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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Walk Around


Suave compared with traditional minivans, Pacifica nevertheless retains that body style’s practical credentials. Topped by a glassy cabin, the sizable Pacifica starts with a slim, sleek nose, ending with a kickup at the rear pillars. Side glass is surrounded by bright metal trim pieces.

Windshield pillars angle slightly inward at the base, helping to make the Pacific appear smaller and narrower, when viewed from the interior. In reality, it’s no smaller than its top rivals: the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Interior

Pacifica’s interior features organic shapes and matte finishes. Lighthearted elements are carefully executed.

Ready to carry up to eight occupants and their gear, the Pacifica shines in flexibility. Unlike the upright rear seats in Odyssey and Sienna, most Pacificas are fitted with foldaway seats, besting the competition in both comfort and utility. The sculpted, stitched dashboard wraps neatly around front passengers.

Front-seat passengers get a panoramic view ahead, with reasonably supportive seats flanking a console with a deep storage bin.

Second-row seats promise sufficient padding and adjustments. In eight-passenger versions, the removable second-row center seat serves as an armrest. We find seven-passenger versions easier to live with. Second-row seats fold easily into the floor; except Hybrid models hold batteries in those spaces, so second-row seats don’t fold away.

Adults fit nicely in the third-row seat, even enjoying ample headroom. Under-leg support is satisfying, too. Rear-seat video entertainment is available.

Cargo volume behind the front seats totals 140.5 cubic feet, dropping to 87.5 cubic feet behind row two, and 32.3 behind the third row.

Outward vision excels, especially in rear-quarter views. Sliding side doors have abundant glass and a relatively low door line.

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