The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is enjoying the new year by being the most awarded minivan of the year. It has received 30 honors in 2016 and seems to be poised to continue collecting awards and adulation from the car press and drivers.
Most recently, the new and popular minivan was named by automotive journalists from both the US and Canada as the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. That brings the yearly total of awards for 2017 up to 12.
The Chrysler Pacifica is bringing style back to the minivan segment and is being noticed for it.
“When we first introduced the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica just one year ago, we believed that we had created the perfect formula for today’s busy families,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands for FCA North America after receiving the award for 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. “But it’s the recognition from our customers and respected opinion leaders like the NACTOY jury that helps to reinforce Pacifica’s status in the marketplace as the no-compromises minivan, and highlights what a great job the entire team has done in developing, building and selling the all-new Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid.”
As 2017 continues on and more and more drivers get the chance to take the Pacifica for a drive, the more love it will be getting.
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.