Side by Side Wheelchair Van Comparison: The Chrysler Pacifica vs The Chrysler Town & Country

At Rollx Vans, we know that without our customers we would not be the company that we are today. That is why we make it a point to get to know our customers, their families and the needs they have for their wheelchair van. It is because of these needs that we strive to offer a variety of van options; from a wide range of conversion features to multiple makes and models.

So, when Chrysler announced that after five generations and 27 model year runs they would be replacing the Town & Country minivans with the Pacifica, we knew we had to roll the Pacifica onto our production line, as well. And this change left some of our longtime Town & Country customers wondering how this would affect their next minivan purchase.

Some of the most common questions we got from them included:

  • Would they be able to expect the same quality they’d come to know and trust?
  • Would this new van model fit their needs and the needs of their family?
  • Would they like this new van as much as their current van?

We wanted to answer some of these questions today. To do this, we put together this quick (okay, kind of lengthy, but it’s worth it) side by side guide that outlines the differences and similarities between the two Chrysler models.

Trim Levels

For those that aren’t familiar with the term, a trim level is simply the different variations of a vehicle model in respect to features and equipment that is included. This is often referred to as model grades. In its last year of production the Town & Country offered four trim levels: the Touring, the model S, Touring L, and the Limited.

Similarly, the Pacifica also comes in four model grade levels: the Touring K, Touring L, Touring L Plus, and the Limited. Each of these trim levels offer a variety of performance, interior, exterior and conversion features, which we’ll take a deeper dive into throughout this post.

Performance Features

The performance features can essentially be summed up by the engine size, transmission speed, wheels and tires. While it occasionally varied based on the specific trim level, the Town & Country models generally had a V6 engine with a 6 speed transmission. No matter the grade, the Town & Country vans all used 17 inch wheels and tires.

On the other hand, the Pacifica has a bit more get up and go, with a 9 speed transmission paired with the V6 engine. The Touring K, Touring L, and Touring L Plus all feature 17 inch wheels and tires, whereas the Limited uses 18 inch wheels and tires.

Standard Features

The standard interior and exterior features vary based on the trim level selected for each van model. For the Town & Country, each of these package levels offered a variety of features from heated leather seats and window shades to heated steering wheels and backup cameras.

Similarly, the Pacifica has a wide range of standard and upgraded features that are integrated into the four different styles. The Touring K comes standard with a backup camera, cloth seats, and keyless entry. The Touring L adds features like a remote start system, leather trimmed seats, and power heated fold away mirrors. The Touring L Plus takes it a step further with the addition of a DVD entertainment system, video screens, and wireless headphones. Finally, the Pacifica Limited package features hands-free sliding doors and rear lift-gate, a Stow’n Vac integrated vacuum, and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof. You can learn more and read the entire list of options featured in the Chrysler Pacificas on this page.

Seating Options

Both the Town & Country and Pacifica offer multiple seating options for wheelchair users. The standard configuration includes a three passenger bench third row seat, front seats for the driver and passenger, and an open middle section. Wheelchair users have the option for middle row seating utilizing tie downs and securements. Alternately, wheelchair users could opt to have their securements placed in the front passenger section or they could choose to utilize a transfer seat in the driver section.

The Rollx Vans Conversion

At Rollx Vans we take pride in making sure our van conversions are the highest quality on the market and also fit the unique needs of each of our customers. It is for this reason that we offer the ability to include hand controls, transfer seats, and multiple tie down and securement options in all of our conversions.

Quite possibly the biggest difference between the two Chrysler models is the floor conversion. The standard floor height on the Chrysler Town & Country models was an 11 inch lowered floor with the in-floor ramp. The Pacifica allows for an extra inch and a half, resulting in a 12.5 inch lowered floor with the in-floor ramp. This gives users a bit more head room, especially in the center interior of the van. The Rollx Vans conversion of the Chrysler Pacifica also includes added safety features like a manual emergency in/out release for the in-floor ramp, and the fuel/brake lines routed within the frame rails.

Which Van Model is Better?

When all is said and done, there is never going to be one van model better in every aspect over the other. It comes down to each individual customer and which van is right for them and the people that will be using the vehicle on a regular basis. That said, the Chrysler Pacifica is a welcomed addition to the Rollx Vans production line and we love helping our customers determine if the Pacifica is right for them.

Take a Drive on the Pacifica Side

We do know that the Chrysler Pacifica has quickly become a favorite for Rollx Vans customers and their families. Are you ready to experience the Chrysler Pacifica difference for yourself? Contact a Rollx Vans sales representative today to learn more or to schedule a demonstration. Trust us when we say, you won’t want to miss out on giving the Chrysler Pacifica a try.

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