At the Family Car Challenge, which was hosted by the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA), more than 40 journalists got together to drive various vehicles, where they chose the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica as the “Best Family Car” and “Best Value”.

The non-profit GAAMA not only includes people from the media, but also major automakers such as GM, FCA, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen at their event.

The all-new Pacifica isn’t a rehash of the old outgoing Pacifica, but instead it replaces the Chrysler Town and Country as a completely new and redesigned minivan.

While the minivan boom has dwindled in the past few years with only a select few driving them while the others would rather crossovers, there are still some automotive manufacturers who continue to produce them, such as Honda, Toyota, Kia and others.

Christopher Lawrence who is the GAAMA President and CEO of AutoAcademics stated:

Our members were thoroughly impressed by the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. It’s a home run for today’s busy families, offering versatility, functionality, technology and an attractive design all in one vehicle

In Canada, a brand new Pacifica will start at $43,895 for the Touring-L, $46,995 for the Touring-L Plus and a whopping $52,795 for the Limited edition. It’s hard to imagine that there are families that would pay more than $50k for a minivan, but Chrysler seems to think so and that’s what matters here.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

With a whole suit of integrated technologies such as driver assisted braking, Stow n’ Go seats, built-in vacuum, rear dual 10-inch touch screens with premium audio, active noise cancellation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with active braking and more, it’s clear Chrysler wants you to love this vehicle and they have included the latest technologies in the process

While the design may not be for everyone, it’s revised 287 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine with 262 pound-feet of torque will give this vehicle enough power to haul a whole family and all of their luggage efficiently without much fanfare.

It’ll be interesting to see how high sales figures reach when this vehicle is available in Canada. You typically see the older generation Town and Country and Dodge Caravan ending up in corporate fleets more than in people’s driveways, but we don’t expect that, this time around.

Can Chrysler bring back what made the original so special with the all-new 2017 Pacifica? They seem to, but it will be up to the customer to decide. Great on Chrysler for taking a bold step into an envisioned future designed to suit the needs of a very specific buyer. If you’re looking for the best minivan to suit your budget, you might want to consider Chrysler’s latest offering.