Minivans have suffered huge losses due to the ever-growing demand for SUVs and crossovers, but there’s one player who refuses to let them go.
Chrysler’s Town & Country replacement, the Pacifica, is one of the biggest names that remain in the market. It entered production in 2016, and in the first three years, almost 300,000 units were shipped in the States, according to CarSalesBase, along with nearly 50,000 in the first 6 months of 2019.
The naming scheme of the lineup could be a bit confusing. It starts with the L and LX, and continues with the Touring Plus, Touring L, 35th Anniversary Touring L, Touring L Plus, 35th Anniversary Touring L Plus, Limited and 35th Anniversary Limited.
And that’s for the regular Pacifica models that cost between $27,235 and $45,390, as you can also get the hybrid in five grades called Touring Plus, Touring L, 35th Anniversary Touring L, Limited and 35th Anniversary Limited. Pricing spans between $40,245 and $46,490.
KelleyBlueBook owned for a year the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid that pairs a specially adapted version of the firm’s 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 to two electric motors and a 16kWh lithium-ion battery pack promising an all-electric range of 33 miles (53km).
As their long-term test concluded, they dropped a video that highlights some of the strong and weak points of the large minivan. It was pleasurable to drive (for what it is), while the comfortable seats, tons of interior space and some of the safety systems were also praised, whereas the fuel economy on long commutes and placement of the gear selector next to the volume knob were less appreciated.
Was it an overall enjoying experience, or were they pleased to see it go? You know what to do to find out.