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!
The 2019 version hasn’t changed much form the original 2017 version. The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes in three trim levels: Touring Plus ($39,995 MSRP), Touring ($42,195 MSRP), and Limited ($45,545). All 3 trims have a 3.6L 6cylinder hybrid EVT gas/electric engine, electrically variable-speed automatic transmission, Front Wheel Drive, a maximum cargo capacity of 140.5 cubic feet, and seats for 7 passengers.
Since most minivan duties involve short city and suburban hops, Chrysler thought its Pacifica would be a perfect candidate for Hybrid technology. The Pacifica PHEV offers up to 33 miles of electric charge on a full charge. For plenty of drivers, that’s enough mileage to avoid using gas for days, or even weeks. When you run out of electricity and switch to gas, the EPA says you’ll get around 32mpg combined, which is by far the best in the minivan segment. Chrysler claims Pacifica Hybrid’s combined range for the gas-electric combo is 530 miles, which is serious road-trip distance. A 240-volt charger can repower the 16kWh battery pack in about 2 hours. Using a regular household outlet will take around 14 hours.
Kelly Blue Book says: “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.”
Standard Touring Plus exterior features include 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, power-sliding doors, heated mirrors plu s keyless entry/ignition. Standard inside features include an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat (with 4-way power lumbar), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, cloth upholstery, second-row power windows and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, voice commands, a 6-speaker audio system with HD and satellite radio, and an 8.4-inch touchscreen comprise the technology suite. The interior has a USB port and an auxiliary jack. A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard. The Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. A power lift gate can be added.
The Touring L trim adds the power lift gate, roof rails, an upgraded center console, remote ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the Cold Weather Group, leather upholstery, and window shades for the second and third row. Add the Premium Audio Group and you’ll get an 8-way power passenger seat, second- and third-row USB ports, active noise control and a 13-speaker Alpine sound system.
Adding an optional Navigation system to the Touring models brings 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and a rear-seat entertainment system that includes a DVD player and a single overhead display screen.
Upgrades for the top-level Limited are extensive. Automatic high-beam control, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, chrome trim, and hands-free operation for the sliding doors and lift gate are added on its exterior. Adaptive cruise control, upgraded leather, an upgraded steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, ventilated front seats, the navigation system, and the Premium Audio Group contents are added to the interior. For the Limited trim, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is available.
If this isn’t enough Limited trim options for you, more are available, including a Uconnect Theater w/ Streaming package that includes a Blu-ray player, two seatback video screens, a household-style power outlet, wireless headphones and wireless streaming from connected Android devices.
Also optional for Limited is Chrysler’s advanced SafetyTec Group, which adds front parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a 360-degree parking camera. A panoramic sunroof and 18-inch wheels are also optional.
Standard on the Limited trim and optional on the other trims is a secondary driver key called KeySense. Starting the car in a mode that limits top speed and volume, keeps all driver aids activated and restricts user-defined satellite radio channels; it’s intended for younger drivers and valets.
Edmunds.com reviewers say: “The most appealing Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the Limited trim level. It is the most expensive version of the plug-in seven-seater, but it also has a serious suite of gear. On top of all the base equipment, you get adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated front seats, and USB ports in both rear rows. What's more, the Pacifica Hybrid Limited is the only trim level where you can get the optional Advanced SafetyTec Group that includes a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and forward parking sensors. It packs a lot of feature content in, even if it is a bit pricey.”
Says auto reviewer John Neff of motor1.com: “Some people buy battery electric vehicles hoping to prevent some The Day After Tomorrow-like scenario, but the reality is that for a lot of consumers, the case for a plug-in hybrid or EV is simple dollars and cents. And the case for the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a strong one. With the ability to travel 32 miles on a charge, the Pacifica Hybrid can avoid filling up for weeks or even months, depending on your daily driving needs. It’s also eligible for a mammoth $7,500 income-tax credit from the federal government that wipes out the premium you pay for the plug-in hybrid powertrain and brings the total up-front cost down to or even below its gas-only competition. A low price and significantly lower operating costs mean the Pacifica Hybrid is an economic winner for any household. Plus, it’s all based on the already-excellent Pacifica.”
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