Chrysler Pacifica Named Best Van by Car and Driver! The Chrysler Pacifica has been named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs in the Mid-Size Pickup category. Car and Driver tested the selected vehicles in categories including ride and handling, safety features, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency.
The Car and Driver editors share about the Pacifica, “The evolution of the minivan form over more than three decades has seen the focus narrow. Now built on its own dedicated platform with an aerodynamic and appealing exterior design, the Pacifica puts an independent rear suspension under a Chrysler minivan for the first time. This allows a low cargo load floor while improving ride quality and rough-road handling sophistication. Most Pacificas come with a strong, 287-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine, nine-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, a combination that returned an impressive 31 mpg during our 200-mile, 75-mph highway-fuel-economy test. Chrysler recently added a plug-in-hybrid variant—the first to be offered in North America in any minivan—using the same V-6 engine plus a 16.0-kWh battery pack and electric motor/generators. It’s EPA-rated to travel up to 33 miles on battery power alone, putting most suburban playing fields well within gas-free driving range from home while maintaining all the long-distance travel capabilities of the standard engine. Choosing the hybrid eliminates the trademark Stow ’n Go center-row seats that drop easily into the floor (that’s where the battery pack lives) but offsets that loss with more comfort for adults in the removable seats that replace them. The Pacifica just plain works, and it’s our best van for 2017.”