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NowCar Why Minivans are Better than SUVs and Crossovers

Why the Chrysler Pacifica is better than SUVs and CUVs

Written By, Jordan R.

With the auto market slowly becoming dominated by SUVs and crossovers, some would think sedans and minivans are going to start falling by the wayside. Why have one of the former when you can be surrounded by steel for safety and have roof racks for cargo? How about fuel efficiency? How about the Chrysler Pacifica minivan that can do all of the above and more?


We’d laugh, but to keep things serious, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is built for more than entertainment and convenience. Safety also plays a big part in its execution. An available 360-degree surround view camera offers the driver a bird’s-eye view of their surroundings. In case of driver distraction, forward collision warning with active braking is available and it offers visual and audio cues to alert the driver to brake and will attempt to stop the car before a collision if the driver doesn’t intervene.

Those are just some of the highlights. The Chrysler Pacifica also has parking assist systems that can park the minivan automatically, adaptive cruise control, rear cross path detection, lane departure warning, and a blind spot monitoring system available. Isn’t this better than just a steel cage? We think so.

Cargo Space

Come on, this is the Chrysler Pacifica we’re talking about here. Not only does it come with a hands-free power liftgate for loading up the trunk, but it also has different seating arrangements for opening cargo space. Take the second- and third-row Stow ’n’ Go seats and store them inside the van’s floor compartments. All together, this is 140.5 cubic-feet of cargo space in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. This is too easy, give us a challenge.

Fuel Efficiency

We said a “challenge.” Under the hood of this minivan is the award-winning 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Like many other auto manufacturers making a smart move, the Pacifica has variable valve timing (VVT) implemented into the engine. VVT is the process that controls the air intake and fume exhaust of an engine and is designed to optimize performance and fuel economy.

The 3.6-liter V6 engine with VVT generates 287-horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This lends it the power to tow up to 3,600 pounds. With all that, it still gets 28 mpg on the highway. Are you not impressed? Because the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is also available, able to travel over 30 miles with zero emissions and the ability to travel a combined 550+ miles when using the gas engine.


Turn it, leave it, stop it, format it. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is a technological masterpiece with a ton of automatic power features. Inside is a Uconnect audio/video system with an available upgrade to 20 Harman Kardon speakers, a Blu-Ray DVD player and Uconnect Theatre System. The sliding doors can come hands-free, just wave your leg under them; same goes for the liftgate as mentioned earlier. They can also come with a button on the keyfob to open and close them - so easy.

That’s just for starters. How can anyone say there is no place for a minivan in the auto market when the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica can do it all? That’s just crazy talk.

Photo Source: and Chrysler Ad Planner