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Did the Pacifica door opening really shrink?

by David Zatz on

When photos of the Chrysler Pacifica first hit the Web, a number of people observed, “that sliding door opening looks smaller.”

Was the issue an optical illusion, or are the sliding door openings really smaller?

2017 minivan door opening

Allpar’s Jim Choate took a tape measure to the Chicago Auto Show. He wrote that he measured 32 inches at the floor — a good three inches longer than our test “RS” 2006 Chrysler Town & Country — which, combined with the flip-forward seats, should make getting into the third row of the new minivans easier.

He also wrote, “It has the narrow height between the dash-top and the top of the windshield that the 200, Dart, and Cherokee have – which is disappointing compared to my 2006 Town & Country. That said, the saddle interior is very nice, and the second row seats are much nicer.”

Full Chicago show coverage should be posted at Allpar on Monday.


David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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