PINEHURST, NC — March 24, 2020 — Way back in 1998, Daimler Chrysler came up with the idea of a luxury van. They called in Pacifica. Laurie can tell you about her love affair with Pacifica’s, but I look at it pretty objectively myself. I was never a van person, even when I had two little boys eleven months apart to move from Point A to Point B. I had a big K5 Blazer and, later, a 300D Mercedes. However, and I say this with all seriousness, I continue to be very impressed with the Pacifica as an excellent example of ‘Form meets Function’.
While I certainly wouldn’t call the Pacifica lines ‘sexy’, what I do find is some pretty darn good engineering ideas housed in the shape of a van. If you look at the picture above, you note the extended front end of the Pacifica. However, from the driver’s seat, all you see is blue sky and road in front of you. Some very smart engineer has the line of sight such that you don’t see the front of the vehicle at all. Wow. “How do you keep from bumping into things with the front of the van that you can’t see?”, you might ask. “Good question”, I would respond. Since Pacifica carries all the latest ‘collision warning’ and ‘avoidance’ equipment, if you approach something at a very slow speed, like the garage wall or the concrete abutment at the doctor’s, you get a beep and an image of the van with highlighted areas in yellow when you are getting too close to something. Just like backup cameras that tell you how close you are getting to something with drawings inset into an actual view, the Pacifica forward warning system shows the car with three bands all around and highlights the bands furthest from the vehicle with yellow and then changes the color as you enter a distance band closer to the car. It really gets your attention and helps you avoid any problems. I like it.
Let’s take a look at the driver’s view, as shown below. Here’s another feature for you to consider – it’s simple. Remember ‘form meeting function’? The gears are guided by a knob located just to the right of the steering wheel denoting Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive, and Low. Nothing in the way. In front of the steering wheel in the display are your typical gas and speed monitors, but you can set up each corner of the display area to have what you want – Outside temperature, direction, mileage, any number of choices. Haven’t seen that before on any vehicle, but the Pacifica has it.
The 8.4” is plenty large enough to display what’s playing on the radio or your navigational map. The 13” Alpine speakers rock the music in the regular van. We had the 20” Harman Kardan Sound Group at No Extra Charge. We also had Uconnect Theater with Streaming at No Extra Charge. More on that later.
The Active Noise-Cancellation System really keeps the interior quiet when you’re traveling, and smooth? This long, wide, wheel base absorbs the bumps out of the road and you literally sail along. Cold? Heated front seats. Warm? Ventilated front seats. Oh, there’s a steering wheel heater as well. Driver seat memory is standard – a nice feature for big guys who have much shorter wives – just saying. Power front and rear windows with 1-Touch; Up and Down. Air Conditioning with three zone Auto Temperature Control. This is not your old 70’s van – Peace out man!
Of course, the heart of the Pacifica is twofold – one, it easily holds six passengers and two, with a 3.6L V6 engine, it gets you where you want to go without a lot of effort.
Ours was the Hybrid with both electric and gasoline power. The battery, fully charged, will get you 82 miles on its own. That’s pretty incredible in itself. However, with the gas kicking in, at 30 mpg average, you can cover 520 miles before you have to start over. That’s a lot of miles.
Moms and Dads, taking the kids on a trip? The passenger seats both have Seatback Video Screens, Blu-Ray/DVD Player/Video USB ports, wireless headphones, video remote control, computer and phone hook ups, and a 115 Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet. All at no additional charge. Are you kidding me?
How about the Tri Pane Panoramic Sunroof? Talk about an open feeling and letting the kids see all the nature around them on those long country drives.
There is so much more I could talk about, especially safety. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes with it all – Blind Spot and Rear Cross Path Detection, Remote-Start System, Sentry Key Theft Deterrent, Ready Alert Braking, and airbags out the wazoo are standard. Ours came with the Advanced Safety Tec Group for $995. What’s that? – 360 Surround View Camera System, Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist and Stop, Rain Sensitive Windshield Wipers, Advanced Brake Assist, and Automatic High Beam Headlamp Control. $995? The bargain of the century.
Drum Roll Please – Pricing! The base price for the Pacifica Hybrid Limited is $45,645. The one we drove, fully loaded, soup to nuts, $50,230. Again, and I just keep saying it; Are you kidding me? Where are you going to get one of the greatest form to function vehicles I have personally ever seen and driven for $50K? It is genuinely amazing.
Want to see for yourself? Go here and browse away – https://www.chrysler.com/pacifica/hybrid.html You won’t be disappointed. If I were shopping for a van, no kidding, I would probably stop here and buy.
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