The Pacifica Hybrid is a three-row minivan that seats seven passengers. The plug-in hybrid electric minivan is the first of its kind. Up to now, no carmaker has ever put a hybrid drivetrain into a minivan, let alone a plug-in hybrid. Chrysler execs found that if they added the words “Plug-In” that people in focus groups immediately got range anxiety, so the manufacturer named it the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – even though it’s a plug-in hybrid!
Auto Week reviewers say: "The battery in a plug-in is generally bigger than that found in a regular hybrid, the idea being that you can charge the battery at a wall socket then drive for an extended period of time on electricity alone. This battery is a whopping 16 kWh of lithium ion, as big as the battery in the Mitsubishi iMiEV all-electric car, and sits under the floorboards in the spaces previously occupied by the Stow ‘N’ Go seat storage. Chrysler says you will get 30 miles range on electricity but we think you could get a little more than that (the smaller, lighter 16-kWh iMiEV is rated at 62 miles range). The battery powers two electric motors that augment the Pentastar V6 Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. The Atkinson cycle sacrifices low-end torque for greater efficiency at higher rpms, the low-end torque being supplied by the electric motors in a hybrid. That power goes through Chrysler’s eFlite electrically variable transmission to the front wheels. This powertrain is good for 80 MPGe, where the “e” stands for equivalent, a measure of efficiency meant to compare gasoline, hybrid and electric powertrains. So if you plug in your Pacifica Hybrid till it’s fully charged and the gas tank is full, you’ll get the equivalent of an 80-MPG car."
Kelly Blue Book says: "Its combination of style, family friendliness, high-tech features and easy to live with drivability is simply unparalleled in the market. It's a great vehicle to be sure, handily the best in its class, but not quite revolutionary. If you want a revolution, check out the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. It's the first affordable plug-in solution for families who need to transport more than five people. With an EPA-verified 84 MPGe and 33 miles of EV-only range, plus very good hybrid fuel economy the rest of the time, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at long last allows big-box family hauling without the compromise of mediocre fuel economy. Put simply, it redefines what to expect from a minivan. The Pacifica really does go 30 miles on EV mode before it kicks on the engine; we observed very good fuel economy when in hybrid mode; it drives almost exactly like the regular Pacifica; it doesn't give up much in the process; and it costs far less than you could have hoped for."
The hybrid minivan is available in Premium and Platinum trim levels. Standard Premium equipment starts with a 3.6-liter V6 engine assisted by dual electric motors and an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Combined horsepower is 260 horsepower. Other standard features include 17-inch wheels, a 6.6-kWh onboard charger, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, foglights, power-sliding doors and liftgate, heated power-folding side mirrors, and keyless entry and ignition. The cabin contains leather seating, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, second-row power windows, and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat. Standard tech includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth connectivity, voice commands, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, and USB and auxiliary input jacks. A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and an automated parking system for both parallel and perpendicular spaces are standard as well. You can order a wireless device charging pad as an option for Premium.
Pacifica Hybrid's Platinum trim adds 18-inch wheels, hands-free operation for the sliding doors and liftgate, upgraded leather, a power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, which contains a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, DVD/Blu-ray player, seatback video screens, a household-style power outlet and multiple USB ports. Additional safety features including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a surround-view camera are part of the Platinum package. A panoramic sunroof is optionally available.
Edmunds reviewers say: "Since most minivan duty involves short hops around city and suburb, a minivan is an ideal candidate for hybrid technology. The Pacifica Hybrid embraces this philosophy with up to 30 miles of electric range. In some scenarios, that's enough juice to drop kids at school, go to the office, run an errand at lunch, then return for the kids and evening soccer practice, all without dipping into the gas tank. Chrysler says combined range for the gas-electric combo is 530 miles — serious road-trip distance. With regular charging, you can make gas station visits an occasional pastime. Using a Level 2 (240-volt) charging station (whether at home or using a public one), expect to be able to recharge the depleted batteries in about two hours. With a regular household outlet, though, expect it to be more like 14 hours. When you do need gas, a stout V6 engine kicks in to assume duty. The EPA estimates you'll get 32 mpg in combined driving, which is still by far the best in the minivan segment."
The Premium Pacifica Hybrid MSRP starts around $43,090. Because the 16 kWh battery meets the government requirement for the full Federal tax credit of $7500 for electric cars, the MSRP gets reduced offered to electric cars, you can knock $7500 off that price for a sticker of $35,590. In California and some other states you can knock another $2500 off even that for a low, low sticker of $33,090.
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