2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan, 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Si and the 2017 Toyota C-HR [Ask Nathan]

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In this edition of Ask Nathan:

  • When will we see the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica?
  • Is the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Si coming to the USA?
  • What do you think of the 2017 Toyota C-HR?

Today’s first question comes from a fan who is very curious about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan. She’s curious about the end of the old van’s production too.

Chrysler Pacifica

Hi Nathan. I love watching you and Roman review cars and have adventures. My husband and I are big fans. Do you know when the Dodge Grand Caravan will be taken off the market? I know you have little kids, so you might have this question on your radar. Also, do you think the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan with the hybrid system will be under $40,000? That’s about all we can finance without going broke.

When are you going to review it? I’m actually excited about a minivan! Can you believe that?


Karen. S

Oceanside, CA

A: Hi Karen! Thanks for you and your husband’s patronage!

The current model Dodge Grand Caravan will overlap the production debut of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan. It should continue production until (at least) the end of this year, based on demand.

Regarding prices: My source says the base model 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan (non-hybrid) should start at about $23,000. If that’s the case, the base price for the hybrid may start at an additional $10,000. This is just speculation, there have been no announcements yet.

I’m excited about the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivan, especially the hybrid and (rumored) all-wheel drive variant. A few years back, the TFL crew all agreed that minivans are the perfect candidates for a hybrid system. This is a huge benefit to families who need maximum passenger space and value.

Thanks for the question!


Now: if they combine all-wheel drive with the hybrid like the Toyota Highlander hybrid with electrically-powered rear wheels… that would be cool.

Honda Civic Hatchback Concept | 2016 Geneva Motor Show

This next question is from a fan who wants the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback Si to come stateside.


Do you think Honda will bring the Civic Si hatch-back to the USA?

A: That’s a good question.

All I have, regarding the Civic Si and Civic R, are a bunch of unsubstantiated rumors. One rumor floating around states that the Honda Civic Coupe, Sedan and Hatchback will all have Si versions. Other rumors have the Civic R coming to our shores.

Anybody out there have any intel on the 2017 Honda Civic Si?

Hopefully, we’ll hear more when TFL covers the 2016 New York Auto Show.


Toyota C-HR Concept | 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The last question comes from a fan who’s curious about the 2017 Toyota C-HR.

Q: Hi TFLcar guys! The 2017 Toyota C-HR looks kind of cool. What do you think it will compete with? Is it in the same league as the Mini Countryman or is it more of a Nissan Juke fighter?

Keep on trukin’


Toyota C-HR Concept | 2016 Geneva Motor Show

A: Hi Jason, thanks for the question.

It looks like the 2017 Toyota C-HR will be positioned to go up against the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke and Mazda CX-3 (to name a few). Currently, Toyota has no vehicle available in our market to compete with the new batch of tiny crossovers.

The MINI Countryman is in a different, more expensive league.

This should be an interesting vehicle, but I hope Toyota Changes the name. “C-HR” sounds like a Honda product.

Thanks for the question!


Now check out these little snow-beauties in a three-way test!

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nathan adlen Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. His words, good humor and videos are enjoyed worldwide.