Cars.com is putting Chrysler Pacifica at the head of the class, listing it as a top-five family-friendly vehicle for transporting kids to the classroom this school year. Cars.com recognizes Pacifica’s spacious seating that makes plenty of room for more distancing, Uconnect Theater to keep children entertained, and available sunroof options that allow for increased airflow.
The top-five spot is one of many recent honors that recognize Pacifica for its ideal family friendliness. Earlier this year, PARENTS magazine named the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a 2020 Best Family Cars award winner, and Good Housekeeping, in partnership with Car and Driver, chose the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica as its 2020 Best New Family Car award winner in the minivan category.
Cars.com created the list in conjunction with its release of new survey data that highlights parents’ decisions on safe back-to-school transportation. According to Cars.com, parents with children returning to school will bypass school buses and public transit, with 55% of parents planning instead to drive their children to the classroom themselves. The Cars.com survey also noted that parents planning to carpool with other families is up 22%, and the number of consumers searching online for features such as sunroofs has increased.
“Back to school looks very different for families this year because of the ongoing pandemic,” said Jenni Newman, editor-in-chief, Cars.com. “Because of this, parents are turning to their personal vehicles as the best mode of transport for kids returning to in-person learning. The Chrysler Pacifica provides families spending more time in the car a comfortable escape with a spacious interior to carry extra supplies or snacks and digital features to entertain while traveling to-and-from school and beyond.”
With standard seven and available eight-passenger seating, the Pacifica provides a roomy, social-distancing-friendly option for family transportation. Pacifica’s available rear-seat Uconnect Theater includes built-in games and available WiFi that can keep children occupied in drop-off lines that may be longer than usual as more parents decide to ditch the bus and personally drive children to school. Available dual and tri-pane automatic sunroof options bring fresh air into the Pacifica at the push of a button.
Stow ‘n Go second-row in-floor storage bins also allow additional space for storing textbooks and supplies, while the available Stow ‘n Vac helps clean up any kid-generated messes. The Chrysler Pacifica also showcases the latest in advanced safety and security technology, offering more than 100 standard and available safety and security features, including unsurpassed five LATCH child seat positions.
Even more family-friendly features are on tap for the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, including:
- More standard safety features than any vehicle in the industry
- Available new all-wheel drive (AWD) to assist in transporting children to school in any kind of weather, paired with Pacifica’s class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating
- Four new games for Uconnect Theater: Concentration, chess, Chrysler Says (late availability) and backgammon (late availability)
- New FamCAM interior camera that allows parents to view child seat occupants in the rear, and even zoom in on passengers
- New segment-first USB Type C ports charge devices up to four times faster than standard USB outlets, keeping all family members connected while on the go