One criticism of minivans of past is that they aren’t competitively designed, being in a world of their own and doing their own thing as hefty kid-hauling utility vehicles. They weren’t meant to be attractive.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is about to change that. Autonomous driving may be some time away, but for now a buffet of excellent features, great fuel economy, a plug-in hybrid variant, and a slick design make it a ready SUV killer.

And it is starting to make its way into dealerships, after Chrysler highlighted its production at FCA’s Windsor plant in Canada via a celebration.

It’s nothing like the Town & Country minivan it replaces, and everyone has been made aware of that. At a starting price of $29,590, it gives the likes of the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and Kia Sedona a run for their money.

Some of the standard features in the base model include a power driver seat, storage-friendly Stow ‘n Go seats, and a six-speaker audio system.

To make it easier for inexperienced or less confident drivers, there is an automated parking system and auto emergency braking as optional features. In keeping to its status as a bona fide utility vehicle, buyers can also opt for an integrated vacuum cleaner.

Would the new Pacifica be able to poach many three-row SUV buyers?

Staff Reporter

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