Trucks, SUVs, and cute commercial vans get more than their fair share of attention, but let’s not forget about the mighty minivan. Enter awkward silence, side glances, and muffled fake coughs. Who are we fooling? Minivans are a bit forgettable and have come to signify full-blown family life, that time when moms and dads become so selfless that they don’t even get to drive cool vehicles anymore. But Chrysler—yes, the brand that continues to chug along with only the Pacifica and the Chrysler 300 in its lineup—is trying to change everything with its 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Road Tripper van, what it calls the “ultimate family travel vehicle.”
Road Tripper was the winning name in a Chrysler social media poll of potential vehicle names for an upcoming model. Chrysler fans got it right—it’s a great name oozing with adventure, spontaneity, bravery, and lifelong memories. Pump the brakes and temper those expectations. Just as family road trips are wrought with unmet expectations, so the Road Tripper might disappoint those looking for off-road tidbits or camper van vibes. Alas, the Road Tripper’s greatest attribute may be its name. But that’s okay. It’s still a great name, and we’ll settle for whatever this “ultimate road-trip vehicle” gives us.
Luckily, thanks to Luster Gray graphics outlined in Brilliant Orange (not to be confused with Ford’s Tremor Orange), that great name gets graphics on the front driver and front passenger doors. The Brilliant Orange fills the Chrysler wing badge logos on the wheel center caps and highlights the center section of the semi-gloss Granite Crystal Chrysler wing badges on the grille and liftgate.
Semi-gloss Granite Crystal also accents the front fascia, grille trim, door moldings, door handles, and mirror caps for a bold, modern look that’ll pop on Instagram, no matter how much fighting is going on inside. Speaking of, the inside gets Mopar all-weather floor mats to make barf extraction easier.
To its credit, the 2023 Chrysler Pacifica Road Tripper gets a roof rack that’s compatible with a variety of Mopar products. Maybe a rooftop tent would be a good addition for those nights when hotels book up faster than anticipated—or for when you’ve had it with the in-laws. The Trailer Tow Group, allowing for 3,600 pounds of towing, is included.
The Road Tripper package comes in three exterior colors (Bright White, Brilliant Black, and Ceramic Gray) for the Pacifica Touring L ($2,395), Touring L AWD ($2,095), and the Pacifica Touring L Hybrid ($1,495). The Hybrid gets 18-inch Luster Gray wheels, while the gas-powered gets dubs. Ordering is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2023, with dealership arrivals in spring 2023—which happens to be when school gets out and road trips commence.
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