Overview (Final Score: A-)
Thewas introduced as a new minivan for the market in the 2016 model year and continues to be one of our favorite choices for family hauling. The Pacifica sets bars for the segment that others must strive to meet. The Pacifica is only outsold by its cousin, the , and then only because the Grand Caravan is heavily sold to fleets whereas the Pacifica is largely a consumer buy.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica carries forward with the excellent design of the van. Its focus is on having a dynamic design, an accommodating interior, and having a broad breadth of convenience and luxury features available throughout its trims.
Our experience with the Pacifica is varied, perhaps more so than with any other minivan on the market. We’ve driven it, ridden in it, hauled stuff in it, and even squeezed into the third row. All with good results.
For the 2019 model year, nothing changes from the 2018 offering, which added several safety features as standard while upgrading infotainment. In addition, Fiat-Chrysler’s Mopar division has added several options for owner upgrades to the Pacifica that aid in those goals as well as personalization and convenience.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is offered as a gasoline model in six trim points and as a plug-in hybrid model (Pacifica Hybrid) in three trims. The Pacifica in all renditions is a three-row minivan with seating for up to seven.
What We Love About the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica:
- Easily goes from people hauling to stuff hauling with little fuss
- Upscale exterior and very ergonomic interior
- Convenience and practicality aspects are both in-built and configurable through the Pacifica’s various trim points
What We Don’t Love About the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica:
- Some rivals have a larger third row
- Transmission sometimes tries too hard to find an appropriate gear
- Plug-in hybrid model loses some cargo convenience with no second row fold-down
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (73/80, 91%)
The chief competitors for the Chrysler Pacifica are other minivans that include the, the , the Dodge Grand Caravan, and the . As mentioned earlier, the Grand Caravan is the best-seller on the market, but largely due to fleet sales at the lower end rather than for consumer preference. The Grand Caravan is aged and outdated on most fronts, but still a contender for its excellent interior space and capabilities. The Odyssey and Sedona are relatively new and very competitive with the Pacifica, but lack the refinement and attention to ergonomics that the Chrysler carries. The Toyota Sienna is also getting aged and outdated by comparison and has a clunky infotainment interface and odd look at the curb, but the Sienna is the only offering in the segment with all-wheel drive. The Pacifica is the only minivan with a plug-in hybrid option.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is our top choice in minivans and has been so since its introduction three years ago. The Pacifica has set benchmarks for style in the minivan segment and for ergonomics in both the minivan and three-row crossover-SUV segments. The efficiency of both the regular and hybrid model are also very high points.Get more expert advice now in the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica review with tips on its exterior, technology, safety, reliability, pricing and more.