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2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Surround View

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author photo by Tara Trompeter November 2017

Anyone who knows me is well aware of my love for the 360-degree camera technology that's been making its way into cars over the past several years. I spent most of the summer driving our long-term Nissan Armada, which has a handy little "camera" button on the center stack that instantly brings up Nissan's Around View monitor. It's literally as easy as the press of a single button, which I used allll the time. So when I recently took the keys to another car in our test fleet, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, I was very disappointed not to see a "camera" button -- and I assumed that meant the family-friendly minivan was missing this important family-friendly feature. However, I was wrong.

I would never use the cooled seats feature in a car. Like, ever. I'm always cold. If I had, I would have searched for the ventilated seat controls a while ago and found Chrysler's Surround View feature way sooner than I did. As it turns out, I waited until Atlanta experienced its first stretch of cool weather to go hunting for the heated seat and steering wheel controls, which I found within the "Controls" icon on the Pacifica's Uconnect system touchscreen. When you hit "Controls," it brings up choices for driver (heated seat hi and lo; vented seat hi and lo; heated wheel) and passenger (heated seat hi and lo; vented seat hi and lo), plus a few other surprises. One of which just happens to be something called "Surround View," which is -- you guessed it -- a 360-degree view around the car! I was thrilled to see this feature, as I had really been missing it. And once you get there, the camera is awesome, offering a ton of different view options, like Top View, Front View and Front Cross Path View, to name a few. But I did find it curious that they'd make you go through a multiscreen process to access it, as opposed to one button like Nissan. Nevertheless, I'm really glad Chrysler offers this technology -- a clear view around the entire vehicle is such a critical feature for any family hauler, especially one like the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.'

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