A fter spending two months evaluating 47 vehicle nominees and scoring each based on materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish and aesthetics, the editors at WardsAuto named the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to the Wards 10 Best Interiors List for 2016.
“The folks who put the minivan on the map in the 1980s have stunned the segment yet again with the lavishly appointed Chrysler Pacifica,” said Tom Murphy, senior editor of WardsAuto. “Shoppers buy minivans out of necessity, but there are many aspects of the Pacifica they will want, such as the rich Deep Mocha leather, the groundbreaking Stow ’n Go seats, the panoramic roof and the integrated Stow ‘n Vac vacuum. And the kids will clamor for the third-row seats, which recline at the touch of a button. A trip to school, hockey practice or the doctor’s office will never be the same.”
“Loaded with comfort, convenience, technology and functionality, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is truly a living room on wheels, delivering everything families need or want in a minivan,” said Timothy Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “Being named to the Wards 10 Best List is an honor, as well as a testament to the thoughtful design and engineering that make this no-compromises minivan the perfect combination for modern families.”
“Our interior and exterior designers collaborated with the extended teams to truly push the design aspects of the vehicle. As a result, we created a vehicle that offers function and beautifully integrates technology in a non-imposing way,” said Ralph Gilles, Head of Design, FCA Global.
The thoughtfully crafted interior is as functional as it is beautiful. An unsurpassed amount of storage includes a large center console, featuring spaces specifically designed to fit devices like an iPad. The bottom of the console bin is deeper than the vehicle floor for added storage space.
The Stow ‘n Go floor bins offer storage when the second row seats are not stowed, and the enhanced Stow ‘n Go system features redesigned seats for added comfort and side support. The Stow ‘n Go process has been improved so that the seats fold smoothly forward into the tubs, while the addition of the all-new Stow ‘n Go Assist feature helps to further simplify the process. The Pacifica’s seating delivers even more functionality with the addition of the available eight-passenger seating. The lightweight, removable eighth-passenger seat fits in between the existing second row seats and functions as a large second-row armrest with cupholders when not in use.
For quick cleanup, the Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum, powered by RIDGID, is the highest powered in-vehicle vacuum in the market, and is located in the C-pillar trim area for easy access to all corners of the vehicle.