By: Thom Blackett
For families of all sizes and shapes, or retirees responsible for shuttling friends to the $5 buffet three times per week, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle is a must-see. It is incredibly comfortable, surprisingly refined, plenty powerful while also being acceptably efficient, and it’s packed full of equipment that keeps occupants safe and coddled. When things get a little out of hand and smashed goldfish (the cracker kind) get scattered everywhere, a built-in vacuum will help clean up. And, if kids or grandmas doze off a bit on the ride home, well, you can rest their heads against the quilted accent pillows.
On the other hand, as a single guy with a 20-lb. dog, I’m not supposed to like minivans. I don’t need seating for seven, dual power-sliding doors, a suede headliner, or nearly 141 cu. ft. of cargo space. And yet, I’m a fan, especially with optional AWD factored in. Part of me appreciates how easy the Pacifica is to drive, while my road tripper side envisions excursions to every point in the country regardless of the season. The cavernous interior offers enough room for sleeping accommodations and even a mobile office setup with WiFi, USB charging ports, and a 120-volt outlet. There’s also a massive panoramic moonroof for stargazing while camping, rear video screens for DVDs or to mirror your smartphone, and an app to find the van if you get lost in the dark on your way back from the bathroom.
Let the adventures begin.