The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been one of the hottest new vehicles on the market. Considering that vehicle is a minivan is saying a lot. The biggest initial hurdle for the Pacifica seems to be one of the hardest and that is trying to make the minivan cool again. The minivan has long been considered as one of the most boring segments on the market, so can the Pacifica challenge that notion?
Autoweek took the Pacifica for a review drive and seem to have issues with questioning the idea of whether a minivan can be cool. It is the one note they put in their con list. “Minivans still aren’t cool.” That’s it. What about in the Pro column? “More space, comfort and driving fun than you’d ever believe in a minivan.” Guess none of that matter in rating coolness factor.
Thankfully another write steps in to put in the counter-point to that observation on the Pacifica. He remarks on the how delightful it is to drive, how quiet and smooth the drive is. That the Stow ‘n Go system unique to the Pacifica makes it so easy to switch from “school bus to cargo van (or any combination between) in 60 seconds flat, and looks good doing it…”
It’s hard not to think that the idea of a minivan being cool would work if people accepted that if the Pacifica has all the notions of being cool, then it is. It’s so much relaying on the age-old idea that a minivan can never be cool even if it marks off all the correct criteria. Maybe it just needs a Hellcat engine for everyone to finally be convinced.
When you read about universal praise for a car, you expect something like a Challenger Hellcat. It makes sense when you think about it. The hot new car with such a powerful engine. What wouldn’t there be to love? It’s not often that such praise is heaped onto a minivan, the “uncool” car. The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is definitely causing a stir in what it is doing to revitalize the minivan market with new looks, new features, and high-quality.
The Auto Channel put out their review of the Pacifica and it’s clear they found a new favorite. The Pacifica that the reviewer drove around was the Limited model with some added features.
The highlights of the Pacifica are how it makes driving, and riding, comfortable. The leather trimmed seats, heated seats, and Uconnect system help keep everyone comfortable for longer trips. The hands-free power sliding doors and liftgate are a god-send to the busy parent. The numerous safety features, such as the 360-degree surround view camera, help provide peace of mind.
It’s consistently easy to see why the Pacifica is being so well received by those that give it a chance. The numerous features make it a safe and comfortable ride and demonstrate why the minivan is a beneficial segment to have. It might not be cool like a muscle car, but its practical and useful, what a minivan should truly be.
When you think of the word ‘Minivan’ one of the most cliché response is lame. It is the car of the parent; one that is safe. It’s boring for the younger generation who want something with power and looks. While the recent years have been kind to the minivan, they haven’t been able to shake the notion that the class is lame in general. Is the Chrysler Pacifica finally starting to turn that idea around?
A new article on Time credits the Pacifica with starting a “minivan renaissance.” The downfall of the minivan really started when the SUV took the place of it as the default family vehicle. Gas prices falling also helped spur the SUV to the dominant place it is at today. The trend, however, seems to be decreasing as the minivan is picking up steam at the sales.
The minivan is growing at a pace faster than almost any other class. Sales are up 21% in 2016. SUVs on the other hand are seeing a decrease in sales. Why is this happening? The Chrysler Pacifica is one of the most notable minivans today. With the marketing establishing the Pacifica as the cool van for younger families, it might be making the impact to help the segment.
What do you think? Do you think that the Chrysler Pacifica is what the minivan segment needs to gain a positive sales trend for the industry?