While it hasn’t quite managed to fully replace Chrysler’s venerable Town & Country yet, the Pacifica has certainly earned its stripes. Decidedly cool-looking for a minivan, the Pacifica is a remarkably versatile offering, even by minivan standards, thanks to its clever Stow and Go seating and best-in-class rear seat entertainment offerings.
In fact, it arguably offers the best front-seat cabin tech, too, thanks to its available 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system. Priced from $26,995, the Pacifica also something of a standout value, though it is possible to option one well into the $40,000 range. This Chrysler’s most impressive technological calling card is arguably its class-exclusive Pacifica Hybrid model, a plug-in gas-electric 7-seater that nets up to 84 miles per gallon equivalent. The Pacifica Hybrid is estimated to drive up to 33 miles on electricity alone, meaning that most parents’ school runs and errands won’t require any gas at all.
When the Chrysler Pacifica first debuted, it leapt to the top of its class. Over the last few years, its competitors have whipped up some new tricks, so for 2021, Chrysler focused on revamping the Pacifica lineup to give buyers more choice, and the results keep this van in contention for top honors.
Chrysler first showed off its refreshed Pacifica at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, and several of my colleagues were quick to pooh-pooh its new design, calling its front end too boring or anonymous or whatever. I'm in the opposite camp; I think it looks great, if only because it no longer has the same front end as a Chrysler 200. Minivans are meant to be tools more than toys, so understated looks represent their utilitarian leanings. The rear end is much sharper than before, and thanks to new running lights on both ends, its nighttime profile is far more unique than it used to be.
But when it comes to family vehicles, much like one's own existence, it's what's inside that counts. To that end, the Pacifica absolutely shines, especially in the new-for-2021 Pinnacle trim. Yes, it's almost as expensive as a BMW 5 Series, with my tester ringing in at an "oof"-inducing $54,885, including $1,495 for destination. But, at the same time, it's nearly as luxurious as the Bimmer, thanks to standard trimmings like quilted Nappa leather seats, pillows for the second-row captain's chairs and just about every modern feature one would expect in a minivan.
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