The interior of the Chysler Pacifica Limited is pretty impressive. Let me start with the front seats. I should note that all the photos unless otherwise noted were taken with the Asus ZenFone 3:
The front seats are heated and cooled and are made of Nappa leather. The driver’s seat is a bit flat and wide for my liking. But I really think that most will find it to be just fine. Both seats are 8 way power adjustable.
On the driver’s door, you will see more Nappa leather, the window and door controls as well as the memory settings for the driver seat.
Here are the controls for the interior and exterior lights. You’ll also note that below those controls is a dead pedal which is really handy for long drives.
Beside the seat is a rubberized tray for your umbrella. I have to admit that this is the first time I have seen anything like this. Look closely and you will see this:
It actually has cute graphics on it.
The steering wheel is easy to hold and feels good in your hands. It is also wrapped with Nappa leather and it is heated and has all the buttons for the cruise control and infotainment system.
The gauge cluster is very bright and readable in any situation. The middle of the cluster is an LCD screen that can be customized with everything from fuel economy to navigation info.
There’s an 8.4″ infotainment screen that is flush with the rest of the dash and looks very cool. You should note the Nappa leather that’s on the dash and is well executed. Below that, is the dial for the transmission, the HVAC controls, as well the controls for ParkSense among other things. One thing that using a dial for the transmission does is open up a ton of space as you will see in the next few pictures.
Here’s a closer look of those controls. Below that,
If you like USB ports, the Chrysler Pacifica has lots of them. And I do mean LOTS. Besides a cubby that is big enough for a cell phone, you get a USB port and 1/8″ audio jack. Below that is a Blu Ray DVD player along with another USB port.
Underneath the DVD player is a storage area that slides out.
Below that, there is a power outlet and a USB jack. Plus there’s a storage area….
Where my wife was able to place her purse there as illustrated by this photo taken with my iPhone 6. She really liked that feature and commented that a lot of women would as well.
Sharp eyes will note another storage area beside the cupholders.
Here’s a photo taken with my iPhone 6 of the cupholders in action. My wife gave these and many of the other cupholders two big thumbs up as it held her Starbucks travel mug with ease. The reason that is a big deal to her is that a lot of cars fail that test.
You’ll also get another storage area with a sliding cover. I put my sunglasses there during my week with the Pacifica.
There’s also a decent sized glove box.
One handy feature for parents is this rear view mirror that flips down and allows you to see what your kids are up to behind you.
One thing that blew my wife and I away was this three pane sunroof. In short, every passenger gets a view of the sky. The front and middle passengers have a powered sunroof. The third row have to reach up and open it manually.
Now to the second row seats. There’s a pair of captain chairs in the Pacifica that I drove. But you can configure it to seat three when you order your Pacifica. They’re made of Nappa leather and they’re heated.
You get 10″ screens on each front seat. This will keep your kids busy as it does more than allow you to play movies. More on that tomorrow when I look at the technology in the Pacifica.
You get an HDMI port, USB port and a headphone port on each screen.
There’s also wireless headsets and a remote control that come with each screen.
Inside the pillar is a button that open and closes the sliding side doors.
There’s another button that moves the front seats forward. I’ll get to how useful that is in a moment.
There’s a pair of cupholders and a storage area that slides out from between the two front seats.
There are controls for the HVAC system for the middle row passengers.
The Pacifica comes with “Stow n’ Go” seating which allows you to fold the seats right into the floor. All you have to do is press the button that I mentioned earlier that slides the front seat forward, flip a floor panel up, pull a white nylon strap and the seats flip down into a storage area beneath the floor. You then push down on the seats to finish the job. My wife tried this feature and found it very easy to use for the most part. Putting down the floor panel is a bit finicky. But once you understand how it works, it’s a non issue.
If you don’t need to flip the seats down into the storage area beneath the floor, you can use it to store something as large as a backpack out of sight of potential thieves.
Behind the driver is this handy hook to hang your coat on. This too got two thumbs up from my wife as she could find many uses for it,
The second and third rows have these handy sun shades that pull up from the doors.
In the third row, you get controls for tilting the third row seats, a USB ports, and cupholders.
Looking from the rear, you can see the third row seats. They are powered and fold into the floor. You get 915 liters of storage with the third row seats up.
With the third row seats down, you get a flat load surface and 2478 liters of storage.
With the second row down, you get 3979 liters of storage.
All the controls for the third row seats are located on the right hand side of the cargo area. The seats are split folding and you can flip and raise the seats separately. You also get a 12v outlet as well.
On the left side of the cargo area is the button that closes the rear hatch. This button is one of two things that I will criticize. First is that it should be on the hatch and not on the left side of the cargo area. Second, because it is in this location, you have three seconds to clear the hatch if you press the button. If it were on the hatch near the two handles that are on the hatch, that would be a non issue. Chrysler should reconsider the location of this button.
I am going to point out two things on the outside. One is this trailer hitch which is handy as it can tow 3600 pounds.
The other thing that I will point out is this capless fuel port. It’s a good idea as there’s no fuel cap to not tighten properly, which in turn will generate a check engine light. However, the flap that covers it doesn’t lock which might be a bit of an issue if someone decides to slip something into the fuel tank that shouldn’t be there.
One last observation. Both my wife and I got into the third row. It was the most comfortable third row that we’ve ever been in in any vehicle that we’ve reviewed. There was plenty of headroom and legroom. Given that I am 6 feet tall, that’s impressive. It really tops off the fact that the interior of the Chrysler Pacifica is top notch. So much so, I don’t know if you want to let your kids anywhere near it.
Tomorrow, I will look at the technology in the Chrysler Pacifica, and there’s a lot of it for me to cover. Stay tuned for that!