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Motor Trend Says Pacifica Sets Minivan Standard


New Chrysler Leaves Minivan Segment Alive and Well

“Motor Trend” magazine has long been one of the most popular automotive consumer publications in existence, so when their editors speak, people listen. After an initial review, the editors claim the Chrysler Pacifica as the new leader in the minivan segment. Rumors of the demise of the minivan have been greatly exaggerated. Although they are not as popular as SUVs, sales of Dodge and Chrysler minivans have been steady, topping the 500,000 unit mark for 2015. With the new Pacifica replacing the Town and Country this spring at dealers like Chapman Dodge Scottsdale, the future for the segment is bright indeed.

Pacifica Offers More Features at Intro Price

Most minivans start at about $30,000 for base units and go well north of $40K from there, depending on options. The new Pacifica has a suggested retail price starting at $29,950, but for that you get noise cancellation, a six-speaker sound system, 17-inch wheels, backup camera, power driver’s seat and Chrysler’s awesome Stow ‘n Go seating system. The base Pacifica is powered by a peppy 287-horsepower six-cylinder engine, which when paired with a nine-speed automatic (also standard), delivers a class-leading 28 miles per gallon on the highway.

Motor Trend Likes Performance, Ride and Functionality

The Motor Trend editors took the new Pacifica for a two-day jaunt up and down the Pacific Coast Highway and came away thoroughly impressed with the vehicle’s performance, quiet ride and functionality. By utilizing more high-strength steel than ever before in conjunction with structural adhesives, the Pacific performed solidly with a 68 percent increase in stiffness over the Town and Country. There were no annoying rattles and limited wind noise. The engine moved the Pacifica along easily with traffic, providing plenty of torque when needing to make a quick move around a slow truck.

Pacifica Interior Largest in Class

With 197.3 cubic feet of interior room, the Chrysler Pacifica has the largest interior of any minivan. Fold the second and third row seats into the floor and you can move furniture, plywood or large circus animals without worrying about space. Stow ‘n Go is now accompanied by Stow ‘n Vac, a central vacuum system that makes cleaning up after those animals a breeze. An elegant interior with available leather seats, contrasting piping and loads of modern features brings the new Pacifica to the head of the class. Stay in touch with Chapman Dodge Scottsdale for an arrival date this spring.

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