What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word minivan? I always think of the 80’s movies where the hapless mom is trying to cram all her kids into the car and get to school on time. She is definitely NOT COOL. Well cut to many years later and there is finally a cool version of the minivan. In fact, Chrysler has raised the bar by created the only luxury hybrid minivan in the U.S. called the Pacifica.
Chrysler was generous enough to send us a Pacifica Limited to see for ourselves what exactly a luxury minivan is like. Our beautiful maroon Pacifica arrived and right away we were impressed with the sliding side doors, soft Nappa Leather trimmed interior, and futuristic interface called Uconnect.
It allows you to control the radio, climate, media, apps, nav, phone and other settings from an 8.4 inch touchscreen. We plugged into the device integration and quickly connected through Bluetooth. So we can access to everything on my phone like Siri voice command, my music, and voice text as well as everything on Uconnect like Sirius XM, full-feature navigation, and more.
- Uconnect® Access+ (includes a 12-month subscription)
- 8.4-inch touchscreen
- HD Radio®
- AM/FM radio
- Media hub with iPod® mobile device integration, USB port+ and auxiliary jack
- Integrated Uconnect® Voice Command, Bluetooth®Streaming Audio, Hands-Free Calling+ and Voice Texting+ (not compatible with iPhone® mobile devices)
- Full-feature GPS Navigation with one-step voice destination entry and 3-D landmarks, city models and terrains
- Sensor-assisted GPS Navigation
- Radio screen settings that complement vehicle personality with brand-specific themes and color combinations
- Speed-adjusted volume
- SiriusXM® Satellite Radio+—more than 150 channels and SiriusXM Tune Start (includes a 12-month subscription)
- SiriusXM® Travel Link+ (includes a 5-year subscription)
- SiriusXM® Traffic+ (includes a 5-year subscription)
- Do Not Disturb
- Drag and Drop Menu Bar
- Siri® Eyes Free+
Once we were connected it was time to secure the car seat and explore the car. The Chrysler Pacifica comes with an Stow n’ Vac integrated vacuum. That means those goldfish you’ve been meaning to vacuum up can now be gone in seconds. Yes, a vacuum in your car! Clearly a mom thought of this. Not to mention there is a ton of storage in there. I just have one kid, but for parents with lots of littles who constantly need to be shuttled from school to soccer practice, dance and parties, this is a great option.
My favorite part though is how it handles. I FEELS like you’re driving a high-end car. It’s a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride. It made me feel like I was stepping up my mom game because let’s face it, often times we’ll treat ourselves to a mani/pedi or a girls night out. But what about treating yourself to a nicer car? You’ve earned it! It was named 2017 “Best Buy” by Kelly Blue Book and Consumer Digest. It was the only minivan to receive the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+23 when equipped with the advanced SafetyTec™ package on the Limited Trim.
I loved how excited Channing was to explore the video aspect of the car. She could play games, watch movies and TV shows right from her seat. I’ve never seen her more excited to wear her princess headphones and go on a car ride!
I should say, I don’t make any money if you buy one of these or not. I’m just a big fan of having nice things. And as I get older I find that I’ve earned the right to wear loose pants, sing in public, and drive a nice car. I feel like every mom deserves that and more.
For more information on the different models, price, and a to find a Chrysler location near you, visit www.chrysler.com/pacifica.
*Disclaimer: I was compensated with product or services for my honest review of this product. For a full explanation, please see my disclaimers page.