I will be the primary to confess — we have not been superb at retaining you up to date on the happenings of our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. However that modifications, beginning proper now.
We’ll begin with a simple milestone: the 20,000-mile mark. Within the first few months of our time with this minivan, we have traveled throughout a number of states, carried all method of cargo (residing and in any other case) and tried our greatest to shake the minivan to items. Thus far, it is held as much as every thing we have thrown at it.
Again to fundamentals
Below the hood of the Pacifica is a 287-horsepower, three.6-liter V6, mated to a nine-speed computerized and front-wheel drive. The engine performs admirably, offering greater than sufficient ahead hustle while you actually lay into the gasoline pedal.
The transmission hasn’t been as as much as the duty as I might hoped, although. It is quite sluggish to downshift, requiring vital pedal journey with a view to attain a gear the place acceleration truly, you already know, occurs. There additionally would not look like any rhyme or cause linking how far I depress the pedal and which gear the Pacifica shifts to. That ends in an entire lot of foot-to-the-floor motion, particularly on freeway on-ramps.
Though I have never been mild on the gasoline, gasoline financial system has been fairly darn first rate. It is rated at 18-19 mpg within the metropolis (relying on trim) and 28 mpg on the freeway. As regular, I have been having bother assembly town estimates, however the Pacifica positively nails its freeway financial system. Most journeys, I am hovering round 30 mpg on the freeway, even at speeds approaching 80 mph, which is the ticket threshold for many Michigan interstates.
The Pacifica drives fairly properly on all method of terrain. Its chunkier tire sidewalls take in the smaller bumps, and the suspension is tuned to be good and easy, even when the van is basically unladen. It is by no means made me, my passengers or my canines sick on lengthy journeys exterior of Michigan, which is greater than I can say for a former long-term automobile of ours.
In the case of electronics, although, every thing has been as near good as attainable. Our range-topping Pacifica contains a revised model of Chrysler’s eight.Four-inch Uconnect infotainment system. The design is a bit flatter, and the display screen is responsive. Its voice recognition system has labored properly, it doesn’t matter what I am feeding it — contact names, addresses, you title it.
I do have some qualms with how its menus are laid out. The seat heating capabilities — all however important right here within the Midwest — are hidden behind a menu and are not linked to any bodily button. The identical goes for syncing the local weather management. A number of further buttons would not harm.
In case you’re like me and your telephone is consistently hovering round 19 % battery life, you will be blissful to know that there are USB ports inside attain of each seat within the Pacifica. The cost instances aren’t loopy quick, however the ports are able to including battery life even whereas the telephone is underneath heavy use.
The Pacifica does have further connectivity. There is a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to which a number of units can connect with on the identical time. That is nice, however the bother is, it solely gives a 3G connection. Making an attempt to work from the highway normally ends in me tethering to my telephone’s 4G LTE connection, as a result of it is considerably quicker. That mentioned, when my provider fails me and might’t discover a sign, the Pacifica’s 3G remains to be operating at almost full energy.
This is a video of a latest deep dive we did into the Pacifica Hybrid’s Uconnect system, which is principally the identical one in our long-termer, save for the extra hybrid stuff:
This replace is simply the start. We have continued to pile miles on the Pacifica, and there is nonetheless lots to speak about. Subsequent time, we’ll take a deeper dive into how properly it is dealt with its cargo, whether or not groceries, cameras, kids or canines. The van hasn’t walked away totally unscathed, nevertheless it’s all half and parcel of the possession expertise.