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Minivan Wars part 3: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica


We’re back with another minivan and Tim and Heather Esterdahl are pretty quick to give this one a lot of praise. The first thing Heather notes? The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is easily mistaken for an SUV. She says it is not at all boxy, looks sporty and actually had her fooled when she first saw it in her driveway.

Welcome to The Minivan Wars. If this is the first review you’ve stumbled upon you can check out the 2021 Toyota Sienna and the 2021 Honda Odyssey next!

This is not the hybrid

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica comes with three powertrain options. All gas, like this one that Publisher Tim Esterdahl and his wife drove, plus a hybrid and a plugin-hybrid version. The all-gas model has an EPA rating of 17 MPG for city driving and 25 MPG for highway driving, giving the van an estimated 20 MPG. This isn’t bad for a vehicle that seats seven. The hybrid and plugin-hybrid versions will, of course, get even better fuel economy but their starting price will also increase.

The famous stow-and-go second-row seats are only available on the all-gas model as the hybrid options make use of that space for batteries.

The 2021 Chrysler Pacifica spoils the driver

From great controls on the steering wheel to the climate controls being easy to access on the dash the driver is treated to smart design that make driving this van a pleasure. The Uconnect 5 is fast and can handle having up to 10 phones connected to it. Wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on all models.

And, while the Pacifica does not offer a digital video view in the rear-view mirrior like the Sienna it does have FamCam which is similar to the Cabin Watch in the Honda Odyssey.

A few more things to love

The kids are wild about the rear-seat entertainment system that comes with games and a DVD player. There are also plenty of USB-C charging ports throughout the van, tons of storage cubbies and a beautiful tri-zone moonroof for letting in natural light.

Heather says the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica is her favorite van so far and she loves the get-up-and-go this van has. She says it does not feel like driving a bus, but rather it is more like an SUV. And the available AWD (not available on the hybrid models) is a huge plus for this family hauler.

Check out the video below to see what else Tim and Heather like about this van and why their kids like it better than some of the other vehicles they’ve driven.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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