Finding in our driveway a descendent of a minivan we once owned, we couldn’t resist the impulse to make some comparisons. Some of them proved telling.
The long-gone minivan was a 1985 Dodge Caravan; the new model, a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Limited. The 2019 version gets better fuel economy despite having nearly triple the horsepower — 19 mpg city, 28 highway, compared with 16/20 for the Caravan with the 2.6-liter Mitsubishi engine. (Calculations of our Caravan’s fuel-economy average yielded somewhat higher numbers.) The size and weight differences are considerable: The new Pacifica is about two feet longer, 10 inches wider, six inches taller and 1,300 pounds heavier than the old Caravan.