2018 Chrysler Pacifica L

Yes, yes, yes. I know that most of you would not write on the line dotted for a minivan and, frankly, I would not. It does not make sense, really, because a large boxy living room on wheels is just the ticket to road trip comfort with the family, while providing enough space for commuting hockey bags to the rink and doing hardware store runs over the weekend ,

Minivan Monroneys can climb up uncomfortably – witness charged Odysseys and Siennas who can easily kill $ 50,000. Is there a lot to like at the Ace of Base end of the spectrum? Let's see.

The Pacifica L has an opening bid of $ 27,590 and has all sorts of safety nannies to help overprotective parents. Blind spot monitoring, reverse traffic detection and the like were formerly only on fancy pants models. Now they are here on the base model. The L will also hammer the brakes in your name if you ignore its proximity claxons in reverse.

Chrysler's useful and fairly smooth Uconnect is on board, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Satellite radio is equipped with the expected Bluetooth and voice command functions.

It does not even look that bad, with a 200-esque (remember, car?) Beak and winged Chrysler badge on the grille. Unfortunately, this basic model has no cheap hubcaps and a huge black plastic mouth under the chin, but the rest is harmless to the eyes of the author.

 2018 Chrysler Pacifica L

The key hump of a minivan is its ability to swallow a family and all its detritus, a work the Pacifica admirably carries out. The L relinquishes the clever Stow-n-Go seats in the second row, but the rearmost bench does the magic trick of turning and folding into the ground. Your author remembers wrestling the 60+ LB bench from the back of a Ford Aerostar with extended length 20 years ago. The progress is wonderful.

The slide for this argument is of course his old distant cousin – the Dodge Grand Caravan SE. It is the vehicle that FCA just can not give up. The Grand Caravan has long been brought more than one inmate in a Hollywood movie from death row and then taken from death row, and the great caravan has certainly long paid for all their tools and you can guarantee that each one a bank for The company is building

Dodge's website for $ 22,345 including some money on the hood, making the Grandest of Caravans a strong deal for itself, packing nearly 300 horsepower, space galore, reversing camera and all kinds of power options. The fact that a total of two models appear when you hit Chrysler's Build and Price tool also gives me a break.

Dodge Grand Caravan looks like yesterday's remnants next to the Pacifica, so it's the latter that makes the Ace of Base note.

I still will not buy any. Nobody said that I was reasonable.

Not every base model has accepted it. The ones who have? They help to make our automotive landscape much better. Anyone else you want to see in our series? Let us know in the comments. Of course, do not hesitate to gut our selection.

The above model is shown with American options and is in Freedom Dollars. As always, your dealer will probably sell for less.



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