2019 Chrysler Pacifica Review:
The Chrysler Pacifica ranks in the top half of the minivan class, in part because of its lengthy list of tech and convenience features and its high-quality interior. As far as vans go, it delivers decent performance with a smooth ride and nimble handling.
Pros & Cons
Tons of features
Good fuel economy
The Chrysler Pacifica is a great minivan. It has a high-end cabin that remains quiet even at high speeds. Its cushioned ride lets you glide over bumps and dips in pavement, and it’s surprisingly nimble for a minivan. Its extensive list of features and modern technology further adds to its appeal. The Pacifica has decent fuel economy estimates, and it’s available as a plug-in hybrid (reviewed separately). It’s also more affordable than some competitors. Its rear seats and cargo hold are a little smaller than those in class rivals, but other than that, there’s little to complain about.
How Many People Does the Pacifica Seat?
The Chrysler Pacifica has seating for seven in its standard figuration. That number can be increased to eight if you get the available second-row middle seat. Cloth seats are standard, while leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are available.
The front seats have plenty of room, and there’s enough leg- and headroom for most adults to sit in the second row. As in most 3-row vehicles, the third row is best left to children. Additionally, the second and third rows lack sufficient padding, so they start to feel uncomfortable on longer drives.
Pacifica and Car Seats
The 2019 Pacifica offers four full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on all rear-outboard seats. However, the system is trickier to use than in some rivals. Some lower anchors are set too deep in the seat and are difficult to maneuver around, and the tether anchors are hard to find.
Pacifica Interior Quality
The Pacifica has one of the nicest cabins in its class, with high-quality materials, an elegant dashboard, and ample insulation to keep the cabin quiet, even at highway speeds.
Pacifica Cargo Space
The Pacifica doesn’t have as much cargo space as other minivans, but that doesn’t mean its cargo hold is small. It has 32.3 cubic feet of storage with all the seats up. That’s enough room for about two dozen carry-on sized bags. Folding down the second and third rows reveals more than 140 cubic feet of space.
The Pacifica also draws praise for its Stow ‘n Go seats. They fold down into the floor to make the cargo area as usable as possible. Most rivals make you physically remove the seats to use that space.
Pacifica Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
Standard features in the Pacifica include Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, Uconnect Access (which lets you remotely track, lock, or start your vehicle using your phone), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker stereo.
Minivans are known for offering a long list of features, but the Pacifica exceeds that expectation. Among its many available offerings are KeySense parental controls, satellite radio, two 10-inch rear-seat touch screens, a 13-speaker Alpine or 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a rear-seat DVD player, a built-in vacuum, a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, and an upgraded Uconnect system with an 8.4-inch touch screen and navigation.
This Chrysler offers something for everyone, but the centerpiece of its technological is the Uconnect infotainment system. Its responsive touch screen and sensible menu layout help make it one of the best systems in its class.
Pacifica Engine: Not Perfect, but It'll Do
All Pacifica models feature a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission. While not as smooth as the powertrains in some rivals, the Chrysler’s V6 has ample power for daily driving and provides decent acceleration.
Pacifica Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Competent
As the iconic family vehicle, minivans are expected to deliver a smooth, comfortable ride – and the Pacifica does. It’s relatively agile for a minivan, and its responsive steering and strong brakes help this Chrysler remain composed around corners and on winding roads. Front-wheel drive is standard.
Pacifica Crash Test Results
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Pacifica a five-out-of-five-star overall rating, along with five stars in front and side crash testing and four stars in rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick, giving it the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and a Superior rating for front crash prevention.
Pacifica Safety Features
Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Available driver assistance features include automatic parking, front parking sensors, a surround-view camera, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. Most minivans offer comparable driver assistance technologies.