Everything about the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica aims to show that minivans are still relevant in a world of crossovers. And thanks to its handsome styling; spacious and thoughtfully designed interior; and new technology, (including a segment-first plug-in hybrid powertrain), it does just that.
The Perfect Ride for...
Drivers who want a minivan for the modern family, not the family of yesteryear. Stylish, practical, and offering something for every member of the family, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica gives the minivan a 21st-century upgrade. Even better, it starts at just $26,995 and is offered in a standard minivan configuration with seating for seven or eight, depending on configuration.*
Drive & Handling
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica breaks new ground with two class-leading powertrain options, including a potent gasoline V6 and a first-ever plug-in hybrid powertrain (for a minivan).
Option one is an upgraded version of Chrysler’s trusty 3.6-liter V6 with efficiency-focused features like exhaust-gas recirculation, engine start-stop, and upgraded variable-valve lift and variable-valve timing systems. The result is 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, which makes the Pacifica the most powerful minivan around.
The Pentastar® V6 is coupled to a nine-speed TorqueFlite™ automatic transmission. Having so many gears enables a wide, 9.81 ratio spread for smooth acceleration and a high top gear for better fuel economy. In fact, EPA estimates award the 2018 Pacifica with an EPA-estimated 19 city/28 highway mpg rating.**
Despite having so many more gears, Chrysler says the TorqueFlite™ is actually more compact than most six-speed automatic transmissions. It’s also got a nifty “rotary dial” electronic shifter that frees up cabin space and recalls the push-button shifters on Chrysler models from the 1950s.
Leave it to the company that invented the minivan to use one of these versatile vehicles as the platform for its first plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid uses an Atkinson-cycle version of the 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6, assisted by an “electrically variable transmission” consisting of two electric motors along with a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 260 hp, and Chrysler says the Pacifica Hybrid is able to drive 33 miles on electric power alone.
Chrysler says the battery pack, which is located under the second-row floor, can be recharged in as little as two hours from a 240-volt Level 2 AC source. The Pacifica Hybrid returns an EPA-rated 84 MPGe.**
Trim Level Breakdown
The standard Pacifica is offered in six trim levels: LX, Touring, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited. The Pacifica Hybrid is available in two trim levels: Premium and Platinum.
Standard features on the base LX model include 17-inch aluminum wheels, Active Noise Cancellation, three-zone automatic climate control, a 5.0-inch central touchscreen display, Bluetooth®, Stow n’ Go® seating and storage system, Easy Tilt second-row seats, tilt and telescoping steering column, and more.
Moving up to the Touring model, additional standard features include automatic headlights, power-sliding side doors, SiriusXM® satellite radio, and more interior lighting. The Touring Plus expands on the Touring's features with standard projector headlights, LED taillights, a revised front fascia, three-zone automatic climate control, second and third-row window shades, and power tailgate.
The Touring L includes all of those features and adds leather seating and heated front seats. The Touring L Plus builds on that with features like a 7.0-inch TFT gauge-cluster display, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, and second-row 10.0-inch touchscreen with DVD/Blu-Ray player.
The Limited incorporates all of the applicable standard features from the other models and adds a hands-free tailgate, HID headlights, LED fog lights, 18-inch aluminum wheels, hand-free sliding doors, navigation, and a premium leather interior.
In addition to the standard equipment, optional features include 20-inch aluminum wheels, 20-speaker harman/kardon® or 13-speaker Alpine sound systems, a trailering package, and Uconnect® Theater rear-seat entertainment system.
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica goes a long way toward wiping away the stigma around minivans with its stylish exterior. The front fascia has a sleek look borrowed from the 200 sedan, which Chrysler says gives this minivan unrivaled aerodynamic performance. Sculpted sides and hood give the Pacifica a more dynamic appearance, as does the kicked-back rear pillar. The silhouette is also less van-like with a hood distinctly separated from the rest of the body.
The interior is equally stylish, but also quite functional. Chrysler says it was “drawn” horizontally to create a feeling of spaciousness. To de-clutter the dashboard and center console, Chrysler gave the Pacifica a “rotary dial” electronic shifter and consolidated HVAC controls in the headliner. To keep up technologically, the Pacifica also gets a standard gauge cluster TFT display and a center-stack touchscreen, the latter available in 5.0-inch and 8.4-inch sizes.
But what about the main function of a minivan: hauling lots of people? As with previous Chrysler minivans, the Pacifica features the Stow n’ Go system, which allows the seats to fold into pockets in the floor to quickly switch from passenger to cargo hauling. The pockets where the seats stow make for handy storage bins, too. There’s even an available built-in vacuum cleaner. (Chrysler really thought of everything with that one.)
The Pacifica seats seven in a 2/2/3 configuration or eight in a 2/3/3 configuration (NOTE: the Pacifica Hybrid is only offered as a seven-seater). Maximum passenger volume is 165 cubic feet, with 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Cargo space grows to 140.5 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.
Standard safety equipment on the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, a rearview camera, and a full array of airbags. Optional features include ParkSense rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, Surround View camera system, and ParkSense with parallel and perpendicular parking assists.
If you're looking for the same Chrysler luxury comfort features in a stately sedan, consider the 2018 Chrysler 300. Though the 300 delivers a powerful driving experience, the 2018 Dodge Challenger might be a great option to consider if you're looking for a greater focus on tighter handling and less emphasis on interior luxury.
* MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification.
** EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary depending on driving habits and conditions. EPA estimated miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe.) Actual mileage may vary.