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Review: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle AWD

What's so funny about peace, love, understanding, or a $53,000 minivan? More to the point, why do so many of us have no difficulty justifying massive pricetags on SUVs and crossovers that are stunted-growth minivans in all but name—hello, Macan!—while flinching at the idea of spending real cash on something with sliding doors? I suspect it's the same reason that full-sized pickup trucks have become luxury trinkets-on-wheels while full-sized vans remain workmanlike items. (At least, until Airstream or Sportsmobile get hold of them.) A lot of people buy a pickup truck or an SUV despite having zero practical use for them. But a minivan? That's something you need. And people tend to be a little, shall we say, sharp-penciled when it comes to the necessities.

 

Most people, anyway. There's a long and time-honored tradition in some circles of getting top-shelf family wagons. Kingswood. County Squire. Colony Park. Roadmaster. To these names, and to Chrysler's own dearly-departed "Town And Country" trim level, you can now add: Pacifica Pinnacle. This is a fifty-three-thousand dollar minivan.

 

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Pit Crew

This is really rather nice. I particularly like the headliner, which is far more expensive-looking than many six-figure vehicles.  who is it *for*? Who is dropping $53K on minivans nowadays?

 

I think Chrysler needs to market this to business executives who get chauffeured and other high-end customers that want "stealth wealth." The Pacifica Pinnacle is far more practical for this purpose than a Suburban costing $80K, or an Escalade ESV pushing $100K. And maybe they can dump the Stow & Go, while they're at it, in favor of two of the cushiest, uncompromised rear captain's chairs this side of an EWB Rolls-Royce. At the same time, it's just a lowly minivan. You wouldn't get gawked at the same way you would if you were being driven around in an exotic luxury sedan.

Moderator

Couldn't agree with you more. That's the niche served (very well) by the Toyota Alphard/Vellfire twins overseats. The Pacifica could blow those two away --- but hey hey ho ho, Stow n' Go has got to go.
Pit Crew

My late Dad dropped nearly $48k on a 2015 Toyota Sienna. It’s loaded with almost everything except the AWD, which would have required “run flat” tires which are expensive to replace. In 5 years we’ve put maybe 12,000 miles on it. So it’s a low mileage cream puff. My Dad didn’t drive it much has his health was declining at the time. We keep it garaged when not in use. I love how practical the minivans are. 

Pit Crew

Jack has made reading about minivans enjoyable - 2020 strikes again! 

Intermediate Driver

I've never stopped liking minivans!  They are better than  most trucks in every way except towing and payload.  Better than SUV's in every way!   You can put 4x8 sheets in them and close the hatch.  Out of the weather and safe from thieves, unlike a truck with wet OSB, drywall and boxes from the rain the night before, and finding you are missing half your load in the morning from the local zombies.  You can sleep in it on your fishing trip out of the elements.  No one can see the new snow blower you have in the back safe and sound.   And it gets 10mpg better than a truck.  And its more comfortable.  My wife likes the dark tinted windows in the back, though I will not explain why.  I don't see anything wrong with a high priced minivan.  

Pit Crew

Why would a collector vehicle insurance company review a mini van?  You should mark this as the advertisement for Chrysler that it is.  

Intermediate Driver

Agreed.  Jack could probably make the contents panel on a box of Wheaties an entertaining read!!

Intermediate Driver

If you get the Hybrid you lose Stow-n-Go but gain real, comfortable second-row captains chairs - and a huge boost in fuel economy!

Detailer

A very well-equipped mid-range FWD model can be had for under $45,000; that is the sweet spot, I think.  Sure more practical (and better-looking) than any of the four-door pickups that have infested suburbia; just not as macho though, I guess.