We’ve witnessed the shrinking of the minivan class over time. There used to be three minivans from the Chrysler group and we have been down to only one for the past couple years. Unfortunately the Chrysler Town & Country has gotten long in the tooth and no longer will be part of the market. Its replacement is not just a minivan in the sense of being a family mover, it is instead a high class and high tech mobile unit that will give you and your family a place you can stay fully connected and enjoy the ride and connectivity from every seat in this awesome new minivan.

The Chrysler Pacifica is a name that has been used in the past for an SUV and now FCA had chosen to bring it back to assign it to a minivan with the space for eight to ride comfortably while making use of the technology and style that is part of this exceptional new vehicle. Not only is this new Pacifica the most technologically advanced minivan on the market it’s also the most fuel efficient while offering you the comfortable stow and go seats for added cargo space or a place to put seats when you need them out of the way.

Because the Pacifica is one of the most advanced vehicles on the market that’s where we can start our discussion. this new minivan offers you standard features that include a rearview camera, active grill shutters, heated outside mirrors, 17-inch aluminum wheels, tri-zone air conditioning, active noise cancellation, a five-inch touchscreen with Uconnect infotainment services, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, push button starting and power sliding doors on the Touring model and above.

The options you can enjoy on the new Pacifica include automatic climate controls, larger infotainment screens with more features, leather upholstery, chrome exterior trim, a 20-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system, parking sensors, lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, a surround view camera system, the Uconnect Theater and much more. The addition of some of these amazing electronic features make the new Pacifica a minivan every family will want to drive.

Under the hood of this new van is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 287 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. This is the highest powered engine in any minivan on the market today and it’s matched up with a nine-speed automatic transmission to be one of the smoothest running as well. With this transmission the Pacifica is able to achieve 18 city/28 hwy mpg to be one of the most fuel efficient minivans on the market, a combination that makes it one of the most attractive choices when you need a family vehicle.

Most of the time when you step inside a minivan you expect the drive to be confident but boring. While the drive of a minivan is meant to keep the family inside safe, it seems there should be some enjoyment to the overall drive. With the Pentastar engine under the hood of the Pacifica and an upgraded suspension this is a minivan that gives you the acceleration you want while being able to stick to the road the way it should. The ride is firm but smooth to ensure your younger family members can rest easily along any road when you take them for a ride in the new Pacifica.

One of the main concerns when we talk about a family vehicle is the price. the Pacifica starts out at the LX model with a price of $29,500 and moves up to the Touring with the power sliding doors for $31,500. The Touring-L will ask for $35,400 and the Touring-L Plus comes in around $39,000 but both add more equipment and standard offerings. A loaded Pacifica Limited can easily reach over $45,000 but at this level you have a luxury minivan to spoil your family with.

As a new minivan with the modern amenities you want the Pacifica makes a great choice for taking your family wherever you need to go. Most of the time a minivan feels like a compromise, but with a powerful engine and menu of excellent features the Pacifica will never make you feel as if you’ve compromised anything to carry your family where you need to go. Let Chrysler show you what a minivan should be as you test drive the all-new Chrysler Pacifica.