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C&D: Pacifica is best minivan

by Bill Cawthon on

After looking at all seven minivans sold in the US, Car & Driver magazine named the Chrysler Pacifica as the best available.

This follows being named “Overall Best Family Car” and “Best Value Family Car” by the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association, and “Family Car of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan finished in fifth and sixth, respectively, critiqued for their dated designs. The Honda Odyssey was the runner-up, followed by the Toyota Sienna and Kia Sedona. The Nissan Quest finished last.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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