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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Road Trip!

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author photo by Ben Cheney July 2017

There really is nothing more convenient than a minivan on a family road trip. Even more so when it's as fully equipped as our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. In fact, of all the minivans we've driven here at Autotrader, I feel this is not only the best-looking minivan on the market today, but also the most feature-full. Whether it be the heated AND cooled front seats, USB ports everywhere or dual touchscreen TV screens, this vehicle is seriously packed full with features.

The Pacifica was packed to the gills with two adults, two children and enough cargo to fill the large third-row area (with the third row stowed away). Despite the full load, we still managed to average 26 miles per gallon, which allowed almost 500 miles per tank of gas. Compared to my personal full-size SUV, this is almost double the range of what I get, and it was a huge time-saver not having to stop for gas every few hundred miles.

Although this is an amazingly good vehicle, I did have a few concerns. First, I feel the gear-shift knob is a little too close to all the other controls and fear that an unfamiliar passenger could mistake it for a volume knob, not recognizing what it was. Perhaps Chrysler can create a better distinction in the future. Second, when I wanted to mildly accelerate on the highway a few times, the transmission dropped three or four gears as if I had floored the pedal. Lastly, although it should be no surprise, the rear entertainment touchscreens are not usable by smaller children when the seatback is in a standard position. The front passenger had to lay the seat back WAY down for my son to reach it.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a solid family road-trip car, despite its few flaws. I wouldn't hesitate to grab the keys again the next time my family and I head out on the road.

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