You probably never wanted a Ford Aerostar when they were new, but one look at today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe AWD edition and you may just be wanting one now. That is, if its price makes this Aero a supernova.
A good car salesperson knows how to demonstrate the key qualities of a car just enough to convey the ideas to the potential buyer, but not so much that there’s any chance of failure. For example, you can talk about crumple zones without driving into a wall. Similarly, you can probably get the idea of anti-pinch…
Everyone has an official “first car” that they buy shortly after they get their driver’s license. The first car I purchased was a 1985 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo convertible. But that’s not really the first vehicle I ever drove regularly. It was just the first car that I could call mine.
With Chrysler’s announcement today that 2018 Pacifica will be offered with a sporty appearance package, I can only logically assume that much of the push back against the quite-good minivan was largely about how un-sporty it is. Bitch, it’s a minivan! Minivans like the antithesis of sporty. But what the hell do I know.
The Chevrolet Astro Van was General Motors’ first entry into the minivan wars of the mid-1980s. Dodge had the Grand Caravan, and Ford had the Aerostar. They were all boxy people carriers but the Astro van had the advantage of being from space—and rendered in glorious CGI.
Automotive superlatives like “World’s Fastest” or “World’s Most Expensive” constantly change hands and the titles go to whatever chassis Bugatti sticks a 16-cylinder engine in or a car that Enzo Ferrari may have looked at once in the 1950s. But “World’s Cleanest 2003 Honda Odyssey” is a record that is not often…
If you need a vehicle for moving the family, the minivan is simply the superior tool. But if you think getting a minivan means dooming yourself to three rows of slow, uninspired driving, the current crop of vans could probably dust the sport compact you had as a teenager.
Whoops. This parked minivan may look like it’s on an unexpected adventure to the Land of the Lost, but it unfortunately wasn’t actually going on a fun romp with dinosaurs. It was being consumed by a giant sinkhole in China.
We aren’t following the Chicago Auto Show too closely because it’s basically a showcase of “special edition” cars with new paint packages. However, Chrysler debuted the new BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica, and believe me when I say it’s big news for drivers or family members with disabilities.
Silicon Valley made its break into the automotive world with the Tesla Roadster, an electrified Lotus Elise, a futuristic sports car that communicated a vision for not just a better future, but a sexier one. Now Silicon Valley really seems to love, uh, minivans.
I know I just got done telling you not to buy a car on Black Friday, but if you absolutely must get a new car this weekend, do yourself a favor and buy a minivan because the deals are really good.
For those of you smart enough to realize that the minivan is a far superior vehicle for family duty than a crossover, the all new Chrysler Pacifica is a nice place to be. The Pacifica Hybrid is now available for order, and there’s more fun news: it could end up being cheaper than the gas version.
The first car ride I ever took was in a 1990 Plymouth Voyager just like the blue one you see in the picture above. And now, 25 years later, I find myself drooling over the things, which is just not normal for a guy my age. Is it my subconscious yearning to relive its first automotive experience, or are these things…
For years I’ve gone on about how cool Toyota Previas are, with their midengine/rear-wheel drive platform tucked under an egg-shaped minivan body. But it turns out Toyota wasn’t the only one to follow this formula.
The news that Google’s next self-driving car will be a modified Chrysler Pacifica hybrid has quickly elevated “minivan” from the punchlines of dad jokes to a totally serious solution for our transportation troubles. It’s not surprising at all. Zipping a bunch of people and their stuff around a city safely is exactly…
That winsome guy up there is the Gasuden Minivan. I came across it on this page in a book on kei cars I have and was immediately taken.
It was when I first noticed the fire-dancers and women writhing in transparent spheres on the water that I fully realized the degree to which Chrysler was Not Screwing Around when it came to the launch of their new minivan, the 2017 Pacifica. This vehicle is very important to Chrysler, and that’s why I had to bring my…
Once people know I’m an auto journalist, usually they ask me two things: First, if my parents were able to get over their disappointment, and second, what they should buy if they need a minivan, other than a minivan. Buying a minivan for their minivan needs is out of the question.
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Do you want to know which inexpensive family hauler is actually the safest, or just watch two cars you hate joust to the death? Either way, this is worth watching.