To select the best of the best, WardsAuto editors evaluated the overall user experience of 29 vehicles, rating them on user-friendliness, infotainment features, sound systems, vehicle connectivity, driver assistance technology, information/displays, system compatibility and materials.
"The Pacifica treats occupants of all ages, especially the young, like royalty," said Tom Murphy, Senior Editor of WardsAuto. "This vehicle has six USB ports, it understands and correctly processes simple voice commands and it can park itself, both parallel and perpendicular. Phone pairing is near instantaneous, dials are big and some controls are redundant. In the second row, climate controls are easily in reach, and the two huge display screens are loaded with enough games, media and information to keep a bored child from ever asking once again, 'Are we there yet?,' no matter how long the road trip. It's a family-friendly rolling entertainment center."
As the original creator of the minivan more than 30 years ago, FCA US LLC has transformed the segment with firsts – notching 78 innovations through the first five minivan generations. With the introduction of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica, FCA US adds 37 minivan firsts to its portfolio for an unprecedented total of 115 innovations in the segment.
"When it comes to a minivan, it's all about the experience — both for our customers and their entire families," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. "Ward's recognition that the new Pacifica 'treats occupants like royalty' and offers among the best user experience on the road are further validation that the new Chrysler Pacifica is delivering both the high-tech, easy-to-use features our customers want and deserve and is another reason why the all-new Chrysler Pacifica is the most awarded minivan of the year."
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the most technologically equipped vehicle of its kind, offering an all-new Uconnect Theater entertainment system with two 10-inch touchscreen displays, a 7-inch full-color driver information display, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, acclaimed Uconnect Access and an array of other features.
With the all-new, class-exclusive Uconnect Theater rear seat entertainment system, passengers can watch movies via the Blu-Ray player or the USB video input, play built-in games, connect personal devices to surf the Internet and stream content throughout the vehicle via two high-definition 10-inch touchscreens.
The available KeySense programmable key fob places limits on speed and audio volume, mutes the audio when front seatbelts are not buckled, prevents the disabling of certain features like Forward Collision Warning-Plus and ParkSense rear park assist, and allows blocking of SiriusXM Radio channels.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica features the available easy-to-use Uconnect 8.4 system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 3-D navigation, integrated voice command and Uconnect Access, which keeps drivers and passengers connected with helpful information, such as emergency assistance and a mobile app that can remote start your vehicle and more. There also is a five-year trial of SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link that offers such information as fuel prices, movie listings and weather reports.
For audiophile-quality sound, the Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise Cancellation. Premium audio systems, either a 13-speaker Alpine system or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system, are also available.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is loaded with comfort and convenience features, including Keyless Enter 'n Go, remote start, and heated and ventilated seats. Other notable features include segment-first handsfree sliding doors and liftgate, which are operated by making a kicking motion under the sliding door or bumper to open the sliding doors or liftgate.
For added convenience, the available Stow 'n Vac integrated vacuum, powered by RIDGID, provides easy access to clean all corners of the vehicle. The Stow 'n Go seating and storage system, a hallmark of FCA US minivans for more than 10 years, has been redesigned for added ease of use, and the addition of the all-new Stow 'n Go Assist feature helps to further simplify the process. With the press of a button on the B-pillar, the front seat moves forward to allow the second-row seat to be stowed into the floor tub. Once the seat is stowed, pressing the button again moves the front seat back to its starting position. In addition, the Easy Tilt second-row seats allow for easy access to the third row, even with an empty child seat installed in the second row.
About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.
Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.
The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.
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