2017 Chrysler Pacifica Wins Cars.Com’s Best Minivan of 2016

November 13th, 2016 by

Chrysler Pacifica Minivan

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The results are in! The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been named the “Best Minivan of 2016” at the end of Cars.com’s “Ultimate Minivan Challenge.” In this competition, the Chrysler Pacifica went head-to-head with Car.com’s top two finishers from 2015.

According to the Cars.com editor-in-chief, Patrick Olsen, “The Chrsyler Pacifica out-styles, out-drives, and just plain out-wows the rest of the pack.” He continued explaining that the Pacifica was a “joy to drive,” which are not words typically associated with the minivan experience.

What is the Minivan Challenge by Cars.com

As the leading online destination helping shoppers navigate their way through vehicle ownership, Cars.com is one of the largest digital automotive platforms. Since the company was founded in 1998, it has become a well-trusted and respected source in the industry.

The “Ultimate Minivan Challenge” involved a round-robin testing sequence where three experts tested each van on the exact course back to back. They also conducted a mileage drive to calculate the vehicle’s actual fuel economy. In the end, the Chrysler Pacifica and all of its secrets left no questions about its superior design, functionality, and styling.

2017 Toyota Sienna vs 2016 Kia Sedona vs 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

3rd Place – 2017 Toyota Sienna – 644 Points

The winning minivan from the 2015 challenge was the Toyota Sienna, but the automaker failed to improve upon the vehicle. As a result, the Toyota Sienna fell into third place and only managed to score 644 points. The experts explained the vehicle was heavy, slow, and only had acceptable scores for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

One of the testing experts, Jennifer Newman, complained, “The Sienna’s center stack of controls is U.G.L.Y.” The experts also commented on the second-row Latch anchors being deeply buried in the seat cushions and the vehicle’s lack of storage space for second-row passengers.

2nd Place – 2016 Kia Sedona – 732 Points

As the second place minivan in 2015, the 2016 Kia Sedona scored an impressive 732 points and maintained its position for the 2016 challenge. The experts suggested the vehicle was comfortable, stylish, and is aging gracefully. However, most of the Sedona’s problems are associated with its design. Most importantly, the Sedona was designed to carry people, but stuff – not so much.

According to one of the expert judges, Jennifer Geiger, ‘Folding the third row is a lot like dressing my twin toddler.” In other words, it required “a lot of muscle” to maneuver the Sedona’s heavy seats into the floor and even more effort to get them back into position.

1st Place – 2017 Chrysler Pacifica – 805 Points

Raking in an amazing 805 points, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica outshines every other vehicle and looks to redefine everything you’ve ever associated with the minivan. The vehicle features a powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission to deliver peppy and inspired performance.

Jennifer Geiger explained, “Driving a minivan doesn’t have to be a chore and with the Pacifica, it’s a delight.” The experts made special note of the Pacifica’s:

  • Ample power from stop with prompt and smooth delivery
  • Bolstered visibility with updated Stow ‘n Go seats and one-touch power third row seats
  • Second and third-row head restraints that easily flip out of the way with a button
  • Dual seatback video screens loaded with games for kids
  • A large number of cubbies and pockets

The Chrysler Pacifica was thoughtfully designed to help busy parents easily navigate life.

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