The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was named the 2017 North American Utility of the Year today during a special ceremony at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The NACTOY award is far from the first award bestowed upon Chrysler’s all-new minivan, however it’s by far the most coveted. Chrysler’s line of minivans also received the NACTOY nod back in 1996 – the only other time a minivan has received the award.
“When we first introduced the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica just one year ago, we believed that we had created the perfect formula for today’s busy families,” Chrysler brand boss Tim Kuniskis said in a statement. “But it’s the recognition from our customers and respected opinion leaders like the NACTOY jury that helps to reinforce Pacifica’s status in the marketplace as the no-compromises minivan, and highlights what a great job the entire team has done in developing, building and selling the all-new Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid.”
The 2017 Pacifica rides on an all-new platform designed from the ground up for minivan applications. The van boasts “more than 100,” available safety and security features, FCA says, along with an all-new interior and a new UConnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 is standard and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The Pacifica Hybrid, which is the world’s first plug-in minivan, uses a modified version of the 3.6-liter engine mated to an electronically variable transmission. Electric drive is provided by a 16 kWh lithium ion battery pack and dual electric motors.