DRIVING ME CRAZY: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Ltd.

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Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

Let’s get straight to the facts: The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Limited has an MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of $44,445; the fully loaded Limited, which we test-drove, costs $51,590. This incredible family van gets 28 mpg highway and 19 mpg city for an average city/highway of 22 mpg, burning about 4.5 gallons for every 100 miles.  You’ll spend $1,750 in fuel over five years on average, which rates 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best, for fuel economy.

Regarding safety, driver and passenger frontal crash get full marks for Government 5-star safety ratings, side crash for both front and rear seats gets 5, and 4 stars for rollover — all credited to the advanced multistage front airbags, driver inflatable knee-bolster airbag, passenger inflatable knee-bolster air bag, supplemental side-curtain airbags in all rows, and supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Ltd.

The LATCH ready child seat anchor system insures your child’s car seat stays firmly in place.

Unfortunately, “Buy America or bye-bye America,” as my old grandfather used to say, doesn’t cut it with this vehicle — which is too bad, because the Chrysler Pacific is one of my all-time favorite cars and Lee Iacocca, Ford and then head of Chrysler and “father of the minivan” would certainly agree.  57% of the Pacifica’s parts are manufactured in the US or Canada, the engine is made in Mexico, the transmission in the U.S., and it all comes together in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

All right.  How about that 3.6L V6 24V engine with 9-speed automatic transmission and active noise control system that makes for such a smooth, quiet, easy handling ride?  What joy to ride in comfortable, electronically adaptable Napa leather bucket seats with both driver and front passenger capable of heating and air-cooled ventilation. And on wintery days, a heated steering wheel, which Johnny really loves.

Now, let’s get real: how about Chrysler’s Safety Tec group featuring the ParkView® back-up camera, blind spot and cross path detection sensor, ParkSense® rear park assist with stop that eases you into that dicey, seemingly too-narrow parking space; and, for an additional, well-spent $995. optional Advanced Safety Tec group with 360-degree surround view camera system, full-speed forward collision “warning plus” system, and adaptive cruise control with “stop and go,” a feature which responds faster than your reflexes might in highway traffic.

How about, as standard features, the Pacifica’s electronic stability control, which detects loss of steering control and skidding in adverse weather conditions?  A security alarm and Sentry Key® theft determent system, and super-convenient keyless entry and remote start system.  Brilliant!  Hill start assist — vital, especially on a big car like this.  And, indispensable in a family van, hands-free sliding doors and liftgate that otherwise can be such a pain in the neck — literally.

This model has a whopping big 8.4-inch display screen, navigation system (indispensable today — just ask a young driver whether he or she knows how to read a paper map) and Sirius XM satellite radio with subscription (oh, how I love to drive listening to Sirius XM 148 “Radio Classics”) and with Sirius Traffic™ Plus Service and Travel Link Service, which no commuter should be without.  Then, of course, there’s the electronic “must haves” that we all now take for granted — Google android auto, Apple CarPlay, and 4G LTE Wi-Fir hot spot.

Feel the sun and fresh air when you open Chrysler Pacifica’s expansive, 3-pane panoramic sunroof, which makes you feel like you are riding in a convertible.  But the real luxury is the Stow ‘n Vac Integrated vacuum system, which makes you suspect that Chrysler’s engineers have kids and grandkids who drink juice paks and eat messy snacks in the car.

Why do I personally want a Chrysler Pacific Limited?  Because juice and snack packs aside, we could seat seven of our dozen grandchildren comfortably, and with the optional Uconnect Theater with wireless streaming (Blu-ray, DVD player, seatback video screens, dual HDMI ports, USB video port, 114-v auxiliary power outlet, 3-channel video remote control, 3-channel wireless headphones for just shy of two-grand), road trips would be swell.

You read about resale value, depreciation, and the like but here’s my thinking — take care of your Chrysler Pacifica, my friend, and your Pacifica will take care of you and your family, for years to come.

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