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Review: Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

Chrysler unveiled the all-new 2017 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid. It is Chrysler’s first plug-in car—and the industry’s first plug-in hybrid minivan. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can drive up to 33 miles on a single electric charge. Powered by an electric motor and gasoline engine, it automatically switches between electric power and hybrid power. It has a total driving range of up to 566 miles. The Pacifica Hybrid combines a 3.6-liter V6 with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) plus two electric motors to generate 260-horsepower performance.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Chrysler
  • Model: Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid
  • First available: December 2016
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 7
  • Range: 33 miles 48 km
  • Price: $41,995

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    The lithium-ion battery

  • Charge time

    2 hours with 240-volt Level II charger

1 User Review on “Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    The Minivan Grows Up
    Reviewed
    - I own this car

    My family has been driving around in Chrysler minivans for a very long time and over that time very little has changed. That is until I came across the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid. Chrysler said that it wanted the Pacifica to set the minivan world on its ear, and after taking one out for a test drive, I think they have truly succeeded.

    The Pacifica offers drivers and passengers a ton of the latest technology, including a rear entertainment system for the kids with two, yes that’s right two 10-inch touchscreens. My kids absolutely love this feature, and so do I for those long trips. The LED interior lighting is cool, as is the storage drawer made to fit an iPad. The Pacifica is the first minivan to offer hands-free electric sliding doors, a liftgate that opens with a wave of your foot, a full-digital instrument cluster, and a rotary shift knob.

    I love the built-in vacuum cleaner, it’s perfect for cleaning up after my messy kids have spent the day snacking as we go down the road. It has far more suction than the one in the Honda Odyssey, I checked both of them. I have never owned a vehicle that can parallel park itself, something I have difficulty navigating by hand. The Pacifica offers not only automated parallel parking but can also handle perpendicular parking as well.

    As for power, the Pacifica sports a 16 kWhr lithium ion battery pack hiding under the floor where the Stow-n-Go seats in standard Pacifica models fit. According to Chrysler, you should be able to go up to 30 miles on a charge, but I have found mine goes a little further unless I have the whole family onboard. The battery pack runs a pair of electric motors connected to the front wheels via the Chrysler eFlite electronically variable transmission.

    Numbers such as 80 MPGe may not mean much to the average guy, including me, but what they really mean is that if you compared the Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid to a gasoline-only powered model, you would be getting 80 miles per gallon, which is definitely pretty cool.

    The Pacifica Premium edition comes loaded with a wealth of standard features, including a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, ParkView rear backup camera, and active noise cancellation. Upgrading to the Platinum package adds a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, the hands-free sliding doors and liftgate, and a host of additional safety features, which is why I chose the Platinum package. The Chrysler Pacifica has renewed my faith in the minivan and my family loves it!

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