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Using the Pacifica’s stowing seats (video)

by David Zatz on

Quite a bit of still photography has appeared to highlight the new Pacifica’s features, but what of the stowing seats? They are a very different design from past years, which folded, then flipped upside down into the floor.

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There have been all sorts of patents registered by Auburn Hills, showing designs that rotate, that have no need of a cover, and such; the setup chosen has the seat move forward, then fold down without the old “flip” step. There’s still a cover which has to be unsnapped to be put back into place, which is only awkward once.

An advantage of the new seats is that they can be moved forward easily, allowing entry directly into the back without having to go into the middle of the van — which can now be blocked by a (removable) third center-row seat.

The seat itself is not uncomfortable but also perhaps not as well padded as the pre-2008 models’ were. The rear seats are fine for full-size people for relatively short trips but not long-distance runs, and also fold differently — and more easily.

You can see it for yourself in this short video:

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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