Some people have really negative reactions to minivans that I’ve never really understood. My neighbor told me that he and his wife had that in their wedding vows. “No minivans. Ever!” I drove one for over 9 years as my daily driver. I have two kids. I do most if not all of the kid hauling. When the kids were little it just made sense. Sliding doors that I can open and close from the front seat when they aren’t old enough to know how. Sliding doors that I can open and close from the front seat when they are older and know how but won’t because they don’t want to. Twin dvd players. Huge windshield with great visibility. Room to carry up to eight people very comfortably along with stuff. A third row that’s a real third row. Where people can actually sit. What’s not to like. Oh. They aren’t cool. Says who?? My neighbor I guess. He’s cool. Or at least he thinks he is.
Well . . . I like minivans I actually miss mine sometimes. I have a lot of friends who have them and they love them. So I’m always a little bit excited when I get one to test. I hadn’t been in Chrysler’s version of the family hauler in a while so I was excited to see what was new since the last time I had one.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus (fka as the Town & Country) is pretty loaded to begin with at a base price of $37,895. Mine had some cool options that are definitely worth looking at: hands free sliding doors and lift gate for $795; tire and wheel group for $895 which gives you 18-inch wheels, better tires and a better suspension; Advanced Safety Group for $1,995; 8 passenger seating for $495 (which adds the middle removable seat in the second row); Uconnect 8.4 nav , HD radio and SiriusXM for $695 and with a destination charge of $995 a fairly loaded price of $43,765.
So let’s get to the good, and there’s lots of it. The Advanced Safety Group adds some goodies that are definitely worth the extra $1,995. ParkSense front and rear park assist with stop; 360 degree surround view camera system; parallel and perpendicular park assist with stop; adaptive cruise with stop and go; full speed forward collision warning plus; lane departure warning plus; rain sensing wipers; auto high beams; and advanced brake assist round out the package. That’s a lot of safety technology for $1,995. I don’t think it was missing anything. The Pacifica Touring had more safety tech on it then the $50,000 luxury sedan I was driving the following week. I didn’t tell my neighbor, but I think that’s pretty cool.
Chrysler has shifted (pun intended) to an electronic shifter knob like a lot of manufactures have eschewing the old mechanical gear shifter for a ton more space. When you get rid of the old mechanical shifter you open up a ton of space below the dash. The Pacifica has multiple cup holders, side pockets, sliding drawers to fit tablets and more. When you are driving a minivan you are usually hauling a lot of kids and kids equal lots of stuff. And if you have lots of stuff you need lots of places to put it. There was room in the front for my iPhone, my laptop, my mega coffee, spare change, a small note book, some snacks, the kids toys, etc. There are also USB ports galore. One in the front, a USB and HDMI port on both sides in the second row and one of each in the third row. There are screens on the backs of both seats for the second row to enjoy and they come installed with a bunch of simple games. Tic tac toe, hang man, Sudoku, the license plate game to name a few. My kids are 11 and 13 and they usually fight over the front seat. In fact, my kids pretty much fight over everything. In the Pacifica they both got in the back and played tic tac toe and other games. They didn’t fight. They didn’t argue. I wasn’t sure what was happening.
Not one really cares about performance in a minivan. In the nine years that I owned mine, no one asked me how much horsepower it had. Ever. No one asked me what my 0-60 was. So there really isn’t much need to get into it here. Suffice it to say that the 3.6L V6 24-valve VVT engine matted to a 9-speed FWD automatic transmission was sufficient to pilot this kid hauler through town. See? You don’t care either. The only thing I will say about performance is the engine and transmission are appropriately matched for the weight and size of the vehicle. It’s a little bit thirsty at 22 combined, 18 city and 28 highway, but if you compare the mileage to that that you would receive with a large SUV, which is what most people buy who refuse to buy minivans, it isn’t that thirsty at all. By the way my cool neighbor has two huge SUV’s – average mpg of his fleet? Probably around 16.
Chrysler first introduced Stow’n Go seating in the 2005 Town & Country in a mid-cycle refresh of the popular minivan. One thing I really liked about my minivan is I could haul a lot of large things if I needed to. What I didn’t like is I didn’t have Stow’n Go. My rear seat folded into the floor. Pretty simple. But I had to haul all three seats in the second row out and put them somewhere. They are heavy and big. It was a pain. Not so with Stow’n go. The third row drops into the floor as do the two in the second row. The optional third seat in the second row that gives you room for that 8th passenger has to be manually removed, but most people I know never haul 8 people and just leave that in the garage for when they need it anyway. So in essence all seats are Stow’n go. You can have the entire van (other then the front two seats) totally flat and into the floor in less then 60 seconds. Comes in super handy when you are picking up your vintage Ms. Pac Man machine.
My test Pacifica had the $795 hands free sliding doors and lift gate. You are supposed to make a kicking motion at a specified spot under each door to get it to open without using your hands. It took some practice to get it right, but after I learned where the spot was it was pretty handy. I leave it up to you to determine whether its worth $795 to open your doors without putting your bags down.
Stow’n Go. Dual Screens. Tons of Safety Tech. Tons of Storage. Hands free doors. Seating for 8. A price tag in the lower 40’s. There isn’t much missing from this family hauler and with a lot of minivans in the upper 40’s once loaded, the Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus at $43,765 is definitely worth a look.
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Over the past few years I’ve taken a very special interest in helping people lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Please take a moment to read Brian Flatt’s incredible story and how he burned over 12 pounds of fat in 3 weeks by Working With Nature, Not Against It.
Did You Know That Your Body Is Stuck in “Fat Mode” for 20 Hours a Day?
Learn How New Research Can Unlock Your Hidden Fat-Burning Potential.
In America, we’ve achieved something incredible:
Absolute freedom from the dangers of nature.
Nature’s most vicious predators are no match for humans.
But one danger still haunts us, something that’s stuck with us from the natural world that we simply can’t fight off.
In fact, it’s killing more Americans than any other cause of death.
Here’s just a glimpse as what Americans are suffering through:
● Heart attacks and strokes that put an immediate end to the life of people we love. (If you’re walking around with extra fat on your body, you never know when these illnesses will strike.)
● Back and join pain that stops you from enjoying life, keeps you stuck on the couch, and ruins your mood from the moment you get out of bed.
● Plus diabetes, liver failure, sore muscles, arthritis, and more, costing thousands of dollars in prescription medication every year.
Even children are suffering the consequences.
My Daughter Was Thin, But She Was Suffering from My Weight.
When I was overweight, I thought, “you know, it’s not so bad. I can live with this.”
But then one day, my chest started to ache, and I thought I was having a heart attack.
Just at that moment, my daughter looked up at me with the most scared look I ever saw.
I knew I couldn’t leave her behind, so I decided to look into the real causes of my weight gain.
I Was Spending 20 Hours a Day Gaining Fat, Even if I Ate 3 Meals a Day.
I was shocked when I found out that our bodies can only be in one of two states.
Either we’re burning fat… or we’re gaining it. There’s no in-between.
And many Americans are unknowingly spending 20 hours a day stuck in the fat-gaining mode, especially if they’re overweight.
20 hours a day!
And the only time they’re actually burning fat… is when they’re asleep.
That’s when I realized that no matter how much exercise I did, no matter how healthy I was eating, it wouldn’t matter unless I could fix that problem.
I had to find a way to force my body into fat-burning mode for more than 4 hours a day.
Finally, I was lucky enough to stumble across a new system that works with nature’s big secret to keep my body in fat-burning mode for 12 hours a day or more… and I lost over 12 pounds in just 3 weeks!
I Burned Over 12 Pounds of Fat in 3 Weeks By Working With Nature, Not Against It.
Your body has a natural ability to burn fat.
In fact, you can burn a surprising amount of fat in just a few weeks with the right strategies.
So what are they?
Well, the plan I made works in 3 phases, and they’re incredibly easy to follow.
Basically, here’s how it works:
1. It forces your body into fat-burning mode for 3 times as long. By multiplying your fat-burning time, you make weight loss easy, even without difficult workouts.
2. Plus… it showed me how to make my work outs easier and actually improve my health. (As it turns out, many people are already doing the #1 exercise you need to burn fat!)
3. In Phase 2, I dropped over 1 pound per day, and I was pleasantly surprised as how easy it was to do.
At the end of 3 weeks, I had lost over 12 pounds of fat.
I kept it up and continued to lose more.
And yes, I looked amazing.
But what really mattered wasn’t the weight loss.
I had made a change for my daughter.
I’m Going to Live to Watch My Grandchildren Grow Up.
I may not be old enough to have grandchildren yet… but now, I’m not worried that I’m going to die before my daughter is ready to have kids.
We’ve really connected again, going out to the park and playing games like we used to. I can even go shopping all day long without getting aches and pains in my back!
So I shared these strategies with some of my friends who wanted to lose a little weight, and they were shocked at the results.
In fact, some of them were losing more weight than I did… up to 23 pounds in 3 weeks!
So my friends told their friends… who told their friends… and eventually, the secret got out.
People Started Offering Me Money for My 3 Week Diet.
I couldn’t believe it when complete strangers started emailing me, asking for my diet.
I had no idea it was going to become such a big deal!
That’s when I realized that I had to get this out there for anyone who wanted to start burning fat and looking their best.
(Who am I to hide this from other people?)
So I decided to put together all the information I had on this strategy and put it online.
The only problem… is that it costs a lot of money to do this.
I was a little overwhelmed by how much I had to pay to put together a website and package it all up in a nice little ebook.
So yes, I have to charge people for these strategies.
But when people are losing 12 to 23 pounds per week, I’m not hearing any complaints!
I’m Going to Save You $20 on These Fat-Burning Secrets.
When I showed my website to a friend, he told me I was crazy for making my book so cheap.
“You should be charging twice as much, at least. I’ve seen books like yours for $60 or more.”
He works in marketing, so he thinks everything should be expensive. (Sorry, Dave.)
I just couldn’t do that. I really wanted people to be able to afford this book and use it to change their lives.
So I did the math and figured out exactly what I have to charge to get my money back on this whole thing, and that’s how I chose the price.
If you can help me cover my costs, I’m more than happy to give you these secrets at the bare minimum price.
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Creator of The 3 Week Diet & Weight Loss Consultant