We’re told that GMC Yukon Denali buyers—who are some of General Motors’ wealthiest customers—don’t even consider a Chevrolet. In the same way that, once you stash a cheese grater in your kitchen drawer, there’s no going back to powdery Kraft Parmesan. The analogy may be a stretch, but it must be the 2018 Denali’s new front grille that brought it to mind—it looks ready to shred a wheel of pecorino.
Only America’s most ardent pragmatists choose minivan function over crossover fashion. The country’s refusal to acknowledge the family van’s myriad virtues—unparalleled people-carrying comfort, unmatched interior volume, and unequaled interior flexibility—might be its greatest automotive sin. Stigma, then, is strong with the guardian of the sliding door. Yet Chrysler defiantly marches the minivan forward with the electrification of its Pacifica, possibly the most significant innovation since sliding doors appeared on both sides of its 1996 vans.