Neglect Get Shorty’s dust-buster Olds Silhouette, this 2021 Chrysler Pacifica inside makes it “the Cadillac of Minivans.” That is our evaluation after lately crawling throughout a pair of upper-trim Pacificas. In reality, its diamond-stitched upholstery would possibly qualify the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle for consideration because the Bentley of minivans. Here is our evaluation of the midcycle-refreshed sixth technology of Earth’s hottest minivan. (At 15 million and counting, possibly it is truly the Toyota Corolla of minivans.)
Shade Us Impressed
Certain, you may get an all-black inside when you’re into the Dieter/Schprockets aesthetic, however in these dour instances, a splash of shade actually heightens one’s temper, so most Pacificas get some distinction shade. Our favourite hue is Rodèo Crimson—a Coach bag/lipstick shade utilized to all of the Nappa leather-based seating surfaces, accented with mild grey piping and white stitching. This $195 choice have to be bundled with the $795 S look bundle on the penultimate Restricted trim grade.
Touring and Touring L fashions all provide “Alloy” mild grey doorways and decrease sprint with a selection of black or “Cognac” material seats, higher sprint, and door armrests. You should pay further for an all-black inside in “premium material” or leather-based.
Stepping as much as Restricted provides one other shade scheme along with Rodèo Crimson: Deep Mocha with black. And springing for the Pinnacle mannequin will get you the diamond quilted Caramel Nappa leather-based with black sprint and door trim.
Grain, Gloss, Supplies
Chrysler is gunning to be America’s Audi, when it comes to inside fashion and supplies—or no less than supplies look. An attention-grabbing living proof: the door higher panels on the Rodèo Crimson Restricted S and Pinnacle fashions sampled look fairly comparable, with every that includes a row of French stitching in distinction shade thread working throughout a low-gloss, handsomely grained materials. And but to the contact, the Restricted’s panel seems like molded plastic whereas the Pinnacle’s seems like gentle materials you may sew. Neither seems to be shiny or low-cost. That is a miracle of contemporary expertise. And all Pacificas get a soft-touch instrument panel with distinction stitching.
I am not overly keen on the Pinnacle’s “Mid-century Timber” hydro-dipped wood-tone trim across the sprint and door pulls, primarily as a result of they went with an excellent high-gloss end. A Danish trendy matte end would appear extra acceptable. Restricted and decrease fashions get a extra metallic-look hydro-dipped trim. There’s additionally some piano black right here and there, which hopefully will resist scratches extra like a lacquered Steinway and fewer like plastic.
Oh, and within the Pinnacle you get Berber fashion ground mats and gen-U-wine diamond-quilt-stitched Nappa leather-based on all three rows of seating, to not point out these valuable lumbar pillows (the backsides of that are a suede materials that matches the headliner—see what we imply about Bentley?!). Observe that the decrease trim collection don’t get this miracle stitching, and their rear compartment plastics are a contact shiny.
You get what you pay for and paying the Pinnacle premium ($5,000 versus Restricted) buys richer and extra supportive padding within the entrance two rows. The second row feels lots higher padded and bolstered—a lot in order that the seats can now not fold into the ground. (And a observe about these cute lumbar pillows: I can not sit comfortably on them, so that they’re more likely to get ousted from these vans.) The Pinnacle captain’s chairs acquire a fore/aft sliding operate that allows an equitable apportioning of legroom between rows two and three. Different slight bonuses: Because the seats do not fold into these wells, the entry lids to the storage bins are redesigned to allow them to be opened with out shifting the entrance seats ahead. The seats additionally tilt and slide effectively ahead, offering a bit extra foot room when climbing in again than you get when tilting the Stow ‘n Go seats ahead.
My bottom finds the disappearing seat snug sufficient, although, so I might personally be reluctant to sacrifice Stow ‘n Go and the flexibleness it offers.
One other consolation enhancer is the power-reclining third-row seat, which comes normal on Restricted and Pinnacle (excluding Hybrids). The seats additionally stow and erect themselves on the contact of a button in about 18 seconds, and control-freaky mother and father can disable the recline operate from the information display.
Presuming a quiet cabin enhances your consolation, enhancements in physique and door sealing, thicker glass, and extra hush the cabin sufficient to enhance speech intelligibility by 6-Eight % in all trim grades.
Loading individuals and cargo is eased by hands-free energy opening of the sliding doorways and liftgate—each come normal on Restricted and Pinnacle and can be found within the $2,995 Uconnect Household Theater group on the Touring L trim.
Charging ports galore are offered in all trims, with USB-A and -C ports paired all through the car and a wi-fi charging pad built-in into the newer, larger consoles featured on Restricted and Pinnacle. Base autos get six, up-level trims with rear-seat leisure get 11, and people with out it get 12.
Mother and father can simply preserve tabs on rear-compartment kiddoes utilizing both the parabolic mirror within the overhead heart console, or the FamCam—a fisheye digital camera that comes bundled with the rear-entertainment system and offers an overhead view of all 5 rear seats. There’s even an choice to zoom in on one seat specifically. And do not forget Stow ‘n Vac to suck up these Cheerios earlier than they get floor in. It comes normal on non-Hybrid Restricted and Pinnacle fashions or bundled with the Uconnect Theater Household Group on Touring L (and it is reportedly extra highly effective than the HondaVac within the Odyssey).
An improve to the Uconnect 5 system on all fashions enlarges the infotainment display from 8.four to 10.1 inches and triples its decision. Constructed on an Android working system, it integrates full Amazon Alexa voice assistant performance together with wi-fi CarPlay and Android Auto and out there TomTom navigation with over-the-air updates of maps and firmware. It even gives a better diploma of personalization and customization than 99 % of homeowners may have the persistence to program. Six completely different person profiles will be set, memorizing preferences for music, seat settings, consolation and car operation. Two telephones may also now be linked concurrently.
In the meantime, the non-obligatory 10.1-inch screens within the again seat add 4 new video games to the 11 beforehand provided, geared toward amusing adults in addition to youngsters: Focus, Chrysler Says, backgammon, and chess—for these budding Queen’s Gambit prodigies. These video games strengthen the case for paying the premium for built-in screens, when tablets are a lot cheaper.
Two new, bigger consoles on high fashions function a drawer accessible by second-row passengers, a big open ground bin between the driving force and passenger footwells plus a roomy bin accessed by a roll-top lid on Restricted and by a large, padded armrest on Pinnacle. Complete stowage is alleged to be half a cubic foot—up 50 % from earlier than. The mixed stowage bin capability all through the cabin totals Eight cubic toes. That is along with the 32.3, 87.5, and 140.5 cubic toes of open stowage out there behind the third, second, and entrance rows. Clearly, in a Pacifica, you CAN take it with you, or it would not be the Chrysler of minivans.