping everyone safe. If you have kids, you know how easy it is for them to distract you when you are on the road. That split second of distraction can cause an accident but not with this minivan.
What on earth did people do in cars before touchscreens? I don’t know, but I sure am glad those days are almost gone. The 8.4-inch touchscreen in the Pacifica is awesome. Once my iPhone connected, life couldn’t be better. Jamming to Christmas songs while I get from place to place is definitely the way to get around in December. And I was also able to ask Siri questions through Siri Eyes Free. I was so glad to have Siri on the road with me.
You can also get SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Harman Kardon audio, and an awesome entertainment system through Uconnect Theater (not compatible with Apple devices). Uconnect theater features 10.1-inch touchscreens, Bluetooth remotes, downloadable games and apps, plus more. This wasn’t in the car I had, but I think those long road trips we take would be incredible if we get these features. Thankfully my husband doesn’t need convincing so I’ll be getting Uconnect if we get a Pacifica.
What My Family Had to Say
My kids were in love the moment they saw the vehicle. Once they got in, they wanted to drive it, press every button, and figure out how to convince us to keep the car forever. I thought their enthusiasm would fade after a week, but it didn’t. They were both sad to see the car go. My husband and I were sad, too.
And my husband, also known as the “car snob” was pretty impressed with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. From the sculpted design to safety features and technology, he said it was a great car that he enjoyed driving. It is now on his list of cars to consider purchasing (you have no idea how hard it is to get on his list).
And by now it should be clear that I give the car two thumbs up. I would have loved it even if my family didn’t, but having everyone on the same page is pretty remarkable. Unfortunately, the baby growing in my stomach doesn’t get a vote, but I think she would approve.
Overall the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is fuel efficient (28 highway mpg), safe, stylish, and truly fun to drive. It’s also so comfortable and was designed with so much thought. I have to say that driving a car that feels like it was made for your lifestyle is a pretty sweet feeling. When I think about all the time I spend on the road with my husband and kids, the road trips we take yearly, and the countless times I have to take my mom to doctors appointments, safety and comfort are major concerns. To be able to get that, along with style and technology as added bonuses, is great.
If you are thinking about getting a new car for your family and a minivan has been on your radar, I strongly suggest taking the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica out for a spin. And if you are anything like me and you think you are too cool for minivans, just try it. I promise that the moment you start driving it you will wonder why the heck you took so long to get behind the wheel of one.
To see a brief video where I show you the Pacifica, click here.
Happy Holidays and be safe out there!
Are you thinking about getting a minivan? Will you give the Chrysler Pacifica a try?