DETROIT — The sheets are off the cars, the blaring music has died and most of those who came here for the press preview of the North American International Auto Show are winging their way home.

After the unveiling of dozens of new car models, however, a few stand out — both good and bad.

After sorting through them all, we came away with a few clear favorites and others that left us feeling a little sour — the top three hits and top misses of the show. Here they are, starting with the best:

• Chrysler Pacifica. Whoever would have thought that a minivan would be the star of the auto show?

With a lot at stake, Fiat Chrysler poured a lot of heart into the vehicles that have been a franchise for the brand for more than 30 years — its minivans. The changes were so comprehensive that they gave its Town and Country a new revived name, the Pacifica.

It’s loaded with innovations, starting with a plug-in hybrid option. Other examples include the ability to open the sliding door by waving a foot underneath and an “are we there yet” feature that tells the kids in the back seat what time they are expected to arrive at a destination.



Chrysler is dropping the Town & Country has revealed its new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press