2017 Chrysler Pacifica 

Chrysler | August 21 2017

Minivan Monday: Chrysler Pacifica ready for the new school year

The lazy days of summer are coming to end as schoolchildren across the country head back to school.

Just as families transition from vacation to school mode, their Chrysler Pacifica minivans will now shift from hauling vacation items to transporting students and their school supplies.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

This easy transition between vacation and school uses is quite intentional, as designers of the entirely redesigned Chrysler Pacifica spent countless hours studying how drivers and passengers utilized and interacted with their minivan.

These designers then took their findings and integrated them into new features on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. For families and caretakers who will use their Chrysler Pacifica for school transportation, here are some of the innovative features that will make the trip easier, and possibly, fun.

  • If children are worried they may miss the first bell, they can use the available built-in “Are We There Yet?” navigational app available on the 10-inch high definition touchscreens in the second row to find out how long until the minivan arrives at the school.
  • The popular Stow ‘n Go storage system is included in the new Pacifica. This is a perfect place to store backpacks, laptops or tablets from open view if families make a stop after school.
  • Wondering if there are any traffic impediments between home and school? The available Uconnect 8.4 has a turn-by-turn navigation system to get from home to school quickly, and safely.
  • The sliding side doors on the Chrysler Pacifica can be easily opened with the touch of a small button on the door handle. The doors can also be opened easily with the tap of a button on the key fob, or from the overhead console just above the driver’s seat.
  • Drivers can keep an eye on their surroundings as they navigate parking lots and driveways with the available Surround View camera, which uses four cameras positioned around the vehicle to provide 360-degree views on the 8.4-inch screen in the dashboard. The cameras also provide a bird’s eye perspective of the vehicle and its surroundings. This gives the driver additional views of potential blind spots.
  • The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica also has best-in-class cargo volume of 197.3 cu. ft. (Total SAE Volume), which is perfect to haul band instruments, athletic equipment and science fair experiments.

Learn more about the minivan, and its many features, on the Chrysler Pacifica website.

Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.