While it doesn't get the greatest gas mileage, it's better than the Dodge Durango I had before I made this purchase. I test drove the car and look at other vehicles that met my requirements but I kept coming back to the Pacifica. It's handicap accessible which was one of the main reasons I purchased it. My grandmother has an easy time getting in and the cargo space is big enough for a large size wheelchair. The benchseat in the back has a middle shoulder strap so my 5 year can actually sit in the middle of the back seat. It's the best purchase I've made since my Chevy Cavalier in 1996!
This is a fabulous vehicle it is an excellent choice for the money. The vehicle I purchased had every option you could think of ( navigation,tv/dvd, dual ac, side airbags, heated seats etc..) the appearance was excellent a very very small leather repair on a rear door other than that looks brand new - drives very well smooth luxury ride. I drive approximately 150 miles round trip per day for work it is very comfortable drive and suprisingly very good on gas mileage
The Pacifica was introduced in 2004 to be a hybrid-cross intended to span the gap between the attractive but gas-guzzling SUV's and the unstylish Minivans. Since then, literally hunderds of thousands have sold. However, Chrysler somehow attracted the consumers eye without really addressing quality and performance and real value. The Pacifica has very modern and sleek looks and aggressive styling. No complaints there. But, when you look closer at the vehicle, the body is composed of a steel/plastic combination of panels that don't seem to line-up and appear to be forced together in many areas. The wheel wells aren't even metal but a very cheap plastic/ABS material that is press-fit (not welded or bonded) into the fender. It rattles and flaps at highway speeds. The ride is also dissappointing, tight and bumpy. We drove our vehicle from Texas to South Carolina and I felt as if we made the trip in a Conestoga Wagon! Not at all what I would expect from "Daimler" Chrysler (yes, that's right. Aka the guys that make Mercedes-Benz). Inside, the car "appears" to be comparable to other luxury SUV's but looks can be deceiving. Most of the the leather seating surface and arm rests aren't leather at all but a clever vinyl reproduction. The instrument cluster for the climate and stereo controls is so cluttered and confusing that it distracts from driving and almost always requires searching for the right button. It also gets hot after several minutes of driving (not hot enough to burn, but hot none the less). The quality and construction screams "lets save a buck and not tell the consumer." The performance is far from what should be expected from a $30-35,000 vehicle. The 3.5L engine sounds impressive but really only produces power at high RPM (>3500). When you apply the throttle at lower speed, the car barely acknowledges the command and has to shift at least twice to adequately accelerate to highway speed. If you load the vehicle with a family of four and luggage there is very little acceleration at all. As far as mechanical problems, our car speant more than two weeks in the shop since new with a major transmission fluid leak, a slipping differencial, and a transmission pop...all fixed by Chrysler (thank goodness) but not typical of a modern post-1984 vehicle! Then comes the investment value. I've owned my Pacifica over two years and purchased it through Fleet sales at less than $500 over invoice. I thought I made an outstanding deal. But, in 2 1/2 years and 47,000 miles the car is barely worth the scrap metal it's made of (outrageous depreciation of more than 1/2 of the original invoice price.) I feel very sorry for anyone who purchased this vehicle at MSRP and called it an investment. So, word to the wise. If you have ANY other choice on the market other than the Pacifica to suit your needs, I would steer clear of this cow in wolfs clothing.