2008 Chrysler Pacifica Interior
Some reviewers appreciate Chrysler's attempt at making the Pacifica more luxurious. "Compared to other crossover wagons, the Chrysler Pacifica is relatively upscale and offers a wide array of creature comforts wrapped in elegantly chiseled sheet metal," says Edmunds. Kelley Blue Book comments, "The Pacifica's interior shows how good an interior can be with the right material and design." The Pacifica has an optional third row, which is becoming standard fare for crossovers.
The 2008 Pacifica offers more head- and legroom for passengers than the average midsize wagon does, according to NewCars.com. It seats five in the base trim, and six with the addition of the two-seat third row on the Limited and Touring models. Reviewers are very pleased with the front seats, which Car and Driver says "provide first-class travel, with comfy buckets and plenty of knee- and elbowroom."
As for overall seating comfort, Cars.com says that "Seats have a substantial feel, and chunky side bolsters lend more support than those in some competing models." But Consumer Guide notes, "some testers have difficulty finding a comfortable position." The Washington Post reports that tall adults "...were not pleased with the second- and third-row seats, which they said offered insufficient legroom for long-drive comfort."
The Limited and Touring models feature two second-row bucket seats plus a third row, bringing the seating capacity to six. The extra row, while useful, is not as functional as some reviewers prefer. "While the first two rows are spacious for occupants, the third row is acceptable only for children and leaves very little space for cargo behind it when deployed," comments Edmunds. A plus is that both the second and third rows fold flat, "affording the Pacifica a fair degree of versatility."
The Pacifica also earns points from reviewers for its kid- and family-friendly interior, which features special stain-resistant "Yes Essentials" fabric on all seats.
Cars.com notes that "Even the base Pacifica comes well-equipped." However, sees lack of content: "It seems like some of the frills -- navi, uplevel upholstery, auto-climate control and some of the sound deadening -- may have been stripped out of the Pacifica to save some money," the reviewer says.
The base model's list of standard features includes five-passenger seating, air-conditioning, keyless entry, full power accessories, power front seats and a CD/MP3 player with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.
The Touring trim adds dual-zone climate control; HomeLink; three-row, six-passenger seating, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. The ultraluxury Limited adds a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, wood trim, driver-seat memory, an upgraded sound system with a six-disc, in-dash CD changer, and a rear DVD entertainment system.
Stereo and Entertainment
Several reviewers mention their disappointment with the Pacifica's base stereo system, which "is mediocre at best," according to CNET. The standard stereo includes a single-CD/DVD MP3-capable player and seven Infinity speakers. CNET continues, "The audio quality wasn't great with this baseline system -- a DVD-audio disc we used for testing had a muffled sound. This is definitely not a system for people who really enjoy music." For better quality, the reviewer recommends adding the optional 385-watt 5.1 surround sound system -- an upgrade that "must be considered."
The reviewers at CNET also have plenty to say about the optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system (standard on the Limited). They conclude, "By the ending credits, we were satisfied with the movie-watching experience in the Pacifica and could have gone for a double feature if we had the foresight to load an extra movie in the six-DVD changer."
The optional navigation system (standard on the Touring Signature Series and Limited models) earns lots of feedback from reviewers for its interesting screen placement--behind the steering wheel instead of the center of the instrument panel. While several reviewers, like Kelley Blue Book, find the screen "much easier to read while driving," others don't like it because "it prevents the Pacifica's front-seat passenger from helping with navigation duties," says MSN. CNET comments, "The controls for it are simple, but somewhat awkwardly placed, forcing us to reach around the steering wheel to the dash. Because this navigation system isn't intended for use when you're underway, Chrysler designers probably didn't worry about the ergonomics too much."
Cargo volume in the base model is 92.2 cubic feet and 79.5 cubic feet in the Touring and Limited models. While Edmunds sees these figures as "generous," some reviewers don't feel they're generous enough.
A helpful touch is that the second- and third-row seats fold flat to increase cargo space. But MSN cautions that "after third-row seatbacks are pushed forward to enlarge the cargo area, long arms and a body stretch are needed to return them to their upright position from the rear of the Pacifica." Pluses are the large cupholders throughout the cabin and the two large indented areas inside the cargo hatch to help yank it down without getting hands dirty on outside sheet metal.