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Ask any busy parent, and they’ll tell you it’s all about life hacks. Managing a family is not only busy and hectic: it’s also time-consuming and full of unexpected surprises. Having a vehicle that you can count on to keep your kiddos safe, happy, and entertained throughout all the Saturday afternoon errands and weekday carpools is critical. Sure, you can find space and cargo storage in an SUV, but parents on their A-game demand something better––something like the affordable and surprisingly luxurious 2022 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
The thought of a minivan may trigger an existential crisis for young moms and dads desperate to hang on to the last vestiges of their pre-kid coolness, but surrendering your cool parent aesthetic is no longer the price of entry for next-level convenience. First, minivans like the Pacifica look more like SUVs than ever, and second––and maybe most important––who cares? You won’t care when popping the baby’s car seat into its base doesn’t result in three days of upper back spasms, and you definitely won’t care when all you hear is silence on the family road trip, thanks to the clever in-vehicle rear entertainment system.
Turns out, the biggest life hack of all is equipping yourself with the tools of the trade. A sculptor wouldn’t use a paintbrush, right? Neither should you attempt to fit your busy family into a vehicle that’s not tailor-made for your stage of life. Minivans are specifically designed for family utility, with low entry points for little toddler legs and roomy, comfortable seating for the kids and their friends (and the dog). Nothing beats sliding side doors when corralling the kids, and you’ll only find them on a minivan.
The 2022 Pacifica also offers tons of decidedly non-minivan features, like a best-in-class all-wheel drive system and available quilted Nappa leather seating in creamy caramel tones, complete with lumbar pillows for the second-row occupants. Keep the soccer cleats and sunscreen contained and organized easily with the Pacifica’s multiple storage cubbies, and make the drive more fun with the Pacifica’s robust infotainment features. The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica: this is not your mother’s minivan.
For the 2022 model year, Chrysler offers the Pacifica in four trims: the Touring, the Touring L, the Limited, and the Pinnacle. The affordable Pacifica Touring starts at just $37,095 and comes with a long list of standard driver-assist safety systems.[a] This includes Adaptive Cruise Control, a system that automatically adjusts your vehicle’s speed in response to traffic conditions. Chrysler’s handy Stow ’n Go third-row seating is also included, along with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
Moving up to the Touring L allows you to select the optional all-wheel drive system. You can also choose to add a dual-pane panoramic sunroof that converts most of the roof into glass. The Touring L includes a Super Console that features nifty illuminated cup holders and other upgraded features. Seating in the Touring L is finished with perforated leather, and the second and third-row windows have shades to keep bright daylight out of your sleeping baby’s eyes.
Press on to the upscale Pacifica Limited, and you can choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Limited features hands-free power sliding doors for easy access and acoustic glass for an even more soundproof cabin. Power-folding heated outside mirrors with memory and integrated turn signals lower for better visibility when you put your Pacifica in reverse, and a Premium Console includes extra storage and a wireless phone charger.
The top-of-the-line Pinnacle embodies luxury, rivaling European luxury cars and providing an oasis for busy, overscheduled families on the go. Premium quilted Nappa leather seating is standard, and the second row is outfitted with captain’s chairs. Your Pacifica Pinnacle is also equipped with Uconnect Theater, a rear entertainment system that includes dual 10.1-inch seatback screens, Amazon Fire TV, embedded games, wireless headphones, and a variety of inputs and charging ports for easy streaming and charging. Parents will get help parking with the standard ParkSense system and standard 360-degree Surround View Camera. A 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system stands by to stream your favorite playlist after school drop-off.
The Chrysler Pacifica remains the only minivan offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Choosing a Pacifica Hybrid means unlocking 80 MPGe when driving in electric-only mode, and the 32-mile electric range is enough for a day of quick school and activity runs. Overall, the hybrid Pacifica delivers a 500-mile range, making it extra convenient for long road trips and parents who literally don’t have time to stop for gas.
The Pacifica Hybrid includes a dual-motor powertrain paired with an electrically variable transmission. The modified 3.6-liter V6 is still there for drivers with electric range anxiety, making the hybrid a great interim choice on your journey to total electrification. The Pacifica Hybrid also includes regenerative braking, a system that can actually turn the energy produced from braking into battery-charging power. The onboard Uconnect 5 infotainment operating system lets you know when it’s most efficient to charge your battery.
According to Chrysler, a full battery charge on the Pacifica Hybrid costs approximately $1.82, which certainly beats the outlandish prices seen at the gas pump these days. Chrysler further estimates that drivers can save up to $41 per month on gas and $2,250 over a five-year ownership period. For environmentally-conscious families, the Pacifica Hybrid offers a respite from gas-guzzling “land yacht” full-size SUVs. You’ll especially appreciate the fuel savings once junior joins the traveling baseball team.
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica’s gas-powered trims are available with all-wheel drive, offering more traction in different weather and road conditions. Chrysler’s all-wheel drive system is fully automatic, so it’s always on standby to adjust torque for maximum traction. In fact, it can transfer 100% of the engine’s torque to the wheels with the most grip. The Pacifica is also capable of towing up to 3,600 pounds, plenty of might for a boat or a small RV. As for fuel economy, you can expect 28 MPG highway on front-wheel drive Pacificas and 25 MPG on those equipped with all-wheel drive.
The Pacifica is tailor-made for families with children of all ages but offers an especially long list of benefits for the littlest ones. First off, the Pacifica receives a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest possible score. For 2022, the Pacifica includes more standard safety features than virtually any other vehicle on the road today, an astounding fact that will give you peace of mind every time you pull out of your driveway. The standard LED headlights and taillights add visual appeal but also illuminate the road and make you more visible.
Within the Pacifica’s expansive cabin, you’ll find comfortable seating for seven across three rows. Since everyone gets a good seat, you won’t hear as many gripes from the kid that loses rock-paper-scissors and ends up in the back row. The infotainment system includes the capability to add up to five user profiles, which means older kids can take over as the family DJ, a perk that might not end well for mom and dad but will probably mitigate your tween’s sulky mood. Questionable music tastes aside, having the flexibility to switch between devices is a great way to engage all passengers in a more enjoyable driving experience.
The Pacifica also includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, eliminating the need for messy cords. Activate the inexpensive data plan on the standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and up to eight devices can connect and stream content. Your Pacifica is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, which means you can issue voice commands and even link your smart home devices, which unlocks tons of conveniences. Send directions to the infotainment system from home, check your fuel level, and even start your Pacifica with a simple voice command.
Entertainment for Everyone
New for 2022, the Pacifica’s available rear entertainment system comes with Amazon Fire TV. You can access a myriad of entertainment, including live TV, Amazon originals, and fun free content, like embedded video games. The system includes a storage capability so you can download content ahead of time and not use all your data to stream while driving. While the kids are duly entertained, you can take full advantage of the available 19-speaker Harman Kardon Premium audio system for concert grade sound and easy smartphone content streaming.