The Chrysler Pacifica Play Zone at NAIAS 2016

This past weekend, I was invited by Chrysler to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.   Having never attended I was impressed and amazed that it indeed was the largest auto show in North America, and a great place to spend the day with your family.

Having arrived before the crowds I was wowed by all the vehicles.  Our day began at the Chrysler exhibit where the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan was on deck with a surprise guest waiting inside to play some trivia.

Nick Cannon was his cheery entertaining self as he issued a series of trivia questions about the Chrysler Pacifica and a few other general topics. Naturally everyone on our team won, and we all walked away with a prize of our choice.

Traveling upstairs to the Pacifica Play Zone, led us to whimsical, family friendly artwork from Antonio “Shades” Agee, and an area where parents and children were encouraged to interact with the features of the 2017 Pacifica through games, drills and other STEM learning experiences.



Initially I will admit I thought to myself a minivan? Really?

However, before I set out for Detroit I began to do some research and after viewing a few youtube videos, I was eager to get an up close view of the sexiest minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica.

Chrysler has managed to rebuild the minivan from the ground up and added in a variety of  high-tech features to make any parent smile with delight.

My parental favorites are:

  • The Stow n’ Go Vacuum, to aid my life and the never ending cheerios, crumbs, and other unimaginable things that show up in between the seats etc.
  • The touch free sliding door, and lift gate entry, take a moment and appreciate that. For the all those times when your hands are full of children, grocery bags etc. and you have dug in your oversized bag, looking for the keys.
  • The mornings mom gets to sneak out and actually do a shopping excursion, estate sale etc on her own, you have the ability to Stow n’ Go the seating as well! Easily converting your minivan from a 7 or 8 passenger (depending on Hybrid or not) to accommodate all your lucky finds.

As for the kids, Chrysler has clearly made road trips a more enjoyable experience, along with saving our ears from the constant are we there yet?!

With the inclusion of the UConnect Theater, a 10.1-inch touchscreen in the front row seat-backs, pre-loaded with apps, and games.  The Pacifica possesses the most technologically advanced entertainment in its segment with wireless connectivity, you have the option to beam movies/content from your iPhone, or iPad to the touch-screens, as well as connect via HDMI cable.  Basically the Pacifica has all the comforts of home, with the addition of 4 wheels.

Not to have the parentals feel left out there is also a 8.4-inch touchscreen interface in the dashboard with GPS, smartphone integration, optional a must have wifi hotspot, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system.

If you are in the market for a hybrid, the Pacifica is the world’s first offering 7 seats, and 30 miles all electric driving range and transitions between electric/gas seamlessly.

Pacifica Hybrid

I never imagined saying this about a minivan however, I must admit the Chrysler Pacifica is a sexy, stylish vehicle with functionality to improve your everyday family life.  Truth is that’s really what my life is all about, my family.
The Chrysler Pacifica will be available in showrooms beginning early Spring of this year, and the Hybrid later on in the Fall.

What are your thoughts on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica?  

Have you been to the North American International Auto Show?

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  • Reply
    Nancy M Horn
    at 11:02 am

    OMG, it comes with a vacuum?????? Based on that alone, I would get this. I do drive a minivan and don’t have very many bells and whistles.

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    at 7:00 pm

    I don’t think we would even leave the game area! My kiddo is into cars, but games more! Looks like this was a blast!

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    Liz Mays
    at 7:33 pm

    What an awesome time. The Chrysler Pacifica definitely sounds like a great car for families and I love the advanced features.

  • Reply
    Jacqui Odell
    at 8:13 pm

    That looks like a nice car!!! I have never been to the car show, but it really looks like a lot of fun!! Especially for kiddos.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth O.
    at 9:11 pm

    What a fun event to go to! I was never really interested in cars, but it sure would be nice to learn more about them. I love the game area for kids!

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    travel blogger
    at 10:35 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! That is pretty awesome that there is a play area for kids.

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    Clo Nevaeh
    at 10:37 pm

    I saw the commercial for this last night! The Chrysler looks amazing. So many neat features. Never been to an auto show. Looks like fun!

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    at 3:12 am

    That is absolutely a nice car. I never been in any car show and i think it was a great experience

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    April Grant
    at 9:25 pm

    I’ll have to check this car out. We’re in the market for a new car and would prefer a 7 seater.

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    at 10:14 pm

    My hubby loves going to car shows and I think he missed this one. The Chrysler Pacifica looks like it would be a great family car, with all the roominess and functionality.

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    at 10:32 pm

    This looks like an awesome car. What an awesome event. My boys love going to car shows.

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    at 6:18 am

    How fun to meet Nick Cannon. The event sounds like a blast. 🙂

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    Cherri Megasko
    at 12:05 pm

    Isn’t that show awesome? I lived in the Detroit area for 12 years and worked for an advertising agency that had mostly automotive clients. We got tickets to the auto show every year. It’s just amazing!

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    Ron Leyba
    at 9:05 pm

    The Chrysler Pacifica is truly awesome. With this event, they make it more than just a car. Love it.

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    Melissa Bernardo
    at 2:12 pm

    A minivan with a vacuum? Sign me up! I have two kids. I need one of these!

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