Luxury trim level for the popular chrysler, pacifica minivan it's a big deal because it has a starting price of around 51 000 making this the most expensive minivan you can buy and today i'm, going to review the pacifica pinnacle to see if it's worth it before. I get started be sure to check out cars and bids, which is my new online enthusiast car auction website for cool cars from the modern era. If you're looking to sell or buy an enthusiast car from the 1980s and up cars and bids is the place to do it, we have an amazing selection with daily auctions and great traffic. You will get the most money, the most views, the most bids on your cool car check out cars and bids, the ultimate marketplace for modern enthusiast cars at carsandbids.com. So let's talk pacifica these days. The minivan market is down to basically just four competitors. The honda odyssey the toyota sienna, the kia sedona and the pacifica chrysler, invented the minivan back in the 1980s and the pacifica came out in 2017 as their most refined best van yet and it's been updated for 2021. With some major changes, the biggest change is all wheel drive which chrysler dropped from its minivan lineup over a decade ago, and they tell me that customers have been asking for it back ever since. Well now it is back. This van has all wheel, drive there's. Also, the new pinnacle trim level this model with a starting price of over 50 000 for people who want a luxury, minivan and there's more too, including a lot of new features which i'll show you now engines are the same as last year: there's a standard v6 Which makes about 290 horsepower or you can get a plug in hybrid version that can travel around 30 miles on electric power alone before the gasoline engine kicks in pricing, for the pacifica starts around 35 000.
, but chrysler sells a base model version of this car that They call the voyager, which is essentially just a pacifica with less features that starts around twenty seven thousand dollars, but today, i'm, going to show you the king of the hill, the 50 000 plus pacifica pinnacle first i'll. Take you on a tour of this van and show you all of its interesting quirks and features then i'll get it out on the road and drive it and then i'll give it a dug score all right, i'm going to start the quirks and features of the New pacifica pinnacle in the back of course, because that's, where all the cool stuff is in a minivan, but before i get back there, i want to talk doors, they're power opening of course, most minivans have that. But the cool part is how you open them. You can pull the door handle and they open automatically or you can press a button on the key fob or you can just slide your foot under the door and the door will recognize you if you have the key in your pocket and it will open automatically. You don't have to touch anything and then you can climb right in and once you're in there is oh so much to talk about. It really is impressive: how much of a luxury vehicle this minivan is for one thing: the seats just look at them this attractive. Peanut butter, caramel color and they have white contrast, stitching and piping all throughout and even diamond stitching on the edges, which you just don't, see in a minivan.
But you do in this one. Also for the back seats in the pacifica pinnacle. You get pillows diamond stitched. Leather pillows, with the chrysler logo like printed into the leather for your additional rear seat comfort. They give you two of them in every pacifica pinnacle. Another nice touch you pretty much, never see in a minivan and the luxury just continues on the back of the front seats. You have this apparatus, these are screens they're folded down and if you fold them up, you can see they are touch screens they're on both sides and you can use them to watch movies or listen to music or play games. They have nine games integrated into them. You have chess checkers, tic, tac toe solitaire and even the license plate game. You can select when you see a license plate where you're driving on a family road trip and then try to beat whoever's in the other seat, also playing the game on their screen. Unbelievable pre loaded games for rear seat passengers to keep them occupied an amazing quirk and feature you can also see. Next to these screens, you have a few ports there's an hdmi port, so you can plug in like a dvd player or an xbox. If you want and use that, while you're driving along, you also have a usb port back here for charging, there are up to 12 usb ports in the new pacifica comes standard with six. You can get up to 12, four of which are usbc.
So there is charging for devices pretty much everywhere throughout this interior, a lot of automakers boast about how many cupholders they have chrysler instead touts its usb ports for charging, which, frankly, is probably just as important to parents as cup holders, if not more, for all kids Devices next up here's another interesting feature back here: there's a little button mounted near the floor that looks like it has a seat on it. You press that and then the passenger seat will move forward far forward and up to provide the second row seat with more leg room back here you press the button again and then the passenger seat will go back into its regular position. Interestingly, this same button exists over on the driver side and you can press it and the driver seat will move forward and up again to give rear seat passengers more leg room. I don't really love kids having access to a button like that. Nor do i love how low it is because they could accidentally kick it and then move the seats forward without the front seat occupants, even realizing what is happening. But it is a neat idea if you're parked somewhere and you just want to kind of relax stretch out, play some games on your rear screen. You can move the seats forward and sit back here in luxury with your pillow playing chess by the way quick point. I was poking around the pacifica and i realized my fear about this feature.
Being misused is probably misplaced because it doesn't actually work unless the door is open, the door is open, you can press the button and then the seat will move forward or backwards. Like i showed you, but if you have the door closed, then the button is locked out and it doesn't actually do anything. So i guess you won't accidentally, kick it while you're driving along you have to have the door open to have the seat all the way forward, like that and next up speaking of features back here over on the passenger side on the ceiling, you have climate controls And not just typical plastic controls, there's actually a screen here and you can see you can use it to adjust your fan, speed and your air temperature for your second row, climate controls. Next, up in the middle back here between the front seats, the back of the center console, you have this compartment. If you pull it out, you can see there are cup holders, but then, if you pull it out further, there is a large storage compartment with a vacuum tube inside of it. That, of course, is for the vacuum cleaner. Yes, this vehicle comes with a vacuum cleaner. As do most upscale versions of minivans, now in this van they call it the stow and vac system, which is a play on their stow and go seating and it's located just behind the second row of seats over on the driver's side, you can see this is Where your vacuum is and then you can press this little button to turn it on and start the vacuuming process.
Now honda originally debuted a vacuum cleaner in a minivan, they put it in the cargo area, but this is a far more useful location between the second and third row seats because you can easily vacuum out the second row or the third row, whichever with the vacuum Right there, and obviously you can use that vacuum tube that i just showed you in order to extend the reach of your vacuum cleaner or if you go into this little compartment below the vacuum cleaner itself. There are some extensions you can use for different vacuuming purposes. So you have a lot of different options when it comes to vacuuming the interior of your pacifica, none of which involve going and getting a household vacuum cleaner, because it's all self contained that's, pretty cool. Now, unfortunately, speaking of the third row, access to the third row seat in this van could be easier in order to get back here by moving the second row seat. You first pull this lever, which drops the second row seat backrest, and then you have to pull this little kind of small hard to reach loop at the bottom of the seat and the seat will fold forward. But even then you have to lift the entire weight of the seat yourself and it has these large headrests. So it hits the front row seat and it's, not really that easy to fold forward kind of a disappointment. A lot of three row: suvs and vans.
Get this right, not so in the pacifica, but of course the good news is you can easily access the third row by simply walking in between the second row captain's chairs, which is how most kids will get back there anyway and then you're in the third row And next up, we move on to the third row, which is shockingly large. I don't want to say i'm comfortable sitting back here but i'm, a rather tall adult and my knee is right up against the seat, but not like horribly so, and i have headroom and i could sit back here on a fairly long trip. If i had to pretty good packaging in this van to make it even adult friendly back here, although i wouldn't want to sit three adults across there are three seats back here, but if you're putting three back here, probably best for children still surprisingly roomy third row In the new pacifica and more impressively, the third row has some great luxury stuff, which is really surprising. Usually the third row is left to have the crappiest stuff since it's, mostly just kids back here, and they don't really care, but not in the pacifica pinnacle. For one thing, look at the seats you have the same diamond, stitching the same white piping as you do in front and in the second row, brought all the way back to the third row. Very nice luxurious, even though only kids are ever really going to be using this and it's, not just that check this out.
The third row has its own sunroof. You open up this little cover here and now i have a sunroof and you can see it fits over. Only the third row of seats, the third row, passengers have their own setup. Now it doesn't actually open, like the sunroof in front, does, but you can still open the cover and look out and get your own sunroof again something most automakers, just don't even bother with a sunroof just for the third row. Who cares? Well, they care in the pacifica pinnacle, and the luxury continues beyond just that. You also have power back rests back here. You press this little button over on the side and the backrest goes forward or backward automatically, and that same button exists on both sides. Driver and passenger so rear passengers can have their backrest power adjusted at different settings again pretty impressive. Another impressive feature back here is sun shades. This fan has sun shades in the second row of seats, on the sliding doors to cover the windows. In case you want to put a baby back here and you don't want a lot of direct sunlight shining right on it, but there's also sun shades in the third row. You can see this little window back here. Has its own sunshade same deal over on the other side, so you have sunshades in the second and third row of seats. The only problem i see is these third row. Sunshades are really hard to get to unless you're actually sitting back here.
It would be nice if they were power operated, but maybe that will come on the future. Pacifica pinnacle ultra pinnacle or something, and one more nice touch back here again is charge points you have two more a regular usb and usb c. I never see usb c ports in the third row, but the pacifica has it for charging devices quicker than usual again: very nice thought for rear seat third row, passengers and next up, we move on to the cargo area. In the new pacifica, you open the tailgate. The first thing you notice is a very deep and low load floor back here. Not only do you have a surprisingly large amount of room behind the third row, but it goes all the way down, so you can get a lot of stuff back here. This is great packaging. It allows you to fill three rows of seats in the minivan and then also get a lot of stuff behind those seats. It'S, pretty impressive just how much cargo space is here with all of the seats in place. But the real reason for this low load floor is chrysler's stow and go sitting. They call it that, because you can stow it in the floor and then go apparently stow and go used to be a few straps and levers now it's all power operated in the pacifica pinnacle. You just press this little button on the side of the cargo area that says stow, and then you can see the seats begin kind of a long process of stowing themselves completely into the floor.
It takes a little bit more time than it would if you just had a couple of straps and levers, but you don't have to do anything and once they're stowed you can see, you have a completely flat cargo area and an enormous amount of space back here Now so you can use the van for even more cargo now, when you're done, you want to get the seats back in place. You just press the normal button over on the side of the cargo, where you push that and again the seats begin their long drawn out process of going from stowed to back in place. So they are once again a third row seat, so people can sit in them again, a little bit longer than you'd spend if it was just latches and levers, but all power operated. You don't have to do anything, and you have two more controls over here that you can use. One is marked forward back. You can push that and move the back rest of the rear seats forward or back just like the third row. Passengers could which i showed you a second ago. You can also do that from here. The other button back here very useful, is actually a switch marked right, both and left, and you can see you can move this switch up or down depending on which seats you want to be controlling. So if you push it up, you're only controlling the right seat, and then you press the stow button and only the right seat, stows or of course you push it down to the bottom you're.
Only controlling the left seat and the middle one is both seats. Pretty standard, so nice controls here very easy to operate and understand, and you have power stowing seats that can go down or if they're in place, you still have a pretty large cargo area, impressive packaging. Once again, and next up, we move on to the front of the latest pacifica a little bit less interesting than all the cool stuff happening in the back, but there are still some notable quirks and features up here. The biggest change for 2021 is this center screen, which is larger than before, and more powerful and more responsive, very intuitive responds the moment. You tap it basically anywhere it's now over 10 inches and it's very easy to use very simple, and it feels like a smartphone in terms of its responsiveness to your touch i like using it. But the coolest thing about the new infotainment system is undoubtedly a feature called fam cam. You can see it here and when i press it it displays a camera that shows the entire interior of the pacifica. You can see the second row and the third row and you have multiple angles. The theory here is: you can use this camera to check on your children. So if they're getting rowdy complaining hitting each other drawing on stuff, you can monitor them to make sure their behavior stays rational and reasonable. Now this is an especially cool feature because of where fam cam is placed.
If you look on the ceiling in the back seats, you can see it's mounted, basically in the middle between the second and third row. This allows you to see into rear facing child seats that you have installed in the second row. So honda also has a camera in its odyssey minivan, but it's mounted right above the front seats, and it looks only back but fam cam also looks forward, so you can check out what your rear facing child seat occupant is doing as well. That is really smart. Thinking good attention to detail and exactly what minivan buyers would want now, with that said, there's at least one drawback to this new screen and that's the fact that it incorporates the heated and cooled seat controls into the screen, rather than giving them physical buttons. You have to tap the corner of the screen. It pulls up those controls. Then you have to tap a second time to turn on your heated seats and it's. Just annoying. You should be able to just push a button turn on the heated seats and that's that this is especially annoying because the center control stack for the pacifica includes the traction control off button and the automated parking system on off button. Two things that will be pressed far less frequently than the heated seat button. They could have just replaced those with heated seats, but unfortunately, they didn't so to turn on those seats. You got to go into the screen and next up a few more interesting features up here on the ceiling.
You have these buttons that control the power doors. So you push this button and the door opens on the left side. You push this one. The door opens on the right side and that way you can control the doors from the front seats as well. Also in the ceiling area. You can push this little compartment and it pulls down a wide angle, mirror so just in case fam, cam isn't. Quite enough for you, you still have the option to look at your rear passengers in this mirror like a bus driver, and then you can yell at them. As for storage up here, it's pretty impressive in the center console, you have this little lid. That says push if you push it, it opens and then there's a little storage area. You also have a larger center console storage area, of course, for larger items and underneath the center console there's a whole open section where you can stick even larger items. Still like a purse or a bag or something you don't necessarily want in the back, you also on the door. Panels have two levels of storage. You have your typical, lower level door panel storage, but then there's also a smaller storage compartment above that for items that you want, maybe a little closer to you like a wallet or a key card if you're getting in or out of a building. So you have two levels of door: storage. Next up in the front.
Another very interesting hidden quirk is on the floor between the front seat and the door there's this little compartment here and it's for umbrellas. If you look closely there's a little diagram of an umbrella and there's, also a little image of rain clouds and then a little smiley face sun and, of course, it's perfectly sized and shaped to fit an umbrella. I guess you're supposed to put wet umbrellas here, so they don't go rolling around the interior and getting everything else wet. There is a spot for wet umbrellas and you also have the same spot over. On the other side, driver and passenger have their own places. To put their own wet umbrellas, so it doesn't damage the interior, that is nice attention to detail and next up another big benefit of the 2021 pacifica is right here: the addition of all wheel, drive or actually the re addition of all wheel, drive chrysler used to Offer it in their vans until 2004, then they started offering the stow and go seating and because of the way the seats folded into the floor, they no longer had the room for all wheel, drive hardware chrysler figured people would rather have stow and go seating than All wheel drive, so they ditched all wheel, drive and added the seats, but now you can have both they've changed around the packaging. They'Ve made the van bigger and they're able to give you both stow and go seating and all wheel drive, and so all wheel drive is back in the pacifica for minivan buyers in northern states snow.
They want all wheel, drive, they don't want to get an suv. Well, now you can do it, i think the pacifica and the toyota sienna are the only two minivans that offer all wheel drive and finally, we move under the hood, like i said, two different powertrain options in this van. It comes standard with this engine, the 3.6 liter pentastar v6, with about 290 horsepower, which is a pretty healthy figure or you can upgrade to a plug in hybrid version, which goes about 30 miles on electric power alone before a gasoline engine that's. Also, there kicks in now it's worth noting that all wheel drive will only be offered with the gasoline engine. If you want the plug in hybrid, those are front wheel drive only so if you want all wheel, drive you'll have to get the v6 and lastly, i just want to give you my personal opinion about this van styling, because i think it looks really good other Minivans are starting to get weirdly over styled. The latest odyssey in siena, but the pacifica just looks nice. Clean simple design looks good, maybe that's not saying much for a minivan, none of which really look good or cool, but as minivans go, i have to say. I think this is the nicest looking one and so that's my thoughts just in case appearance matters to you at all for minivan buying since you're buying a minivan. It probably doesn't, but i figured i'd mention it anyway and so that's.
A thorough tour of the 2021 chrysler pacifica pinnacle now it's time to get it out on the road and see how it drives all right, driving the new pacifica, and i suspect this will be the part of this video. That is the least interesting to people who are actually interested in buying one of these fans, because many van driving experiences don't really matter to that many people they all drive about the same, and none of them are especially engaging. What really matters to people with minivans. It seems to me is all of the different features, the conveniences. How do they make your life easier if you have kids and if you're hauling them around, and this van has a lot of great stuff between the stone go seating which i showed you all wheel drive now being available again, the fam cam uh the games built Into the rear seat screens, but it's actually pretty impressive. How far this van goes, and i recently reviewed the new toyota sienna and i was a little bit disappointed that it didn't do more to innovate. Well, this van has a lot of cool innovations, but it is worth pointing out. The sienna did have one big benefit. All new sienna models are hybrid they're, not plug in hybrid uh, like this van's other powertrain. Instead, they're just put gas in and it's a hybrid engine, which gives it great fuel economy and the pacifica doesn't have that you either have to get the plug in or an old school gas engine with worse gas mileage.
But at least the pacifica competes in the hybrid space it's, the only minivan that competes with the sienna with a hybrid alternative. The pacifica is also the only minivan that competes with all wheel drive like i mentioned sienna. Has it pacifica offers it as well, and so these to me, are kind of the cream of the crop vans right now they both have the most stuff, the most tech, the hybrid availability, all wheel, drive all these features and they're both really really great vans, but Anyway, let's talk a driving experience. 290 horse v6. I think, makes this the most powerful minivan now um and it's powerful indeed can get up and go not that anybody really cares and that's the thing um. The driving experience feels minivan, like i mean it's, not dramatically different from sienna from odyssey that kind of thing you have good space in here, good, head room, legroom new room, that sort of thing good enough power to move around. You get good visibility, big mirrors, you can see all over the place, it's a minivan that the rest of that stuff. It doesn't really matter all that much how it drives. It drives like a minivan it's floaty it's, not very engaging to drive but it's, exactly as you'd expect, it's fine it's, just fine, i will say the pinnacle version impresses me uh, with its materials quality in the front, the dashboard it's fine. It looks like a lot of the other pacificas it's, not that much better, but the seating quality, the the leather, the stitching, the piping, all looks really nice.
The sheer amount of features some of the nice touches and luxury items. Those are some big benefits in here and and all of the features, especially, i really feel like. If you want a luxury minivan and more and more people seem to um, then this is what you're. Looking for precisely so overall driving experience, you know for a minivan to me. The driving experience can only hurt it. It can't really help if it's bad people won't buy it, but if it's good it's like okay, fine it's, just normal and that's kind of the situation here, it's just normal. It drives well nothing crazy, nothing to write home about nothing, it's, incredibly, special but it's, uh, it's, fine, nice, quiet, comfortable, it's, a minivan and so that's, the 2021 chrysler pacifica. This is a great minivan and it has to be even though there are basically only four minivans left on the market. They are all very competitive and the pacifica holds its own against really excellent rivals, thanks to some great new features, attractive, styling, a lot of interior space, all wheel, drive and a plug in hybrid option. If you're looking for a minivan, the pacifica should absolutely be on your shopping list and now i'm going to give this pacifica a doug score. Starting with the weekend categories and styling, the pacifica is a handsome minivan, but ultimately it's still a minivan, and it gets an average 5 out of 10.. Acceleration does 0 to 60 in, like 7.
4 seconds, which is just over the line for a 1 out of 10. handling is fine normal for a minivan, and it gets a 3 out of 10.. Fun factor is basically non existent and it gets a 1 out of 10. same deal with cool factor, not really a thing, but that comes with the minivan territory and it gets a 1 out of 10 for a total weekend score of only 11 out of 50.. Next up are the daily categories and features the pacifica is loaded not like an s class, but not that far behind and it gets an 8 out of 10. comfort is excellent, a bit better than other minivans, especially with all the comfort focused features, and it gets A 7 out of 10. quality, however, is a bit short of other vans, not because the materials which are great but just chrysler's general reputation for a little lesser reliability and longevity than rivals, and it gets a 6 out of 10. practicality. These vans are amazing and tremendously versatile and it gets a 10 out of 10. finally value and it's an expensive van, but it also offers so much for what it costs: luxury, tech, family innovations. It gets an 8 out of 10 for a total daily score of ' out of 50. added up, and the doug score is 50 out of 100, which places it here against other new minivans and relevant crossovers. It ties the toyota sienna and scores a point above the aging honda odyssey, but the truth is all modern.
Minivans are great. That includes the pacifica, which doesn't really have any major failings. The sienna is a good van. The pacifica is a good van.