2018 Chrysler Pacifica Review

Chrysler invented the minivan all the way back in 1983, with the first of these vehicles hitting the roads in the 1984 model year. Since then, cars have come a long way, and minivans were partially overtaken by small, crossover sport utility vehicles. Hang onto your hats, though, because the minivan is making a comeback in a big way.

The Chrysler Pacifica may not be the original Dodge Caravan, but it's a direct descendant and as drivers across the St. Louis area of Missouri like Chesterfield and Kirkwood know, it's got the best in performance, technology and luxury features you've come to expect from Chrysler vehicles. Find out what exactly you can expect from the new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, in terms of comfort, technology, performance, and driving experience with this car review.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

This year the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica sees the introduction of a new base trim level-the L-and gives you a broad range of newly standard features, including the Uconnect infotainment system, now upgraded with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone app integration, as well as safety features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts as well as rear parking sensors.

In addition, a number of formerly packaged features are now available as standalone options, including panoramic sunroof, upgraded 20-speaker audio system, HD radio, an upgraded 8.4-inch touchscreen, a back seat Uconnect infotainment system with streaming video, GPS navigation, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Chrysler Pacifica Technology

If you're looking for outstanding customizability in your minivan, you needn't look further than the Pacifica, with a whopping six main trim levels, plus options packages and standalone add-ons from which to choose. At the base L level, you get heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, blind-spot monitoring, rear view camera, parking sensors, cross-traffic alerts, dual zone climate control, and the Uconnect infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth, USB port and auxiliary jack.

Stepping it up to the LX, Touring Plus, Touring L or L Plus, or Limited trims will net you a broad range of additional features, including engine stop-start, power heated seats, tri-zone climate control, stow-and-go seating, automatic headlights, remote start, power doors and lift gates, satellite radio, extra USB ports, Alpine and Harmon Kardon sound systems, and 8.4-inch touchscreen.

Extra safety and entertainment features continue with top-down parking camera, lane departure warning, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, automatic parking, driver information system, back seat entertainment system with DVD player and streaming video, HDMI inputs, Chrysler KeySense teen driver features and more.

Driving Experience in the Chrysler Pacifica

The Pacifica delivers a driving experience that's well above average. It's powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine giving you 287 horses and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, with an available hybrid engine for superior fuel efficiency. The acceleration and brakes are both powerful and confident. The handling is precise and the suspension does an excellent job of keeping things smooth.

Inside, the noise-dampening glass keeps the cabin quiet and pristine. The seats are superbly comfortable and there's plenty of space for everyone, while the controls all remain in easy reach.

Test Drive the Pacifica at Glendale CJDR

The new Pacifica offers everything you could want or expect from the original minivan maker. If you're in the St. Louis, Chesterfield or Kirkwood areas of Missouri, stop into Glendale CJDR and ask about test driving the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, or schedule a test drive online today!

 

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